Salford students showcasing their final collections at Graduate Fashion Week in London.
The course is designed to reflect contemporary practice in the fashion industry. Individual creativity, both in fashion design and fashion styling, balanced with realism, are key factors underlying the ethos of this course. You are encouraged to explore your individual talents through the application of the professional design process, from concept to final product.
The course aims to create flexible, resourceful and creative fashion designers and fashion stylists with well-developed transferable and interpersonal skills. It provides a broad design education, concentrating on fashion, and develops not just high levels of analytical skills, critical judgment and the ability to learn independently, but also helps you acquire technical skills and the understanding necessary for the effective realisation of creative fashion concepts.
It is imperative for fashion that you become multi-skilled and professional, able to adapt to the specific needs of society and to the fulfilment of your own creativity. It is a priority for the course to provide an environment where personal talent and individual potential are nurtured.
You will develop your design thinking and creative ability by undertaking a series of practical projects that cover all aspects of fashion design within a broad context. Experimentation is encouraged as you are introduced to the two pathways of fashion design and fashion styling. You are introduced to the course's core subject areas by a series of modules delivered through projects. Year 1 introduces you to the fundamentals of a range of disciplines, and provides a thorough grounding of knowledge skills and understanding.
At the second semester of Year 1 you will have the opportunity to specialize and select a pathway either in fashion design or fashion styling and image making which you will stay in right through until 3rd year. At the end of year 1, you will have the ability to understand and communicate ideas in a professional visual form and have developed sufficient technical skills to be able to realise your concepts.
Both pathways will continue to explore and develop research skills, improve understanding of the specialism, enhance awareness of the fashion industry, and maintain a creative outlook.
When studying design you will be expected to realise your ideas in 2D and 3D focusing on creative design ideas and contemporary fashion ideas.
During Year 2 you will liaise with industry and, where possible, undertake a 'live project' with a working fashion house or label, which will allow you to engage with and practice subjects of the course with professionalism and prepare you to work more independently. You will develop your understanding of markets and design trends through a process of research, analysis and practical projects.
At the end of this level, you will undertake a work placement to develop your awareness and understanding of the fashion industry. Work placements can offer the opportunity for regional, national or international experience in fashion-related organisations.
You will continue to follow your chosen specialism and your studies will be tailored to your particular interests and ambitions. Design projects continue to be supported by study of design theory, computing, visual communication and business.
Year 3 provides the opportunity to personalise an in-depth study through the negotiation of bespoke projects in line with your goals and ambitions. For the final project, self-direction and independent thinking are imperative. Work from the final module in year 3 is exhibited at a fashion show in Manchester. A number of our students will also be selected to take part in the prestigious annual Graduate Fashion Week event in London, where they will exhibit work alongside their peers and competitors.
|Foundation Diploma in Art and Design||Pass = 165 (plus other additional qualifications to a total of 260pts)|
|UCAS tariff points|
|GCE A level||240-280 points including an A2 in an Art and Design subject at grade C|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM|
|BTEC Higher National Diploma||Applicants may be considered for entry into level 5 (year 2)|
|Foundation Degree||Applicants may be considered for entry into level 6 (year 3)|
|Scottish Highers||240-280 points including an Art and Design Subject|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||240-280 points including an Art and Design subject|
|International Baccalaureate||26 points including an Art and Design subject|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
When applying for this fashion course your personal statement is very important and should be dynamic, original and show your personality. Please avoid generic statements and quotes. Most of all get across your interest in the subject. If successful you would be invited to interview. We pride ourselves in seeing each student personally and viewing their work. A well-presented portfolio says a lot about you and your work. Our guidance is not meant to limit your creative statement. In general terms however we would expect the following;
At this stage in your career we would much rather see experimental and playful drawing and developmental work rather than necessarily all finished work showing a final solution.
We do not need to see all the work you have produced - around 20-30 samples in your main portfolio would be ideal as well as some sketchbooks.
Personality, enthusiasm, passion and dedication are all critical characteristics that we look for in our prospective students. Projects demonstrating good visual communication skills are required, and investigation and development of creative ideas should be evident in your work. An interest in photography and image making would be beneficial if you are interested in following the fashion styling and image making route.
Applicants are normally invited to bring their portfolio of work to a selection visit. We welcome applications from candidates who do not have formal entry requirements.
Visual and academic research may take several forms, according to specific briefs, your objectives and your personal approach to the subject. Drawing, photography, visual and written notebooks are encouraged as a fundamental means of gathering, analysing, storing, retrieving and using visual information effectively.
This is generally seen as an opportunity for autonomy, although there is tutor guidance and support. You will also learn how to use the internet appropriately, and how to use library resources including archives and databases in order to obtain the required information from specialist sources.
Projects vary in the amount of time you will be in contact with staff. Workshop or studio projects tend to require additional staff support and guidance while design and styling projects require tutorials and more one-to-one discussions, especially at year 3 where research and personal reflection, as part of the learning outcome, become more imperative.
You will be assessed through:
Recent graduates have gone into all spheres of the fashion industry including brands like Adidas, Puma, River Island, Mulberry, Burberry, Matalan, Pop Magazine, Dazed and Confused etc.
Graduates entering the fashion industry work across a diverse range of careers – as designers, stylists, pattern cutters, buyers, visual merchandisers, illustrators and retailers. Many have set up their own labels. Recent graduates have found employment with companies such as Burberry, Monsoon, Paul Smith, J Crew, French Connection, Whistles, River Island, Erdem, All Saints. Others have found work with international fashion magazines including Dazed and Confused, Vogue and Elle.
Each year a number of BA (Hons) graduates pursue their educational study at postgraduate and Master's level, continuing at the Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins, the University of Westminster, and Kingston for example. Some students go on to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
Morven Leenhouts & Mehreen Ullah, Marina Rinaldi (Max Mara Group), Italy
Morven and Mehreen were both winners of our live industry brief held with Marina Rinadli in 2013. They are both now working for the brand full time as womenswear designers. This role is a broad fashion design role, which involves being able to be creative, seeing their design ideas being worn, travelling to suppliers, factories and customers that are often all over the world. They are showing the ability to cope with pressure and high volumes of work, and showing and interest in and an instinct for trends, strong design skills and resilience.
Charlotte Lee Taylor, New Balance (UK) Apparel and Graphic designer
Charlotte graduated in 2010 and worked for Adidas and is currently working at New Balance in the UK.
Gemma Clements, Womenswear Buyer, Matalan
After graduating in 2009 Gemma Started as trainee buyer a worked various departments’ ladies wear & children's wear across multi product departments. Branded and non branded. She is currently Ladieswear dresses buyer. Buying dresses negotiating with Far East and near east knitted & woven suppliers, also buying designer/ celebrity collaboration collections.
Students have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with a wide range of industry professionals. The valuable knowledge and experience that visiting speakers bring ensure that you are kept informed of the current changes and demands within the fashion industry.
You will benefit from hearing a professional perspective which complements your learning and development while providing inspiration and an acute awareness of the fashion world.
Our visiting speakers are a valuable asset to the course and help us to maintain our contemporary outlook. Recent speakers have included the director of Crane TV, Amelia's Magazine; Lee Lapthorne, creative director of Doll & On-Off; London-based designer Justin Oh; Marketing manager Harvey Nichols and the director and editor of Super Super magazine. These guest speakers were invited as part of a lecture series, workshop or live project.
|Type of Study||Fee|
Students should expect to pay approximately £100 studio levy each year in Years 1 and 2 of study, and £200 in Year 3 of study for participation in an exhibition. In addition, in Year 3 of study, students may incur a cost of £100 to participate in a show (if undertaking Fashion Design) or a cost of £100 for a promotional book or publication (if undertaking Image Making and Styling). Costs are approximated based on the current academic year.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
As a UK/EU student you could be entitled to:
If you achieve ABB at A level (or equivalent) you could be awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship.
The Salford Student Bursary is available to Greater Manchester residents with a household income of less than £25,000.
As an International student you could be entitled to:
The Vice-Chancellor's Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship is currently available to international students who achieve ABB at A level (or equivalent).
Start Dates: September
Duration: Three years full-time
I completed a 6 weeks internship in NYC with Adam Lippes. My experience in NYC was amazing, which has opened my eyes to the fashion industry. It was great to be in the hustle and bustle of New York. I learnt many things from working with the whole team at Adam Lippes. It was a perfect match as the style and design of the product was very similar to my own style. It was such a valuable experience, to be surrounded by clothes and stylists and to be inspired every day. At first it was a bit of a shock, I was doing a lot of running around and the style of communication was very blunt. However, as the experience developed, I began to gain their trust and they were extremely positive towards me, completing tasks that they would do themselves and not little tasks they didn't want to do. Ultimately, I was offered a job to represent Adam Lippes in London. I had a great leaving party that was organised by the staff at the company, and to top it off, I received some very generous gifts! All in all a wonderful experience.Georgie Wood, 3rd Year Fashion Design