Our BA (Hons) Fashion Design degree will help you forge an identity as a designer, specialising in menswear or womenswear.
You’ll be hands-on from day one, creating your own fashion designs and engaging with all aspects of the design process in our studios, including pattern cutting, draping, textiles and digital media.
You’ll also learn about contemporary fashion promotion, including marketing, styling, fashion photography and art direction – and create campaigns to attract consumers and influencers to your brand. Alongside this, you'll learn about the ethics of the fashion industry, and consider issues of sustainability that will help you to develop as a responsible industry professional.
You’ll work closely with students from across our creative community, including fashion students in other years, photographers and filmmakers to create eye-catching campaigns and digital content. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll get time, guidance and support from our team, including technical staff and course leader Mark Hart, who's worked with brands such as Chloe, Alexander McQueen, Warner Bros Records, and London Records.
As a BA (Hons) Fashion Design student at ARU, you’ll have the chance to find placements and internships with high-profile fashion houses and contemporary designers, including Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Mary Katrantzou, Marcus Lupfer and Mother of Pearl. You can also take an optional placement year.
We also attend trade fairs, such as Pure in London – the UK’s leading fashion buying event – or the fabric and trend show Premiere Vision in Paris; and visit suppliers and other businesses connected to the fashion industry.
Many of our students go on to establish their own labels or work for fashion houses and other well-known brands:
Micaela Sapinho is now Creative Director of her own label and has twice shown her collections at Lisbon Fashion Week
Thanh Cong Vu has gone on to establish his own brand since graduating. While studying Fashion Design at ARU, his designs were shown at Pure and featured in Urban Coco magazine
Priscilla Acquah Arhin is a textile designer with Samsonite
Agnieszka Zabek works as Apparel Designer with Reebok
Tracie Sell is Head of Menswear at Bolongaro Trevor in London
Olivia Welsh is Creative Director of her own label, Olivia Annabelle
Stephanie Cornforth is Lingerie Designer for Something Wicked
Yasmin Lucy Greener is Assistant Accessories Designer at John Lewis.
By the end of the course, you too will have a new collection ready to show to the fashion industry at Graduate Fashion Week, and to the public at our own Graduate Fashion Show and Degree Show.