Female fashion student working on a garment in the fashion studio

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3 years (4 years with Foundation Year)

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Brayford Pool

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BA (Hons) Fashion

100% of BA (Hons) Fashion students at Lincoln were satisfied overall with their course according to the National Student Survey 2022.

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3 years (4 years with Foundation Year)

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Brayford Pool

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Ann Draycott - Programme Leader

Ann Draycott - Programme Leader

Ann's professional career in fashion has led her to work in theatre, television, and film. She also ran her own successful fashion styling company working within the hair and beauty industry, nationally and internationally. Ann's research interest lies in the 'Lost labels of the 20th Century', and American pattern cutting books (1856-1946).

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Welcome to BA (Hons) Fashion

BA (Hons) Fashion is a 'classically constructed' degree that focuses on the essential partnership between innovative design and technical excellence.

In line with the contemporary fashion industry, the programme encourages students to consider sustainable approaches to their practice, exploring the relationship between good design and timeless fashion.

The programme aims to give students the opportunity to explore traditional and creative pattern cutting (including zero waste approaches), tailoring, CLO 3D modelling/draping on the stand, specialist finishing, fabric sourcing, handling and embellishment, and digital fabric print. In addition to 3D fashion skills, students can study the fashion design process, traditional and digital visual communication and portfolio development, in addition to other areas such as fashion trends and styling.

The University's well-equipped fashion workshops (run by on-site technical staff) and design studios provide an ideal setting for students to flourish creatively.

As part of their professional development students are expected to engage in external opportunities during their three years on the programme. These typically include internships, international competitions, collaborative projects and exhibitions, and more. External activities are supported by the academic team or University Careers and Employability service.

As creative and academic excellence, employability, and personal wellbeing are at the heart of the programme, learning and teaching has been carefully developed to inspire, nurture, and cultivate individual talent within a supportive environment. The course aims to produce graduates who are prepared on both a personal and professional level for a successful career within fashion or related industries.

You can find out more about the work of staff and students by following our Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/unilincolndesign/

This programme is also available with an Arts Foundation Year, which can provide an alternative route of entry onto the full degree programme. Find out more at https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/course/afyafyub/.

Did You Know?

Previous students have undertaken internships at a range of fashion brands, retailers, and charities including Savile Row's Anderson and Sheppard, Missguided, Zara, Oxfam, and Danshan.

"I love studying Fashion at Lincoln. You have a lot of freedom when designing, which allows you to be more experimental. The course teaches you lots of different skills within fashion, which put you in a good position for industry."

Abigail Evans, BA (Hons) Fashion student

How You Study

During the first year, teaching emphasises creative and technical knowledge, introducing students to the core areas essential to 2D and 3D ideas development. This is taken further in the second year, where students are introduced to conceptual and innovative approaches to fashion, advanced techniques in garment development, portfolio presentation, and critical and cultural knowledge.

In the final year, the programme focuses on the refinement and promotion of each student's individual design aesthetic. Students produce a final collection of work, a portfolio, and contextual written study.

Studio practice is a key element of this course, and students will have the opportunity to spend a lot time in a creative fashion workshop environment. Teaching and learning experiences may include lectures, workshops, seminars, and group tutorials. Students can also benefit from one-to-one surgeries, portfolio reviews, and self-initiated work experience. A comprehensive library of fashion technical and design processes supports students to work at their own pace.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

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Fashion students are based in the University’s Nicola de la Haye Building, where they can access a range of design studios, technical spaces, workshops, and machine rooms. There is equipment for digital fabric printing and other 3D workshop facilities including; laser cutting, 3D printing, ceramics, glass, and metal work, in addition to photography studios and computer suites.

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An Introduction to Your Modules

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Contextual Studies 1 2023-24DES1001MLevel 42023-24This module is designed to introduce students to relevant concepts, debates, and case studies relating to the nature creativity and the creative process, as the basis for the development of a reflective creative practice. This aims to compliment and underpin the studio work students carry out with the programme-specific team during the rest of their programme of study.CoreFashion and Communication 2023-24FAS1214MLevel 42023-24As the employability strand of the programme, Fashion and Communication aims to introduce students to the industry aligned fashion design process. Module content is designed to navigate students through all 2D creative stages; from research and sketchbook development to range planning and the visual communication and presentation of ideas. The module aims to develop skills in drawing, design, fashion illustration, and the stylistic and effective communication of 2D/3D creative ideas. Teaching and learning may also explore modernity and contemporary/historic fashion, assisting students in the formation of informed and relevant ideas that align with the fashion industry of today and tomorrow. Students are expected to develop an early understanding of fashion careers and employability through focused project work, seminars, and in class discussion. Alongside in-class opportunities, careers and employability sessions and workshops may be available for students to attend on an extra-curricular basis.CoreFashion Skills 1 2023-24FAS1215MLevel 42023-24This module aims to introduce students to core 'soft garment manufacture skills, processes and methods, enabling them to take 2D ideas into 3D forms. Machine and fabric handling skills form an innate part of module learning, as well as an early understanding of key aspects of garment design such as: proportion, scale, style, and fashion aesthetic. Through the module students will be expected to learn manufacture and pattern cutting techniques necessary to successfully develop innovative 3D responses to fashion design briefs, working both on the stand and from 2D to 3D. Through encouraging independent research and development of personal design processes students can explore, experiment, and consider a range of materials appropriate for different audiences and purposes.CoreFashion Skills 2 2023-24FAS1216MLevel 42023-24This module aims to introduces students to a range of practical and theoretical/contextual approaches to fabrics, materials and techniques within the context of fashion. Within this module students are typically introduced to, and gain knowledge and understanding of, the creative potential of using both traditional and contemporary based approaches within fashion/accessory development. Students have the opportunity to experiment with a range of fabrics and materials, and learn a range of construction and production techniques, encouraging exploration and 'play', aiding future design thinking and potential for different purposes and audiences. Module content aims to encourage independent research, supporting the relationship between design and construction/application, whilst developing students' own creative aesthetic. Module content aims to engage students with a range of equipment, (digital) processes, and techniques to enhance their practice.CoreContextual Studies 2 2024-25DES2001MLevel 52024-25Building upon issues concerning the development of a reflective creative practice, Contextual Studies 2 introduces students to relevant concepts, debates, and case study examples concerning the professional, economic, and socio-cultural contexts of design within the creative industries. It will also discuss ethical issues as they relate to this professional context of the creative industries and shape the creative motivations of areas such as design activism, ecological orientations, and socially engaged creative practices. These themes and debates will form an overarching discussion of professional design practice.CoreCreative Development 1 2024-25FAS2063MLevel 52024-25This module aims to introduce students to more advanced methods of pattern cutting and garment manufacture. Garments produced should be more technically challenging and emerge from individual design ideas and the formation of a distinctive creative ethos and design aesthetic. Module content aims to expand student knowledge of materials, processes and finishes, enhancing their 2D to 3D visualisation and communication skills, knowledge, and technical vocabulary. Module teaching and learning will be evidenced through full outfit realisation, responding to contemporary fashion, market level, and individual design aesthetic. This is a studio practice-based module in which students should develop a more inspired approach to pattern making, exploring for example: shape, form, proportion, volume, and scale. Students are expected to develop their own projects independently, evidencing their ability to make considered and informed choices that align with their module goals and creative signature.CoreCreative Development 2 2024-25FAS2064MLevel 52024-25This module aims to explore advanced approaches to the production of fashion apparel utilising both traditional skills of couture craftsmanship alongside contemporary technologies, materials, and design practices. Students will be expected to gain an understanding of the development of structured pieces within areas that may include tailoring, apparel/millinery, and outerwear. Content aims to explore hand, couture, machine, and technological approaches, highlighting the breadth of creative possibilities and practices available to designers and makers, working within differing areas and levels of the fashion industry. It will encourage creative and innovative work, aiming to equip students with an advanced technical knowledge of the specialist skills and techniques required to translate their ideas into a head to toe look for different purposes and audiences.CoreFashion and Industry 2024-25FAS2065MLevel 52024-25This module aims to engage students with industry aligned projects and experiences, with the purpose of enhancing contemporary fashion knowledge, creative development and employability skills. Students will be expected to explore fashion from a critical and creative perspective, influencing the formation of an individual design aesthetic and ethos, which will be creatively articulated through given tasks/briefs. Module content aims to explore broader fashion contexts such as; globalisation, environment, consumer behaviour, in order to enhance each student's personal development as a responsible designer, preparing fashion students for this challenging professional environment. The module aims to develop strong skills in problem solving, inventiveness, and the creative articulation of ideas. Industry engagement, externalisation, and self-promotion will be encouraged both within the module and through extra-curricular opportunities.CoreContextual Studies 3 2025-26DES3001MLevel 62025-26Contextual Studies 3 is an independent research study module which takes the form either of a dissertation and/or a number of other options. The module offers students an opportunity to explore in depth a topic of their own choice, chosen generally, but not exclusively in relation to the practice and/or context of their programme-specific studies and studio practice.CoreFinal Collection Stage 1 2025-26FAS3073MLevel 62025-26Within this module students can explore the creative possibilities for their 'Final Collection'. Collection production may be individual or collaborative in approach (to be negotiated with staff) and should consider a head to toe approach in terms of the final outcome. This should then be realised in the Final Collection Stage 2 module in Semester B. Students can explore their fashion interests, with an emphasis on design, illustration, market, and technical abilities. Research will determine their design criteria and audience for their creative outcome. Student collections should be relevant to the contemporary and/or future fashion industry and align with a clearly defined creative aesthetic and ethos. This module aims to provide students with design-practice led research, entrepreneurship, creative thinking skills and knowledge, and interdisciplinary approaches to fashion design. This is designed to enable students to confidently communicate their design ideas and define their individual identity as a designer. This module intends to conclude in a fully sampled range of toiles, supporting creative and reflective work, to explain and sell the idea, which will be fully realised in Final Collection Stage 2.CoreFinal Collection Stage 2 2025-26FAS3074MLevel 62025-26This module concludes the students' design journey and results in the final production of a body of work for exhibition. Collection production may be individual or collaborative in approach (to be negotiated with staff) and should consider a head to toe approach in terms of the final outcome. The realised collection comprising of a series of looks' should be carefully aligned and placed within the contemporary fashion industry, with a clearly specified purpose, market, and relevance. Work should be produced to a high standard, ensuring adequate quality to be presented to an external audience as/if required. Stylistic, aesthetic, fabric, colour and proportional excellence should be addressed to communicate overall design sensitivity, successfully realising a conceptually driven collection. The garment collection may be presented with complimentary design development and reflective practice. The skills that students acquire could prepare them for future opportunities not just in the fashion industry, but in other creative sectors, as well as those planning to start their own business.CoreProfessional Profile 2025-26FAS3075MLevel 62025-26Final year students will be expected to curate a forward looking portfolio that effectively communicates their creative ethos and signature, and supports their professional ambitions. Students have the opportunity undertake intellectually and creatively challenging briefs that align with the current and developing needs of the fashion and wider creative industries. The professional design portfolio aims to enhance employability and enterprise skills through the application students' individual style to a range of fashion briefs. Within this module students may participate in live projects, national, and international competitions, and interaction with industrial partners where possible, which should support the transition into the fashion workplace or postgraduate study. Advanced illustration, portfolio, and presentation skills may support the promotion of creative practice to a range of audiences including potential employers, assessors, and competition judges to enhance professional success. In-depth cultural, aesthetic, technical and commercial research should be harnessed using critical design thinking processes, to synthesise advanced fashion solutions. Within the Professional Profile module, students will be encouraged to develop innovative and modern fashion responses, engaging with research, concepts, design, and market alignment. Therefore self-determining intellectually challenging briefs that builds upon prior learning, reflecting on personal strengths, career interests and personal design ethos and aesthetic.Core

How you are assessed

As this course aims to develop a wide range of practical and intellectual skills, assessment is varied and includes presentations, written projects, individual and group practical work, projects, and portfolios, in addition to academic essays.

There are no formal end-of-year examinations. Throughout the degree, students are assessed through their production of practical and written work.

Assessment Feedback
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly - usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment
The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework for example including design project work and presentations; and written assignments. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

Students currently have free access to a range of software including the Adobe Creative Cloud software and various art materials for the duration of their studies, but will be required to cover additional costs specific to the study of fashion. These typically include costs for fabric, art materials, printing, exhibitions, and creating a final collection for the third years show. Students undertaking work placements will also need to cover their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs.

Level 1 and 2 students report typically spending £200-300 per year on course materials and equipment. Level 3-Final year expenditure can be greater due to the production of a final garment collection and portfolio.

It should be noted that successful work is not necessarily dependent on high costs but on the level of originality, innovation, creativity, and resourcefulness. It is however expected that students on the programme will have sufficient funding to support the costs of their studies without hindrance.

Entry Requirements 2023-24

United Kingdom

A Level: BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A levels or equivalent qualifications).

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit or equivalent.

T Level: Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points.

A combination of qualifications which may include A Levels, BTEC, EPQ, etc.

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry. We will also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.


Non UK Qualifications:

f you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.


For applicants who do not meet our standard entry requirements, our Arts Foundation Year can provide an alternative route of entry onto our full degree programmes:

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk


Industry Links

The University has strong links with industry and students may have the opportunity to attend lectures and workshops with visiting experts from the fashion and wider creative industries.

Adobe Creative Cloud

All Fashion students currently have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud software for the duration of their studies.

Specialist Facilities

Through instilling in our design students a thoughtful and critical approach to the way they think about design and apply their creative skills, we aim to prepare them to be leaders in the creative industries.

The University of Lincoln has a comprehensive range of facilities designed to provide a supportive environment for creative practitioners. Students have regular access to workshops, labs, studios, and industry-standard equipment, as well as highly knowledgeable technicians. This environment can help students to develop their knowledge and skills, and complements our purpose-built design studios.

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Student Design Awards

Lincoln School of Design students have a long history of winning and being shortlisted for international and national student design competitions, and the last few years have been no exception.

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Student Award winners with their certificates


Students are advised to engage in a number of placements during their degree to enhance their CV and employability. It is recommended that placements are undertaken during holiday periods to fit in with the academic calendar. Guidance and advice on placements and internships can be sought from either fashion academics or the University's Careers and Employability service. Please note, students are responsible for any costs associated with placement such as travel, accommodation or general cost of living. 

Currently all fashion students participate in an annual student Internship Programme, which is a two to four week experience at the end of Semester B. During this time students work with a third-year student, assisting them with the final stages of their garment collection and final exhibition.

Supporting Our Frontline Workers

Volunteers at the University of Lincoln have helped to produce more than four thousand sets of scrubs as part of the national ‘For the Love of Scrubs’ campaign.

The University’s efforts are being led by Fiona Robertson, a fashion technician at the Lincoln School of Design. Fiona said: “The project has been amazing and we've had incredible support and I'd like to thank everybody who has been involved and played a major role in supporting our frontline workers.”

Helen Gill, a local Lincoln City FC supporter, has been collecting donations of fabric to help the team create some amazing Lincoln City themed scrubs (pictured), which are being worn by frontline workers at Lincoln County Hospital.

The project now has 395 volunteers across Lincolnshire and has received a number of high-profile donations, including one from Virgin Radio presenter Chris Evans and his son Noah.

Lincoln City FC themed scrubs produced at the University of Lincoln as part of the For the Love of Scrubs project

Competition Success

Third-year student Abbie Clarke has had her final collection selected as a winner in the Offcut London fashion competition. Abbie’s collection ‘The Ugly Truth’ (pictured) is an Autumn/Winter street style collection aiming to give a voice to the African child soldier crisis. The collection uses striking colours to grab attention with a selection of warming tones for a balanced aesthetic. The design brings utility details to everyday wear, while the print design tells the stories of child soldiers, Agnes and Lionel, in their own words.

Offcut London aims aim to create an outlet for fashion creatives to showcase their talent to an audience of fellow creatives, brands, and other industry contacts. Abbie’s work featured in their online Fashion Show.

'The Ugly Truth' by final-year student Abbie Clarke


Applicants will be invited to submit a digital portfolio of work. Your portfolio should communicate your creative style and experimental fashion interests. It should contain a range of work that demonstrates your ability to draw, design, observe, make, translate, and explore ideas in interesting ways. Images of sketchbooks are of great interest and evidence of garments (if you have them) that communicate any design themes can also be included in the portfolio. We are keen to understand what inspires you and why you want to pursue a fashion degree.

Portfolio Tips

  • Label your work and order it in a logical way
  • Feel free to include anything that isn't quite finished or is work in progress, if you feel it shows your creative style and interests.
  • 15-20 samples of work in your submission would be ideal.
  • Please title your work with your full name and UCAS number

Career Opportunities

This course is designed to prepare graduates for a wide range of careers within the fashion and the wider creative industries.

Graduate careers are extensive and have included womenswear and menswear design, fashion styling, film and TV costume, fashion PR, marketing and social media, constructed textiles, digital and traditional print design, embroidery design, tailoring, and education, amongst others.

Visit Us in Person

The best way to find out what it is really like to live and learn at Lincoln is to join us for one of our Open Days. Visiting us in person is important and will help you to get a real feel for what it might be like to study here.

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Prioritising Face-to-Face Teaching

At the University of Lincoln, we strive to ensure our students’ experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have adapted to Government guidance to keep our students, staff, and community safe. All remaining Covid-19 legal restrictions in England were lifted in February 2022 under the Government’s Plan for Living with Covid-19, and we have embraced a safe return to in-person teaching on campus. Where appropriate, face-to-face teaching is enhanced by the use of digital tools and technology and may be complemented by online opportunities where these support learning outcomes.

We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance make this necessary, and we will endeavour to keep current and prospective students informed. For more information about how we are working to keep our community safe, please visit our coronavirus web pages.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.