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Undergraduate study
Fashion (with Foundation Year)

Fashion (with Foundation Year)*
BA (Hons)



Course overview

Working in an innovative and contemporary studio, you study key elements of culture, identity and sustainability for a career in this exciting global industry. You study one of two pathways – fashion design or fashion communication.

MIMA School of Art & Design

See what it’s like to study at MIMA School of Art & Design, part of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.

Fashion design pathway
You focus on designing and making garments, learning how to create an innovative garment collection for the catwalk. You explore all aspects of the design process including research and design development, pattern cutting, drape and tailoring skills, commercial manufacturing, textile design, computer-aided design and styling for professional fashion photoshoots. You use new technology to revolutionise your design process with true-to-life 3D garment simulation.

Fashion communication pathway
You focus on image-making and the communication of fashion. You learn the skills to promote fashion through film and media, marketing, branding, styling, computer-aided design, enterprise, and how to create your own magazine or fashion marketing campaign. Our technology and expertise enables you to showcase your creativity through new digital formats, including the use of avatars and virtual worlds to respond to innovative new ways of communicating fashion.

You work to live briefs on real projects and network with fashion professionals to prepare you for the range of professional careers available in the fashion industry. You are taught by experienced industry professionals and use the latest technology including industry-recognised Adobe certification to showcase your skills and expertise to employers.

This course includes a foundation year - ideal if you need additional preparation or if you don't have sufficient grades to join Year 1 of a degree.

* Subject to University approval


Course details

Course structure

Foundation year core modules

Contextual Studies

You are introduced to the contexts of creative and design history, investigating problem solving and themes to inform your current studio practice. You research and learn to analyse ideas about past British and international styles, design and theory. This develops your understanding of the role of the designer, the meanings and vocabulary of space and design, and the relationship between design, society and the environment. You develop skills in research, analysis, communication and critical thinking, and produce and present interpretations of historical material.

Portfolio Project

Building on your skills in the design process, you develop a project portfolio directed towards your favoured design discipline, demonstrating your creative ideas, development and final concepts. You are encouraged to take a questioning, creative and innovative approach to design project work. You focus on experimental exploration, as well as challenging your ability to motivate and organise yourself to manage a design project and work to a deadline. This project culminates with a short presentation of your completed design work.

Research and Analysis

You are introduced to the creative design process and methods of researching and recording inspirational ideas which you can then develop for your own project work. You gather inspiration, stimuli and precedent ideas from a multitude of sources and sketchbooks – these are key in developing and experimenting your design, helping you curate ideas and document your design activity.

Specialism Project

You take part in a range of specialist studio activities. You investigate, experiment and explore pathways in fashion, textiles, graphics, interiors and product design. You study creative processes and develop independent project skills to help identify the specialist subject which best suits your interests and abilities.

Thinking Through Drawing

You are introduced to a range of fundamental drawing approaches for a variety of purposes. Practical workshops include measured drawing, scale, composition and perspective as well as creatively using colour, materials and expressive mark making. These experiences increase your observational skills that help you visualise and realise ideas for potential design projects.

Thinking Through Making

You further develop and deepen your knowledge gained from the induction programmes, enhancing your skills in model construction, prototyping, printmaking, and production analysis. You gain greater insight into the complexities of model construction and printmaking by working in detail with various materials, developing techniques and creative skills. This module is project-based – you transfer your knowledge from lectures to hands-on demonstrations in a workshop environment. You primarily learn through producing models and prints from drawings.


Year 1 core modules

Fashion Skills

You develop your visual communication, creative thinking, and research skills within the creative field of fashion. You make efficient and effective use of the industry computer aided design (CAD) skills and engage with trends and trend forecasting. You develop visualisation skills and techniques to utilise throughout your studies and professional life.

Introduction to the Fashion Industry

You are introduced to the fundamental principles and practices of the fashion industry – from branding and design, through to garment manufacturing and the supply chain. You research the design of the product and product cycles, ethics and sustainability, sourcing and production, the supply chain, distribution, and retail.

MIMA History of Art, Design & Architecture

You are introduced to key art, design, architectural and cultural histories that are central to studying a creative subject. You explore a range of contexts and influences including art historical, ecological, critical theory, industrial, technological change, social and political movements, examining the changing face of art and design and informing your future research.


Fashion design pathway

Drawing and Printmaking

You explore and expand your approaches to visual investigation and representation through drawing, image and printmaking. You create visual language through observation, response, emotive expression and visual enquiry, experimenting with ideas generation and establishing new ways of looking and thinking.

Fashion Design Project

You gain an introductory understanding of contemporary fashion practice through design development, pattern cutting, and garment manufacture. And an understanding of the processes, working practices and design communication involved in the production of a range of fashion samples. You create a fashion range that brings together visual realisation, fashion design development, fabric selection, garment manufacture and project presentation skills.

Introduction to Garment Construction

You gain an understanding of the skills and practices required in the construction of fashion garments, and explore the development processes, from research initiation through development to a final outcome. You gain an understanding of the technical aspects of pattern cutting and through practical exercises and skills development gain knowledge of professional approaches to garment construction.


Fashion communication pathway

Boot Camp Technical Post-Production

You develop general digital production skills with an additional focus on post-production. You enhance effective practical, technical and aesthetical approaches required to create a variety of digital media artefacts across a number of platforms, with more relevance to the subject-specific disciplines. You have the opportunity to gain Adobe Accredited user status.

Boot Camp Technical Production

You are introduced to effective practical, technical and aesthetical approaches required to create a variety of digital media outcomes across a number of platforms. You learn sector specific and industry standard digital delivery methods and production techniques surrounding the acquisition, manipulation and operation of media production hardware and software applications.

Marketing Insights

You develop an understanding of marketing and its implications for organisations. You consider the main principles of marketing and the impact on a dynamic and competitive environment.


Year 2 core modules

Career Context

You develop your understanding of building a career in the creative industries through key skills in creative leadership, collaborative entrepreneurship and sustainability. You start with a theoretical introduction to these concepts and then work collaboratively on a group project to establish a creative business. You present your project and submit an individual reflective portfolio on your research and project experiences.

Digital Technology for Fashion

You develop creative and technical skills using industry-standard software through the design and production of 3D digital forms. Taking inspiration from and appreciating how immersive media is creating radically creative and disruptive opportunities, you explore virtual catwalks, digital clothing and the use of avatars to visualise fashion concepts that are rapidly shaping the future of fashion.

Fashion and Textile

You gain professional practices, knowledge, attitudes and understanding required to successfully compete in the contemporary fashion and textiles industries through an understanding of future thinking in fashion and retail. Learning develops contemporary themes from the fashion and textiles theory and examines issues of fashion as identity, economic shifts, and change, omni channel retailing the individual, social and gender identity, representation, the 'erotic', consumption and clothing as communication.

Global Future Contexts

You investigate a range of contemporary social, environmental, technological and ethical issues that inform all types of art and design practice. You broaden your awareness of using creativity as a form of contemporary social discussion – exploring issues through the development, production and presentation of potential future scenarios.


Fashion design pathway

Creative Cutting and Construction

You broaden your market awareness and its relevance to garment development, creative pattern cutting and innovative garment design. You research a given market to develop a fashion concept, taking an experimentation approach to fabric manipulation, pattern cutting, and the use of new technologies to discover new practices.

Textile Print and Surface Design

Covering a specialist range of digital and technical skills and processes relevant to the textile’s specialist, you explore the commercial practices of making and the production of textiles samples for fashion. You utilise research skills by referencing the work of professional and commercial designers in relation to digital outputs, applications and machine and hand craft processes.


Fashion communication pathway

Brand Management

Brand creation and effective brand management are considered as essential for success in the marketing and business context. This module explores key branding concepts and allows you to apply them to sector specific (fashion industry) examples with a view to investigating the necessary principles for effective brand marketing, including appropriate brand development. 

You analyse alternative definitions of branding before focusing predominantly on consumer markets where you consider the relationship between brands and consumers and explore the social and cultural context. You study brand marketing issues such as brand identity, brand positioning, brand planning and brand development, as will the key challenges and technologies facing brands.  The fashion industry is frequently referenced to demonstrate the importance of the brand in terms of creating a differentiated and meaningful image in a dynamic and complex sector. 

Fashion Styling, Media and Promotion

You explore the practical representation of fashion in the media, and investigate approaches to fashion text and imagery in the form of a fashion shoot and editorial layout. You explore the process of managing a fashion shoot, fashion film or other alternative forms of fashion and promotional media from concept, storyboarding, team negotiation, call sheet, edit and selection.


Final-year core modules

Fashion Concept and Context

You critically analyse your chosen area of practice and demonstrate the creative application of individual production skills and techniques within your chosen area of specialism. Beginning with independent research on a topic of personal interest you develop your specific skills, techniques and abilities within a chosen field to develop a creative concept to develop further as a major fashion project.

Major Fashion Project

You undertake a major project to consolidate and celebrate your strengths and skills in your individual field. You initiate an appropriate negotiated brief and increase your ability to manage a complex project through all of its stages, informed by an awareness of the relevant contexts and the needs of clients/users/ contexts and applications.

Major Fashion Project: Portfolio

You bring your design project ideas to fruition, considering all aspects of research and development. You demonstrate a high level of professional competence in the realisation of your projects. On completion of your design development work, you organise your work for presentation in an exhibition and develop a professional portfolio of work to launch your career.

Professional Practice: The Fashion Industry

You undertake one or more live projects, simulated external workplace activity or fulfil a live project brief. You demonstrate your entrepreneurial skills, process and knowledge in the context of external evaluation that will influence the direction of your chosen career and be meaningful to prospective employers and/or clients. Areas of research are tailored to your chosen areas and focus of interest and nurture your career strategy.

You demonstrate business skills in a professional approach to work related and real time external projects and industrial experience. Areas of practice and activity will be tailored to the your areas and genres of interest.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You work in a studio environment with access to a full range of digital resources, workshop facilities, and up-to-date equipment. You have taught sessions with tutors but are also encouraged to work independently. Theoretical work is delivered through illustrated lectures and seminars where there is opportunity for collective discussion.

How you are assessed

The work produced is the work assessed. There are no exams – producing design projects are a key feature. Assessment is undertaken against carefully defined criteria and project-based assignments involve a critique. The critique is a reflective process allowing for both staff and peer group appraisal.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Your offer is made on the basis of your UCAS application, your portfolio and, if appropriate, your interview. 

Year 1 entry
96-112 points, including a creative subject, from any combination of recognised Level 3 qualifications. Consideration will also be given to students without formal qualifications but with evidence of practical art and design experience at an appropriate level. Students are invited to bring portfolios along on applicant days to show creative skills in art and design.

Eligible applicants are normally invited for interview. The interview is to determine your potential to succeed and to help us set appropriate entry conditions matched to personal circumstances and the demands of the course. The interview also enables you to see our excellent facilities, meet staff and students, and to learn more about studying at Teesside University.

If you are unable to attend an interview at the university, we can organise a virtual interview over the telephone or internet. If you have a portfolio of work to submit in support of your application, this can be sent to us electronically.

English language and maths requirement
Normally GCSE English language and maths at grade 4. Other equivalent qualifications may be considered.

Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements.

Helping you meet the entry requirements
We may be able to help you meet the requirements for admission by offering you the opportunity to study one or more Winter or Summer University modules.

Alternative degree with integrated foundation year
If you are unable to achieve the minimum admission requirements for Year 1 entry you could, subject to eligibility, join one of our degree courses with an integrated foundation year. 

Direct entry to later years
If you have previously studied at higher education level (for example, a foundation degree, HNC, HND or one or more years at degree level at another institution) you may request direct entry to Year 2 or Year 3 of this degree. 

Mature applicants
We welcome applications from mature students (aged over 21) who can demonstrate, through portfolio or written work and relevant experience, that they have developed cognitive and technical skills through their life experiences. 

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

Graduates from the fashion design pathway can go on to work in areas including fashion design, drape, accessories, fashion print, specialist garment construction and lingerie.

Graduates from the fashion communication pathway can go on to work as fashion image-makers, fashion stylists, art directors, producers, film-makers, public relations experts, bloggers, social networkers, on-line marketers, fashion writers, curators, or fashion theorists.

Career pathways are wide and varied from fashion design to more technical roles such as pattern cutting and garment technology. You can work in retail as a buyer or in fashion communication and marketing roles such as image-makers, stylists, art directors, fashion show producers, public relations experts, bloggers, influencers and social networkers, online marketers, journalists, curators, commentators and theorists, who are all shaping the future of fashion.


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Entry to 2021/22 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 4 years (or 5 with a work placement)
  • UCAS code: W294 BA/FFY
  • Start date: September
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  • Typical offer: Offers are tailored to individual circumstances

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