Fashion Design (Contemporary Costume) - BA Hons Degree

Course Code: VA1HE13

UCAS Code: W455


Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
13/09/2021University Centre3 Years / £8,750 per yearEnrol

Course Overview

Course timetable

Duration: 3 days a week 
Day/s of week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  
Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Indicative Delivery:  90% On-site at the University Centre Campus, 10%  On-line

The Fashion Design (Contemporary Costume) degree course at Blackpool and the Fylde College is positioned at the interface of high fashion and creative costume.
The degree is unique in that it has a dual focus from the earliest stages of the course and is taught alongside the Fashion Design degree in the skill building stages.
It does however also facilitate students who have a specific desire to work exclusively in either the fashion or costume industries.

In the second year of study students are asked to confirm their final degree pathway, either BA Hons Fashion Design, or BA Hons Fashion Design (Contemporary Costume) to specialise in their chosen field and gain the qualification that is the most suited to their future career.

From catwalk to music videos, creative fashion communicates with a wide range of audiences and the course encourages innovative approaches through all projects and aims  to stretch and challenge your imagination whilst developing your practical abilities. Our studios are equipped with the latest technology and are beautifully presented,  providing students with a spacious and inspiring environment in which to work.

The unique selling point of this course is the freedom to experiment across specialist areas.  The fashion industry is made up of many different facets and you will be encouraged to develop critical enquiry in all these different areas of study before deciding on a final degree pathway. Both our current and past students have been positive about this aspect of the course and have enjoyed the variety provided by the different projects, ultimately the advantage is that our graduates are perfectly positioned for a career in their specialist field.


Entry Requirements

A minimum of 96 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline:

  • CCC from A Levels in appropriate discipline
  • MMM from Extended Diploma or Merit from UAL Diploma in Art & Design 
  • Mathematic and English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above
  • Attendance at workshop or forwarding of electronic portfolio

Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis

Qualification Obtained

BA (Hons) Fashion Design (Contemporary Costume)

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Pattern Cutting Garment Construction IntroVA4MD01520Mandatory
Pattern Cutting and Garment ConstructionVA4MD01620Mandatory
Visualisation and Digital Image Contemp ContextVA4MD01720Mandatory
Design Practice Communication and StylingVA4MD01820Mandatory
Textiles and Experimental Surface DesignVA4MD01920Mandatory
Engaging the ArchiveVA4MD03320Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Product Develop and Tech SkillsVA5MD01720Mandatory
Fashion Industry and EnterpriseVA5MD01820Mandatory
Digital Illustration and Brand CommunicationVA5MD01920Mandatory
Industry Design RealisationVA5MD02020Mandatory
Independent Creative Project Contemp CostVA5MD02220Mandatory
Critical PerspectivesVA5MD03520Mandatory

Level 6 Modules

Research and Design InnovationVA6MD01620Mandatory
Career Planning and Portfolio DevelopmentVA6MD01720Mandatory
Creative and Technical Development Contemp CostumeVA6MD02020Mandatory
Adv Realisation and Communication Contemp CostumeVA6MD02140Mandatory
Independent Research ProjectVA6MD03120Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Handbook

Programme Specification

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