Enhance your employability through local and international work placements, global collaborations and partnerships with some of the biggest names and brands in the fashion industry
Opportunity to exhibit locally and on the catwalk at a professional show at Graduate Fashion Week in London
Study within a high achieving fashion department, consistently winning awards and competitions, including the British Fashion Council Best Portfolio Award and Digital Award. Student winners have included the Best Childrenswear GFW award for George at Asda in 2015 and Mothercare in 2016; and the 2016 Sophie Hallette Lace competition.
The British Fashion Council estimates that the UK fashion industry is worth £26bn a year, making a ‘vital contribution to the global reputation of Great Britain as a leader in creative excellence.’
Our course reflects contemporary practice in the fashion industry, with individual creativity as its core. You are encouraged to explore your individual talents through the application of the professional design process, from original concept to final product. Our course has been designed to give you the essential skills needed to succeed in this fast paced, dynamic industry both in the UK and Internationally.
The course aspires to create flexible, resourceful and creative fashion practitioners with well-developed transferable and interpersonal skills. Through a range of inspiring modules, you will become multi-skilled, independent and professional in an environment where personal talent and individual development are nurtured.
You will also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement module in your second year, with past students doing placements at brands such as Alexander McQueen, American Apparel, Christopher Kane, Henri Lloyd, Jonathan Saunders, Karl Lagerfeld, Markus Lupfer, Selfridges & Co, Anna Sui, Vera Wang and Viktor & Rolf.
Graduates have gone onto successful careers in design at all levels of the industry across the globe including Adidas, John Lewis, Levis, Marina Rinaldi, Max Mara, New Balance, Puma, River Island, Topshop, Warehouse.
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 creative side of fashion design through your modules and projects.
You are introduced to the course's core subject areas by a series of modules delivered through a variety of exciting briefs. Year one introduces you to the fundamentals of a range of disciplines, and provides a thorough grounding of knowledge skills and understanding.
By the end of year one, 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.
Fashion Design 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 two, 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 three 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 three 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.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|Foundation Diploma in Art and Design||Pass = 165 (plus other additional qualifications to a total of 260pts)|
|GCSE||English and Maths GCSE grade C|
|UCAS tariff points||96-112 points|
|GCE A level||96-112 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||96-112 points including an Art and Design Subject|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||96-112 points including an Art and Design subject|
|International Baccalaureate||29 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.
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 three 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, Superdry, Maxmara, George and Heidi Klein.
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.
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)
Marina Rinaldi (Max Mara Group), Italy
Morven was the winner of our live industry brief held with Marina Rinadli in 2013. She now works for the brand full time as womenswear designer. 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. Morven is 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.
Freelance Designer at Heidi Klein and Womenswear Designer at Max Mara Fashion Group
Graduated in 2015
‘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 it was a wonderful experience.’
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.
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|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
Students should expect to pay from £100 on your studio levy each year. In addition, in Year 3 of study, students may incur a cost of £200 to participate in shows. For optional trips, you should expect to pay from £350 to £1200. 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.
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
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