Entry requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of fashion design, visual communication for fashion, or fashion writing/media, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

In your personal statement, as well as the reason for your application, your interest and experience in the field and your future ambitions within the subject area, you should also include a section titled ‘Statement of Intent. Under this heading you should cover the following criteria in around 500 words:

  • visual inspiration for your personal project (what format will this take and where will it be sourced, if it will build on existing work then please reference this)
  • conceptual inspiration (the narrative/meaning behind the project)
  • process (the technical processes you plan to use/combine throughout the project)
  • materials (the materials palette you plan to explore)
  • audience (who is your intended customer, viewer, reader?)
  • outcome (e.g. a fashion collection, instillation, accessories, magazine, series of written publications, visual merchandising plan, photography, styling consultancy, etc.)

All suitable candidates who meet the entry requirements will be required to submit a portfolio of creative work related to the cognate areas listed above, and may be required to attend an interview. Your portfolio should include examples from your previous education, professional experience, or personal work.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; you can download our reference template for completion.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements.

Selection Criteria

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.


English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification

Mature Applicants:

Our university welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. If you have recent relevant work experience and/or professional qualifications, we may be able to consider you for entry through our ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ policy. Please ensure that you list both your qualifications and relevant work experience in your application.

All applicants should meet our standard entry requirements of GCSE grade C in English language and, where specified, Maths. Alternative qualifications such as functional skills are accepted in lieu of GCSEs for most courses.