Fashion and Textiles - BA (Hons) Top up

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University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
University Centre and Balliol Building
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Course Details

This course has been written in collaboration with a team of experienced staff including fashion, textiles, photography, illustration, graphics and business lecturers. Its aim is to allow students to gain valuable skills, knowledge and experience to maximize your career opportunities in the fashion and textiles industry.

The one year top up course includes the study of innovative textiles incorporating creative design solutions and promotional techniques. Gaining an in-depth knowledge of market trends, you will exercise your judgment in the analysis of research strategies and methodologies. Enrichment studies offer further promotion skills including advanced photographic and staging elements.

Engaging an independent way of working, this course offers the chance to determine a self-critical awareness fostering further development for personal motivation.

Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to engage in national and global competitions and showcase events offering you the chance to build industry contacts and work experience opportunities. In addition, you will be taught how to run your own business giving you valuable expertise in business forecasting, marketing and promotion.

Teaching and learning on the course will be delivered through a range of lectures, practical workshops, research seminars, group work, analysis of live fashion events and textile craft fairs.

Guest speakers from different areas of the fashion and textiles industry will facilitate professional workshops and Q&A sessions. Undergraduates will be involved in local, national and global showcasing events, competitions and freelance work.

Core modules include:

  • Textiles 3
  • Fashion Portfolio
  • Design: Culture and Society 3
  • Skills and Strategies for Successful New Business Start-ups
For full entry criteria, please see the Programme Specification.
One year, full time or two years, part time.
All students who successfully complete this degree may have the opportunity to progress onto a Master’s level qualification at the University of Central Lancashire or another higher education provider, or may wish to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the Hugh Baird University Centre. Alternatively, graduates may wish to progress directly into employment.

On successful completion of this qualification, potential career paths may include:

  • Fashion Designer
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Fashion/Textiles Buyer
  • Fashion / Textiles Promotion
  • Fashion/Textiles Forecaster
  • Dressmaker
  • Costume Designer
  • Textile Designer
  • Self-Employment
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Production Manager
  • Carpet Designer

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We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 years or above). Even if you don't have the entry requirements, you may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience, so we would consider your application on an individual basis.

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If you have any questions, or need help at any stage, call the Retention and Progression Team on 0151 353 4444, or email

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