Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

BA Fashion

UCAS code: W230

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Edinburgh College of Art

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad
Placements

Introducing BA Fashion

Our dynamic and award-winning, fashion programme puts emphasis on your personal creative freedom and design innovation. We believe that the only way to create the fashion innovators of the future is to promote your individual design identity while developing and nurturing your full creative potential.

Our ambition is to ensure that you have the best chance of employment and career development on graduation. We believe in cultivating expressive, visionary and provocative designers with a broad range of abilities, addressing all sectors of the fashion design community.

Social responsibility is core to our programme's educational structure. This ensures that emotionally considerate design, and empathetic knowledge of diverse consumers and their needs, is placed at the core of intelligent design solutions. Our students strive to create products that have a sustainable and meaningful place in the contemporary design world.

Integrated with the practical studio work, Design & Screen Cultures courses provide a contextual and theoretical understanding of the holistic nature of contemporary design.

Year 1

This year offers you a dynamic and highly creative approach to design. You will be introduced to the foundations of fashion drawing and communication, creative cutting, research methods and garment construction. In Design & Screen Cultures you will address the key histories and theories of design.

You will be encouraged to develop key awareness of the discipline through both contemporary and historical analysis.

You will be able to take up to 60 credits of option courses, either within ECA, or across the wider College, offering you the flexibility to construct a suite of courses that reflects your interests and enhances your main study.

In Year 1, 20 credits of these must be taken outwith ECA. The remaining 40 credits can be taken from within ECA, the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, or from the wider University, subject to availability and discussion with your Personal Tutor and relevant course organisers.

Year 2

At this level you will be introduced to our fashion diversity awareness initiative, learning skills in designing for, celebrating and understanding diverse consumer markets.

You will also design and produce garment work to be showcased at the annual fashion shows. Computer-based technical drawing and portfolio building is introduced through our renowned DesignBook project. Again, alongside Design & Screen Cultures courses, you will be able to choose an option course from the wider College, subject to availability.

You will also undertake regular drawing classes to enhance your personal fashion communication methods. Introductory methods of classic pattern-cutting and technical garment construction are taught comprehensively throughout the year, providing fundamental skill sets required for study at Year 3 and 4.

Year 3

This is an externally facing professional practice year where there are a range of opportunities for exchange, competitions and live projects with industry.

You will develop business awareness through a live collaborative project designing new brands with acute retail, marketing, costing and consumer awareness. At this level, you will develop knowledge of materials, tailoring and outerwear, knitwear and accessory design.

In addition, you will take a further Design & Screen Cultures course and opportunities for study abroad will help broaden your understanding of the discipline.

Year 4

In Year 4, you will develop a personal research plan, designing a six-outfit graduate collection that may be showcased at the annual Edinburgh College of Art Fashion Shows and exhibited externally if applicable. You will also produce a written dissertation.

At this level, creativity is married with an understanding of the context for your design work, and you will be encouraged to develop innovative approaches to materials, design and garment construction methods.

Collections may be focused on womenswear, menswear, knitwear, accessory design, or surface innovation. You will also produce a DesignBook, which will serve as a professional portfolio for the industry and career development.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2019/20)

Our facilities

Design students benefit from studio-based learning at our Lauriston Place campus, along with the exhibitions and events associated with a vibrant art college. Some Design & Screen Cultures teaching takes place off the Lauriston campus, across the Central Area of the University, depending on room availability.

Option courses are usually taught outside the School across the wider university campus. You will also have access to the University's extensive libraries, computing and technical facilities.

The University is investing in the Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) estate and facilities to further develop our flexible, stimulating, supportive and sustainable learning and research environment for students and staff.

Further information is available on the ECA website.

Facilities and resources at ECA

Placements

You will be supported and encouraged to explore internships during your holiday period.

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad in Year 3.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

The majority of design teaching and learning is through involvement in a range of experiential courses situated in a studio environment. Conceptual, material and technical issues are explored through seminars, workshops, lectures, tutorials and critiques.

Research, critical thinking and study of the visual, intellectual, social and professional contexts that shape creative design practice are regarded as essential to your development, elements of which are taught through Design & Screen Cultures courses. This also involves participation in exhibitions, competitions, collaborations and live industry projects.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment is continuous throughout the year, aiming to give you meaningful feedback against learning outcomes, and to encourage experimentation in the studio and beyond.

Formative assessment for compulsory courses is through a mix of verbal and written modes such as portfolio, presentations and essays against course learning outcomes. There is a mid-session review, usually at the mid-point of any given course you study.

Summative assessment at the end of all the courses you take is informed by your academic and creative progress and performance throughout. Your course grades are arrived at through this summative assessment plus a moderation process.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2019/20)

Careers in fashion can be varied, with students proceeding to gain employment in fashion sectors including design, styling, buying and merchandising.

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5. If you haven’t achieved this by the end of S5 we may consider your application based on a strong performance in S6. A minimum of BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: no specific Higher subjects required. National 5: English at grade C.
  • A Levels: no specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: English at grade C or 4.
  • IB: HL: no specific subjects required. SL: English at grade 5.

Additional requirements

Mini-portfolio

Applicants will be asked to submit a digital mini-portfolio to provide evidence of artistic aptitude and potential, this will form an important part of the selection process. The deadline for mini-portfolio submission is 12 pm midday GMT on 28 January 2020 and late mini-portfolio submissions will not be accepted.

Portfolio guidance

Important dates

  • 2 December 2019: mini-portfolio submissions site opens

  • 15 January 2020: UCAS deadline for Home/EU applicants

  • 28 January 2020 at 12 pm (midday): mini-portfolio submission deadline

  • 30 June 2020: final deadline for UCAS applications from applicants from outside the EU.

BTEC/UAL Diplomas

Applicants studying Pearson BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Art and Design will be considered for entry with the following:

  • Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma with DMM.

  • Pearson BTEC Diploma with MM plus one A Level at grade A (or DM plus B at A Level).

  • Pearson BTEC Extended Certificate / Subsidiary Diploma with D plus two A Levels at grade B (or M plus AB at A Level).

Applicants studying the University of the Arts London Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design will be considered with Merit.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

International Foundation Programme

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

Entry to the second year is available. Successful completion of a Foundation Diploma (at Merit Grade), a relevant HND or equivalent is required. Applicants will normally be expected to have undertaken these qualifications in addition to having met the entry requirements (Highers, A Levels, IB etc). In some of our less competitive programmes it may be possible to consider applicants presenting ABC (or equivalent) or above at A Level. These grades must have been achieved in in one set of exams, at first attempt.

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C

  • SQA Standard Grade 3

  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A

  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C

  • GCSE Grade C or 4

  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C

  • IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component

  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section

  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component

  • PTE Academic: Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language requirements

(Revised 22/03/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BA Fashion

Additional costs

The estimated cost of basic prototyping materials, final project materials and printing for the Design Book averages at £150 in Years 1-3. Please note, students may face additional and variable costs for materials relating to their ongoing projects, and depending on the amount of fabric required per student, and we endeavour to keep these costs as low as possible, set by clear budgets.

For Graduate Collections in Year 4, costs may be highly variable depending on the costs of fabrics and additional processes. We encourage our students to budget carefully for their final year and to seek sponsorship for fabrics/finishings where possible to keep costs to a minimum.

There may also be the opportunity to exhibit your work externally in Year 4 at Graduate Fashion Week, which incurs an average cost of £400 per student, for a catwalk show and static exhibition display.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding