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Fashion and Textiles (top-up) - BA (Hons)

UCAS code W234

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This one-year programme extends the skills you have developed during your HND or Foundation Degree in Fashion and Textiles (or a related subject) and focuses on the development and realisation of a final collection of fashion or textile work. The qualification is taught at West Kent College's University Centre in Tonbridge and is awarded and quality assured by the University of Kent. 



Although it offers a natural progression route from the Foundation Degree in Fashion and Textiles at West Kent College, we also welcome and encourage applications from students who have achieved a HND or Foundation Degree in fashion, textiles or a related subject at another college or university. It will enable you to convert your Level 5 HND or Foundation Degree qualification into a Level 6 BA (Honours) Degree. 

The programme has been designed to extend the skills of Foundation Degree/HND fashion and textile graduates, with a focus on the development and realisation of a final graduate collection of fashion or textile work. You will analyse the market and your workplace within it, creating a visual identity and employing professional communication methods including exhibiting in London as part of the New Designers event and the creation of a professional portfolio. You may progress to postgraduate study, such as a Masters or teacher training, or internships and employment in a range of fashion & textile or creative industry roles.

Teaching Excellence Framework

All University of Kent courses are regulated by the Office for Students.

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.

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Course structure

You will study four modules, consisting of three core modules and one optional module from a choice of two. 

Core modules

  • Concept Realisation and Development (30 credits) 
  • Business, Promotion and Portfolio (30 credits) 
  • Dissertation (15 credits) 

Optional modules

  • A choice of Final Major Project: Fashion or Final Major Project: Textiles (45 credits)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is predominantly practical, utilising methods such as demonstrations, studio workshops, group lectures, seminars and individual tutorials. 

Assessment is largely coursework-based, with a small percentage of certain modules ‘exam’ or presentation-based. This will usually include a digital presentation of images of work where you will develop communication and professional practice skills.

Contact Hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • Provide a high standard of higher education.
  • Promote flexibility and creativity through active experimentation and innovation in a range of fashion and textile based assignments.
  • Provide a teaching and learning experience in which students learn from professionals in the industry.
  • Be vocationally focused and to develop students who have work-related skills relevant to the fashion and textiles sector, building on students’ previous experience.
  • Deliver students with a higher level of knowledge and understanding in order to reinforce and support the development of vocational skills.
  • Provide a teaching and learning experience which is contemporary and up to date with the changing requirements of the fashion and textiles industry and emerging technologies.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to focus on student centred work which allows them to develop a creative and innovative approach to fashion and textiles design work. This will be driven by lectures and workshop support allowing students to develop and pursue their own passions and form the basis of an innovative and creative fashion and/or textiles collection.
  • Produce graduating students who are a credit to the region and the nation, in possession of generic skills enabling them to develop their capacity to learn and to go on to further study or employment with an awareness of sustainability and their contribution to society, the economy and the environment.
  • Provide learning opportunities that are enjoyable experiences, involve realistic workloads, are relevant and in line with standards and offer support for students from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Provide high quality teaching in a suitable environment with industrial equipment and appropriately qualified and trained staff.
  • Enhance the students learning experience by offering specialist lectures and facilities.
  • To provide flexibility, knowledge and skills, plus a range of personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in professional working life.
  • To provide students with the academic skills required for a higher level of qualification. Develop opportunities for students to access specialist subject resources and encourage staff and student collaboration.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain a knowledge and understanding of:

  • Specific design and production techniques for communication and expression through creation of fashion or textile collections.
  • The critical and contextual dimensions of fashion and textiles, including the business, cultural, economic, environmental, ethical, global, historical, political, societal and theoretical contexts.
  • The designer’s required relationship with audiences, clients, markets, users, consumers and other participants.
  • The implications and potential of the key developments in current and emerging media and technologies in the fashion and textiles industry.
  • The implications and potential uses of experimental approaches to fashion and textile design to communicate ideas effectively.
  • The interaction between intention, process, outcome, context and methods with regard to commercial marketing, production and making of designs.
  • Show judgement and self-critique in relation to the development from ideas to intended function of the garment or textile, process, system or text.
  • Use a range of materials, media, technologies and tools associated with fashion and textiles showing understanding of quality standards and attention to detail.

Intellectual skills

You gain the following intellectual skills:

  • The articulation and synthesis of knowledge and understanding, attributes and skills in effective ways in the contexts of creative practice, employment, further study, research and self-fulfilment.
  • The application, consolidation and extension of learning in different contextual frameworks and situations, both within and beyond the traditional fields of fashion and textiles. 
  • The investigation, analysis, interpretation, development and articulation of ideas and information through the use of visual languages. 

Subject-specific skills

You gain the following subject-specific skills:

  • The generation of ideas, concepts, proposals, solutions or arguments independently and/or collaboratively in response to set briefs and/or as self-initiated activity.
  • The employment of both convergent and divergent thinking in the processes of observation, investigation, speculative enquiry, visualisation, designing and/or making through a range of activities based upon fashion and textiles.
  • The personal selection, testing, use and exploitation of materials, processes technologies and environments. 
  • The development of ideas through to material outcomes, including, for example, fashion/textile collections, images, artefacts, products, systems and processes, or texts. 
  • The management and exploitation of the interaction between intention, process, outcome, context, and the methods of dissemination. 
  • The application of resourcefulness and entrepreneurial skills to support the student’s own practice, and/or the practice of others.

Transferable skills

You gain the following transferable skills:

  • Self-management - the ability to study independently, set goals, manage own roles and responsibilities, to manage own time in achieving objectives, to anticipate and accommodate change, to undertake personal and career development, to transfer skills gained to new and changing situations and contexts. 
  • Team working and interpersonal skills– the ability to treat others’ values, beliefs and opinions with respect, to relate to and interact effectively with individuals and groups, to work effectively as a team member, to work effectively with other professionals in the workplace and to negotiate with colleagues and others. 
  • Communication and presentation – the ability to receive and respond to a variety of information, present information in a variety of visual forms, to communicate in writing, to participate in oral and non-verbal communication, to articulate ideas and information comprehensively.
  • Management and problem solving skills, the ability to solve problems and to use information sources, deal with a combination of routine and non-routine tasks, to identify and solve routine and non-routine problems.
  • Numeracy – the ability to apply numerical skills and techniques to a wide variety of tasks involved in fashion and textiles.
  • Applying design and creativity – the ability to apply a range of skills and techniques to develop a variety of ideas in the creation of new/modified products, services and situations, to use a range of thought processes.
  • Information skills – the ability to use information technology in a variety of ways. The ability to source, navigate, select, retrieve, evaluate, manipulate and manage information from a variety of sources.
  • Critical awareness – the ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses in fashion and textiles design work and to formulate criteria for quality from contextual investigation. Formulate independent judgements and articulate reasoned arguments through reflection, review and evaluation; the ability to formulate reasoned responses to the critical judgements of others. Ability to identify personal strengths and needs.


Graduates of this programme have progressed to a wide range of internships or employment in industry roles such as fashion designer, textile designer, independent designer maker, pattern cutter, fashion illustrator and digital print designer. Others have progressed to further study, including teacher training and Masters level programmes.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a Foundation Degree or HND in fashion, textiles or a related discipline at Merit or Distinction level. 

The College will also consider applicants who have completed 240 credits in a degree programme in fashion, textiles or a related discipline with achievement equivalent to a Merit profile in a Foundation Degree or HND. 

Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice. 

It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

New GCSE grades

If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
Access to HE Diploma

The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. 

If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.

International students

The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country. 

However, please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.

Meet our staff in your country

For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme. 

General entry requirements

Please also see our general entry requirements.


The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

UK/EU Overseas

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Additional costs

A materials fee is payable for each year of the programme to cover the supply of basic materials, including calico, threads, pattern paper, printing inks and dyes. This fee is currently set at £70 per year. An additional fee for trips, currently set at £30 per year, is also payable for each year of the programme to cover admission fees for external visits organised by the College. This will enable the College to obtain group discounts where available and ensure that students can visit key exhibitions and shows during the year. Please note that this fee will not cover your travel costs. You will need to budget for the purchase of fabrics and other materials to carry out your project work. The scale of this cost may be significant as you will create a substantial body of work, but it will depend greatly on the nature of your work and your choice of style and materials. You will be encouraged to budget carefully, use recycled materials, seek sponsorship and conduct fundraising activities. As a guide, the College estimates a minimum cost of £450 across the year, although some students will spend more than this whilst others will spend less. 

At the end of the year you will present your work as part of a group exhibition. This forms part of a module of study and you will be encouraged to work with your colleagues on the programme to raise funds to stage the exhibition and suggest possible venues. In recent years, students have exhibited at the New Designers show in London and this has provided an exciting opportunity to exhibit to thousands of visitors, including members of the industry. The cost of exhibiting at this event has been approximately £200 per student, although successful fundraising will significantly reduce the cost to students. The College will also seek to organise a group visit to the Première Vision show in Paris. This will be an optional trip. Subject to a minimum number of students signing up, you should budget for a cost of approximately £250 if you wish to attend this event.

Contact West Kent college for more information about accommodation and living costs


For more information about funding, please see the West Kent College website.