Fashion Degree

Studying for a fashion degree will allow you to nurture your individual and unique creativity. You will be encouraged to think independently and create freely. As well as this, your technical skills will be developed, making you a well-rounded and open-minded fashion graduate. This will mean that your career options are open and varied.

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An undergraduate degree in fashion will give you a good foundation level of knowledge in the area. You might study modules on fashion illustration, CAD for fashion, tailoring, business and marketing, and working with different materials. All of your modules will be designed to develop your practical skills and knowledge, and will allow you to add to your professional portfolio.

Your degree will be delivered through a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as practical sessions. You may be presented with the opportunity to take part in a work placement module or year. Depending on your institution, you may take field trips to fashion shows or fashion weeks.


Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation can influence the area in which you choose to work after you have graduated. Common specialisations include:

  • Pattern Cutting
  • Garment Construction
  • High Street Fashion
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Design Cultures

If your degree course requires you to write a dissertation or take part in a fashion show in your final year, this will give you the chance to further explore a favoured area of fashion.

Accreditation and Certification

The accreditation of a fashion degree will depend on where you choose to study. Different countries have different accreditation systems. Typically, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (BA), or in some cases a Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Depending on your career path after you have graduated, you may be able to gain further professional and academic qualifications or certifications.

Timeframe and Further Studies

Generally, an undergraduate degree in fashion will take three to four years to complete. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years, when studied full-time.

On successful completion of your degree, you can choose to either seek employment in your chosen area, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies could be in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate diploma or certificate.

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Entry Requirements for Degrees in Fashion

The entry requirements for a degree in fashion will depend on where you choose to study. Some universities might require you to sit an entrance exam, where others may rely on previous exam results. Some universities may prefer you to have studied certain subjects, and others might consider previous relevant work experience.

Most art and design courses will require you to submit a portfolio of work as part of your application process. This may be accepted as an online submission, or they may prefer you to present it as part of your interview. Your institution will be able to provide more information about what to include in your portfolio, and how to submit it.

You should check each institution to see what entry requirements they have for their fashion programmes.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you may want to consider a pathway course.

Typical entry requirements:

  • UK6.0 IELTS
  • US3.0 GPA

Fund Your Studies

Tuition fees for international students are not fixed. This means that they can vary from institution to institution. You should make sure that you are aware of how much your course will cost you.

You may be eligible for a scholarship or funding. This could be awarded by your institution, or by a separate funding body. For more information, visit our scholarships and funding section to read more about funding your studies.

Typical course fees (per year):

  • UK£16,200
  • US$32,500

Career Options

Graduates of a fashion degree will find that there are many career opportunities available to them. You may choose to work in a role directly related to your degree. This could include a fashion designer, a retail buyer, a stylist, a fashion marketing manager, or a textile designer.

You will have gained a wide variety of skills throughout your time in higher education. These will make you an asset to a range of industries, not limited to those within the creative sector. Skills could include critical analysis, project management, effective communication, idea development, and time management.

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