Fashion - Liverpool John Moores University

2020/21 entry

BA (Hons) Fashion: Design and Communication with Foundation Year

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: To be confirmed
Full time international tuition fee: To be confirmed

Course type

BA (Hons)

Bachelor of Arts

UCAS info

Points required: 72

UCAS code: A003

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Four years full time including foundation year

About your course

The BA (Hons) Fashion: Design and Communication at Liverpool John Moores University offers you the opportunity to study either Fashion Design or Fashion Communication, while interacting within a creative, collaborative fashion environment.

The programme has been developed with two distinct pathways - each pathway benefitting from dedicated, separate studio spaces and teaching. The curriculum is delivered by specialists focused on their disciplines and close to the fashion community. You will be located in the award-winning John Lennon Art and Design Building within the School of Art and Design, which puts creative practice at its heart. During your studies, you will have a wealth of opportunities available to you, from live projects and competitions to developing an industry standard portfolio.

  • Take a virtual tour of this year's Fashion: Design and Communication degree show
  • Students have opportunities to study abroad or apply for art and design travel awards - hear some of our students talking about applying for travel awards
  • Specialise in either Fashion Design or Fashion Communication - portfolios and news available on wearefashion.co.uk
  • Opportunities to undertake work experience with local, national and international companies
  • The programme is a member of the FTC (Association of Fashion and Textile Courses) as well as the Ethical Fashion Forum
  • Growing reputation for producing employable graduates
  • Studio based study in the Stirling-Prize nominated John Lennon Art and Design Building

Since leaving have I realised how fantastic the university and lecturers are at LJMU. I learnt such a lot about a broad amount of things that have really helped me translate into my current course smoothly.

Hettie Chadwick

People in the industry are so shocked that I am able to do all technical stuff as well as the creative input. I feel like we really do have the upper hand when we leave, and a lot more opportunities than other graduates.

Sinead Russell, recent Fashion Communication graduate

Work-related learning

​Throughout the course you will be encouraged to view your work in the context of professional practise and get as much hands-on experience as you can before embarking on your career. This could be in the form of work placements or internships to really get a taste of the fashion industry and practice the skills you have learnt on the course. You will have the opportunity to speak to visiting lecturers from industry to find out more about the business of fashion and what careers are on offer.

In addition to placements we have lots of exciting live projects in house where students can get involved in a variety of opportunities to get first hand experience of fashion design and communication real life projects.

Graduates and current students have had placements with a variety of designers, stylists and retailers including:

  • Christopher Raeburn
  • THINK Publicity
  • Wallpaper Magazine
  • Giles Deacon
  • McQ
  • Preen
  • Jonathan Saunders
  • Peter Pilotto
  • Pony Step Magazine
  • Future Classics
  • LOOK Magazine
  • Richard Nicoll
  • Felder Felder
  • London Fashion Agency
  • Luella
  • Warehouse
  • Matalan
  • Ottoman Hands
  • Chase PR
  • Blow PR
  • London Fashion Week

The courses engages regularly with competitions and live projects with organisations as diverse as Fashion Awareness Direct, Artsthread, BooHoo, English National Ballet, Dr Martens, Show Studio and Matalan. These projects enable students to get real life experience and gain an understanding of industry practice whilst studying.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

If you decide to pursue this degree course, you will join a supportive and creative environment where talent is nurtured and you are encouraged to really stretch boundaries. You will be expected to work independently and under pressure at times but our specialist staff will be on hand to guide you and give support when needed.

From the moment you begin your studies, you will be allocated a personal tutor, giving you plenty of opportunities to discuss course-related matters and your personal development at any time.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make an international opportunity available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree, either in Europe or the US. You could take part in a work placement in Europe under the ERASMUS+ scheme or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. There are also opportunities to attend a two-week summer school with one of our worldwide partners.

Our Go Global Fund can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about studying or working abroad or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

Course details

Fashion at Liverpool John Moores University is an established area of study and research, and we are proud of our design heritage as dress and textiles education was introduced to the Art School as early as 1936.

​Innovation sits at the heart of our course, and the city of Liverpool is a source of inspiration for our students to grow and prosper as creative and forward thinking individuals. Following from Liverpool's tenure as European Capital of Culture in 2008, the city has flourished to become key destination for fashion and the visual arts. The School of Art and Design sits at the centre of the city's cultural renaissance and has forged close links with key arts organisations including Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial and FACT.

Fashion Design and Communication tutors encourage an experimental individual approach to fashion, allowing you to create your own style within the framework of the course curriculum. This approach will enable you to progress into a wide-range of careers - from commercial and high-end design to self-employment, freelance work and postgraduate study. Students are able to work within their fields of choice building on a firm skillset to prepare them for careers in the industry.

​In Fashion Design, students work from concept to final garment construction so they understand the process of design as well as the practical application. Research is essential to innovation and we embed fashion studies to further our students' individual interests. This knowledge is empowering and allows our graduates to work across a wide range of the fashion industry from High Street to Couture.

In Fashion Communication, our students are able to work across the whole syllabus, from branding, PR, marketing, photography and styling. With knowledge from location sourcing to final layout and editorial, they are able to offer specialist companies a whole package of transferable skills to work on a broad range of projects.

You will be able to keep up to date with the activities of students, staff and alumni of the Fashion: Design and Communications (BA Hons) degree by visiting our website (www.wearefashion.co.uk) which has links to visiting lecturers, students projects, placements, and our annual presence at Graduate Fashion Week. We also have an Instagram feed: instagram.com/wearefashion_lsad/ and follow us on Twitter @fashion_ljmu

Foundation Year

This unique art and design Foundation Year shared by Architecture, Fashion: Design & Communication, Fine Art and Graphic Design & Illustration degree programmes is ideal if you have the interest and ability to study for a degree, but do not have the qualifications to enter directly onto the first year of a full honours degree. Once you pass the general Foundation Year (level 3) you will progress directly onto the first year of the Fashion: Design & Communication honours degree. If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course. (subject to eligibility criteria).

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 3

  • Preparing for Success: Academic Skills Investigating Liverpool
  • Encountering Art History
  • Drawing and Culture
  • Exploring Materials, Process and Practice
  • Studio Practice Project

Level 4

  • Introduction to Fashion
  • Fashion Practice
  • Visualisation and Technology
  • Visual Direction and Technical Development
  • An Introduction to Contextual Research
  • Contextual Practice and Development

Level 5

  • Visual Language and Technical Exploration
  • Creative Direction and Technical Application
  • Fashion Research in Practice
  • Critical Contextual Investigation

The following options are typically offered:

  • Fashion Design Focus
  • Fashion Design Context
  • Fashion Awareness
  • Fashion Direction

Level 6

  • Studio Project/s
  • Final Major Project/s
  • Research Project 
  • Professional Practice

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Teaching and learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

​Teaching delivery is a combination of one-to-one tutorials, small seminar groups and lectures as well as peer review and critiques. These activities are supported by a series of practical workshops. Tutorials may include personal tutoring for personal development planning (PDP) when you can discuss your academic and future career plans with your personal tutor.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

​In addition to the expert knowledge and industry experience of your tutors, you will benefit from high profile visiting speakers such as:

  • Jamie Hawkesworth - photographer with clients including: Acne Paper, AnOther, Dazed & Confused, Double, i-D, LOVE, Man About Town, The New York Times Style Magazine, Self Service, Vogue US, Vogue UK, Vogue Paris
  • Lou Stoppard - Editor of leading online fashion site SHOWstudio who writes regularly for titles including ELLE, ELLE Collections, AnOther, GQ Style, Bon and The Financial Times
  • Ben Whyman - responsible for overseeing project management of exhibitions and events, as well as production of publications on the practice and theory of fashion curation
  • Nina Manadhar - Nina's projects examine contemporary global youth identity and the meaning of style
  • Laura Edwards - Senior Womenswear Jersey Designer at Christopher Kane
  • Si Scott - Illustrator and Graphic Designer who has worked with a range of international clients and exhibited globally. Clients include; Bjork, Carhartt, Engineered Garments, It's Nice That, Massimo Osti, Matthew Williamson, Nick Knight and UNICEF
  • Julian Roberts - inventor of 'subtractive cutting'
  • Ted Polhemus - American anthropologist, writer, and photographer
  • Craig Lawrence Fashion Designer
  • David Longshaw - fashion designer and fashion illustrator
  • Caryn Franklin - fashion activist, campaigner for Diversity, co-founder 'All Walks Beyond the Catwalk'
  • Penny Fray - Editor and PR consultant has worked with clients such as O2, NHS, Trinity Mirror and SABCO Media
  • Lottie O'Malley - International Marketing Manager for Topman. Previously she worked in marketing at Ted Baker, Lee Jeans, Diesel and Dazed and Confused.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment is usually conducted via a variety of methods including desktop submissions and online marking for written components.

​If you choose the Fashion Design Pathway, you will be expected to produce research and design development including samples, toiles, garments, illustration, photography and blogs. If you opt for Fashion Communication, you will also be expected to produce a body of research linked to a series of projects that could include Branding, Styling, PR, Blogs, Photography, Trends and Magazine editorial/s.

​Other forms of assessment include written dissertation and reports, a personal development planning folder or a CV, biography, press release and/or blog.

Constructive feedback, whether formal or informal, is crucial in helping you to improve your performance and your tutors will always be on hand to help you evaluate your own work and assess progress.

Formative and summative feedback is given throughout the year at key points for each module.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

72

Application and selection

​We are looking for students with an enthusiasm for fashion with a keen interest in contemporary style and image. You should be 100% dedicated to research into current and historical fashion cultures, and possess the following essential qualities:

  • An enthusiasm for Art & Design subjects
  • Capable of discussing Art & Design issues
  • The ability to analyse and reflectively criticise
  • Visual awareness and communication.

Further information about the interview process can be found here.

GCSE and equivalents

  • Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/english • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Are functional skills acceptable? Yes

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: DDD
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: DM if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS Tariff points when combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: MMP if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS Tariff points when combined with other qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Minimum of 24 Merits and 21 Passes or any other combination equivalent to 72 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 72 UCAS Tariff points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 72 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum of 20 points from Ordinary Level

Additional entry requirement information

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be conisdered on an individual basis.

Overseas applicants will be considered in line with normal entry requirements.

Will I be interviewed?

Interview required

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

The information below relates to the 2019/20 academic year as the Government has not yet released information for 2020/21. As soon as this is available, we will update these web pages and associate information.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. In 2019/20 scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. In 2019/20 the annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2019/20 the annual tuition fee for full time, undergraduate, home and EU students is £9,250. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £25,725**.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

Part time students starting in 2018 or later can also apply for a maintenance loan.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £25,716* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £25,716).*

* Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

As a Fashion graduate there are all sorts of careers open to you within the fashion and related industries.

​Students from the Fashion degree go on to forge successful careers as designers (Menswear and Womenswear), photographers, stylists, buyers, illustrators, PR officers, events managers and merchandisers, both in the UK, Europe and beyond.
We are exceptionally proud of the achievements of our graduates.

Many have gained significant international recognition for their work including, Rosie Davies, founder of the London Fashion Agency; Alena Johnson winner of Who's Next Pret-A-Porter; Phillip Whitehead Ted Baker; Danielle Windsor (Viktor & Rolf and Zara); Kirsty Doyle, winner of Project Catwalk; Andrew Foxall (Neil Barratt and Foxall Associates) ,John Mooney (ASOS), Hannah Smith BooHoo, and Kerry Crone, Matalan. Others have gone on to work with companies such as Erdem, Alexander McQueen, Dazed & Confused, Ted Baker, Adidas, PR companies, Sane Seven and Paul Smith.

​The programme provides many opportunities to meet prospective employers in the fashion industry. For instance, you may take an active role in Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) where the programme won the Drapers Award for the best GFW publication.
As well as going directly into employment, some of our students go onto to study at postgraduate level in the UK and abroad. The Liverpool School of Art and Design offers students the opportunity to progress onto a range of Masters degrees including MA Fashion Innovation and Realisation, which provides students with opportunities to explore personal concepts and themes to a higher level.

The MA offers students the opportunity to work collaboratively with students studying Fine Art, Graphics Design and Illustration and Art in Science.

Professional accreditation / links

​The fashion team has a growing number of links with UK design support organisations such as the Fashion & Textile Association, Ethical fashion Forum and Graduate Fashion Week.

We also have strong links with local companies such as Matalan and BooHoo and Shop Direct, as well as national and international companies and designers who contact us directly for placements and live projects.

Foundation year fees

If you are studying on a foundation year of a degree programme you will be charged a reduced fee for your 1st year only. After your first year, your annual tuition fees will increase to the standard tuition fee charged for our undergraduate courses.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Tuition fee deposits

As an international student, unless you are exempt, you will need to pay a tuition fee deposit.  See further information on deposits and additional payments needed prior to enrolment. 

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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