|Location:||University Centre at Blackburn College|
|Fees:||View fees and financial information|
|Validated by:||Lancaster University|
|Study Mode:||Full Time|
|Start Dates:||september 2020|
|Term Dates:||View term dates|
This undergraduate programme in Contemporary Fashion is designed for those who have completed the FdA Contemporary Fashion at University Centre at Blackburn College. The course is designed to develop expertise in design and creativity whilst reflecting and responding to practice in the fashion industry. It focuses to explore a personal identity and developing the creative design process.
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. It focuses on exploring your personal style awareness and demonstrating creative practice.
From prior experience gained from the FdA level, you will demonstrate contemporary fashion design techniques, CAD, commercial and creative pattern cutting, alongside technical applications, artisan skills and craft. Engagement with the entire fashion processes is key, from the creation and expression of your initial design ideas through to your graduate collection, evolving as highly credible and accomplished designer/practitioner.
Our 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 will be able to identify the direction for your own particular career path.
- What will I study?
You'll study four modules in order to complete your top-up programme. These have been designed to increase your studio practice skills, and subsequently increase your body of fashion work, whilst also completing an academic dissertation.
In the Academic 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.
All students take a total of 120 credits per level.
Level 6 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:
- Academic Dissertation
- Studio Practice 1
- Professional Practice
- Studio Practice 2
- 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 with a pass grade.
- How will I be assessed?
Throughout the course you will be assessed through a variety of methods. These include: final practical solutions to both given and self-initiated briefs, journals and personal sketch books, technical files, documentations of processes using digital technologies, presentations, critiques and project pitches, written essays, a dissertation, Project proposals and schedules, project reports, work-based projects, portfolios, evaluative statements, group presentations, projects, peer assessments and group asssessments
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. This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.
Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal 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.
Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
- Teaching and Learning
The learning environment and facilities could 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.
You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.
In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.
We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.
We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;
- Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
- Written English
- Academic Writing (including referencing)
- Research 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.
- Supplementary Information
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.