Fashion - BA (Hons) [Full-Time]

Level 6 - Honours Degree or BTEC Advanced Professionals or NVQ Level 6 or Equivalent

Subject Area Art and Design

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  W230


BA (Hons) Fashion is a vocational course which focuses on practical skills supported by academic content to develop and understanding of professional practice within the market sector. You will be given the opportunity to develop a solid foundation of all aspects of the design and manufacturing process. You will utilize your own concepts, ideas and opinions through research techniques and methods, design development, illustration, technical specification drawing, range planning, pattern cutting, and garment manufacture and finishing.


Students benefit from a full range of facilities to help support their academic and vocational study such as: industry standard sewing room, print workshop and 3D workshop, substantial IT equipment including Apple and PC based CAAD facilities, access to photography studios and equipment, spacious design and pattern cutting studios, WGSN account for all students to access.
The fashion industry increasingly requires a workforce with a wide ranging skill set, from subject specific to more generic personal development skills. You will combine and develop your own creativity, visual awareness, and technical knowledge along with professional business acumen and academic study.
Annual field trips are optional but extremely beneficial to students and are viewed as an important aspect of the course. Recent trips have included Paris, Florence, London and New York. This experience has given students the opportunity to visit national and international trade fairs and studios gaining invaluable knowledge and experience in the work place.

Topshop/Topman has sponsored the HE Art & Design Graduation for the last two years offering a Topshop Student of Year Award.



This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 3 Years
Venue: Mandela Building, Rye Hill Campus

Work Guarantee

As part of our work ready guarantee we will give you the opportunity to undertake an exciting work placement with organisations such as Top Shop, Urban Outfitters, London Fashion Week, John Lewis and Alexander McQueen, to name but a few. You will also have the opportunity to work on live briefs from industry which will give you an idea of what it is like to work in the sector. The most recent live briefs have been with Top Shop, Dr Martens, Levis and John Lewis, Jules B, Next, Love Niche, and English Cut.

Who the course is for

BA (Hons) Fashion is ideally suited to those who are highly motivated and would like to learn the principals and processes of Fashion Design suitable for the industry.

Qualification Gained

On successfully completing the course, you will gain a BA (Hons) Degree in Fashion.

“I have completed two work placements, firstly I worked in a classroom environment and then I worked with internationally renowned fashion designer Wayne Hemmingway who owns Red or Dead. This involved designing and manufacturing a six piece clothing collection, giving me a great chance to gain industry experience."

Kay Bowey
FdA Fashion (Full Time)

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector:

Junior Level Role

Fashion Designer - £14,000-£20,000

Middle Level Role

Experienced Fashion Designer - £25,000-£45,000

Senior Level Role

Lead Fashion Designer - £45,000-£85,000

How to Apply

Apply for September 2018

If you would like to study a degree at Newcastle College this September you can register your interest here. A member of the team will then be in touch with you to discuss your options.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

Applications received for Art and Design and Digital Arts courses will require an interview and portfolio check.

Course Content

Year 1
• Personal Development
• Academic Study Skills
• Work Related Learning
• Contextual Studies 1
• Skills Processes
• Garment Construction 1
• Fashion Drawing and Communication
• Principles of Pattern Cutting and Garment Manufacture

Year 2
• Professional Development
• Work-Based Learning
• CAD for the Fashion Industry
• Contextual Studies 2
• Garment Construction 2
• Portfolio Development
• Personal Product Development

Year 3
• Dissertation - Research Skills.
• Dissertation
• Project Viva Presentation.
• Project Development
• Project Exploration
• Project Realisation

The first year of the course allows you to develop creative and technical knowledge in the design studio and sewing workshop. You will be introduced to a range of core skills and techniques related to fashion covering research, design, presentation and garment manufacture. You will also be introduced to personal development, contextual studies and academic study skills. Practical and academic work is approached through flexible delivery including combinations of studio work, demonstrations, seminars, presentations, tutorials, critiques, group work and team work.
Within the second year of the course you will be encouraged to further develop your skills and technical ability through a range of project work, live briefs and competitions. You will also undertake a work placement locally or nationally within design studios, manufacturing and retail. Full time employment has been generated from the placement experience for a number of graduates who have worked with designers, technicians, pattern cutters and stylists. You will also develop academic skills further through Professional Development and Contextual Studies providing you with the academic knowledge and expertise to be successful in your future career.
By the final year of the course you will now have a good understanding of your future direction and have established the appropriate knowledge and skills to support this. You will also have an emerging sense of your own design aesthetic along with understanding and maturity in the work you produce. Self –reliance is also an important aspect as you plan, implement and realize your degree work. A dissertation will also be completed as part of your final year. This will determine your understanding of the historical, cultural and social context along with the demands and potential of your chosen discipline.



Learning Methods

We aim to provide high quality learning opportunities using a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies. Methods vary from practical studio delivery to seminar, case-studies, work-based learning and team learning. Underlying this is a philosophy of initial support leading to greater independence in your skills acquisition and use.
Work experience opportunities and industry-led projects and collaborations are features of the course.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through the outcomes of the modules you will study. A range of practical and theoretical activities will determine your final grades.

Progression Opportunities

Academic progression is available through a Masters or PGCE qualification.


Career Opportunities

Research undertaken for Sector Skills Councils (e.g. Skillset) through surveys highlight skills shortages that are prevalent across a range of fashion occupations at all levels in particular technical skills. These include technicians, fabric technologists, pattern cutters and sewers. Employers also cited a need to find colleges and or training providers that can deliver relevant training and technical skills. Opportunities for employment exist within a range of in house design companies specialising in Men’s and Women’s wear and emerging retail outlets with online stores. Students work as designers, illustrators, pattern cutters, and machinists and in merchandising, CAD, buying, retail and management.


Entry Requirements

A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Pass in Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) .
Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 5.5 or the nationally recognised equivalent.


Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

There will be additional costs throughout the programme from the purchase of specific equipment for this discipline. A basic equipment list will be given to you at the start of the course outlining what is needed to successfully complete your studies.

Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.