If you wish to study this course full-time you must apply through UCAS. UCAS course code: 2A5T. Institution code Y70.

If you wish to study part-time follow the 'apply' link at the top of this page and fill out a York College application form.

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This studio-based course provides the opportunity to learn through experience whilst simultaneously requiring you to engage with social and historical issues that inform current practice. The ability to solve problems and an understanding of form, function and design principles are developed through direct involvement with fabrics and the design process. You will be encouraged to consider relationships between the design process and the practical concerns of manufacturing.

The fashion industry is one of the largest employers in the UK, and offers a diverse range of employment opportunities for trained graduates in design, pattern cutting, garment production, fashion concept, CAD/CAM for fashion, fashion design history and textile design. The Degree in Fashion Design and Production at York College provides students with the right environment and skills to enter this exciting and dynamic creative industry.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry: 

48 UCAS Tariff points or equivalent (MPP) (please see the UCAS tariff calculator on the left-hand side of this webpage to work out your tariff point amount)
L2 English

Non-standard entry: Applicants who have relevant skills and experience but who do not hold the standard minimum entry requirements will be considered. Applicants will be required to demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to enter the course through their personal statement.

Duration and Attendance

Full-time: 3 years
Attendance will usually be timetabled across three days per week to allow time to participate in a work environment. Learners are expected to set aside additional time for private study (timetabled days may change each year).

Programme Content

Catwalks are the visible tip of the fashion industry iceberg. The fashion industry covers many different areas and needs people with a wide range of skills. Fashion designers work for both designer labels and for the quantity production clothing industries. This is an innovative course with a strong emphasis placed on all technical aspects involved in the design process. Individuality and professionalism are vital to the diverse range of subject areas offered. Students will develop a professional portfolio through a series of projects and live client-led projects. Students will have the opportunity to attend lectures by visiting academics and professionals, participate in national and international study visits, competitions and external projects.

Modules include:

Fashion Presentation
Designer Pattern Cutter
Garment Construction
Collaborated Work Related Learning
Contextual Studies
Work Related Learning/Commercial Viability
Professional Practice
Professional Product Development
Fashion Development
Fashion Realisation
Design Research Proposal

Assessment Methods

All of your coursework is project-based and assessed in relation to identified learning outcomes.

Ongoing feedback in the form of tutorials occur throughout the programme with formal assessment points identified to enable achievement of the full award. Constructive feedback provides students with a secure base from which to develop the analytical skills necessary to achieve the highest standards.


Graduating students can work in any area of the fashion world. They will have an extensive toolkit of skills and knowledge that allows them to progress successfully in their chosen career path. Some students choose to go on and study at Masters level or apply for internships.

Related careers include: buying and designing, merchandising, sales, marketing, PR, journalism, garment technology, pattern cutting and product development.

Course Fees

  Fee 2017/18 (starts) Fee 2018/19 (starts)
Full time £6165 £7200

*International Students should call the International team at York College on 01904 770425.