What to Expect
Based in Cambridge, an internationally recognised centre of learning excellence, this course creates a professional and stimulating environment for you to develop and explore your own creativity through a supportive and progressive platform.
Maintaining an ‘atelier’ approach, high contact hours and extensive studio time, you will have all the tools to grow as a designer amongst your peers within a bespoke, contemporary fashion context.
We aim to equip you with the skill set to work in industry by instilling and evolving a broad range of technical and creative transferable skills that enable you to under take a wide range of roles from creative communications, PR, branding and event management to art direction, styling and image creation.
Our course tutors possess a strong range of industry experiences and knowledge, spanning from couture to sportswear, allowing you to access a wealth of information and perspectives on the infrastructure of contemporary fashion. Assisting you to leave the course with a fully rounded approach to the industry from both a practical and personal view point is key; fostering initiative, ambition, professionalism and confidence will enable you to lead in both commercial and creative environments.
Our tuition is focused on studio-based modules which encourage personal responses and the development of your individual identity in your work. Core skills such as research, concept development, design, digital and brand awareness develop from encouraging you to generate your own solutions to briefs.
From the first year, essential skills such as illustration, pattern cutting, garment construction, textile awareness and technique are taught through both studio based practice and skills workshops. Specialist workshops with industry practitioners punctuate the timetable, allowing you to access new areas of expertise and viewpoints. Project briefs are designed to crystallise all core skills with your individual approach and encourages the development of a design identity through all outcomes.
In your second year, you will progress to more challenging projects that introduce collaboration with industry, learning how to design for a specific customer by working on ‘live’ industry briefs.
You will also return to creative exploration and innovation, developing ideas, experimenting with creative pattern cutting, methods of construction and surface decoration in preparation for your final year specialisms.
In your final year, you will have the opportunity to present your work through Graduate Fashion Week, an international showcase in London which provides an invaluable platform to industry. Alongside this, our school also hosts its own event to present and promote graduates with a view to engage relevant press, media and brands and allowing you a first-hand experience to present yourself and your work.
Practical knowledge is enriched through lectures and seminars (shared with BA (Hons) Fashion) that address the changing spaces of fashion and introduce historical and theoretical debates that frame the fashion image and its importance in digital culture. You will also have the benefit of engaging with the fashion design students who may wish to create mutually beneficial projects that allow for fashion brand development.