Contemporary Fashion BA (Hons) Top Up

This course is validated by: Lancaster University

Course Information

Overview

This Contemporary Fashion (Top Up) BA (Hons) course is for those who have studied FdA Contemporary Fashion at University Centre at Blackburn College. The course is designed to reflect and respond to contemporary practice in the fashion industry. The course offers a great deal of flexibility; small course numbers mean that you will be able to choose a particular area of interest on which to focus. This approach is unique locally. With the support of our highly-qualified team, you'll be able to identify the direction for your own particular career path; this may be art, craft or industry-related and then explore the area relevant to you. This could mean you choose to study Fashion Design as a whole, or that you wish to specialise in a certain area or certain garments which could include haberdashery, shoes or fashion items.

We designed this Contemporary Fashion (Top Up) BA (Hons) course for enthusiastic, innovative and ambitious fashion designers. Set within the School of Art & Society, we emphasise creativity, concept generation and your personal development to help you become a unique designer with high creative awareness. We encourage you to identify and develop your own interests and strengths and then support you with your studies.

You'll build on the experience already gained in the Foundation Degree, but at this higher level will be able to specialise much more in a particular area of fashion design. This final year is your opportunity to practice at a high level in an area that interests you, building on the skills and knowledge that you have acquired throughout your Foundation Degree.

The course is designed to reflect and respond to contemporary practice in the fashion industry. Rather than following a core scheme of work, the course offers a great deal of flexibility. Small course numbers mean that you will be able to choose a particular area of interest, with personal directed support from your tutor. This approach is unique locally. With the support of our highly-qualified team, you'll be able to identify the direction for your own particular career path; this may be art, craft or industry-related and then explore the area relevant to you. This could mean you choose to study Fashion Design as a whole, or that you wish to specialise in a certain area or certain garments which could include haberdashery, shoes or fashion items you might not initially consider. You may also choose to specialise on fashion items using a particular technique (e.g. embroidery).

What will I study?

Youll study four modules in order to complete your top-up programme. In the module Creative Business Studies you'll develop further business skills and knowledge in order to function as a professional designer and practitioners in a competitive environment. You will be expected to identify your own career goals and personal development as a graduating designer. The module highlights the core themes of Creative Business Initiative setups, entrepreneurship, technological advances in social media and marketing to facilitate integration into an established business environment or to set up your own business.

In the Dissertation module you'll have the opportunity to produce a body of written work focussing on an area that really interests you. This will start with the production of an initial dissertation proposal. You'll be encouraged to approach the dissertation in a creative and individual way. It may take the form of a visual notebook with annotations and supplementary text, an extended essay or case study, or may also include video and oral presentations.

During the Research and Proposal module you'll produce a proposal negotiated with the Course Leader. In preparation for the Final Integrated Assignment, you will be required to plan, negotiate and prepare your final body of work by submitting a written proposal and design brief that is supported by a practical and theoretical design portfolio. This process will help you learn about pitching areas, coming up with creative solutions and researching the direction for your artwork.

Towards the end of the course, you'll complete the Final Integrated Assignment, the culmination of your programme. You'll work on design briefs (resulting from the Research and Proposal module). These will be industry-led and may take the form of national competitions, live projects or your own negotiated commissions. You'll then display your artwork in an exhibition context.

Modules

  • Dissertation
  • Creative Business Studies
  • Research and Proposal
  • Final Integrated Assignment

Download the Programme Specification for BA (Hons) Contemporary Fashion (Top Up). The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course. 

 

Entry Requirements

In order to join this BA (Hons) Contmporary Fashion (Top Up) programme you will need to have successfully completed Contemporary Fashion Foundation Degree FdA. If you have received less than a Merit grade overall in your Foundation Degree you will be required to attend a guidance interview first to ensure you are fully prepared for the Top Up programme. Additional preparation for study at the Top Up programme may be required.

How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed by through presentations, portfolio building, assignments/briefs, self-assessment, peer assessment, an assessment of your final exhibition and your dissertation.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

Fashion is an international industry employing people in a variety of roles across the world. Career opportunities include working as a fashion designer, fashion design consultant, fashion illustrator, stylist working on fashion shoots or in imaging for the press and advertising, creative pattern cutter or garment manufacturer. Postgraduate study is also actively encouraged.

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Testimonials

"The courses are continuing to encourage the innovative and creative approach to the design process and can be seen in the work of the students. This can only continue to develop as the course continues to become established. I would congratulate the staff team on the work they have done and the standard of achievement their students have reached. I also thank them for the preparation of work and their hospitality during my visits."

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