FASHION DESIGN & WOMENSWEAR
The creative challenges of femininity
BA (Hons) Degree* ** (Pathways)
|enrolment fee||£ 3.300|
|tuition fee EU||£ 14.600|
|tuition fee non-EU||£ 18.300|
** Participants who successfully complete the programmes taught in English in London and Paris will be awarded a BA (Hons) degree by Manchester Metropolitan University-UK; 120 credit points must be earned for each year of study in order for an honours degree to be awarded, so students will obtain 360 credits upon successful completion of the three-year course. Participants on the four-year sandwich course will receive 120 practice credits for the additional year. All candidates should meet specific requirements (please check the website www.mmu.ac.uk/international indicating your nationality and study level). For further details please do not hesitate to contact the information office.
English and EU domiciled students may be eligible for tuition fee support, to contribute towards the annual fees, via Student Loan Company (SLC) and maintenance support dependent upon eligibility.
** For the London School, payment must be made in GBP only.
The womenswear designer has the most prestigious role in the fashion industry for creativity and job opportunity. The most successful brands in the world produce womenswear and sustain several collections under the same category that respond to different segments of the market. This dynamic three year course provides a complete education in collection design for the competitive womenswear market. Different to traditional fashion design programmes, this course focuses on femininity and the changing female silhouette, researching and questioning the impact of ‘shape-shifting’ design through masculinity vs. femininity, challenging tradition, looking at female empowerment and self-sureness and encouraging a real touch of creative flair in womenswear apparel.
From an in-depth analysis of clothing manufacturing, participants study the language of couture construction versus ready to wear, progressing through all stages of the design process from fashion illustration, pattern making, pattern cutting and construction, right through to the finished garment. They are encouraged to experiment with new materials and technologies, including renewable and sustainable resources, negotiating the use of the flamboyant pairing of fabrics and experimental cutting techniques, as well as evaluating finishings, fabric embellishment, and small details that make the difference.
The course provides a solid base in fashion design and the fashion system, looking at various targets in womenswear to be able to chose the appropriate design language, choice of materials, colour palettes and inspirational ‘stories’ to satisfy a design brief or brand identity, consumer habits and trends, and business positioning and marketing strategies. Research into fashion history and culture and historic references in art and dress further enhances creative thinking, inspiring participants to experiment with new design proposals.
Communication skills provide an added professional approach in the negotiation and presentation of design ideas to companies and new clients. A final graduation event or a fashion show introduces collections or portfolios to a selected audience of leading fashion experts, journalists, bloggers, designers and head-hunters.
This course is part of the fashion design study pathways. With fashion design as the core subject, participants specialise in the chosen area of interest (womenswear), completing the course with a distinct professional profile.
This course is also available as a BA (Hons) four-year course (including Sandwich Year Placement).
* Participants who successfully complete the programmes taught in English in London and Paris will be awarded a BA (Hons) degree by Manchester Metropolitan University-UK; 120 credit points must be earned for each year of study in order for an honours degree to be awarded, so students will obtain 360 credits upon successful completion of the three-year course. Participants on the four-year sandwich course will receive 120 practice credits for the additional year. All candidates should meet specific requirements (please check the website www.mmu.ac.uk/international indicating your nationality and study level). For further details please do not hesitate to contact the information office.
* Gli studenti che completeranno con successo i programmi ‘AFAM’ erogati a Milano o Firenze conseguiranno un Diploma Accademico di I Livello. Riconosciuto dal Ministero Italiano dell’Istruzione come diploma accademico equivalente ad una laurea di primo livello, gli studenti otterranno 180 CFA (crediti formativi accademici), equivalenti a 180 crediti ECTS. Per maggiori informazioni, si invita a contattare l’ufficio informazioni della scuola.
** For the London School, payment must be made in GBP only.
- Fashion drawing & illustration (2D, 3D)
- Pattern cutting & pattern making, atelier pattern making, construction • Visual communication & professional presentation skills
- Digital design & printing methods
- The study of fabrics and materials
- Professional design portfolio & collection
- Marketing & fashion business practices
- Analysis and strategies of contemporary fashion
- History of luxury & brand heritage
- Creative research methods
POSSIBLE CAREER PATHS
• Fashion Designer
• Fashion Illustrator
• Pattern Maker
• Trend Forecaster/Coolhunter
• Costume Designer
STUDY UNITS · LONDON
- Fashion Drawing Fundamentals
- Fashion Design Fundamentals
- Fashion Collection Fundamentals
- History of Art and Fashion
- Fashion Brand Exploration
- Art & Fashion Exploration Womenswear
- Personal Style Development Womenswear
- Fashion, Art and Cultural Context
- Personal Research & Concept Development Womenswear
- Final Major Project Fashion Design & Womenswear
- Final Dissertation
BOF · BADGE OF EXCELLENCE
Badges of Excellence recognise a school’s strengths in four key areas: Best Overall, Best in Global Influence, Best in Learning Experience and Best in Long-Term Value.
- Global Influence – The global reputation and influence of a school, based on the selectivity of a school in admitting applicants and the enrolment rates of admitted applicants.
An Overall BoF Score was then awarded to each institution based on the sum-weighted score across all three key indices.
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