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BA Fashion overview

The fashion industry is the largest employer of all the creative industries in the UK, demanding talented and innovative designers capable of challenging the design process and possessing high quality technical skills.

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BA (Hons) Fashion is a Creative Skillset accredited practical studio and workshop course, based within large integrated fashion studio spaces, with access to the drawing studios, digital design workshops and the Media Resource Centre. You will explore creativity within design, innovation within pattern cutting and refinement within garment manufacture. You will be taught to design, cut and manufacture high quality, original garments to couture levels of craftsmanship, supported by the course team of expert academics and full-time technicians who have a wealth of industry experience themselves.

Specialist workshops are delivered by guest tailors from Savile Row and you will be set live projects by designers from brands such as Hardy Amies, Chloé, Mulberry, Topshop, Nicole Farhi, Monsoon and Marks & Spencer. You will graduate with a final collection of garments showcasing your individual style and approach to design, which will be considered for a place on the catwalk at London Graduate Fashion Week. Recent selectors for the show include Betty Jackson CBE and Hilary Alexander OBE.

Supporting documentation

Mary Sinclair in Fashion studio at Norwich University of the Arts


“Studying Fashion at NUA is one of the best things I have ever done, I have met the most amazing people and learnt so much about the industry.”

Mary Sinclair, Norfolk
BA (Hons) Fashion. See a glimpse into Fashion studio life in Mary’s blog →

Graduate Fashion Week 2016 NUA catwalk show

Industry accreditation

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Creative Skillset‘s course accreditation scheme, devised in consultation with industry and education providers, recognises courses within the UK that provide exceptional standards of training.

“I keep hearing about the marvellous work that comes from the Fashion course at NUA.”

Betty Jackson CBE
Fashion Designer

Course Leader Q&A

“Students should graduate with a book of contacts that they will have for life.”

Course Leader Sue Chowles answers your frequently asked questions about the course.



“Seeing my work going down the catwalk at the NUA Fashion Show was an amazing feeling and what made it extra special was the fact that everything was so professional.”

Chana Watson
Fashion graduate


“I left NUA equipped with a balanced set of skills needed to succeed in an industry setting.”

Consider your career progression as a NUA graduate and read about the experiences of graduates such as Junior Design Assistant Leanne Hindle.

Course content

  • Visiting Lecturers include
  • Sarah Brennand
    Fashion consultant
  • Alexandra Wood
    Bespoke tailor
  • Melanie Plank
    Trend forecaster, Stylus

Find out about how the course combines practical making and professional skills in Years 1, 2 and 3 and more about the programme of Visiting Lecturers.

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Campus Resources

See the industry-standard facilities available to students.


Teaching Staff

Read about the achievements of the practitioners who teach on this course.

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