Fashion Design and Promotion BA (Hons)

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Explore every aspect of the Fashion Industry. Get to grips with the latest trends. Graduate and join a growing and exciting industry.

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Explore every aspect of the Fashion Industry: develop concepts, create designs, construct garments, understand retail concepts, and plan and manage events. You will establish your own brand; from creating your own branding and marketing to graphic design and visual merchandising.

The fashion industry embraces every personality type and skill set you can imagine! Whether you’re good with numbers, a great organiser, a creative designer or a studious researcher who can put great looks together, there are as many job roles as there are personalities.

You can be confident that you’ll be nurtured, supported and developed throughout the course.

Our graduates are in fashion jobs, and their employers compliment us on how ‘industry-ready’ our students are. This is because they gain a good all round understanding of the way the industry operates, enabling them to complement many types of professional teams.

You will build core skills in fashion design, illustration, graphics, branding and promotion and will gain additional experience in photography and styling for editorial communication.

We also support you to find a work placement, which will give you the chance to see what the fashion world is about.

Come and find out more at one of our Fashion Focus days.

Why us?

  • Get a grounding that will launch your fashion career in an industry that is worth £26 billion in the UK alone. Graduates have gone on to work for Abercrombie and Fitch, River Island, Debenhams, TopMan, All Saints, Oasis and Matalan in roles in design, brand development, fashion publishing, production, PR and fashion retail
  • You’ll have access to a large range of industry standard equipment and resources, well-equipped workshops and state-of-the-art digital design suites
  • Our Art and Design courses were ranked 2nd overall in the UK in the 2018 UK Engagement Survey
  • Our Art and Design courses were ranked 2nd in the UK for Assessment and Feedback, 2nd in the UK for Retention and Progression, and 3rd in the UK for Employability in the 2018 UK Engagement Survey
  • Build your team working skills and expand your creativity by collaborating with students from other creative disciplines on our ‘Integrated Creativity’ module
  • Explore broad based study of the wider fashion industry, underpinned with core digital skills, preparing you to enter a variety of exciting job roles
  • Our experienced and dedicated team encourage you to find your creative voice

Course structure

On this course you will experience the complete fashion process. From experimentation, research and concept, right through to promotion and branding, and the delivery to the customer of a professionally marketed product.

By the end of your first year you will have developed exciting and valuable skills including digital design, and how to promote and communicate ideas in the world of fashion.

Our fashion focused theory module will introduce you to key issues shaping the development of fashion and the main designers, companies and publications in the industry today. Uniquely for a fashion design course, you will also get to look at fashion from the fashion journalist’s perspective.

You’ll understand design development and will have also created a technical pack having studied the basics of pattern cutting, the nature of fabrics and garment construction.

In your second year you will design, produce and illustrate an original outfit, which is shown and promoted in our in-house gallery. There will be collaboration with fashion journalism students and you’ll work together to produce a fashion event in the city, including a catwalk show of your designs.

The proceeds of the event will support you in your final year as you prepare for your graduate show, which will be visited by industry experts and potential employers.

You will begin your final year by completing a work placement and you will go on to create a professional portfolio and undertake a final major project which is shown to the public at our Degree Show.

Teaching is almost entirely practical and studio based, supported by lectures, seminars, tutorials, e-learning and independent learning. Assessment is almost totally through coursework.

Part-time study

If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the day time and you will be studying alongside full-time students.

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Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Introducing Fashion Design and Promotion (40 credits)
  • Design Concept to Production (40 credits)
  • Message is Everything (20 credits)
  • Style Icons and Subcultures (20 credits) 


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Year 2 (national level 5):

  • Creative Product Development for Exhibition (40 credits)
  • Fashion Branding and Producing the Event (20 credits
  • Commercial Fashion Design and Illustration (20 credits)
  • Styling for Fashion Editorial (20 credits)
  • Integrated Creativity (20 credits)

Final year (national level 6):

  • Professional Practice and Portfolio (40 credits)
  • Into Industry: Fashion Practice and Placement (20 credits)
  • Design Major Final Portfolio (60 credits)

Priestman Building,
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  • FabLab Sunderland offers a diverse range of specialist digital design and fabrication equipment. Based at the Hope Street Xchange in Sunderland city centre, it is a creative space where anyone can make (almost) anything. Our students gain free access to FabLab's machines which include:

    • Epilog laser cutter
    • ShopBot CNC router
    • The Roland Modela MDX-20 milling machine
    • Roland Vinyl cutter GS-24
    • Dimension 1200es Series 3D Printer – ABS plastic (large capacity 3D printer)
    • Ultimaker 2 (small scale 3D printer)
    • Ulitmaker 2 Extended (medium scale 3D printer)
  • We offer excellent facilities such as well-equipped workshops featuring fabric printers, laser cutters, top of the range design suites and industrial sewing machines.

    Facilities include:

    • State-of-the-art workshops
    • Project spaces
    • Open access Apple Macs and Wacom Cintiqs
    • Industrial sewing facilities, digital embroidery facilities, print studio and large scale digital fabric printer
    • Student gallery
    • Students also have access to facilities within FabLab Sunderland, on campus.
    Facilities for fashion and textiles
  • The University Library has an exceptional collection of photography books and monographs and subscribes to a comprehensive range of academic journals and databases so you can access reliable and up-to-date information.

    A dedicated Academic Liaison Librarian supports students and staff in the arts, design and performing arts disciplines.

    The key resources for your course include:

    Discover: The Library’s multi-disciplinary search tool

    Art Full Text: A major resource for media and arts information

    JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’): Giving access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences

    Lexis: A major resource on full-text newspaper articles and legal information

    Library Services - arts and design


This course is based at the Priestman Building, the main base for art, design and performance on City Campus. Thanks to a major renovation programme, the Priestman Building provides state-of-the-art teaching space and resources as part of a vibrant and creative learning environment.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award).

We accept a maximum of 20 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language; or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

If you are studying a HND or Foundation Degree you may be able to enter onto the final year of our degree courses. For more information, please contact

Portfolio requirements

We are interested in your creative potential; please prepare a portfolio of work you have completed so far.  We are not looking for perfection as we appreciate you may still be developing work. We would like to see: 

  • A variety of work – we want to see a range of styles and technique
  • Work completed in or outside of your studies
  • Ideas that you feel didn’t work
  • Research: examples of various forms of investigation
  • Photographs of 3D, and large 2D, work
  • A USB stick or online link with any digital and screen-based work
  • Accompanied by work in progress, sketch books and development work

If you are an international applicant, please send a link to your online portfolio.

Fees and finance

The annual, full-time fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £11,500 if you are an international student

The part-time fee for this course is £6,935 per 120 credits.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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The UK fashion industry is worth £26 billion to the economy and growing. More than 800,000 people are working in fashion in the UK and we want you to be part of it. We'll prepare you to work in areas including: fashion design, brand development, fashion publishing, production, design consultancies, PR and fashion retail.

To enhance your visibility to employers, we encourage you to participate in competitions and exhibitions. Final year students exhibit at their own Degree Show, attended by industry professionals.

Career options

The main destinations for graduates are expected to be fashion-related creative industries. These include design, brand development, fashion publishing, production, design consultancies, PR and fashion retail. Some graduates may become freelance consultants or self-employed designers, or go on to further study or teacher training.

Past graduates have gone on to work for well renowned design companies such as Abercrombie and Fitch, River Island, Debenhams, TopMan, All Saints and Matalan.

Work placement guarantee

All students studying on-campus undergraduate Fashion Design and Promotion courses can take up a CV-enhancing work placement, a University-led industry initiative, or a professional and business development boot camp. By the term placement, we mean we are offering you a taste of the industry which might last anything from two days to four weeks on a part-time basis.

Fashion events

Get real life experience. BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Promotion students organise their own fashion event in the city in their second year. Working together to liaise with venues, planning music, branding and marketing, booking models and not forgetting creating pieces for the show. Previous events have included a fashion film premiere, a catwalk show, a dance performance and DJ. The fundraising event, which is part of an event planning module, helps the students raise money for their final year Degree Show. 

  • The course offers the ability to come at fashion from any angle.
    Adam King

    Adam King

  • I’m hoping to work in London or Manchester once I graduate this summer.
    Annabelle Preston

    Annabelle Preston

  • The great thing about the course is all the tutors have worked in the industry.
    Chloe Rodgers, Fashion Product and Promotion graduate

    Chloe Rodgers

  • The lecturers from my course were amazing, and a real asset to the University!

    Georgia Nichol

  • It's amazing working with people who are so interested in what they do.
    Kate Cluness, Fashion Product and Promotion graduate

    Kate Cluness

  • This year I began my dream job as a menswear designer for Abercrombie & Fitch in Ohio.
    Sophia Ramsey, Fashion Product and Promotion graduate

    Sophia Ramsey

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