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foundation year

the first step towards a career in fashion

The Foundation Year gives participants the time, tools and experience to choose the course that best suits their skills and abilities. The programme comprises fashion and design related subjects, English language and study skills, and a careers service. Taught over three terms, it challenges participants to develop their ideas and skills with creative projects and practical techniques. 

programme outline

Academic discipline is at the heart of this course, with focus on in-depth study of analytical principles, techniques for exploration and enquiry, and research into context and materials.

Creative project work is followed by specialist routes into fashion design (with business), and fashion communication (with styling, graphics and photography). Participants also develop an individual creative style and concept ideas that they can take forward over the subsequent three years of undergraduate study.


To help students to fulfil their career ambitions, we have integrated a careers service into the Foundation Year. This is designed to help each student to become a confident, highly skilled and extremely employable graduate.

course details

start dates

October or January

term dates

October 2018

Term one: 01/10/2018 to 07/12/2018

Term two: 14/01/2019 to 12/04/2019

Term three: 29/04/2019 to 14/06/2019

January 2019

Term one: 14/01/2019 to 12/04/2019

Term two: 29/04/2019 to 14/06/2019

Term three: 24/06/2019 to 30/08/2019

Tuition fees

Entry requirements