Fashion Design (BA (Hons))

the United Kingdom

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 - 4 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 14500 per year

All study options

About Fashion Design at Anglia Ruskin University ARU

Create your own fashion designs from Year 1 in our workshops at Cambridge School of Art, and launch your career with a professional portfolio and stand-out final collection.

Our BA (Hons) Fashion Design degree will help you forge an identity as a designer, specialising in menswear or womenswear.

You'll be hands-on from day one, creating your own fashion designs and engaging with all aspects of the design process in our studios, including pattern cutting, draping, textiles and digital media.

You'll also learn about contemporary fashion promotion, including marketing, styling, fashion photography and art direction - and create campaigns to attract consumers and influencers to your brand. Alongside this you'll learn about the ethics of the fashion industry, and consider issues of sustainability that will help you to develop as a responsible industry professional.

You'll work closely with students from across our creative community, including fashion students in other years, photographers and filmmakers to create eye-catching campaigns and digital content. Perhaps most importantly, you'll get time, guidance and support from our team, including technical staff and course leader Mark Hart, who's worked with brands such as Chloe, Alexander McQueen, Warner Bros Records, and London Records.

As a BA (Hons) Fashion Design student at ARU, you'll have the chance to find placements and internships with high-profile fashion houses and contemporary designers, including Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Mary Katrantzou, Marcus Lupfer and Mother of Pearl. You can also take an optional placement year.

We also attend trade fairs, such as Pure in London - the UK's leading fashion buying event - or the fabric and trend show Premiere Vision in Paris; and visit suppliers and other businesses connected to the fashion industry.

Many of our students go on to establish their own labels or work for fashion houses and other well-known brands:

  • Micaela Sapinho is now Creative Director of her own label, and has twice shown her collections at Lisbon Fashion Week
  • Thanh Cong Vu has gone on to establish his own brand since graduating. While studying Fashion Design at ARU, his designs were shown at Pure and featured in Urban Coco magazine
  • Priscilla Acquah Arhin is a textile designer with Samsonite
  • Agnieszka Zabek works as Apparel Designer with Reebok
  • Tracie Sell is Head of Menswear at Bolongaro Trevor in London
  • Olivia Welsh is Creative Director of her own label, Olivia Annabelle
  • Stephanie Cornforth is Lingerie Designer for Something Wicked
  • Yasmin Lucy Greener is Assistant Accessories Designer at John Lewis.

By the end of the course, you too will have a new collection ready to show to the fashion industry at Graduate Fashion Week, and to the public at our own Graduate Fashion Show and Degree Show.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 - 4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 14500 per year

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

For information on entry requirements for international students, please visit the entry qualifications for your country page.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at Anglia Ruskin University ARU to prepare for your chosen course:

What students think about Anglia Ruskin University ARU

    Yang Qinlin, studying the MA Illustration and Book Arts

    Testimonial from Yang Qinlin, studying the MA Illustration and Book Arts, student at Anglia Ruskin University ARU

    "The UK has a long and distinguished history of art and design. At the same time, it has a lot of modern and avant-garde academic and industry knowledge and experience. This deeply attracted me to study in the UK and apply to the MA Illustration and Book Arts course at the Cambridge School of Art with its 160-year history. It is a very forward-looking subject, combining new technologies, traditional skills and art theories.

    I hope to improve my creative thinking, illustration skills and understanding of book art through the course. I would like to interpret traditional culture and show the world we live in by applying creativity and new techniques.

    I started the autumm trimester online due to the travel situation and am going to Cambridge in January. The MA course is very interesting but challenging at the same time. There are both theoretical and practical modules, such as Sequence and Series. I have to do a lot of academic reading with new academic terms.

    My tutors are very helpful and encouraging. After a few weeks of study, I can clearly see my own progress and achievements, in academic English reading as well as the understanding of theoretical concepts. I have tried to read extensively, including journal articles and art books."

    Alessia, studying the BSc (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management

    Testimonial from Alessia, studying the BSc (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management, student at Anglia Ruskin University ARU

    "I joined ARU two and half years ago and I made it my mission to get involved in everything I could.

    In the very first few months of university, I took part in ARU’s intern programme, working in the Faculty of Business and Law, which gave me the chance to develop my skills, get mentoring and grow both personally and professionally.

    Because ARU is such a vibrant environment, it was easy to get involved with more and I soon became a Student Ambassador, working during Open Days. Working closely with ARU’s staff made me feel so supported and encouraged that I even found the courage to challenge myself and deliver student life talks for the university and co-deliver welcome talks with faculty staff.

    I was also a course rep, which has now led me to represent the whole faculty. This is excellent for my CV as well making sure our students' voices are heard.

    All of these opportunities have built up and helped me believe in myself, in my abilities and, most importantly, boost my confidence. Of course, they are excellent for professional progression and my CV, too."

    Deividas, studying the BSc (Hons) Public Health

    Testimonial from Deividas, studying the BSc (Hons) Public Health, student at Anglia Ruskin University ARU

    Moving to a foreign country for me was extremely challenging, but right now, I am proud of my decision. I am from Lithuania, and my trip started from there. It was not easy to say goodbye to my family, friends and hobbies, but it was a new beginning in my life.

    The first day at university was scary, but at the same time, exciting. I didn't know anyone, and I was not very confident about my English level. Freshers’ Week helped me to meet new people, understand what I should expect from life in the UK and find new activities which I would do for the entire year. Day by day I started to make more connections and friends who became a part of my life at ARU.

    I spent the first month adapting to my new beginning. I had to buy lots of stuff for my room and kitchen. Moreover, I started to explore the city which would be my home for three years. Also, I met my tutors for the first time, and I started to get acquainted with the UK study system. At the beginning, for me, understanding the British accent was most challenging. I started to worry: could I do this? I was shy to ask or to say anything during class, even when I knew the right answer.

    After a few weeks, things started to get better. I started to understand my tutor better and get involved in the class. Finally, I had to comprehend that it was my new life and it was set to be a unique and unforgettable experience.

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