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BCU's Andrea Gonzales picked up the Habitat Future Design Award for her collection of woven and printed fabrics. Drawing on traditional designs and methods, the collection celebrates the craftsmanship of weaving that is still deeply rooted in Andrea’s Filipino culture.

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Mahawa Keita picked up the award for Creative Spirit following a unanimous decision by the Textile Design academic team. Her project, My Astute Mother, explores the connection Mahawa shared with her mother, and her impact on the family and her community. 

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Why study with us?

Here are our top 10 reasons to choose the School of Fashion and Textiles at Birmingham City University.

Fashion Links to the fashion industry
Industry links

We have links with international brands

We have excellent links with regional and international brands such as Burberry, John Lewis, Adidas, Karen Millen and Rab.

Fashion £260 million invested
£260 million investment

Investing in your future

We're investing £260 million in industry-standard, state-of-the-art facilities to ensure you have the best possible environment for practice-based learning.

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Fashion Historical Costume Design
Historical Costume Design

A century of costume design

We have a history of costume design going back to the early twentieth century and an internationally significant archive of historical dress to study and use within your practice.

Fashion Graduate Fashion Week
Profile Opportunities

Profile opportunities

We offer the opportunity to showcase your final-year work to industry leaders at events such as Graduate Fashion Week.

Fashion Learn from the best
Learn from the best

Our academic staff all have industry experience

We integrate this into teaching and researching our specialist subjects, ranging from trend forecasting to branding and international retailing.

Fashion Career success in the fashion industry
Career success

Our graduates have taken up employment across the globe

Our graduates are working with leading brands such as Alexander McQueen, Liberty, Paperchase, Osborne & Little, Swarovski, John Lewis and many more.  

Fashion Satisfied Students
Satisfied students

National Student Survey 2021

92% of students are satisfied with the learning opportunities on our BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion course.

Fashion Overseas trips
Overseas trips

International Fashion and Textiles

You'll have the chance to visit international fashion cities such as London, Berlin, Copenhagen and New York.

Fashion Get £150 Free Credit
Get £150 free credit

Get £150 free credit for books and learning materials

To welcome all new undergraduate degree students starting in 2018 or 2019, we're giving away at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways.

Fashion 94% of Graduates Employed
97.8% graduates employed

Nine in 10 graduates are employed or in further study

We're committed to training employable graduates - 97.8 per cent of our 2017 graduates were in employment or further study six months after graduating (DLHE Survey 2016/17).

Top tips for putting together your portfolio 

Wondering what to include in your portfolio for our undergraduate courses? 

Take a look at our portfolio guidance video for advice on how to create the best possible portfolio for your application.

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