BA (Hons) Fashion Design

Fashion is an ever-changing industry that needs professionals who can respond to its challenges. Based in the heart of the dynamic fashion capital of Wales, this fashion design course promotes an innovative and sustainable approach to fashion education.

The Fashion Design degree at the University of South Wales offers experience of fashion design beyond the university environment and develops skills for life after graduation. You’ll balance commercial success with a strong creative vision, always questioning and pushing your ideas forward.

This industry-focused fashion course will challenge your ability to think, problem-solve and communicate your creativity to produce a professional portfolio of work. Starting with core skills such as fashion communication and garment construction, you’ll progress to focus on the working environment and complete live projects and industry-sponsored briefs. In practical studio sessions, you’ll learn how to combine design, technology and theory to create a finished product.

Our fashion students compete and win national and international awards and competitions – they’ve won awards at London Graduate Fashion Week for the past three years. There are many opportunities to work with industry through placements and partnerships with fashion designers like Julien MacDonald, Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Vivienne Westwood and Debenhams and you can take an optional sandwich year, or study overseas through the Erasmus exchange programme.

Studying fashion design in Cardiff, you’ll be a part of our inspiring community and have the chance to collaborate with other creative industries students such as journalists, photographers, actors, writers and musicians. Follow USW Fashion on Instagram.

What you will study

The first year focuses on core skills, visualisation techniques, understanding and applying colour, surface manipulation, trends, 3D realisation of garments and outfits, pattern cutting, garment construction, and contextual studies.

You’ll build on these skills in the second year, where your studio practice will focus on the working environment with industry-sponsored briefs, live projects and competitions. You will learn about the principles of range building, manufacture, production and product development, which underpin all commercial design work.

The final year of your fashion design...

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Our fashion students benefit from a dedicated, fully-equipped building that promotes creative exchange, professional collaboration and a pioneering approach.

Facilities at our Cardiff campus range from photographic darkrooms and professional-level printers, to video and audio production studios. You will be able to borrow a full range of equipment including cameras, microphones and lighting.


Irene Dee, Fashion Design Course Leader
Patricia Brien, Academic Subject Manager
Jayne Hall Cunnick, Senior Lecturer
Fiona Howells, Lecturer
Dr Torunn Kjolberg, Lecturer
Stacey Grant-Canham, Lecturer
Camille Watkins, Lecturer
Sian Menai Davies, Lecturer
Ben Thomas, Technical Demonstrator
Sarah Price, Technical Demonstrator

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This course is taught at: Cardiff Campus

UCAS CODE: W231 W230

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If you would like to apply for this course, then you will need to apply online through UCAS.

Tuition Fees

Home & EU Students

For full-time and part-time undergraduate fees please see our Home & EU Student Fee pages

International Students

For full-time undergraduate fees please see our International Student Fee pages


  • SW 4 Years Start Date: Sep 2016
    • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2016
      • SW 4 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
        • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2017

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