Manchester Metropolitan University

BA (Hons)


2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • In 2016 Cavan McPhearson was awarded a British Fashion Council scholarship of £5000. She has also won a competition with Levi’s where she will undertake a paid internship in San Francisco upon graduating.
  • Hannah Wallace scooped the Gold Award at the 2015 Graduate Fashion Week, plus the Creative Catwalk Award and the Best of GFW. In addition, Hannah Sykes received the Fashion Innovation Award.
  • Graduate Nicci James took the £5,000 Gold Award at the 2014 NingBo International Fashion Design Grand Prix in China.
  • Camilla Grimes received the £1,000 Creative Catwalk Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2014.
  • 2013 graduate Amy Davidson won the Mulberry Accessories Award at Graduate Fashion Week.
  • 2012 graduate Jousianne Propp won the British Fashion Council Mulberry competition and the Karen Millen Portfolio award and Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear award at Graduate Fashion Week
  • 2011 graduate Toni Stott won a national competition to show her collection at Who's Next in Paris in February 2012.
  • 2010 graduate Rebecca Thomson was awarded the £20,000 River Island gold award at Graduate Fashion Week. Having completed her MA at the RCA she is now setting up her own label.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

About the course

This course has an excellent reputation for producing fashion graduates who are employed for their creativity, originality, versatility, and professional skills. This is achieved by the development of individual creative abilities and you will be encouraged to develop your own personal design philosophy and identity.

You will gain an understanding of the fashion design process and how it operates within the fashion industry. Your market awareness will be developed further as you will have the opportunity to work on industry live projects and collaborate with students from Textiles in Practice.

The course very much focuses on research, the development of ideas, and design and garment construction methodology. Individuality and creativity are at the core of the briefs set, and you will learn how to develop and challenge concepts and ideas, which you will apply to your design work. Innovation and originality are encouraged.

Practical skills are taught throughout the course in tutorials and workshops, using traditional and state-of-the-art equipment.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

In the first year, you will be introduced to the context of fashion and the role of the fashion designer. You will learn to develop innovative and original concepts and improve your design skills, learning how to cut patterns and how to make and style outfits. Workshops and tutorials take place throughout the year to develop your practical skills. You will also study the historical and cultural context for fashion.

Core Units

The unit introduces the fundamentals of the design and make process for fashion and also provides an opportunity to exhibit, disseminate and reflect on the outcomes. A series of textile and 3D workshops support an experimental design and make project. The unit will focus on learning through making and explore a range of approaches to generating and presenting fashion. Students participate in a live event, experiencing the broader issues relating to the production and presentation of fashion through dissemination and articulation of their design ideas.

Research and Design

The unit contains a series of projects that provide you with an initial insight into fashion research methodology. It is a practical unit that introduces different fashion design processes and methods. As part of this unit you will be expected to undertake and develop relevant research strategies appropriate to contemporary fashion design practice, generating ideas and concepts in response to set briefs and translating research into two and three-dimensional outcomes.

Unit X

This unit  encourages collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience. There are lectures and talks from key research staff, students and external experts, tutorial group meetings, and presentations. The set projects will vary from year to year and will designed to be responsive to creative opportunities. The course encourages students to respond to contemporary media and as such, it is a live unit in which we discuss films, television, comics, games and the news relating to the media in any specific week.

Likely Optional Units
Contextualising Practice 1
You are allocated to one of four pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. Lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits around cultural contexts and professional issues.
Contextualising Practice with Language 1
You are allocated to one of four pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. The unit includes lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits around cultural contexts and professional issues.

Year 2

During the second year you will further expand your design skills, developing a more professional approach to practice but also experimenting, testing out ideas and developing your own interests and specialisms such as menswear, knit or print. You will also start to tailor your outcomes to your own individual practice through both live industry projects and  self-written briefs. You will also have the opportunity to undertake work experience during the second year.

Core Units
This unit focuses on research approaches and processes for developing a professional fashion design practice. Experimentation and innovation will be encouraged within a professional context.
This self-directed unit facilitates the development and dissemination of a personal design philosophy. You will explore interests and themes, which will help to establish concepts, contexts and methods for their maturing design practice
Unit X

This unit explores collaborative and interdisciplinary art and design practice.  You will have the opportunity to engage in a range of external-facing learning opportunities which will encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience; this may take the form of spending time outside of the university and working within the creative community and the public domain.

Likely Optional Units
Contextualising Practice 2

Delivery of critical, historical and professional issues to enhance your development within practice-based clusters. Delivery to clusters of cognate practice areas. Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas plus cluster-wide professional and employability issues, facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner.

Contextualising Practice with Language 2

Delivery of critical and historical issues to enhance the student's development within practice-based clusters.  Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner. Modes of delivery include lectures, seminars, tutorials, guest speakers, visits and placements.

Year 3

The final year is self-directed, students develop their studies in line with their own design philosophy and career expectations. Through extensive original research students establish their own design practice and in response produce 2 dimensional, 3 dimensional and digital fashion outcomes alongside related reflective and critical writing.

Core Units
You will distill through practice your personal design direction, context, research methods and processes and  develop and produce individual fashion outcomes.
Unit X

On the third year Unit X, there is a student authored final project leading to a showcase of finished work. The unit includes a brief generated by the student, which leads to the presentation of a significant body of final work. Collaborative and interdisciplinary work can be incorporated into the project in relation to the professional context and ambition of the student.

Likely Optional Units
Contextualising Practice 3
Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a student's individual practice interests.
Contextualising Practice with a Language 3
Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a your individual practice interests. A negotiated project focused around an individually defined area appropriate to your aims and ambitions.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous formative and summative assessment with feedback and discussion on completion of all units. The programme ends with a School of Art exhibition.

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 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 2 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 3 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 1 100% coursework
  • Year 2 100% coursework
  • Year 3 90% coursework; 10% practical

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 interview you as part of your application.

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

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required


112 at A2 or equivalent (which can include Foundation Diploma in Art & Design) . A Level General Studies is not accepted.

Specific GCSE requirements

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

Non Tariffed Qualifications

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

International Baccalaureate 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.

Further information

You would usually have to attend an interview and/or provide a digital portfolio of work as part of the selection process.

Your career prospects after the course

Graduates of this course have diverse careers in fashion with some working freelance or starting their own companies.

Most go on to work as designers for companies such as River Island, Gieves & Hawkes, Roland Mouret, Dolce & Gabbana, Dorothy Perkins, Top Shop, Donna Karan, Abercrombie and Fitch, Reebok and Rodier Paris.


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

Unistats Information

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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.

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