Led by award-winning designer Holly Fulton, our Fashion BA (hons) course helps students cultivate a distinctive design identity and to develop creative and practical fashion skills.
Our expert team of core staff are complimented by a wide range of visiting guest lecturers from global brands to independent designers. At CSVPA you will interact with incredible practitioners ranging from stylists, creative directors, photographers, milliners, surface decoration experts and catwalk designers, all visiting the studio regularly to share their knowledge.
Our students also learn through intensive individual and group tuition, workshops and industry focused projects. We place a strong emphasis on the technical; ensuring you have a solid grounding in garment construction gives you the basis on which to let your imagination run wild. Working alongside highly experienced technical experts and pattern cutters, you will cover a full range of techniques from pattern drafting to drape and high-level finish. We strive to ensure our students are equipped with the expertise and knowledge to fully realise their creative vision.
Our final year students will present their work at an industry-focused showcase in central London and may also participate at Graduate Fashion Week.
Upon successful completion students will be awarded with a BA(Hons) Fashion accredited by Falmouth University
What to expect
In your first year you will develop key design skills and realise your designs from idea to garment through a mixture of classes and workshops including sewing, pattern cutting, digital skills, illustration, surface design and presentation skills.
In the second year you will first focus on creative commerciality through projects with practicing designers and brands. In the second semester you will start to develop an individual design identity with projects to inspire experimentation and innovation. Typically, you’ll explore embellishment, print, surface decoration, tailoring and creative silhouette development, this will assist in preparation for your final year.
In your final year your individual design interests will be explored and articulated through the presentation of a final collection. You’ll also take ownership of your portfolio, learning how to present it to a professional level and developing a self-promotional perspective. Final year students also have the opportunity to participate in a high-profile Graduate Show in London.
3 years (6 semesters)
Fashion designer, pattern cutter, creative director, stylist, textile designer, garment technologist, fashion PR
Specialist tutor support available 5 days a week
Students have access to our studios 7 days a week, from 8am to 8.30pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm at weekends.
How your Work is Assessed
Practical projects and written assignments
Local and national educational trips to studios and galleries
The course is enriched by an extensive program of lectures and workshops given by a variety of creative professionals
Each of our students have their own workspace and are provided with their own mannequin, calico for toiles, pattern cutting paper and card. We also provide free printing up to A3 colour.
How We Teach
Throughout this course students will be taught through specialist workshops, guest lecturers, regular one-to-ones and group tutorials.
90% of our students were in work 6 months after graduating in 2019. Recent graduates received national press coverage after showcasing their collections at Graduate Fashion Week.
18 years +
A pass at UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma or Extended Diploma or equivalent or successful completion of High School (year 11 or year 12 depending on native country) is needed or 2 x A levels equivalent to 64 UCAS points and 1 GCSE or equivalent at grade 4 or C, preferably in a relevant creative subject.
Students who do not meet these entry requirements will still be considered on their own individual potential to succeed.
IELTS 5.5+ (with no element below 5.5)
Good portfolio of work
UCAS Institution Code
UCAS Course Code
WHAT SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY PORTFOLIO?
Your portfolio is the chance to show us your skills and your passion. Please click to take a look at what we look for in a portfolio.
What we look for in a portfolio
For more information about the course download the programme specification