Studying Fashion at Salford

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So you’ve applied to study Fashion, we've made you an offer, but you’re still deciding or have further questions? 

We want to make sure you have all the information you need as you get ready to study at Salford. We hope the information below helps you in your decision making. If you have any further questions, simply get in touch with us at or at 0161 295 4545.


Why should you study fashion at the University of Salford?


Our courses prepare you to enter the industry as: fashion designers, buyers, stylists, creators and brand leaders


You get to work on live briefs and assignments to develop an impressive portfolio


Our Fashion Design course is ranked in the Top 10 in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2023

Top applicant questions - answered!

How can I prepare for my fashion course?

Before you start the course, we will send you a letter with recommendations on books and magazines which will help you to prepare for the course. In the meantime you can read lots of fashion magazines. Dazed & Confused and Purple are good places to start. You can also research fashion photographers.

What will my timetable in first year look like?

First year students are in four days a week. Typically the contact hours are 9.30am-4.30pm, although some days may be shorter. There is normally one full day free a week to enable students to participate in extra-curricular activities or work part-time. You will get your full timetable in September. 

Is this course suitable for students that commute?

Yes! There is lots of support for commuter students at Salford. We have two Commuter Hubs which are designated areas on campus for commuters who want somewhere to study away from the library, make/eat their own food, or even play some Xbox games. Alongside that we have excellent transport links - there is reasonable parking on campus, there is a train station next to Peel Park campus and there are buses running every few minutes into Manchester city centre and to MediaCity and beyond into Greater Manchester.

Do I need an iPad or anything to digitally design on in Fashion Design?

An iPad is a good tool if it's within your budget as it is multi-use, they are good to help with illustration and those who are doing anything digital. But laptops and tablets can be loaned out from the University library including MacBook's, so it really depends on preference.

How much sewing is included in Fashion Design?

In the first year, the modules that involve sewing are pattern cutting and production. However, this is a skill that is not essential and will be taught to you along the way. 

Our fashion facilities include:

  • Purpose-built design studios
  • State-of-the-art digital and traditional printing resources
  • Sewing machines
  • Computer suites with industry standard software

Read more about our fashion facilities