The Fashion (Hons) course at Kingston University will teach you how to apply creativity to the real-world and will be industry ready on graduation. Kingston students participate in international fashion competitions by top brands such as Burberry, Mulberry and Coach.
Kingston alumni have gained senior positions in global fashion companies including Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Paul Smith, All Saints, Alexander McQueen, Club Monaco, Margiela and Saint Laurent. Our graduates with successful own labels include Sophie Hulme, Joshua Kane, Charli Cohen and Amy Powney, design director for Mother of Pearl.
Year 1 introduces design process covering all the 2D aspects of fashion design, and design product covering all 3D aspects. You will explore knitted and printed textiles, fashion styling, photography, pattern cutting and draping to create shape. Our fashion illustration classes and workshops in Photoshop, Adobe, pattern cutting, knitting and sewing techniques are delivered to support studio classes.
In Year 2 you will participate in live, sponsored projects and international competitions. You will experience professional practice through a careers module, including talks by concept designers, retailers, stylists and recruitment agencies, plus CV writing workshops and role playing for interviews.
At the end of Year 2, you will have the opportunity to take a year out to undertake study abroad and gain work experience overseas. Our Study Abroad or Erasmus programmes are located in Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Toronto. We have a dedicated placement officer within the fashion department to support the placement programme.
Year 3 is about creating your own collection and portfolio and entering the British Fashion Council competitions including Mulberry, Burberry, Pringle and Chloe. All students show at the degree fashion show in Kingston and selected students show at the press show at Graduate Fashion Week in London. Kingston Fashion Show is sponsored by Brooks Brothers, Dewhirst and Bentalls who host the pre-show reception for press and industry contacts.
Our graduates are renowned for their understanding of the design process and strong creative style in the fashion industry. Our students have been offered jobs prior to graduation by recruitment agents during our final show and exhibition.
Our students are placed as designers at: Alexander McQueen, All Saints, ASOS, Boden, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chanel, COS, Dior, Givenchy, H&M, Hobbs, Hugo Boss, Jack Wills, John Lewis, John Smedley, Kilgour, Markus Lupfer, Matches, Mulberry, Net-a-Porter, Orla Kiely, Reiss Menswear, Religion, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, Topshop & Topman, Urban Outfitters and Zara.
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You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Schedule IELTS
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.