New for September 2019: As part of our commitment to improving student experience we are continually enhancing and reviewing our courses. Changes are being made to this course to reflect the evolving nature of the industry and to keep the course in line with industry standards. Curriculum changes proposed will ensure that we equip our graduates with the prerequisite skills and subject knowledge to be successful in their careers. To find out more get in touch with our programme leaders or attend an open day. This webpage will be updated as changes are made to the programme.
Fashion and Textiles at Derby has been ranked in the Top 20 in The Guardian University Guide 2019.
Our fashion programme benefits from relationships with the Textile Design and Commercial Photography Programmes. For our recent fashion shows at Derby Theatre, we have successfully collaborated externally with Aveda (Derby) and internally with Buxton & Leek College Beauty, Spa & Media Make Up programme. You'll have excellent placement opportunities at companies such as Markus Lupfer, Aitor Throup, Alexander McQueen, George, Puma, Erdem and more.
You'll have the opportunity to exhibit your final collection at the graduate fashion show at Derby Theatre, plus exhibiting your portfolios at the annual Graduate Fashion Week in London. Our students' award winning work is showcased regularly at The Clothes Show. Students Sarah Woodward was Midlands Emerging Designer winner 2015, Nicole Wells won St Andrews Young Designer 2015. We successfully collaborate with industry to enhance the curriculum with cutting edge learning environments.
During the first semester of your first year you'll be taught alongside the BA (Hons) Textile Design students where you will gain valuable skills such as knit and print, pattern cutting and manufacture. Contextual Studies and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) will continue through to the final year giving you a positive advantage within the fashion and textiles industries. This integration of skills and knowledge has produced innovative and creative textile and fashion designers.
In addition, you will study at our Chandos Pole Street building, a purpose built learning environment where you will have access to new specialist Fashion and Textiles facilities. These include light and airy studio spaces as well as industry-standard equipment and design facilities.
We encourage all second years to take a work placement in industry, which will also give you an additional qualification - the Diploma in Professional Practice. Placements are hard work but give you fantastic experience. We have previously had students placed at a wide variety of companies including, Marks & Spencer, Temperley London, Erdem, Mother of Pearl, Preen, Aitor Throup, Tommy Hilfiger and Roksanda, amongst others.
Students applying from one of the University of Derby's Partner Schools or Colleges are guaranteed a place or interview if students meet the minimum entry criteria for their chosen course and apply by the January deadline date.
Please note, minimum entry criteria includes everything in an application, including a strong personal statement, a good reference and where asked for, a portfolio.
You'll be taught by a variety of learning and teaching methods which include: - problem solving, reflective practice, analysis of given problem with synthesis of solution, portfolio building, group work, the use of influences files, report writing, group critiques, negotiated learning, presentation and demonstration.
Employable Graduates – 100% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of completing this course (HESA 2016).
All art and design courses are based at our Markeaton Street site where modern, purpose built studios and labs provide a modern creative space for our arts students. Markeaton Street encompasses Chandos Pole Street (home to our Fashion and Textiles courses) and Britannia Mill (home to Fine Arts). Students on any of our theatre related courses also get to study at Derby Theatre, and Dance students study at Deda.
Markeaton Street is a 15 minute walk from Kedleston Road, and is serviced by regular free site shuttle buses.
Explore our facilities through 360 views:
Chandos Pole Street
You will study modules such as:
- Introduction to Fashion and Textiles
- Visual Studies for Fashion and Textiles
- Contextual Studies 1
- Technical Fashion
- Directed Projects in Fashion
- Contextual Studies 2
- Fashion Exploration
- Fashion Placement
- Contextual Studies 3
- Negotiated Study in Fashion
- Fashion Direction
- Independent Study in Fashion
Assessment is 100% coursework based including practical production and oral presentation work, along with written assignments. In the final year, you’ll have the opportunity to write an extended essay on a subject of your choice and work on self-negotiated and independent creative projects.
The programme makes use of field trips in a number of ways to inform and inspire students. Putting students in direct contact with significant cultural and commercial organisations and events, expands learning and understanding of the fashion world. Placements play a key role here too and in addition, create opportunities for students to network.
The programme regularly invites guests from industry to make a contribution to student learning. Guests from industry come in to deliver lectures, participate in tutorials and deliver external projects to students on a regular basis each academic year.
Every year students from the School of Arts celebrate their time at University by showcasing their work at an end of year Degree Show at Markeaton Street and across the City of Derby. The Show usually runs throughout June and is a fantastic opportunity for potential employers, friends, family, industry and members of the public to see exciting creations by the next generation of artists, designers, creators and makers from Derby. The Show takes the form of:
For a glimpse of last year’s Degree Show take a look at our flickr photo album.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|Interview / Audition||Yes - see interview details|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DMM
- Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
You could get a career in: fashion design, textile design for fashion or interiors, knitwear, sportswear and accessories design, fashion forecasting, illustration, PR, marketing, media, buying and merchandising, photographic styling... and lots more.
You'll get lots of opportunities to showcase your work and get yourself noticed. Some of our students took a collection to London Alternative Fashion Week.
You could also go on to study our MA in Fashion and Textiles.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
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Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- Additional access to wider University Arts’ facilities including equipment loan store and other facilities, such as digital print workshops or video editing
- Basic materials such as fabrics and other fashion related construction materials are provided for set coursework tasks in Year 1 and 2
- Participation in University Degree Show plus a Graduate Catwalk show with professional models and VIP Reception provided
- Participation in London Graduate Fashion Week, access to specialist equipment in Fashion studio and related areas such as printmaking workshops and relevant textile workshop areas
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Technical equipment & materials for making across years 1 & 2 (approx. £75)
- Drawing equipment general 'toolbox' (marker pens, pencils, etc.) (approx. £50 in each year)
- Student promotion materials & marketing pack (approx. £75)
- Graduate design show printing of student work & production of final collection (costs determined by student £100 - £600)
- Additional materials (printing, stationary, portfolio sleeves, folders, USBs/hard drives etc.) Approx. costs - Year 1= £150, Year 2 = £200, Year 3 = £300
- Printing of design work in support of catwalk show (approx. £100)
- Production of a A2/A3 Portfolio (approx. £125)
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Additional course related publications (approx. costs £100)
- Specialist software/hardware (costs up to £1500)
- Travel for work placement opportunities (costs will vary dependant on location)
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.