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Fashion BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

AHU023

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £14,104)

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


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Overview

The Fashion industry is a big desirable business and if you’d like to be a part of it, studying for our Fashion BA is a good place to start!

Would you like to join one of the most dynamic and challenging industries around? Are you the future Iris Van Herpen, JW Anderson, Stella McCartney, Mary Katranzou, Holly Fulton, Sophia Webster, Katie Hillier or Christopher Kane?

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say...

This course has definitely helped me with confidence to try anything and be aspirational as possible. You know, bigger's better; there's no limit to what you can achieve.

Jessica Hearnden

Course information

We aim to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of fashion design practice, from experimenting with traditional and new materials to the full range of marketing and professional activities needed for employment in the fashion industry.

Our fashion studios offer access to digital printing, laser cutting, sonic welding, bullet moulding and digital embroidery. You can take part in a range of workshops and l experience; design, pattern cutting, manufacturing, footwear, bag-making, millinery, jewellery, photography, visual communication, marketing and journalism.

100%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

In your first year you will be introduced to the subject of fashion from forecasting through to design, manufacturing and marketing and you will attend a programme of lectures, study visits and conferences. You will work on a range of practical projects that will use both traditional and leading-edge technology to produce fashion products including garments, accessories and packaging.

Modules

  • Introduction to Fashion Studies

  • Product Realisation

  • Fashion Product Marketing

  • Fashion Design

  • Fashion Communication

  • Creative Identities Personal Development Planning

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

During your second year you will develop your individual direction through live projects and competitions. You will be encouraged to think about ethical issues in terms of manufacturing, consumption and sustainability through practical project work.

Modules

  • Fashion Promotion

  • Fashion Studies

  • Fashion Media and Communication

  • Creative Pathways Personal Development Planning

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Professional Enhancement Year

  • International Enhancement Year

Overview

In your final year you will be asked to consider the market potential for your designs, whether you aim to go out and work for a brand or to set up your own business.

Modules

  • Negotiated Study in Fashion

  • Fashion Major Project

  • Professional Practice

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

12th

Coventry University has climbed the rankings again to 12th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • IT workshops in Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design, Dreamweaver and Rhino.
  • Opportunities for overseas travel and visiting key international trade events such as Premiere Vision, Paris and Berlin Fashion Week.
  • Opportunities to attend guest lectures from industry experts. In the past this has included: Martin Raymond, co-founder of the Future Laboratory, Sally Denton managing director of the Trend Boutique.
  • Opportunities to study abroad at institutions in Milan, Barcelona, Bologna, Paris and Liege plus access to the industry version of WGSN & Stylesight the leading online trend analysis and research service providing creative and business intelligence for the apparel, accessories, style, design and retail industries.
  • Opportunities to exhibit your work at key events such as Clothes Show Live and internationally in China and Europe. All students have the opportunity to exhibit their work at all of the events that we do, however, work may be selected by ourselves and/or industry professionals, in order that we show work that is of an acceptable standard for exhibition.
  • Opportunities to apply for work placements with companies and designers such as; Iris Van Herpen, Richard Nicoll, Preen Studio, Lulu Liu,Trendstop, Vogue Australia, Oxfam, Tatty Devine, Seraphine, Comptoir Des Cottonnieres, Mary Katranzou, Sainsbury’s TU, The Future Laboratory, Calvin Klein, Natori New York, POP magazine, Arena Homme+ Magazine, WGSN, New Look, Topshop, Burberry, Boden, George, Peter Jensen, Injury Hong Kong, The Fashion and Textile Museum Bermondsey and J Model Management.

Opportunities to work on live industry-led projects with companies that in the past have included Claire’s, Sainsbury’s TU, Tatty Devine and Reebok.

You will be introduced to themes including:

  • Issues relating to sustainability;
  • Global markets;
  • The relationship between new and existing technologies;
  • The relationship of fashion to youth culture and an ageing population.

Your course will be primarily based on the development of your studio practice but you will also have lectures, seminars and workshops.

At the end of each module you will be asked to submit your coursework for assessment. This will typically take place in the fashion studios and will culminate in feedback and guidance.Throughout the course you will submit a combination of practical coursework, presentations and written assignments. You will receive guidance in order that you can prepare for submission. A key aspect of the studio/workshop culture in Fashion is the studio critique. This involves students and staff discussing ideas and work that is presented to the group.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • Project work:  70%
  • Presentations:  20%
  • Essays/reports:  10%

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed.

70% assessed by project work

In a typical week you will have up to 20 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of small group or individually guided work each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 1 hour of seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 2 hours of lectures and 16 hours of studio/workshop practice each week.

 

On days when you are not timetabled to have contact time with staff, you will be expected to make use of the dedicated facilities as part of the studio culture

We organise overseas study visits to a number of cities where it is felt that Fashion students will benefit from exposure to the professional fashion world.

The Fashion course has links with a number of international institutions where students can study on the Erasmus programme as part of an international experience year. We currently have opportunities in: Belgium, Barcelona, Spain, Milan, Bologna, Italy, and Paris. We encourage students to study a language for their Add+vantage module to support their international experience.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

This course has definitely helped me with confidence to try anything and be aspirational as possible. You know, bigger's better; there's no limit to what you can achieve.

Jessica Hearnden

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: AHU023
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC to include at least one Art or Design subject. DMM in an Art or Design subject. 29 points to include Visual Arts or Desjgn Technology at Higher Level. Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English.

Portfolio

You may be required to submit a portfolio/show-reel/written work (as appropriate for the particular course) and you may be asked to attend an interview if it is practical to arrange.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

A pass in the Access Diploma, plus GCSE English Language at grade A*-C, or a specified equivalent.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say...

This course has definitely helped me with confidence to try anything and be aspirational as possible. You know, bigger's better; there's no limit to what you can achieve.

Jessica Hearnden

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £14,104) (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser print, the fees for this course also include:

  • A range of specialist materials which will be made available in workshops


The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip
  • Any additional fashion materials: £300+ per year
  • Any UK site visits and trips: £250
  • Third year Final Major Project materials: £2,000+

What our students say...

This course has definitely helped me with confidence to try anything and be aspirational as possible. You know, bigger's better; there's no limit to what you can achieve.

Jessica Hearnden

Career prospects

This course covers all aspects of both design and marketing. This combination aims to prepare students for a wide range of careers in the fashion industry.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities have their own Creative Futures unit provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.

85%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates from this course are employed in a range of professional environments and companies including: Kelly Hoppen, Belle International and Fresh Ego Kids, Sainsbury’s Tu, George, Annie Greenabelle for Topshop, Beyond Creative, Claire’s Accessories, ASOS, New Look, Primark and United Clothing.

We also aim to prepare graduates, through their studies, to work as freelancers and have gone on to freelance photography, styling, make-up artistry and theatre wardrobe.

What our students say...

This course has definitely helped me with confidence to try anything and be aspirational as possible. You know, bigger's better; there's no limit to what you can achieve.

Jessica Hearnden
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.