Contour Fashion BA (Hons)

At the cutting-edge of the sector for 75 years, Contour Fashion at DMU is a unique course with unparalleled connections, producing industry-ready graduates who are handpicked to work with some of the best fashion houses in the world. On this course you can specialise in lingerie, athleisure, swimwear, loungewear, nightwear, corsetry, bridalwear, men’s underwear, sportswear or medical applications. Building your understanding in a step-by-step approach from the ground up, you will develop specialist technical skills in 2-3D creative development, digital drawing, pattern cutting, grading, fit methodologies and manufacturing.

Course details

Intimate apparel is a fast-growing multibillion-pound industry with diverse career opportunities across the globe.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Leicester campus

De Mortfort University

Course overview

Innovation and sustainability are embedded throughout the course, alongside live client projects and opportunities to receive industry feedback on your work. Experienced tutors bring their industry expertise into your teaching and our state-of-the-art facilities for intimate apparel construction will push you to reach your full creative potential.

Our vast global alumni network spans several generations, with graduates working for major brands including Lounge Underwear, Stretchline, Gymshark, Starkers Group, Panache Lingerie, Coco de Mer, Curvy Kate, H&M Sweden, F&F, Bravissimo, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger Amsterdam, Inqube, Concepts Paris and Hunkemoller.


Entry requirements

Art and Design Foundation or

112 points from at least 2 A levels

BTEC Extended Diploma DMM

International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points or

T Levels Merit

Plus five GCSEs grades 9-4 including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above.

Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade 4 or above
We will normally require students to have had a break from full time education before undertaking the Access course.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above


The course produces highly sought-after graduates, acclaimed for their technical skills and design excellence, who work in senior positions for brands all over the world such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, O’Neil, Superdry, John Lewis, Ted Baker, Boux Avenue, ASOS, Agent Provocateur and New Look. Others have set up their own lingerie labels, including Nichole de Carle, Karolina Laskowska, Elissa Poppy, Azarla Swim and Roshni Desai.

Gemma Cheyne and Elissa Grainger have started their own thriving brands after embracing the support and opportunities at DMU.

Roshni Desai has launched her own environmentally-friendly lingerie company with support from DMU’s Crucible Project and recently scooped the top prize at the Leicestershire Innovation Awards 2022.


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

  • Block 1: Contour Introduction
  • Block 2: Contour Creative
  • Block 3: Contour Consolidation
  • Block 4: Contour Collaborations
  • Block 1: Technical Inquiry
  • Block 2: Contour Futures
  • Block 3: Contour Exploration and Communication
  • Block 4: Consolidation project
  • Block 1: Creative Practice
  • Block 2: External Client
  • Block 3 and Block 4: Major project with cultural context