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Fashion Foundation Degree - Full & Part-time


Course outline

The course is perfect if you’re looking for a practical hands-on degree in fashion with strong links to the fashion industry. You can study this course for two years and top up to a full BA (Hons) degree with just one more year of study on our BA (Hons) Design (Fashion) Top-up Degree.

Situated right in the heart of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter this course has some fantastic links with the industry including Paul Smith, Godfrey Sports, The Trend Boutique, Speedo and Quantum Clothing to name a few.

The course focuses on the design process from forecasting and concept development to design, creative pattern cutting and manufacture, together with the visual communication of ideas and technical information to industry standard.

You will undertake a wide range of live projects and competitions which will help you to develop and realise your creative potential and experience realistic work relevant to the fashion industry. You will attend exhibitions and seminars and may have the opportunity to research the international fashion market during a European study trip.

Year 1 modules include:

  • design process and realisation
  • fashion product and brand development (including realisation)
  • visual communication techniques for fashion
  • fashion in society 

Year 2 modules include:

  • fashion forecasting and design (including realisation)
  • critical study and debate
  • professional development
  • final major project (three options of either catwalk, product or trend forecasting) 

If you choose to study this programme on a three-year part-time basis, we’ll arrange an appropriate study plan for you.

You can view the full Course Specification here.

Next steps

Entry onto the full-time course is via UCAS
Course code: W230
Institution code: N30

Entry onto the part-time course is via the College. You can contact the College on (0115) 9100 100 for an application form or download an application form here.

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Location Date(s) Course code Fees / reductions


Adams Building, The Lace Market, Nottingham NG1 1NG


25 September 2018 - 26 June 2020

Course code:


Fees / reductions:

2018/19 fees are yet to be confirmed.


Adams Building, The Lace Market, Nottingham NG1 1NG


25 September 2018 - 25 June 2021

Course code:


Fees / reductions:

2018/19 fees are yet to be confirmed.


Fashion Foundation Degree


2 years full-time

3 years part-time

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design
  • at least two A Levels at ‘A2’, with one in an art and design subject area 
  • a BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma in an art and design-related subject area
  • International Baccalaureate

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

We would expect students to be working at Level 2 or above in English Language and Maths.

Mature students with relevant experience and/or qualifications, including an Access to HE Diploma within a relevant area, are welcome to apply.

You will be invited to attend an interview and will be asked to submit an e-portfolio or written assignment.

Teaching & assessment

Your work will be assessed on a continuous basis.


You can progress on to our oneyear BA (Hons) Design (Fashion) Top-up Degree, or you may wish to progress to an alternative top-up course or the second or third year of a specialised degree course. 

Alternatively, you could start your career in the fashion and clothing industries or related areas. Many of our students have progressed into employment with some of the world’s biggest fashion brands.

Additional information

This course is validated by Nottingham Trent University

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