Which Fashion and Textiles course is right for you?

Choosing the right course can be a difficult decision. To make sure you start off on the right path, we’re taking a look at the different courses available at Birmingham School of Fashion and Textiles, to show you how diverse and exciting this area of study is.

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Costume Design and Practice

Key modules

  • Design, Development and Realisation
  • Individual Aesthetic
  • Creative Realisation

Our Costume Design and Practice course will prepare you as a designer practitioner within a breadth of performance genres, developing a range of career-specific skills within costume design and practice. Working with industry partners, you’ll gain experience in custom pattern cutting, design and illustration, bespoke fitting and costume construction techniques.

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Fashion Business and Promotion

Key modules

  • Visual Merchandising
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Event Management

On this course you’ll learn how fashion roles work together, and develop your commercial and planning skills, competitive awareness and the ability to think outside the box. We’ll develop your business knowledge and language, in order to undertake a number of industry roles, including Buying, Marketing and PR, Trends forecasting and Event Management.

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Fashion Branding and Communication

Key modules

  • Fashion Writing and Design for Publications
  • Trend Forecasting
  • Brand Generation

This course is an inspiring mix of creative direction and styling, fashion or lifestyle writing and brand communication strategies, all of which will give you the skills you need to be a confident visual communicator. You’ll develop skills in a range of creative media including photography and styling, art direction and graphics, print and digital design, branding strategy, journalistic writing and fashion film.

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Fashion Design

Key modules

  • Creative Direction
  • Context and Theory
  • Independent Practice

Our Fashion Design course is perfect for imaginative students who have a desire to work as designers, pattern cutters or product managers in the fast-paced fashion industry. You’ll learn design skills such as CAD, live fashion drawing, fashion illustration, fashion flats, styling and photoshoots, alongside contextual studies in fashion and related art and design.

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Fashion Imaging

Key modules

  • First Principles
  • Fundamentals of Fashion
  • Fashion Film

New for 2022, our Fashion Imaging course will enable you to become a highly creative and innovative fashion imagemaker. By embracing new and traditional technologies, you’ll learn how to create exciting and challenging fashion imagery. You’ll be encouraged to experiment with photography, virtual and augmented reality, 2D & 3D drawing, moving image, animation and 360° video.

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Garment Technology

Key modules

  • Design, Development and Realisation
  • Advanced Practice
  • Major Project

Our Garment Technology course will nurture you to develop a professional and enquiring attitude to the technical aspects of clothing production. The course blends individual creativity with commercial realism and, working with the Gerber pattern cutting and design system, you’ll be able to apply your skills and knowledge of the professional design process from concept to product.

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Textile Design

Key modules

  • Textile Processes
  • Client and Colour
  • Professional Pathways

On this course you'll experience the disciplines of print, weave, knit and embroidery, developing expertise in one or a combination of approaches. With an emphasis on experimentation, you will begin by developing core skills in design through exploring textile processes, visual research, colour, and composition. You’ll gain a clear vision of where you fit in the industry and build a strong personal and professional portfolio.

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Foundation Year

Key modules

  • Fashion and Textile Skills and Processes
  • Lifestyle
  • Signature Project

The foundation course is an exciting step towards your chosen degree and provides an opportunity to develop skills across fashion design, fashion business and textile design disciplines. It gives you a platform to share with and learn from others, while developing visual communication skills and processes, and building confidence and independence ready for the next stage of your degree.

After successful completion of your foundation year, you will have the flexibility to switch onto a number of related undergraduate degree programmes within the School of Fashion and Textiles.


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