BA (Hons) Fashion

BA (Hons) Fashion

100% of BA (Hons) Fashion students at the University of Lincoln stated that they were satisfied overall with their course, according to the National Student Survey 2018.

The Course

BA (Hons) Fashion is a highly creative degree that promotes innovation in all aspects of student work. The programme is aimed at creatively diverse students who wish to explore conceptual fashion, millinery and fashion for performance, without the limitations and constraints of a more commercially motivated fashion degree. The course is designed to equip graduates with a broad range of skills in fashion illustration, design, pattern cutting and bespoke manufacture, enabling them to pursue a career in both fashion and the wider creative industries.

The course aims to provide a supportive environment in which students can develop their critical thinking skills and knowledge of fashion, culture and the arts, as an essential part of their creative development. Live projects, competitions and work placements offer opportunities to gain valuable real-life experience, and place student learning within a wider industry context.

The Course

Representing a powerful form of self-expression, the fashion industry is about much more than just clothes, leading the way in influencing cultural and social trends.

The BA (Hons) Fashion degree at Lincoln is creative in focus and aimed at those who wish to challenge and inspire contemporary fashion. Students have the freedom to experience and explore a range of 2D and 3D approaches to fashion and apparel design. This includes creative pattern cutting, tailoring, couture finishing, millinery, and trend forecasting. They also have opportunities to work on collaborative projects.

The course aims to provide a supportive environment in which students can develop their critical thinking skills and knowledge of fashion, culture, and the arts. It provides opportunities in live projects, competitions, and work placements, giving students the chance to gain real-life experience that can enhance their employability.

The degree aims to promote innovation, individuality, and creativity in all aspects of student work and equip students with the confidence to pursue a range of careers in fashion and the wider creative industries.

In year one, teaching places emphasis on creative and technical knowledge, introducing students to the core areas essential to 2D and 3D ideas development. Students have the opportunity to develop key fashion making skills in the core module 'Fashion Elements: Design, Construction and Cut'.

In year two, students are introduced to conceptual and innovative approaches to fashion, advanced techniques, collaborative projects, and professional presentation and work exhibition.

Skills can be further developed through the modules 'Fashion Architecture', 'Fashion Reconstruction' and 'Advanced Millinery', in which students can begin to specialise in Millinery or a broader Fashion practice.

Third-year teaching focuses on the identification and promotion of each student’s individual design aesthetic through the production of a final collection of work, a portfolio and a practice-led dissertation.

Critical thinking is a fundamental aspect of the course from level one, where students have the opportunity to learn basic academic skills alongside a academic study of Fashion in the 'Reading Fashion' module. At level two, students have the chance to incorporate critical thinking in the 'Fashion Architecture' module, and at level three, the critical work continues with the 'Dissertation' and 'Research Project' modules. All of these modules involve academic research, critical practice and elements of essay writing.

Reflective practice is encouraged within all modules and is designed to play a key role in developing intelligent and highly creative fashion thinkers, innovators and creators.

This degree aims to provide Fashion students with the opportunity to develop the experience and expertise to organise and produce their own showcase, contributing to their employability.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Fashion Elements: Design, Construction and Cut (Core)
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Fashion Elements: Design, Construction and Cut (Core)

This core module will aim to introduce students to the range of practical, theoretical and contextual approaches to fashion. Students will have the opportunity 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. Encouraging independent research and development of personal design processes, students may explore, experiment and consider a range of materials appropriate for different audiences and purposes.

Fashion, Culture & Context (Core)
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Fashion, Culture & Context (Core)

This module introduces students to the contextual study of fashion and culture, from both historic and contemporary perspectives.

Academic skills form an integral part of student learning, facilitating the development, exploration and articulation of ideas, in line with the standards required at degree level.

Module activities are designed to engage students in the effective use of; research, analysis, independent critical thinking, synthesis and communication, within both their academic and creative practice.

Millinery (Core)
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Millinery (Core)

This core module aims to introduce students to a range of practical, theoretical and contextual approaches to millinery. Throughout the module, students can learn a range of construction and production techniques, encouraging the exploration and potential of a range of materials to realise future designs for different purposes and audiences. It will encourage independent research in respect to the relationship between design and construction while developing the student's own design aesthetic as a milliner.

Reading Fashion (Core)
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Reading Fashion (Core)

This core module aims to introduce students to a range of theoretical approaches to fashion through practice. Week by week, as each theoretical topic is introduced and addressed, students can develop a range of critical, creative, visual and verbal responses, through which they will challenge their understanding of fashion.

Topics include: What is Fashion? Fashion and Gender, Fashion and the Avant-Garde, and Fashion and Identity.

Visual Communication (Core)
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Visual Communication (Core)

This core module gives students the opportunity to research methodologies and practices relevant to the study of fashion, from initial concepts through to the generation of final designs. Students can learn to formulate and adapt their creative response to a range of briefs, encouraging an independent approach to the exploration of design processes, techniques, identity and meaning, inherent to the formation of fashion ideas and the development of a personal design aesthetic.

The purpose of this module is to develop the students’ understanding of fashion careers and employability through project work, seminars and in class discussion. Students will be introduced to the professional design process and working practices relevant to the fashion industry.

Beyond Fashion (Core)
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Beyond Fashion (Core)

This elective module explores how fashion has had, and continues to have, an impact on other discipline areas and how it is positioned in terms of a wider cultural context. Students can examine how fashion is explored through media such as film, live-art, dance and performance. Areas of study include fashion and film, fashion and the art industry, and fashion and dance.

Fashion and Performance (Core)
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Fashion and Performance (Core)

This core module brings together students from Fashion, Drama, Dance and Music to form a performance production team. A key element of this module requires Fashion students to be responsible for the costume for a particular production. Depending on which production is produced, areas of study can include: costume and performance, artistic vision, costume and movement, costume and period, design and experimentation, sourcing costumes, and working with performers, musicians and directors.

Fashion Architecture (Core)
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Fashion Architecture (Core)

This core module introduces students to historical and contemporary understanding of the changing silhouette within fashion. Looking at traditional methods of construction, cut and materials which have been used to exaggerate the body through padding, ruffs, bustles and cages, to the restriction and constraint seen within corsetry. Students may consider how these shapes interact with the wearer and can change and distort the body.

This is a studio practice-based module where students have the opportunity to develop creative approaches to pattern cutting and exploring how shape, form and volume can be created and developed within design and pattern. Students can explore and examine materials and techniques found within traditional and contemporary tailoring and corsetry disciplines and apply them to their own practice.

Fashion Reconstruction (Core)
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Fashion Reconstruction (Core)

This elective module encourages students to research a historical period between 1560-1935 and remake a period costume using appropriate materials and construction processes.

Students explore historical methods of pattern drafting, construction and decorative techniques alongside traditional materials appropriate to their chosen period. Developing research skills using both primary and secondary sources, students can look at how to study an object to identify its materials, cut and construction, and place it within historical context, exploring the way people wore clothing in the past. This body of research will be developed within the students own design practice.

Visual Identity (Core)
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Visual Identity (Core)

This core module identifies and develops the individual design aesthetic of students through the formulation, communication and presentation of a range of innovative fashion responses. Students elect to develop either a digital and/or traditional portfolio to a professional standard in readiness for work placement and interview.

Engagement with the contemporary fashion and related creative industries forms an important part of this course, enabling students to define their career aspirations, portfolio and marketing strategy, all of which will be presented to staff and peers for feedback on conclusion of the module. Interdisciplinary practice with other creative areas is encouraged, resulting in a broader approach to design and communication in the context of fashion.

Visual Identity prepares students for the year three Professional Profile module.

Fashion Dissertation (Core)
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Fashion Dissertation (Core)

The Fashion Dissertation module offers students the opportunity to explore in some depth, a fashion topic of their own choice, via self-directed study and research. The module aims to broaden the scope of the student’s fashion degree programme by allowing them to identify and academically explore a topic of interest, in alignment with their final garment collection, career interests and/or professional profile.

Professional Profile (Core)
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Professional Profile (Core)

This core module gives final-year students the opportunity to develop an individual approach for the presentation of their final degree work. Students can work with subject and industry experts to negotiate and formulate a feasible platform through which they will externally promote their work, personal talents and creative identity. Cross-disciplinary practice is encouraged and students will be expected to collaborate with external bodies in order to successfully achieve their desired outcome.

Professional practice, through the creation, planning, management and production of the final project, will demonstrate enterprise and employability skills aligned to the creative industries. Employability will be further enhanced through a pitch and a marketing profile, potentially preparing the graduate for a breadth of career options. The final marketing ‘vehicle’ will be presented to a panel of assessors comprising of academic staff and industry expert/s.

Research Project - Professional and Creative Conclusion- Fashion (Core)
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Research Project - Professional and Creative Conclusion- Fashion (Core)

This module concludes students' design journey and results in the final production of a body of work for exhibition. The work should demonstrate a depth of understanding combined with conceptual, aesthetic and technical skills, and creative innovation. Students may form part of a community of designers who envisage new ways of making innovative and commercially-relevant work. The skills that students are expected to acquire could prepare them for future opportunities in the fashion industry and other creative sectors such as film, theatre and textile heritage arts, as well as preparation for running their own fashion-based business.

Students will have the opportunity to emerge from this module with a collection of garments with supporting portfolio demonstrating creative and technical ability and individual design aesthetic.

Research Project - Professional and Creative Development - Fashion (Core)
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Research Project - Professional and Creative Development - Fashion (Core)

This elective module aims to provide students with design practice-led research skills, entrepreneurial and creative thinking skills and knowledge, and interdisciplinary approaches to fashion design. This can enable students to confidently communicate their design ideas and define their individual identity as a designer.

Students will have the opportunity to explore their fashion interests with an emphasis on design, illustration, market and technical abilities, through which research will determine their design criteria and audience for their creative outcome. Students can establish a rationale, source and plan to actualise their final project.

Innovation of ideas will infuse all aspects of this module, with an emphasis on traditional and new technologies in fabrics and construction, and engaging with the narrative of fashion.

† 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.

Students will experience a variety of module assessment modes which may include portfolio work, essays, presentations, production of millinery, garments and fashion collections, in addition to blogs, sketch-books and journals. Students may have the opportunity to exhibit their work in an end of year degree/fashion show at level three.

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, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. 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.

Successful applicants will be invited for interview, where they will have the opportunity to go through their portfolio with a member of the academic team.

Your portfolio should communicate your creative style and experimental fashion interests. It is advisable to include a range of work that demonstrates your ability to; draw, design, observe, make, translate and explore ideas in interesting ways. Sketchbooks and garments (if applicable) should be included in the work you bring to interview. All applicants will be offered a tour of the fashion area whilst visiting the department.

We welcome overseas applicants who will be asked to digitally submit their portfolio before interview.

Industry Links

As part of the programme, students have the opportunity to engage with experts from fashion and the creative industries throughout their degree. The format of this professional interaction varies, with recent on campus visits undertaking live projects, specialist workshops and guest lectures. The aim is to broaden creative versatility, professional approaches, empolyability and industry knowledge.

Adobe Creative Cloud

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

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Tutors aim to offer guidance and advice on suitable placement and internship opportunities, which students are encouraged to regularly engage in, even if they opt to not take the optional ‘Placements’ module in year two. It is usual for longer internships to take place over the vacation periods to fit in with the academic calendar. Costs relating to placements can be found in the Features tab.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in an annual student Internship Programme, which is a two to four week experience at the end of term two. During this time students can apply to work with a third year of their choice, assisting them in the development and finalisation of their collection. Year one and two ‘interns’ can select their final year student depending on their own personal career goals.

Following on from this, students could have the opportunity to gain further experience assisting with the production of the end of year fashion/degree show.

Placements

Some courses offer students the opportunity to undertake placements. When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry (where available). Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Tuition Fees

2020/21UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level* £15,900 per level**
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2019/20UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,900 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

* UK/EU: The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

** International: The fees quoted are for one year of study. For continuing students fees are subject to an increase of 2% each year and rounded to the nearest £100.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

- In exceptional circumstances, students who are required to re-take modules can do so on an 'assessment only' basis. This means that students do not attend timetabled teaching events but are required to take the assessments/examinations associated with the module(s). The 'assessment only' fee is half of the £ per credit point fee for each module.

Exceptionally, tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost.

Other Costs

Students will be required to cover additional costs specific to the study of fashion. These typically include, but are not limited to: fabric, art materials, printing, cultural visits, creating a final collection and a third-year fashion show contribution. If students choose to undertake a work placement, they will be responsible for their travel, accommodation and general living costs.

Visits are not assessed but are recommended as part of student development. It is usual to engage in two trips per academic year, at an average cost of £30-£40 per student per event. An annual trip to a fashion centre is usually offered, with a typical three night Paris trip costing approximately £400 per student. This includes accommodation and travel costs, however food, inner city transport etc. are additional. Students are encouraged to pay for larger trips in instalments through the University’s Online Shop.

Year one and two students report typically spending £250-300 per year on course materials and equipment, in addition to £100 on printing. Final year expenditure can be greater due to the production of a collection, portfolio and exhibition. It should be noted however that successful work is not dependent on high costs but on the level of originality, innovation, creativity and resourcefulness.

The University currently awards each student an annual Materials Fund which assists with the provision of some key learning materials.

GCE Advanced Levels: BCC

International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points

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.

EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.

We 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.

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: http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/course/AFYAFYUB/


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.

Unconditional Offer Scheme

The University of Lincoln Unconditional Offer Scheme has been created to identify outstanding undergraduate applicants who we think would excel at Lincoln and make a significant contribution to our academic community.

The University of Lincoln takes a holistic contextual view, looking at students in the round, including all the information supplied in their application and any additional relevant assessment required, such as a portfolio, or interview. The qualities required for success are therefore not exclusively academic, and students’ drive, ambition, creativity, and potential are important factors in those considered for the scheme.

Applicants selected for the scheme, who commit to the University of Lincoln as their first choice of university, will receive an unconditional offer. We expect students in receipt of an unconditional offer to continue to apply themselves in their studies, both at school and when they join our academic community here at Lincoln. In previous years students who were selected and joined through the Lincoln unconditional offer scheme have shown very good success rate in their studies.

Please remember that as you may receive a number of offers from the universities which you have applied to, you should take your time to consider all of the offers that you receive and carefully choose the university and course which is right for you. There is no need for you to make a decision ahead of the deadline and we would recommend that you wait to receive all of the responses from your chosen universities so that you can take a well-informed decision.

We expect all our offer holders to continue to apply themselves in their studies, both at school and when they join our academic community here at Lincoln. Your exam results will be important for your own personal satisfaction and also for your future career and life opportunities.

Find out more about the Unconditional Offer Scheme

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 third and 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 a practice-led dissertation.

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

Module teaching is delivered through a range of practical, studio, seminar, and lecture-based sessions. In addition. students will be expected to attend supported workshops in which they can develop their practice on a self-directed study basis under the guidance of the technical team. A library of Panopto technical demonstration videos enables students to work at their own pace.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Fashion Elements: Design, Construction and Cut (Core)
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Fashion Elements: Design, Construction and Cut (Core)

This core module will aim to introduce students to the range of practical, theoretical and contextual approaches to fashion. Students will have the opportunity 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. Encouraging independent research and development of personal design processes, students may explore, experiment and consider a range of materials appropriate for different audiences and purposes.

Fashion, Culture & Context (Core)
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Fashion, Culture & Context (Core)

This module introduces students to the contextual study of fashion and culture, from both historic and contemporary perspectives.

Academic skills form an integral part of student learning, facilitating the development, exploration and articulation of ideas, in line with the standards required at degree level.

Module activities are designed to engage students in the effective use of; research, analysis, independent critical thinking, synthesis and communication, within both their academic and creative practice.

Millinery (Core)
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Millinery (Core)

This core module aims to introduce students to a range of practical, theoretical and contextual approaches to millinery. Throughout the module, students can learn a range of construction and production techniques, encouraging the exploration and potential of a range of materials to realise future designs for different purposes and audiences. It will encourage independent research in respect to the relationship between design and construction while developing the student's own design aesthetic as a milliner.

Reading Fashion (Core)
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Reading Fashion (Core)

This core module aims to introduce students to a range of theoretical approaches to fashion through practice. Week by week, as each theoretical topic is introduced and addressed, students can develop a range of critical, creative, visual and verbal responses, through which they will challenge their understanding of fashion.

Topics include: What is Fashion? Fashion and Gender, Fashion and the Avant-Garde, and Fashion and Identity.

Visual Communication (Core)
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Visual Communication (Core)

This core module gives students the opportunity to research methodologies and practices relevant to the study of fashion, from initial concepts through to the generation of final designs. Students can learn to formulate and adapt their creative response to a range of briefs, encouraging an independent approach to the exploration of design processes, techniques, identity and meaning, inherent to the formation of fashion ideas and the development of a personal design aesthetic.

The purpose of this module is to develop the students’ understanding of fashion careers and employability through project work, seminars and in class discussion. Students will be introduced to the professional design process and working practices relevant to the fashion industry.

Beyond Fashion (Core)
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Beyond Fashion (Core)

This elective module explores how fashion has had, and continues to have, an impact on other discipline areas and how it is positioned in terms of a wider cultural context. Students can examine how fashion is explored through media such as film, live-art, dance and performance. Areas of study include fashion and film, fashion and the art industry, and fashion and dance.

Fashion and Performance (Core)
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Fashion and Performance (Core)

This core module brings together students from Fashion, Drama, Dance and Music to form a performance production team. A key element of this module requires Fashion students to be responsible for the costume for a particular production. Depending on which production is produced, areas of study can include: costume and performance, artistic vision, costume and movement, costume and period, design and experimentation, sourcing costumes, and working with performers, musicians and directors.

Fashion Architecture (Core)
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Fashion Architecture (Core)

This core module introduces students to historical and contemporary understanding of the changing silhouette within fashion. Looking at traditional methods of construction, cut and materials which have been used to exaggerate the body through padding, ruffs, bustles and cages, to the restriction and constraint seen within corsetry. Students may consider how these shapes interact with the wearer and can change and distort the body.

This is a studio practice-based module where students have the opportunity to develop creative approaches to pattern cutting and exploring how shape, form and volume can be created and developed within design and pattern. Students can explore and examine materials and techniques found within traditional and contemporary tailoring and corsetry disciplines and apply them to their own practice.

Fashion Reconstruction (Core)
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Fashion Reconstruction (Core)

This elective module encourages students to research a historical period between 1560-1935 and remake a period costume using appropriate materials and construction processes.

Students explore historical methods of pattern drafting, construction and decorative techniques alongside traditional materials appropriate to their chosen period. Developing research skills using both primary and secondary sources, students can look at how to study an object to identify its materials, cut and construction, and place it within historical context, exploring the way people wore clothing in the past. This body of research will be developed within the students own design practice.

Visual Identity (Core)
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Visual Identity (Core)

This core module identifies and develops the individual design aesthetic of students through the formulation, communication and presentation of a range of innovative fashion responses. Students elect to develop either a digital and/or traditional portfolio to a professional standard in readiness for work placement and interview.

Engagement with the contemporary fashion and related creative industries forms an important part of this course, enabling students to define their career aspirations, portfolio and marketing strategy, all of which will be presented to staff and peers for feedback on conclusion of the module. Interdisciplinary practice with other creative areas is encouraged, resulting in a broader approach to design and communication in the context of fashion.

Visual Identity prepares students for the year three Professional Profile module.

Fashion Dissertation (Core)
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Fashion Dissertation (Core)

The Fashion Dissertation module offers students the opportunity to explore in some depth, a fashion topic of their own choice, via self-directed study and research. The module aims to broaden the scope of the student’s fashion degree programme by allowing them to identify and academically explore a topic of interest, in alignment with their final garment collection, career interests and/or professional profile.

Professional Profile (Core)
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Professional Profile (Core)

This core module gives final-year students the opportunity to develop an individual approach for the presentation of their final degree work. Students can work with subject and industry experts to negotiate and formulate a feasible platform through which they will externally promote their work, personal talents and creative identity. Cross-disciplinary practice is encouraged and students will be expected to collaborate with external bodies in order to successfully achieve their desired outcome.

Professional practice, through the creation, planning, management and production of the final project, will demonstrate enterprise and employability skills aligned to the creative industries. Employability will be further enhanced through a pitch and a marketing profile, potentially preparing the graduate for a breadth of career options. The final marketing ‘vehicle’ will be presented to a panel of assessors comprising of academic staff and industry expert/s.

Research Project - Professional and Creative Conclusion- Fashion (Core)
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Research Project - Professional and Creative Conclusion- Fashion (Core)

This module concludes students' design journey and results in the final production of a body of work for exhibition. The work should demonstrate a depth of understanding combined with conceptual, aesthetic and technical skills, and creative innovation. Students may form part of a community of designers who envisage new ways of making innovative and commercially-relevant work. The skills that students are expected to acquire could prepare them for future opportunities in the fashion industry and other creative sectors such as film, theatre and textile heritage arts, as well as preparation for running their own fashion-based business.

Students will have the opportunity to emerge from this module with a collection of garments with supporting portfolio demonstrating creative and technical ability and individual design aesthetic.

Research Project - Professional and Creative Development - Fashion (Core)
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Research Project - Professional and Creative Development - Fashion (Core)

This elective module aims to provide students with design practice-led research skills, entrepreneurial and creative thinking skills and knowledge, and interdisciplinary approaches to fashion design. This can enable students to confidently communicate their design ideas and define their individual identity as a designer.

Students will have the opportunity to explore their fashion interests with an emphasis on design, illustration, market and technical abilities, through which research will determine their design criteria and audience for their creative outcome. Students can establish a rationale, source and plan to actualise their final project.

Innovation of ideas will infuse all aspects of this module, with an emphasis on traditional and new technologies in fabrics and construction, and engaging with the narrative of fashion.

† 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.

Students will experience a variety of module assessment modes which may include portfolio work, sketchbooks, essays, presentations, production of 3D apparel, garments, fashion collections, and milinery. Students may have the opportunity to exhibit their work in an end of year degree/fashion show at level three.

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, such as written assignments, dissertations, presentations, or in-class tests. 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.

Portfolio Review

Successful applicants will be invited to a portfolio review, where they have the opportunity to go through their portfolio with a member of the academic team.

Your portfolio should contain a range of work that demonstrates your ability to; draw, design, observe, make, translate, and explore ideas in interesting ways. Sketchbooks are of great interest and garments (if you have them) can also be included in the work you bring to interview. We are keen to understand what inspires you and why you want to pursue a fashion degree. All applicants will be offered a tour of the fashion area whilst visiting the department.

We welcome overseas applicants who will be asked to digitally submit their portfolio before interview.

Industry Links

The University has strong links with industry and students may have the opportunity to attend lectures and workshops with visiting experts from fashion, film costume, millinery, and the wider creative industries. Recent speakers include Frankfurt-based fine art/fashion duo Battenberg-Cartwright, the British Fashion Council, and West End theatre designer Matt Kinley.

Adobe Creative Cloud

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

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Guidance and advice on placements and internships can be sought from either fashion academics or the University's Careers and Employability service. 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.

Currently all fashion students participate in an annual student Internship Programme, which is a two to four week experience at the end of term two. During this time students’ work with a third year student of their choice, assisting them with the final stages of their collection development. Following on from this, students can gain further experience assisting with the production of the end of year Graduate Fashion Show.

Placement Year

When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport, accommodation, and general living costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry. Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process

Placements

Some courses offer students the opportunity to undertake placements. When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry (where available). Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Tuition Fees

2020/21UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level* £15,900 per level**
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2019/20UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,900 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

* UK/EU: The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

** International: The fees quoted are for one year of study. For continuing students fees are subject to an increase of 2% each year and rounded to the nearest £100.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

- In exceptional circumstances, students who are required to re-take modules can do so on an 'assessment only' basis. This means that students do not attend timetabled teaching events but are required to take the assessments/examinations associated with the module(s). The 'assessment only' fee is half of the £ per credit point fee for each module.

Exceptionally, tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost.

Other Costs

Students will be required to cover additional costs specific to the study of fashion. These typically include, but are not limited to: fabric, art materials, printing, cultural visits, creating a final collection, and a third-year fashion show contribution.

If students choose to undertake a work placement, they will be responsible for their travel, accommodation, and general living costs.

External visits are recommended as part of student development. It is usual to engage in two (day) trips per academic year, at an average cost of £30-£40 per student per event.

Year one and two students report typically spending £250-300 per year on course materials and equipment, in addition to £100 on printing. Final year expenditure can be greater due to the production of a collection and portfolio. It should be noted however that successful work is not dependent on high costs but on the level of originality, innovation, creativity and resourcefulness.

The University currently awards each student an annual amount Materials Fund which assists with the provision of some key learning materials. This may be subject to change.

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

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

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.

EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.

We 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.

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: http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/course/AFYAFYUB/


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.

Unconditional Offer Scheme

The University of Lincoln Unconditional Offer Scheme has been created to identify outstanding undergraduate applicants who we think would excel at Lincoln and make a significant contribution to our academic community.

The University of Lincoln takes a holistic contextual view, looking at students in the round, including all the information supplied in their application and any additional relevant assessment required, such as a portfolio, or interview. The qualities required for success are therefore not exclusively academic, and students’ drive, ambition, creativity, and potential are important factors in those considered for the scheme.

Applicants selected for the scheme, who commit to the University of Lincoln as their first choice of university, will receive an unconditional offer. We expect students in receipt of an unconditional offer to continue to apply themselves in their studies, both at school and when they join our academic community here at Lincoln. In previous years students who were selected and joined through the Lincoln unconditional offer scheme have shown very good success rate in their studies.

Please remember that as you may receive a number of offers from the universities which you have applied to, you should take your time to consider all of the offers that you receive and carefully choose the university and course which is right for you. There is no need for you to make a decision ahead of the deadline and we would recommend that you wait to receive all of the responses from your chosen universities so that you can take a well-informed decision.

We expect all our offer holders to continue to apply themselves in their studies, both at school and when they join our academic community here at Lincoln. Your exam results will be important for your own personal satisfaction and also for your future career and life opportunities.

Find out more about the Unconditional Offer Scheme

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Expert Image - Victoria Bellandini

Victoria Bellandini

Programme Leader

Victoria has enjoyed a varied career spanning fashion, costume, styling, and illustration. She has worked as fashion illustrator for designer John Richmond; and in costume design for the BBC, television, and film industries. Victoria is Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion.


Your Future Career

This course is designed to prepare graduates for a wide range of careers in fashion and related areas including fashion design, film costume, styling, millinery, fashion illustration, show production and the wider arts industry.

Lincoln graduate destinations have included: Alexander McQueen, Anderson and Shepherd Tailors, Savile Row, Angels & Berman's Costumiers, London, Arcadia Group, BBC, The British Fashion Council, Burberry, Conde Nast, Dazed and Confused, Julien MacDonald, London Fashion Week, Matthew Williamson, Paul Smith, Roland Mouret, Royal Opera House, Stephen Jones Millinery.

Graduate Careers may include: Costume Assistant, Fashion Blogger, Fashion Buyer, Fashion Consultant, Fashion Illustrator, Fashion Writer, Film, TV & Theatre Costume Designers, Freelance/Own Label, Menswear Designer, Military Costume Expert, Millinery, Designer/Maker, Print Designer, Visual Merchandiser, Womenswear Designer.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/.

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

Lincoln graduate destinations have included: Alexander McQueen; Anderson and Shepherd Tailors, Savile Row; Angels & Berman's Costumiers, London; Arcadia Group; BBC; The British Fashion Council; Burberry; Conde Nast; Dazed and Confused; Julien MacDonald; London Fashion Week; Matthew Williamson; Paul Smith; Roland Mouret; Royal Opera House; and Stephen Jones Millinery.

Graduate careers may include: styling, illustration, fashion buying, illustration, journalism, theatre costume design, freelance/own label, tailoring, knitwear design, historic costume expert, eyewear design, print design, TV costume design, millinery, and womenswear designer.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/.

Student Testimonial - Esme Burgess-Lamb

I chose the course because of the focus on couture manufacturing techniques. Lincoln was one of the only universities I visited which provided an alternative to fast fashion and commercial design.

Esme Burgess-Lamb, Fashion Student

Facilities

Students on this course 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, laser cutting, and 3D printing, ceramics, glass, and metal work.

Students also benefit from on-site performance studios, a 450-capacity professional theatre and public gallery. These play host to student fashion shows and exhibitions, professionally supported by the in-house technical team.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.


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.

Lincoln School of Design