Taught course

Fashion Design

Birmingham City University · School of Fashion and Textiles

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Entry requirements

A good degree in fashion design or equivalent qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

Primarily vocational and practical, the course caters for those with career interests in contemporary fashion design. Students will discuss and analyse the professional, commercial and cultural dimensions of fashion design in modern society and explore major issues linked to the world of fashion design.

The course focuses on ability to develop a personal creative style, design methods and a professional approach to fashion design. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to undertake relevant career planning and research. A series of topical lectures are provided exploring major theories and debates related to the world of fashion. These are followed by talks from industry practitioners.

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.

Modules undertaken include: Portfolio 1, Lecture and Seminar, Research Strategy, Portfolio 2, Dissertation, Portfolio 3.


The programme includes a mixture of practical projects and written works; students develop a portfolio of work that showcases their abilities and ideas and is executed and managed in a professional manner; at each stage students also write reflective reports that encourage the student to develop a critical and contextual framework within which to understand their practice and future career choices; students are assessed using a mixture of tutorial reviews, project work submissions and oral exams.

Information for international students

TOEFL 550; IELTS 6.0.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    4 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    8 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    PgCert / PgDip / MA

Course contact details

Course Enquiry Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595