Manchester Metropolitan University

BA (Hons)

Fashion Design and Technology - Sportswear

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Creative and Technology-based course providing you with both technical know-how and creative flair.
  • Excellent placements in the UK and abroad and opportunities to partake in live projects and competitions with international companies. 
  • Opportunity to enhance your learning by taking study trips. Previous trips have been to trade fairs in Paris and to Amsterdam to explore denim brands and production facilities.

Placement options

If you decide that you would like to gain a year's industry experience you can spend year 3 on placement within the fashion and clothing industry. Placement learning is a key element of the course as it allows you to apply university-based knowledge, skills and understanding to the real world of work. It also gives you an advantage when you begin looking for your first job upon graduating. The day-to-day demands of such an experience are both challenging and inspirational.

Placement opportunities are available both in the UK and abroad. We have established links with companies such as Alexon, Aycem Group in Turkey, Dorothy Perkins, Tesco, George @ Asda, Flannels, Marks and Spencer, Margaret Howell, Matalan, Next, Primark, Puma, Reebok, Tommy Hilfiger in Amsterdam and Ralsey in New York.

Our dedicated Placement team has developed excellent links with the fashion industry over the last 20 years. You will be offered support through a preparation programme of activities that includes guidance on selection procedures, working overseas, CV preparation and interview techniques.

During the Placement Year, although you will be supervised directly by the company you are employed by, you will also be allocated an Academic Mentor. They will provide support and guidance, assess your progress and generally monitor your welfare for the time you are away from the University.

About the course

Your first year will provide you with knowledge of the key principles and concepts of design, pattern and garment technology. The creative aspects of the course are supported by a strong emphasis on technology and business, so you will also study textiles, fashion business and promotion. Throughout the course you will learn about the process of fashion design and gain practical skills, which will enable you to present your design ideas and develop your understanding of both manual and computerised methods for pattern construction. You will study sizing and fit, garment technology and learn to recognise different fabric structures and understand the selection of materials for particular end uses.

You will be exposed to the types of design, production and management technologies found in the industry, which are essential for today’s informed designer, from the development of research skills and concept building through to professional presentation techniques. 

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Your first year will provide you with knowledge of the key principles and concepts of fashion design, pattern making, garment technology and fashion business. You will have opportunity to work across womenswear, menswear and sportswear in your first year, experimenting with different projects prior to specialising in Year 2.

Core Units
Fashion Business

The unit will enable creative students to develop the necessary commercial skills required to succeed in the fashion industry.


You will study theoretical and practical applications relating to: opportunities in the fashion and creative industries, fashion entrepreneur traits, competitive advantage, business plans and starting a business, market research, marketing and branding, sales and negotiations, product life cycle, sources of finance, small business accounts and project management skills.

Fashion Design

Students will explore research ideas for fashion design and develop an understanding of how their designs relate to product development.

You will study a variety of methods for research and how to source and compile this information, developing and presenting design ideas, market and production considerations for design, presentation techniques, fashion illustration, manual drawing expressed using a broad range of drawing media and the application of CAD for presentation.

Garment Technology

The unit provides a comprehensive understanding of the fashion/garment production process. It includes an overview of fashion materials and manufacturing technology.

This unit covers the formation and performance of common stitch types, function and variety of cutting, pressing and other equipment and various garment manufacturing techniques and sewing machine technologies. You will also study the characteristics of natural and manmade fibre types, yarns and various fabric structures, whilst looking at the performance requirements of fashion products and the use of finishing techniques to improve aesthetics, performance and functionality.

Pattern Technology

Pattern technology will provide you with the skills to create, manipulate and communicate patterns using manual and CAD methods.

This unit focuses on pattern creation using modelling, flat drafting and manipulation of patterns. Pattern construction methods will also be covered manually and using CAD, with the integration of body scan data. You will also learn about measurement acquisition and application and the development of design room specifications. Pattern development for womenswear, menswear and sportswear will be covered.

Year 2

In year 2 you will further develop the skills you learned in your first year. You will study design, fashion communication, and apparel technologies and work on exciting integrated projects including live industry briefs. Enhancing your skills for future employment, and developing your knowledge of your chosen areas of specialism and market sector. 

Core Units
Fashion Communication for Sportswear

This unit will enable you to explore communication channels pertinent to product development and promotion within the fashion industry.

You will apply technical and creative skills to support fashion product management, ensuring designs are successfully communicated through computer software. You will also develop skills in the presentation and promotion of fashion concepts.

Sportswear Apparel Technologies

You will develop your skills and understanding of the processes and applications within product development for sportswear.

You will explore garment and pattern construction techniques, utilising a variety of sportswear related technologies. Practical portfolio development will acknowledge the impact of technology, the relevance of different fabric types, ergonomics and the importance of communication within pattern and garment development.

Sportswear Design Concepts

Students will further develop their research and design skills, generating new sportswear design concepts using creative thinking and exploring diverse communication methods.

You will develop original research into ideas for shape and colour, materials, performance and details appropriate to defined sportswear markets. Using a variety of media and appropriate technologies to present sportswear design concepts in professional formats.

Synergy / Professional Practice

This unit is designed to provide an opportunity for you to develop your career objectives, and enhance your problem solving skills whilst preparing you for work in the global fashion industry. You will be encouraged to expand and develop your fashion knowledge whilst working on exciting, diverse briefs.  

Year 3

If you decide to opt for the four-year sandwich route, Year 3 will be spent on a full-time placement, with opportunities available in both the UK and abroad.

In your final year you will focus on the application of innovative design approaches in response to self-written briefs and live industry projects. You will be encouraged to develop a self-directed, individual approach to your study exploring new and developing technologies. In addition you will support your design practice with an exciting business or research project and showcase your final year work as part of a collaborative fashion event.

Core Units
Advanced Sportswear Technologies

This unit will enable you to manage the product development and manufacture of your Design Innovation concept. You will incorporate critical evaluation and analysis to process your product through from 2D design to 3D realisation.

Existing and emerging industry technologies will be applied to the manufacturing process of advanced design concepts for sportswear, with emphasis on experimentation and aesthetics. You will follow a process of fabric selection, pattern cutting, garment construction and application of specifications culminating in a finished range of garments.

Design Identity

The unit will provide an opportunity for you to reflect on your own design philosophy, contextualise your work and promote your work to professional audiences. 


You will consider your individual approach to design and how you want your work to be viewed by others. You will employ contemporary visual communication methods, promoting your concepts in relation to target audiences through different media. The unit will also enhance your professional presentation skills, self-awareness and employability. 

Sportwear Design Innovation

Innovative Sportswear Design focussing on creative and conceptual outcomes realised through original research, critical analysis and documented concept development.

You will develop advanced design proposals, showing ability to develop sportswear concepts that demonstrate a deep understanding of how to use, interpret and formulate design research. You will employ a broad range of drawing and professional presentation methods that express the development of highly creative fashion ranges.

Likely Optional Units
Business Project

This unit is predominantly independent, action-based learning; being involved in teamwork and setting up a new fashion business facilitates the development of key profession-specific skills and a broad spectrum of employability skills.

The process of small business start-up is informed early in the programme by lectures and guided workshops. The focus is on active and participative learning as you run the business yourself with an academic tutor acting as business mentor. You will adopt the role of company directors with specific remits within the company and work together towards the development of an appropriate Business Model. The Business Model informs the production and presentation of a cohesive Business Plan which is subsequently acted upon. As the business team runs the company, you have the opportunity to put theory into practice and to utilise and reflect upon business practices and the development of your professional skills in preparation for employment.

Research Project

This unit enables you to carry out an individual project on a topic of your choice. You will conduct research on a selected subject and present it in an appropriate manner. Your studies will cover topics such as:iInformation searching, appraising literature, preparation of a proposal including resources required and an action plan, engagement with the University’s Academic ethical framework, collection of data/information/ideas and analysis of findings.


As part of our drive to deliver the very highest quality programmes we are reviewing our undergraduate courses to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. Some of the details given here may not yet reflect these improvements and information will be updated as it becomes available.


Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

  • Year 1 40% lectures, seminars or similar; 60% independent study
  • Year 2 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 3 35% lectures, seminars or similar; 65% independent study
  • Year 1 100% coursework
  • Year 2 100% coursework
  • Year 3 100% coursework

Additional Information About this Course

These costs are average estimates as the required materials vary substantially from student to student. Expensive materials are not valued in assessment terms, students can select their own fabrics and design within their own budget but many want to work

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

We will ask for a portfolio of your work as part of your application.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required


104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM)

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

106-112 UCAS Tariff Points from Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0. with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

Personal statement should demonstrate a background and/or experience in and/or a commitment to the fashion industry.

A Foundation Course is also available UCAS Course Code W235

Further information

Applicants for this course will be required to submit a digital portfolio

Applications are considered individually and you are advised to contact our Course Enquires team via the web form

Your career prospects after the course

The fashion and textiles industries are fast-paced, continuously evolving and truly global.

There are opportunities worldwide for those with a degree in this exhilarating area.

Due to the practical application of the academic knowledge gained on our courses, we find that our graduates are highly employable.

The optional placement year available on some of our courses allows you to gain great experience to kick start your career.

Employment opportunities exist in a wide variety of sectors in the industry from independent design houses to high street chains.

Previous graduates have gone on to a wide range of careers with companies such as River Island, Next, Dolce & Gabbana, Top Shop, Abercrombie and Fitch, Reebok, ASOS and many more companies in the UK and abroad.

Project work, group work, presentations, written assignments and portfolios of practical 2D and 3D work.


In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Applications through UCAS

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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