Fashion Design Course BA (Hons)

BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design

1. Overview

This course encourages an extensive understanding of the creative, critical and technical skills related to your chosen specialism within Fashion and Textile Design.

A particular strength of the course is the overlapping of fashion and textile areas, creating design solutions that are reflective of the career opportunities for fashion and textiles graduates. You are encouraged to express a personal design signature whilst responding to a range of studio and workshop-based projects.

The course offers three named pathways of Fashion Design, Textile Design and Fashion & Textile Design. Each pathway includes subject specialist knowledge, which assist both breadth of enquiry and subject specialist expertise. Our course enables the combination of both traditional craft skills with digital technology where students learn all the practical skills for following a successful career in fashion and/or textiles and related fields.

Students are supported to develop their own pathway within the specialism and to develop the skills necessary to pursue a career within today’s dynamic fashion and textile professions, across a wide range of industry sectors. Design creativity, business and market awareness will be at the core of your projects.

The course has well established links with industry enabling the students to gain valuable experience of professional practice. Many of your projects will be in partnership with industry or you will be designing for particular niche markets, providing a very ‘real’ experience of how the role of the designer impacts on and responds to the consumer. 


2. What you will study

Year 1

This provides a series of challenging experiences that will enable understanding of the fundamental creative principles and methods that underpin Fashion & Textile Design study. Students explore a wide range of visual methods, processes and media. Both computer assisted design technologies and photography, alongside traditional handdrawing and mixed media methods, play an important role. Students work in an open plan studio environment together with other disciplines creating a vibrant and interactive learning experience.

First year delivery includes lectures, seminars, one-to-one tutorials, group crits and peer learning. A team of design experts alongside fashion and textile specialist staff will be involved in developing students’ creative skills.

Year 2

This will build upon the first year experience and further develop the understanding of Fashion & Textile design through a series of dynamic studio projects and workshop based activities. Emphasis is placed on a practical approach encouraging the translation of design ideas through making. These include: pattern cutting, drape and garment construction together with knit, print and mixed media textiles.

On-going research and development skills are developed through students’ own personal interpretation of project themes using a broad range of media. Live projects with clients and field study trips deepen knowledge and practical skills alongside opportunities to become involved in the organisation of the course fashion show.

Year 3

This year provides focus for professional practice activities and the curriculum focuses on a range of external contexts, which underpin design skills and their application in the real world. Competitions and live projects with external clients, together with a series of professional practice lectures and activities, enable students to learn how to target their design abilities within different commercial parameters.

Advanced workshops develop specialist skills, based on students’ individual interests and strengths. Students will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement or an exchange to one of our European partners. Students become more self-directed, moving towards the final year. Field study trips and the course fashion show are key aspects.

Year 4

This year allows students to select a named pathway determined by their own individual, personal interests and potential. Through this focus, students’ explore the creative parameters of their specialism in depth by developing a self-directed proposal for work. The proposal and its work plan is guided over the course of the year by the student’s academic/personal tutor. This occurs through a series of one-to-one tutorials, reviews, peer learning and group presentations, and ends with a final Honours assessment and degree show. Depending on students’ chosen specialist route, they will take part in a number of graduate events including the graduate fashion show and New Designers in London.

Guests @ Gray's 

Guests @ Grays invite national and international artists and designers to the School to speak about their work. They have had a phenomenal list of speakers that have visited the school in the last few years.

Critical and Contextual Studies (CSS)

Studio practice is supported at all stages by a contextual and critical studies programme. This allows students to engage with history, theory and contemporary practice within each studio specialism. The CCS programme is delivered through blended learning, including lectures, seminars and group tutorials. Students engage with research, analytical critical thinking and are offered various models of communication for assessment, from essays to multimedia digital submissions. In Year 4 students propose their own topic that leads to the submission of a professionally presented body of research.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. How you will learn

Study is underpinned by research methods, visualisation, including CAD, design process, critical and contextual studies, marketing and professional studies.

Live projects, international study visits, industrial placements and design competitions provide an awareness of context and develop professional skills.

In your third year you will make an informed decision as to which area you wish to specialise in, whether Fashion or Textiles, in preparation for your Honours project and the Degree Show.

Your chosen specialisation will be reflected in your final award title allowing you to graduate with a:

  • BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles or
  • BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles Design (Fashion) or
  • BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles Design (Textiles)

4. Entry requirements

Year 1 Entry

SQA Higher: BBC to include English (or a subject requiring the use of English) and Art/Design.

GCE A Level: BC to include English (or a subject requiring the use of English) and Art/Design.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: B2B2C1 to include English (or a subject requiring the use of English) and Art.

IB Diploma: 24 to include Visual Arts and English at Higher Level (or a subject requiring the use of English).

Degree Link Programme: A relevant HNC from one of our partner FE colleges may be considered for year 2 entry.

Year 2 Entry

Entry to year 2 and later would be subject to the presentation of a portfolio of work relative to the specific course. Accompanying qualifications may include HND, Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art or equivalent qualifications.

Interview/Portfolio Review

Suitable applicants will be invited to attend the School with their portfolio for an informal review/discussion with academic staff. This allows you to meet staff, see the teaching environment and allows the School to explore our ambitions whilst reviewing your work. We will discuss your folio work and specific interests within art and design, as well as your aspirations. It will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions.

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Non Standard Entry

Those who may not hold the standard qualifications, are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other appropriate life and work experiences. Such candidates are advised to contact the University during Open Days or the Visit Afternoons for further advice and guidance. A folio of work is still a requirement for this type of candidate.

English language requirementsfor those whose first language is not English.

5. Placements and accreditations

Student placements, European exchanges and live industrial projects are an integral part of our course.

International designers and companies that the course has established links with include: Jonathan Saunders, J.W Anderson, Johnstons of Elgin, The Cashmere Club, Harris Tweed, Saunt & Sinner, Doll, Iris Van Herpen, Folk and Donna Wilson. The course has strong European partners where students have the opportunity to study abroad as part of their 3rd year study.

Students take part in live projects with a range of design studios, manufacturers and external organisations. Live project briefs enable students to gain first-hand experience of the dynamic commercial world and diverse opportunities of fashion and textiles and give a real insight into professional practice.

6. Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2016/2017

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £11,500 per academic year

For Academic Year 2015/2016

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £11,500 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £10,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students


  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students


  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £9,367 per academic year
  • £9,367 per academic year

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

International Students

  • £9300 per academic year


All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


8. How to apply

You must apply online at UCAS -

Once you register and create your username and password, you are guided through the process of applying. After submission, log in to your UCAS Track account to see the progress of your application, and view and respond to your offers.

9. Prospects

Our graduates are creative and passionate about fashion and textiles. Career opportunities include fashion and textiles design within industry, self-employed designer-maker and related fashion and textiles opportunities in marketing, buying and promotion. Recent graduate employment destinations include: freelance designer, designer-maker, studio textile designer, CAD designer, knitwear designer, accessories designer, buyer, colour forecasting/predictions. A number of our graduates have established their own design companies such as Donna Wilson and Saunt & Sinner

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4 Years

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Gray's School of Art
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