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BA (Hons) Fashion

Three Year or Four Year (with Foundation) Degree

BA Fashion

Throughout the BA (Hons) in Fashion degree at LCCA, you’ll be encouraged to find your own fashion identity and to leave a noticeable imprint on all of the items you design.

From your first year, you’ll explore the cultural, economic, environmental and sustainable factors that underpin the world of fashion while learning practical techniques that you can utilise in many roles. These include drape, fabric manipulation, constructed textile, pattern cutting, garment manufacture and trailers. During this fashion course, you’ll learn how to take the concepts you design through drawing and illustration work and create marketable products. Additionally, you’ll study media, photography and styling, portfolio presentation and computer-aided design.

By the time you graduate from this fashion degree, you’ll have developed industry expertise through a work placement as well as a range of transferable skills that will make you a top candidate for a range of roles in the fashion industry.

Start working towards a career in a fast-paced industry today by enrolling on the BA (Hons) Fashion programme at LCCA, delivered in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts.




If you have not met the entry requirements for studying this course at Level 4, you still have the opportunity to study the degree by joining through the Foundation in Design and Creative Business (Level 3).


Tower Hill, London


February, June or September 2024


Three years (or four years with integrated Foundation in Design and Creative Business Pathway)

Direct entry

Direct entry is available for Year 2 and Year 3 of this programme

Study mode

Full-time, flexible learning - study on campus and online with classes available during the weekday, evenings and weekend

Awarding body

University for the Creative Arts

Tuition fees

UK/EU citizens - £9,250 per annum


SFE funding available

International / EU Applicants

If you are arriving after the UK has left the EU on January 1st 2021, you will require a visa to study in the UK, in which LCCA will not be able to sponsor you. To find out more information please visit apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

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Our Foundation in Design and Creative Business is dedicated to preparing students for a BA (Hons) Fashion Design degree, this course celebrates the culture of each student whilst providing vital insight into higher education in the UK. You will emerge from the course with the confidence and practical skills to study a creative subject at a more advanced level.

The practical element of the foundation involves experimentation in a range of creative practices, such as fashion, graphics, moving image and crafts.

You will work in an open studio space where you will be able to refine your abilities in a range of specialist techniques whilst developing your own unique style and approach.

By the end of the course, you will have a strong creative portfolio, having explored a number of specialisms before choosing a specific subject to pursue at undergraduate level.


At LCCA, we accept students who have decided to move on from their current institute to find a new place of study.

All of our UCA accredited UG degrees allow for direct entry onto the second year (Level 5) or third year (Level 6) of study depending on your existing qualifications. 

To verify if you qualify for direct entry, please contact us to discuss your admissions options.

BA (Hons) Fashion


This 30-week course is designed to equip students with the academic skills and subject knowledge needed to progress on to study at undergraduate level. You’ll develop a unique portfolio of work throughout the course, helping you to progress onto a degree in any creative subject.

Stage 1
The first stage covers the key areas of related to your degree programme and will focus on either creative design or business. You’ll learn the theoretical knowledge and debates surrounding these disciplines and the historical and international contexts which underpin them. You will also will also being to build the foundations for studying at degree level.

Stage 2
This stage builds on the key research, analytical and reflective skills built in Stage 1. Students will also have the opportunity to explore specialist areas of study and focus on your chosen path within the creative arts or business.

Stage 3
Students undertake a self-directed, specialist project which will synthesise and conclude their newly learned knowledge. The Final Major Project consists of three units which include advanced language and study skills needed for progression onto an LCCA design or creative business undergraduate degree.


Modules include:

  • Introduction to Design (pathway dependent)
  • English for Academic Purposes, Research & Study Skills
  • Visual Culture
  • Final Major Project


Throughout Year 1 of this course, students will be introduced to a range of contemporary design practices used to encourage innovative creativity during the design process.

Introduction to Design

To ease you into your first year, you’ll use your problem-solving skills on a range of project briefs. You’ll use them to create 2D and 3D designs and think innovatively about the products you’re creating. This is an excellent starting point for understanding the fashion industry and engaging with your unique fashion identity.

Visual Communication

Research and contemporary fashion illustration will be integral to this module. Using life drawing, design sketching fashion illustration and technical drawings, you’ll build on your drawing skills, bring your ideas to life and begin to grow a portfolio of work that can be utilised when applying for roles within the fashion industry. The course will be led by creative workshops, giving you the opportunity to merge theory with practice.

Creative Cutting and Construction

This course is dedicated to developing your skills in pattern cutting and sewing as well as other more complex cutting and garment construction techniques. University-level study is about self-guided research which you’ll be encouraged to do in this course to help you learn more about historical practices and how these have influenced the work of contemporary designers.

Introduction to Fashion History and Theory

Develop your understanding of where designs and trends have come from by studying the basic framework of historical fashion. You’ll analyse texts and visual products in order to build your understanding of the relationship between theory and fashion practice.

Modules include:

  • Introduction to Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Creative Cutting and Construction
  • Introduction to Fashion History and Theory


This year covers the techniques of tailoring, draping and designing in more detail whilst building on students’ knowledge of the fashion world. Year 2 also includes work experience where students are able to apply their classroom knowledge to the real world.

Innovative Design Practice

Building on your first-year skills, you’ll learn how to create a half-tailored jacket, thinking about how your own ideas can be incorporated into the garment. You’ll also extend your creative practices and consider further design concepts related to 2D and 3D practices.

Creative Drape Practices

Extend your knowledge of contemporary design practices and build on what you’ve learned in the previous course. You’ll work with a mannequin to bring your ideas to life and create an outfit by applying historical and modern cutting and drape practices.

Professional Practice

This module will prepare you for working in the creative industries. You’ll undertake a six-week work experience placement to gain essential transferable skills and get your first taste of working in the fashion industry.

Theories of Culture, Identity and Communication

Discover the contemporary debates surrounding design culture and contribute towards them. You’ll do this through discussions with your peers and by engaging with a range of theories and methods for analysis.

Modules include:

  • Innovative Design Practice
  • Creative Drape Practice
  • Professional Practice
  • Theories of Culture, Identity and Communication


The final years allows students to demonstrate everything they have learnt throughout the course via a major project and dissertation.

Final Major Project

Your final year is about combining all your newly learned skills to create a body of work that represents your fashion identity.

Option 1: By now, you should have decided on a design discipline. You’ll prepare a pre-collection and a final collection, both of which you’ll have to conduct significant research for in order to design and present your best possible work. Once you’ve completed your pre-collection, you’ll undertake analysis to decide whether you extend the successful aspects of the piece or whether you’ll produce a new body of work.

Option 2: Alternatively, you can pursue two individual projects which allow you to explore one of your main areas of interest within the fashion discipline. In the first project, you’ll conduct market research, brand analysis and conception origination to prepare a body of work that reflects a specific brand. In the second term, you’ll build on this work to create a seasonal collection for specific brands; these should reflect what you want to do in your career. This is an excellent opportunity to work with a manufacturer to create two outfits.

Professional Portfolio

In order to prepare you for the fashion industry, you’ll develop a professional portfolio which will contain self-assessment, career planning, design portfolio, self-promotion and a personal website. You’ll critically analyse your skills, goals and what the next stage of your career is going to be. This portfolio should be a reflection of what you’ve learned throughout your three years and of your aspirations for the future.


Your dissertation is an opportunity to reflect not just on what you’ve learned for the past three years, but what you think you’d like to do in the future. You’ll conduct research, develop a perspective on a specific subject and produce an argument on this.

Modules include:

  • Professional Portfolio
  • Final Major Project
  • Dissertation

The scope of this fashion course enables our graduates to secure a range of positions at different levels of the industry, such as:

  • Design co-ordinator
  • Fashion technologist
  • Fashion sourcing
  • Product development
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Pattern cutter and seamstress
  • Fashion buyer
  • Fashion designer
  • Retail buyer
  • Stylist
  • Textile designer
  • Clothing/textile technologist
  • garment technologist

Upon graduation, you may like to consider further study at postgraduate level. Our range of postgraduate degrees include:

  • MA Fashion Business and Management
  • MA Global Marketing and Communications
  • MA Luxury Business Management

See our course selection here



The standard entry requirements* for this course are, one of the following:

  • 64 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 64 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in an appropriate subject
  • 24 points from the International Baccalaureate, see more information about IB entry requirements

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).


The standard entry requirements* for this three-year BA (Hons) Fashion Design course are, one of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in an appropriate subject
  • 27-30 points from the International Baccalaureate

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).


For this course, we’ll ask you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio, and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included, will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you’ve applied.


Other relevant and equivalent level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results.

Why Study a BA in Fashion At LCCA

LCCA strives to provide its students with both academic excellence, career focus and a friendly environment across all disciplines. Our boutique campus is located in Tower Hill, London with a range of facilities and equipment, making it the perfect place to study.

LCCA offers students opportunities to engage with experts both on and off-campus.

Our teachers are experts in their field and will enrich your learning experience facilitating your access to the most current industry expertise and networks across their creative specialisms.

We provide a range of top undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that are delivered in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts.


We provide dedicated facilities for students, helping them to produce work at an industry-level standard and preparing them for a bright future. These facilities are the reason why, upon graduation, our students feel prepared to start working from day one.

Our students have access to a range of specialist facilities across the college. These include:

  • Mac studios with 110 Apple iMac. Software includes: GameMaker, Autodesk Maya, Unreal Engine, Cinema 4D, Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
  • Access to WGSN – a leading trend forecasting company for fashion and design businesses
  • Reprographic services
  • Fashion studios with 24 industrial sewing machines, overlockers and embroidery sewing machines
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Art and Design Studio

Whether you’re completing your first degree or undertak­ing further study to progress your career or change your career direction, LCCA’s strong industry links and wide networks will help you develop your skills, gain valuable experience and make contacts to boost your career opportunities.

·         Aitor Throup Studio LTD

·         Burberry

·         Calvin Klein Jeans

·         Chloé

·         Claret Press

·         Harrods

·         Hop Fashion

·         House of Fraser

·         James Lakeland

·         Jan Masny

·         Karen Millen

·         Christian Louboutin

·         Bartlett Mitchell

·         Boodica UK

·         Pringle of Scotland

·         Richard Boll

·         Soho House

·         Ted Baker

·         Tommy Hilfiger

·         YKK

·         Yulan Creative

·         Paul Smith

·         Louis Vuitton

·         Maria Grachvogel

·         Net-a-Porter

·         Little Wardrobe London Ltd

·         Claret Showroom

·         ZARA


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