Fashion Design BA (Hons)

You will be introduced to the academic, professional, industrial and commercial challenges of design practice and gain skills such as tailoring and fashion prediction. The first year provides grounding in fashion and design through practical, creative and technical classes and projects, while the second year is more focused, with emphasis on experimentation, in-depth project research and 3D development. In the final year you will set your own briefs and create a final collection of work to showcase your unique vision and talent.

Course details

On this course you can specialise in menswear, womenswear and or fashion knitwear, and will study a range of topics including fashion illustration, innovative concept development, pattern cutting and computer-aided design (CAD) for fashion and design development.
  • 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

There are opportunities to work with leading brands on live projects, work placements and competition awards, thanks to the course’s unparalleled links with the UK and global apparel industry. We aim to prepare you for a career in a creative multibillion-pound industry where you will need to be innovative, adaptable and forward-thinking.

Work on live industry projects with a focus on sustainability. Students have recently collaborated with research teams on zero waste pattern cutting and repurposing and have also worked on briefs set by the British Fashion Council, Burberry, Warehouse and New Look.


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


Our graduates go on to careers in a variety of areas in the fashion and textile industry as fashion designers, illustrators, pattern cutters, stylists and trend forecasters. They are working for global brands including Burberry, River Island, Alexander McQueen, Nicole Farhi, Reiss and French Connection. Many also launch their own successful businesses.

Graduate Mariah Esa won the Shein People’s Choice Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2019 and last year launched her second collection with iconic fashion retailer Browns.

Graduate Sophie Kempner’s love for the sport inspired her new French sportswear brand Maratona


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: Inquire: Creative Contexts and Fundamental Technologies
  • Block 2: Connect: Application and Communication
  • Block 3: Product: Creative Design and Technologies
  • Block 4: Define: Digital Abilities and Design Cultures
  • Block 1: Enhancing Expertise
  • Block 2: Cultural Contexts and Realisation for Outerwear
  • Block 3: Creative Collaborations
  • Block 4: Surface Application and Promotion
  • Block 1: Innovation and Investigation
  • Block 2: Pre-Collection
  • Block 3 and Block 4: Major Project with Design Cultures