Fashion Design - BA (Hons)

Our BA (Hons) Fashion Design degree will help you forge an identity as a designer, specialising in menswear or womenswear.

Course details

You’ll be hands-on from day one, creating your own fashion designs and engaging with all aspects of the design process in our studios, including pattern cutting, draping, textiles and digital media.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

You’ll also learn about contemporary fashion promotion, including marketing, styling, fashion photography and art direction – and create campaigns to attract consumers and influencers to your brand. Alongside this you’ll learn about the ethics of the fashion industry, and consider issues of sustainability that will help you to develop as a responsible industry professional.


Entry requirements

96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent level 3 qualifications), including Art, Design or Media subjects.

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English.

You will be asked to provide a digital portfolio for review and will be given the option to book a meeting to discuss this with us.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

You may also be accepted to this course with an IELTS 5.5 (Academic level- with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, but will then be required to undertake additional compulsory free English language modules in your first year.


Many of our students go on to establish their own labels or work for fashion houses and major brands.

Our BA (Hons) Fashion Design degree will help you develop your individual style as a designer, with a portfolio ready to present to fashion houses. Or you might pursue other roles, such as styling, buying, pattern cutting and trend forecasting.

If you’re a budding entrepreneur, you can explore the prospect of starting your own business – supported by the commercial know-how you’ll gain at ARU.


You will show your progress towards your final portfolio with a combination of written and practical work, depending on the module, with regular feedback from our lecturers.

  • Cut, Form and Construction
  • Design: Visual and Material Practice
  • Visual Communication and Portfolio
  • Sustainable Design and Innovation Practice
  • Contemporary Issues and Debates
  • Design and Professional Practice
  • Fashion Communication and Promotion
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)
  • Fashion Design Major Project and Professional Portfolio

Optional modules

  • Research Project
  • Working in the Creative Industries