About this Course

(This course is validated by the University of Brighton and delivered by Northbrook College)

UCAS code: W232

The Fashion Design BA (Hons) is for students wishing to pursue a career in the fast-moving world of fashion, offering a three year full-time degree programme specialising in womenswear and/or menswear design.

This small, award-winning course – one of only seven high-performing courses in the country to have been awarded the prestigious Creative Skillset Accreditation – provides a ‘boutique’ educational experience that stimulates and nurtures individual creative talent and innovation. The course aims to equip students with a range of intellectual, analytical, practical and entrepreneurial skills in preparation for a career in the global fashion industry.

2D and 3D practice focuses on creative pattern cutting, garment construction and tailoring, and printed textiles with learners becoming confident users of CAD for design development, portfolio and presentation.

Third year final collections may have the opportunity to be showcased at the prestigious Graduate Fashion Week in London, where they can be seen by the industry and the world’s press.

The course has excellent industry links with live projects, industrial placements and external competitions. Industrial placements and employers include Vivienne Westwood, Peter Pilotto, Mary Katranzou, Religion Clothing,Victoria Beckham, Cos, Marks & Spencer, New Look, George, Ragged Priest, Ong Oaj Pairam and Marchesa.

Our many alumni business start-ups in recent years include: Lord + Love and

The majority of teaching staff practice in industry, ensuring that the course reflects current industry standards and expectations. The success of the course can be measured by the achievements of its students, with most graduates being employed in fashion and the creative industries. In the past, Northbrook students have won prestigious prizes including Winner of The River Island Womenswear Award and the Zandra Rhodes Catwalk Textiles Award at Graduate Fashion Week.


Course Content

From the beginning of this course students experience workshop skills in illustration and design, pattern cutting, sewing and garment manufacture, printed textiles, knitted textiles,and work across a broad range of design modules that include live industry projects and a full collection.


Year 1
Introductory Creative Skills
Specialist Module1
Specialist Module 2
Creative Skills
Design Profile / Environment: Enterprise, Employability & Entrepreneurship
Cultural and Supporting Studies

Year 2
Specialist Module 1: Design for Industry
Specialist Module 2
Specialist Module 3
Professional Studies 1: Enterprise, Employability & Entrepreneurship
Professional Studies 2: Work Experience/Industry Briefs
Cultural and Supporting Studies

Year 3
Design Project: Live Project
Professional Profile Enterprise, Employability & Entrepreneurship
Final Minor Project: Capsule Collection
Final Major Project: Innovation/Enterprise: Full Collection
Cultural and Supporting Studies (Dissertation)


Study hours are split between approximately one third scheduled learning (eg lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops) and two thirds guided independent study, which may include 3 weeks’ work experience.


Entry Requirements

Interview & Portfolio


Applicants are interviewed with portfolio. We like to see a portfolio of recent work that comprises: creative research sketchbooks, drawings, artwork, design ideas and a written essay/contextual studies course work.



Minimum 160 UCAS points from one of the following:
– BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in an appropriate subject
– A Levels – at least 140 points from A2 Levels (including a relevant subject)
– Foundation Studies Diploma in Art & Design/Media
– Access Diploma in related subject
– An equivalent overseas qualification together with a proven ability in spoken and written English (IELTS 6 overall – an overall score of 6.0 is required for all the sub-skills elements, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element).

It is strongly advised that all Higher Education applicants will have successfully achieved an A*- C grade in both GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualification), to enable them to successfully complete their studies at Northbrook College and enhance their future career prospects.

Mature students without formal qualifications but with relevant experience are encouraged to apply.

Individual offers may vary.


For more information see: Northbrook College’s website or call 0845 155 6060