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What can I do with my degree in Fashion?

Skills gained


As well as subject-specific knowledge and skills, a graduate in fashion will typically have gained:

  • problem solving skills that allow differing kinds of learning to be applied to shifting contexts or frameworks
  • team-working skills that allow the collaborative generation of ideas, proposals solutions and arguments
  • decision-making skills for thinking in a divergent and independent way when observing, investigating or visualising ideas towards a material outcome, as well as handling ambiguous or uncertain situations through anticipation and adaptation to change
  • organisational skills to monitor and achieve a balance between intention, process and outcome
  • commercial awareness skills that allow resourcefulness and entrepreneurial practice
  • creativity in imaginatively using materials, media technologies, methods and a variety of tools while observing good working practices
  • research skills that allow independence during study or goal setting, as well as dealing with workloads and deadlines
  • leadership skills in analysing information and experiences effectively, making independent judgements, as well as clearly articulating carefully-reasoned arguments through reflection, review and evaluation, and identifying personal strengths and needs
  • persuasion, influence and negotiating skills when effectively interacting and collaborating collectively with others, as well as visually or orally articulating and communicating ideas, information, writing or work to audiences from across a range of different situations
  • research and critical thinking skills when sourcing, navigating, selecting, retrieving, evaluating, manipulating and managing information
  • IT skills when selecting and employing information technologies
  • practical skills in pattern cutting, garment making, industrial sewing machines, digital and screen printing, hand textile techniques (such as batik and embroidery), and skills in Computer Aided Design (CAD) based digital presentation.

This is not an exhaustive list of skills - you will develop many skills from your course, extra-curricular activities and work experience. You can find out more about the skills employers look for and how you can develop them here.


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Last Updated: 10/09/2019