Fashion Design and Technology degrees with a Foundation Year

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Overview

The Foundation Year at Manchester Fashion Institute is designed to prepare you for your chosen degree, ensuring that you start Year 1 of your linked Bachelors degree with the confidence, academic knowledge and study skills required of the course.

You will be introduced to the fashion industry through a variety of exciting topics and you will have the opportunity to participate in a number of events and projects. Previous students have attended Vogue’s Big Night Out, Graduate Fashion Week and a number of student conferences.

If you choose the Foundation Year route, you will undertake a total of four years of study. You will also have the opportunity to spend a year on placement and/or studying abroad, in which case you will complete a total of five years.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will automatically progress onto Year 1 of your chosen degree.

The following degrees are available with a Foundation Year: 

This course is run by Manchester Fashion Institute

Features and Benefits

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Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2018 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2019 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS tariff points/grades required

72-80

72-80 at A2 (or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3

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

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 74 UCAS Tariff Points

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 background and/or experience and/or commitment to the Fashion Industry

Course details

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 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. 

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Core Units

Academic Practice for Fashion

This unit will provide you with the necessary academic knowledge, study and research skills you will need to succeed in your chosen degree. You will learn how to critically analyse and evaluate theory and how to develop an academic argument. You will conduct research using key researching skills, and produce written and visual research, taking into consideration the purpose and audience of the project.

There will also be a focus on developing your employability, through specialist practice, personal development planning, self-evaluation/reflection, target setting, skill acquisition and development.

Fashion in Practice

In this unit, you will be introduced to the specialist subject disciplines, Fashion Design and Technology, Buying and Merchandising and Fashion Promotion, and will complete a project in each of these areas. For Fashion Promotion you will style a range of garments for an online promotional activity. Upon completion of the unit, you will select your specialist area of study.

The Business of Fashion

In this unit, you will learn about the journey of fashion products from concept to consumer, taking into account how they are promoted, marketed and culturally and historically contextualised. You will be introduced to how garments are designed, sourced, bought/merchandised, developed, manufactured, promoted, marketed and retailed. You will also study contemporary fashion industry of issues, such as the global economy, sustainability and ethical practices. By gaining a broad overview, you will be in a position to effectively communicate the principle workings of the fashion industry whilst identifying factors, which may affect your future roles in the fashion industry.

Studio Project: Fashion Design and Technology

This Studio Project unit forms a conclusion to the Foundation Year and requires you to select a specialist option and to undertake an individual project, which is presented to an external audience at its completion. You will be produce a body of work appropriate to your specialist discipline of Fashion Design and Technology, which will be presented at the end of year Foundation Showcase.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

Study
Assessment

Placements options

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

Manchester Fashion Institute

The Manchester Fashion Institute is a multi-disciplinary partnership that brings together fashion expertise and talent from across the University, Manchester and the world.

An international hub that connects education, research and enterprise to inspire the next generation of industry leaders, the institute empowers students to create opportunities for academic and professional development by taking advantage of our cutting-edge resources and unrivalled connections.

More about the department

Taught by experts

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.

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Fees

Tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are still being finalised for all courses. Please see our general guide to our standard undergraduate tuition fees.

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Placement Costs

£40

Students will be given the an opportunity to go on a variety of local field trips during their Foundation Year. In addition students will be offered an optional trip to London.

Professional Costs

Students at Level 3 may want to participate with several external organisations, these will be highlighted in lectures/seminars. Fees for membership presentations vary accordingly to the organisation.

Other Costs

Printing costs for assignments.

Funding

For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Bursaries and scholarships

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

W235

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

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

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. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.

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