Manchester Metropolitan University

Fashion Design and Technology degrees with a Foundation Year

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Foundation Years are designed to make undergraduate degrees more accessible to those who are under-represented in higher education, for example, those with non-traditional qualifications.
  • Introducing students to a broad variety of elements linking through to the fashion industry.
  • Helps you develop academic and numeric skills necessary for the level of study in Year 1 to support the subject-specific knowledge needed.

Placement options

These degrees offer the option of pursuing a sandwich degree and spending a year on a work placement in a relevant organisation.

About the course

Each foundation year is an integral part of a specific degree course. You will apply for a 4 year full-time or 5 year sandwich degree that includes a foundation year.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

All Foundation Year students study the academic skills for higher education unit, which will help you to develop the academic and study skills required for degree-level work. You will also study topics in the fashion business, marketing and advertising. International and EU students whose first language is not English and who have an IELTS score of less than 6.0 will study an English language unit. Successful completion of the Foundation Year guarantees automatic progression onto Year 1 of the degree you have chosen to study. 

Core Units
Academic Skills for Higher Education

This unit covers topics such as: Academic Skills: independent study, time management, note taking, reading techniques, academic writing, critical thinking and writing, referencing methods; Research Skills: Conducting a research project, research design and methodology, analysing and presenting research data;  Personal Development Planning; Basic Number Work: Basic arithmetic; and mental calculations.

Context of fashion

This unit introduces students to the developments of 20th century fashion from Chanel to Alexander McQueen, students are informed about the key drivers of fashion. In terms 2 students are exposed to the development of the fashion industry, creating a fashion concept to develop their skills and understanding of the fashion industry and the importance of creativity and innovation within this industry.

Fashion Design and Product Development

The unit will allow you to develop a basic understanding of the fashion design and product development process, through a series of workshops, demonstrations and lectures.

Likely Optional Units
English and Academic Practice

This unit is designed to provide those whose first language is not English and who come from outside the EU with the language and study skills needed for effective transfer to UK undergraduate courses at MMU.You will learn to present themselves effectively in speaking and writing and to use printed, electronic and other materials and resources efficiently for HE study. Course content will include language and study skills activities

English for Academic Studies

The unit focuses on reading, writing, listening and speaking, from within both an academic and general context. The course is designed for non-native English speakers to prepare them for the academic demands of their degree course, as well as helping them with daily English needs. The unit content is largely based on the development of academic skills, notably writing and speaking, to give you confidence in your written work and oral presentations. General English is also focused on, however, as the means to helps you develop your abilities in English communication needed outside the classroom.

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:

Study
  • Year 1 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 2 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 3 35% lectures, seminars or similar; 65% independent study
  • Year 4 35% lectures, seminars or similar; 65% independent study
Assessment
  • Year 1 100% coursework
  • Year 2 100% coursework
  • Year 3 100% coursework
  • Year 4 100% coursework

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: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/fashioninstitute/our-staff/

Typical entry requirements

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required

72-80

72-80 at A2 (Grades BC-BB) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DM or MMP) .

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade D or grade 3. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3. At least 24 credits at Merit or equivalent

International Baccalaureate points

24

IELTS score required for international students

5.5 with no less than 5.5 in any element

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

Additional Requirements

Your personal statement should demonstrate a backgound and/or experience and/or commitment to the Fashion Industry

Your career prospects after the course

Graduates of our fashion courses have typically found career opportunities in fashion design, manufacture, product development, merchandising, buying, marketing and off-shore sourcing in destinations around the globe.

Recent graduates having gained jobs with high-profile companies in worldwide locations including Burberry, X-Bionic, Boohoo, TJX Europe, Farmers New Zealand and JD Sports.

94%

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

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.

Undergraduate Study