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    BA (Hons) in Fashion


     University of Derby

Course Overview

In collaboration with the University of Derby, UK, this 9-month degree programme aims to broaden out and extend your perception of what fashion is or can be and provide a distinctive, contemporary and relevant provision that will produce ambitious, creative and highly skilled graduates who are able to adapt to a fast changing environment. It will also allow you to develop your own creative direction and focus on the areas of fashion which most interest you.

The programme will develop your capacity to learn and encourage you to exercise independence of thought, discovery, and the capacity to make judgments and decisions. This will make you a valuable asset to the creative industries as a self-starter, with business knowledge, as well as a creative practitioner with a life of learning and self development ahead of you.

Raffles Design Institute offers non-local higher and professional education programmes which are registered under the Non-local and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance (Cap. 493). (Reg No: 252808). According to the Ordinance, it is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.

Course Subjects

Contextual Studies 3 (20 Credits)

This module concentrates on preparation and submission of an individual extended essay enabling you to achieve sophisticated research and discussion of a topic of your own choosing. Through negotiation with your tutor, you are able to focus on a topic that explores a particular aspect of fashion or textile design in depth and allows a well-informed critique to develop.

Negotiated Study in Fashion (40 Credits)
This module enables you to undertake extensive advanced level work appropriate to sectors within the creative industries. The content of projects and intended collaborations are negotiated with and agreed by the teaching team and will reflect individual career direction.

Fashion Direction (20 Credits)
This module provides the opportunity to maximise creative abilities, utilising all the skills acquired during the course, culmination in an end result that incorporates the audience and is fit for purpose. Making informed professional decisions will help generate the finished product, amalgamating talent, skills and risk taking attributes.

Independent Study in Fashion (40 Credits)
This module provides the culmination of all studies on the programme. You are encouraged to develop a substantial individual topic for sustained, in depth study in an independent, enquiring manner.

Career and Employment

You could get a career in: fashion design, textile design for fashion or interiors, knitwear, sportswear and accessories design, fashion forecasting, illustration, PR, marketing, media, buying and merchandising, photographic styling… and lots more.

You will get lots of opportunities to showcase your work and get yourself noticed.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirement
  • Holder of Raffles’ Advanced Diploma in the respective subject; or

  • Holder of either one of the followings:

    • Advanced Diploma, Higher Diploma Associate Degree or equivalent in the respective subject from a recognized higher education institute;

    • BTEC Higher National Diploma in respective subject or equivalent.

English Proficiency Requirement
  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent

Students with Life Experience
  • Students with appropriate life experience (without the standard entry requirements) who have an interest and enthusiasm for Design are encouraged to apply and will be considered on merit. Experiential learning is taken into account.