BA (Hons) Fashion Design

The Fashion design degree at USW offers experience of the fashion industry beyond the university environment and sets a culture, skillset and attributes for life after graduation. You’ll engage in design thinking and a process-driven approach to solve complex issues of design, sustainability and commercial success, and develop a strong creative vision.

Studying at USW Cardiff, you will work in new studios that simulate an industry environment. These have a full suite of manufacturing equipment, including industrial sewing machines. You will work with partners from the industry and be supported to undertake internships, work experience and placements, as well as compete in national and international design competitions, placing your work on a global stage.

USW Graduates are now employed by Debenhams, Harrods, Joules and Peacocks, amongst others. Graduates have also gone on to establish their own fashion brands, such as Imtayaz Quassim, whose designs have been worn by Justin Bieber, Tyga and Gareth Bale.

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UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
W230 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
W231 Sandwich 4 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
W230 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
W231 Sandwich 4 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

This Fashion design course will push you and help you grow into a professional designer who is able to thrive in the global fashion industry. You will learn new ways to think, create and respond to a demanding market.

Starting with the core skills of sewing, drawing, pattern cutting, designing and researching, you will build a foundation of ability to underpin your practice. In the second year, you will begin to connect with the industry through partnerships and projects.

Your final year is a creative playground for you to develop as a designer and launch into the industry. You will work with a creative team, including models, hairdressers, make-up artists, film makers, choreographers and photographers, to create a multi-sensory experience that sets you apart from other graduates.

Year One - Fashion Design degree

  • Fashion in Context
  • Fashion Visualisation
  • Colour and Fabric
  • Methods and Principles
  • Fashion Design Innovations

Year Two - Fashion Design degree

  • Fashion Design and Industry
  • Fashion in Context
  • Employment Experience Diploma (Fashion and Retail Design)
  • Fashion Design Innovations
  • Fashion Brand Concept Development
  • Creative Industries Collaborative Practice
  • Work Experience

Year Three - Fashion Design degree

  • Critical Research in Fashion
  • Professional Strategies
  • Fashion Forecasting
  • Major Fashion Design Project


You will develop your fashion design skills in the studio using specialist facilities, including dedicated studios and workshops. You will have access to specialist computer-aided design and manufacturing facilities.


The fashion design degree is assessed through regular coursework submissions, in addition to practical assessment.


There is currently no accreditation associated with this course.


As part of the enhanced USW Cardiff, fashion students benefit from a whole floor dedicated to fashion design, fashion promotion, and fashion marketing and retail design. These new facilities include two design studios, one with a view over Cardiff Bay and the other overlooking the city centre. All spaces are designed to inspire you to consider the fantastic location of a capital city in all the work that you do.

Specialist facilities include industrial sewing machines and steam presses. All studios and open spaces have a professional feel, with plenty of room for group work and individual study.


The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.


An interview and portfolio are required for this fashion design course.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to include a relevant art and design subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level with a relevant art and design subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include a relevant higher subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £12300 

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment): Materials * £200 - £800
Materials. £200 (Year 1), £250 (Year 2) and £800 (Year 3)
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) * £250
Equipment. Year 1
Field Trips £150
Per year
Other: Printing & Exhibition Costs * £100 - £350
£100 (Year 1 & 2), £350 (Year 3).

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

Students on our Fashion degree graduate as a rounded, focused, confident professionals, equipped for a career in the Fashion industry. Our graduates have a portfolio of skills – grounded in industry practices – to support a seamless transition into the job market.

Examples of internships include Vivienne Westwood and Roland Mouret, and we have graduates employed by Debenhams, Harrods, Joules, Peacocks, amongst others. Some graduates have also established their own fashion brands, such as Imatayaz Quassim, whose designs have been worn by Justin Bieber, Tyga and Gareth Bale.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.