Fashion Design BA (Hons)

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  Course Title

  Fashion Design BA (Hons)

  Length of Study

  4 years / 5-6 years Part-Time

  Award by

  UON – Approved by CYQAA



  Start Date





  City Centre

  Tuition Fees

  €7000 / per year

  Study Grant

  Up to €3417 *

*Study Grant may only provided by certain socioeconomic criteria are met according to the relevant legislation.

Over the course of our Fashion Design degree, you will develop all of the design skills and technical knowledge you need to be successful in the fashion industry.

During your studies you will have the opportunity to use contemporary equipment and facilities in an exceptional and professional studio environment of the industry. A broad introduction to Fashion principles and characteristics will enable you to create your own collection or publication at the end of the final year of your studies.

With our strong industry links, guest speakers, live projects, work experience and internships, all an integral part of the course, you will have access to everything you need to develop a major collection at a professional catwalk standard in your final year.

You will also develop professional and entrepreneurial skills to help you find your way through the creative industries.

Our main and absolute objective is to create competent graduates, able to respond perfectly to any relevant industry requirements, but mostly to provide them with the appropriate skills and knowledge to become leaders in the field by creating exceptional results through their “dare full” expressive and aesthetically developed style.


Our Fashion course offers you a stimulating environment where we will encourage you to develop your own individual aesthetic signature. We will place an emphasis on technical finesse, balanced by creative exploration and material investigation.

Over the first two years you will be introduced to the fashion industry requirements and opportunities, and you will develop appropriate clothes-making and designing skills, which will lead you to define your own area of specialization and style. In your third year you will be able to produce a portfolio of work and get prepared to produce your own impressive results inyour final year as a professional Fashion Designer presenting your own unique style.






The 1st year of study is mostly investigational, experimental and research based, in order to start defining the perspectives of the fields of specialization. It will help you to better understand your course specifications and values, and you will be introduced technically and conceptually to the course and to industry expectations.


When you successfully complete our 1st year of study, you can proceed to the 2ndyear of our Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion.



Specialization Roles in the Industry and Design Development – Contextual Studies (60 credits)

Module Code: FA/AD01/01


Art & Design Techniques & Idea Processes (part set assignment) (60 credits)

Module Code: FA/AD01/02


During the 2nd year of your studies the emphasis will be placed on developing practical skills and on using CAD software applications so you can use technology for your own creative work, technical production, marketing and promotion. You will develop a range of skills in the fashion and textiles industry, through experimentation with material, surface, form and function and you will be introduced to contemporary fashion and innovative pattern cutting outcomes by employing skills of design interpretation and three-dimensional realization, fit alteration, pattern drafting and adaptation, construction and manufacture, leading design to actual clothing. By the end of the year you will have created your first cohesive fashion collection from the very beginning to the final presentation.

When you successfully complete our 2nd year of study, you can proceed to the 3rd year of our Bachelor’s Degree earning an HNC Diploma (Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Art and Design – Fashion & Textiles) as well. The HNC Diploma gives you the opportunity (a) to cash it in and earn a Diploma, (b), to continue for one more year and earn an HND (Higher National Diploma), (c) to continue your studies for two more years and earn a Bachelor’s Degree (from UON, University of Northampton) at our College.



Fashion, Leather Fashion and Textiles: Context (40 Credits)
Module Code: FSH1106
The purpose of this module is to address issues around Fashion Leather Fashion and Textiles for Fashion. It is intended to stimulate and promote an explorative and questioning attitude towards the subject. An understanding of generic design skills and the design development process will underpin the module.
Design Practice: Concept, Research and Design Development (60 Credits)
Module Code: FSH1107
This module will investigate the nature of design in relation to a range of contexts. It aims to stimulate and promote an ethos of exploratory and questioning attitudes through problem solving allowing the student to develop visual research and contextual aspects as a means of communicating a design research concept.
Design Communication
Module Code: FSH1118


During the 3rd year, the emphasis will be placed on your creative potential and individuality, with the opportunity for coordinated work experience. In order to give you a feel of what it’s like to work in the fashion industry, your projects will be set by external contacts and sponsors and some projects will include consultancy groups. The design management and marketing elements of the course will also include guest lectures from notable industry specialists.

During the 3rd year of your studies, you will have the opportunity to choose some of your projects to do them at the University of Northampton (UON) for a certain period of time (this is optional).

When you successfully complete our 3rd year of study, you can proceed to the 4th and final year of our Bachelor’s Degree.



Contextual Studies 2 (20 Credits)
Module Code: FSH2101
The purpose of this module is to help students become familiar with a broad range of research methods and approaches through engagement with critical analytical models written responses student-led investigation and the production presentation-based ideas and information.
Design Practice: Research & Design Development Fashion/Footwear & Accessories & Printed Textiles (60 Credits)
Module Code: FSH2105
The purpose of this module is to offer a multi-disciplinary delivery that engages students across the subjects of fashion textiles leather and footwear & accessories. Students will be encouraged to further develop and progress creative aesthetic technical exploration while developing a considered approach to a contemporary design practice.
Visual Studies and Promotion (20 Credits)
Module Code: FSH2106
The purpose of this module is to support students in developing visual design communication and promotion skills. Students will be encouraged to explore conceptual aesthetic and experimental approaches to developing individual lines of enquiry within the fashion design communication process.
Creative and Technical Exploration: Fashion (20 Credits)
Module Code: FSH2107
The purpose of this module will support students in advancing their skills required for the creative applications of pattern cutting and construction. Students will be encouraged to explore in-depth technical methods and processes to garment construction while exploring aesthetic approaches to contemporary fashion design.


Your final year encompasses the final major project, which is the design and production of a capsule collection, supported by academic research. This is a chance for you to focus on what you have found most interesting, working in collaboration with the industry and reflecting on what you have learned through the course, including pattern cutting, manufacturing, design research, portfolio presentation, photography and styling, leather/fabric/colour forecasting and CAD. Your final collection may be showcased at a Catwalk Fashion Show and/or at our Degree Show.

When you successfully complete the 4th (final year), you will earn a BA (Hons) Fashion Design. You will become a professional Fashion Designer and fully equipped to succeed in the related industries. You will be fully prepared to lead in the field since the main target of our course is to create graduates capable of developing and exploring their own unique and exceptional aesthetic style.



Final Major Project (80 Credits)
Module Code: FSH3103
The purpose of this module is to enable students to draw on and showcase their skills and experience. They will undertake a self initiated project that encompasses theoretical and practical design practice resulting in a professional collection and portfolio to support their launch into industry or post graduate education.
Design Context Communication (40 Credits)
Module Code: FSH3105
The purpose of this module is to underpin the final major project through a variety of theoretical reflective practice-led and presentational investigations. As future designers there is a requirement for students to consider the changing nature of design contexts and the need to communicate personal creative identities within the professional environment. The module will emphasise the need to recognise the fashion/textiles/footwear/accessories/ leather and fashion promotions industries as agents of change and the resulting implications. This module will allow for visual and textual analysis of this critical area through the exploration of wider creative practices contemporary marketing synergies recognizing the impact of global outcomes environmental considerations the digital landscape and product specialization as a means of supporting decisions made within the final major project.


We take a range of approaches to teaching, to help you learn in the best way for you. There will be classroom teaching, group and individual sessions, specialist workshops with industry partners and tutorials. You will get feedback throughout the year, orally, in writing and online.


• Practical workis assessed through studio presentations and exhibitions.

• Theory is assessed through:
Essay writing, assignments, presentations, a dissertation.

Students who do not complete the Honours Degree will be eligible for an Ordinary Degree in the named subject upon successful completion of a minimum of 60 Level 6 credits. These can be from any Level 6 modules, whether identified as compulsory or designated.


Final year students display their work at the annual Degree Show at both our Freshart Campuses, in Limassol and Paphos, and also by participating in a Catwalk Show.


• The Fashion area has specifically-designed studios and a range of high quality workshops to enable the production of 2D and 3D work
• Emphasis is placed on students’ creative development whilst recognizing the importance of marketing and management skills
• Strong links with industry, guest speakers and live project learning experiences
• Opportunities for work experience and internships are part of the curriculum
• Optional international study visits
• Modules to be optionally completed at the University of Northampton (UoN) are part of the curriculum.


At Freshart College (FA) or at the University of Northampton in the UK (UON)
• Fine Art at FA or UON
• Leather Technology (Professional) at UON
• Master of Business Administration at UON

You could also continue along the academic route with a focused MA in any area of Fashion and Textiles.


When you graduate from this course, you will be well suited to work in the fashion industry, including:

• design
• pattern cutting
• buying
• merchandising
• PR
• editorial
• dealing with your own fashion line

You could also continue along the academic route with a focused MA in any area of Fashion and Textiles.


In your first and second year you may have the opportunity (in addition to presenting some of your work by participating in the College Final Show) to help with the graduate catwalk or exhibition preparation, accordingly. During your third year you might want to choose to combine a work placement though there will be other opportunities for placements throughout your course. We encourage you to make the most of these opportunities.


Year 1 entry:

To enter year 1 of the Fashion design course (of a 4-year course) applicants are expected to send an online portfolio and to have:

  1. 2 GCE A’ Levels at a minimum grade C, one must be from the Art & Design field.


  1. School Leaving Certificate (Apolytirion) overall grade 16 or above.


We also value professional experience and alternative qualifications accordingly, where necessary.

Year 2 or 3 entry:

Students with a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (FAD) or a relevant HND with a suitable profile of achievement may be admitted into year two or three, accordingly.


A committee of specialist staff will review applications and might invite you for an interview (international students may be interviewed over Skype). A member of our academic team will discuss about your portfolio with you, your specialized skills, course details and your own expectations, and will also be ready to answer any questions you may have.


How to apply

Depending on what and how you would like to study, you can fill in an online application form.

If you would like to apply for a full-time or a part-time study, distance or online learning, for undergraduate study, BA, HND, HNC, Foundation, please apply directly to the College.


Supporting documents for undergraduate courses

Please include the following documents with your completed application form:

  • Details of your English Language competence, for example, GCSE, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) tests or equivalent.
  • Certified copies of your school certificates and any other relevant qualifications. A certified copy is a photocopy that has an original, official stamp of your school, college or university on it.
  • At least one reference.

You can apply for any course at any time before the course starts. The normal closing date for applications is 15th of May. Late applications are accepted but are not guaranteed the same level of consideration as applications made before 15th of May.


Application Review and Decision

We will normally provide applicants with a decision within 30 days of the closing date. In case this should take longer, you will be notified.

If your application is successful and you are not required to attend an interview, you will receive a formal offer letter and further information about your course.


Changing my course once I have applied

You can change your course if you would like to, as long as you meet the entry requirements for the new course and there are places available. If the new course requires an interview you will need to attend this before being offered a place. You will have to submit your request to change your course in writing and send it by email to the admissions office.


If you have completed academic studies that are equivalent to the first or second year of the course you are applying for, it may be possible to enter the course at the second or third year. You will need to provide a transcript or list of modules including how many credits they are worth. The Admissions Tutor will then consider the application.


A lot of our courses can be completed part-time. Therefore, you can fit your studies around your life and we will make sure we shape your schedule based on your time availability. The majority of part-time courses start in October. Please apply as soon as possible to ensure we have your details before your course starts.

Entry requirements

When considering applications for part-time study, we assess personal, professional and educational experience, preferably relevant, to ensure that the course is a good match for you. Entry requirements vary, so please check individual courses for details.


We encourage applications from all sections of the community, regardless of sex, marital status, age, responsibility for dependents, socio-economic status, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation or disability.


We work hard to ensure that, as far as possible, students with disabilities are able to study successfully with us. If you have additional needs, we advise that you contact the administration office or course tutor as early as possible, so that you can discuss your needs and visit the College to assess the facilities if necessary.


We care about equal opportunity in education, so mature students will be highly considered on equitable terms, as we realize that life might have directed you to other specialized paths. Let’s fix it!


We welcome applications from everyone and we know that relevant experience is just as valuable as qualifications. Whether experience is from your work, voluntary activities or independent study we still want to hear from you.

So, if you don’t meet all of the entry requirements for the course you would like to study, contact our Admissions team at the admissions email and let them know what other relevant experience you have.