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FdA Fashion Foundation Degree (Level 5) — Full-time

Course outline

This course provides a practical hands-on degree in fashion with strong links to the fashion industry.

Situated right in the heart of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter this course has some fantastic links with the industry including Paul Smith, Godfrey Sports, The Trend Boutique, Speedo and Quantum Clothing to name a few.

The course focuses on the design process from forecasting and concept development to design, creative pattern cutting and manufacture, together with the visual communication of ideas and technical information to industry standard.

You will undertake a wide range of live projects and competitions which will help you to develop and realise your creative potential and experience realistic work relevant to the fashion industry. You will attend exhibitions and seminars and may have the opportunity to research the international fashion market during a European study trip.

An additional studies fee (approx £80–100) is charged to cover studies, consumables and study trip contributions.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Design process and realisation
  • Fashion product and brand development (including realisation)
  • Visual communication techniques for fashion
  • Fashion in context

Year 2 modules include:

  • Fashion forecasting and design (including realisation)
  • Critical issues in fashion
  • Professional development
  • Final major project (three options of either catwalk, product or trend forecasting)

You can view the full Course Specification here.

Nottingham College is proud to have been awarded the Teaching Excellence Framework Bronze Award for high quality student experience and outcomes. You can read more about this on the Office for Students website.

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS. Alternatively, if you are interested in applying directly to us, you can choose our fast track application option below.

Fast track application
  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: W230

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Location Date Fees / reductions
Stoney Street

Start: Monday 23rd September 2024

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Tuition fee: £8,250

Course code: C000354 / Q002106


Foundation Degree in Fashion FdA


2 years

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • At least two A Levels at A2
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE Diploma

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff. For creative courses you would usually need a qualification in a relevant subject area.

We would expect students to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and maths/numeracy.

You will be invited to attend an interview and will be asked to submit an e-portfolio or written assignment.

Experienced mature applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications are welcome to apply.

Teaching & assessment

Your work will be assessed on a continuous basis.


You can progress on to our one-year BA (Hons) Art and Design Top-up Degree, or you may wish to progress to an alternative top-up course or the second or third year of a specialised degree course.

Alternatively, you could start your career in the fashion and clothing industries or related areas.

Many of our students have progressed into employment with some of the world’s biggest fashion brands or set up their own business.

Additional information

This course is validated by Nottingham Trent University.

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About the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The TEF is a national scheme run by the Office for Students (OfS) that aims to encourage higher education providers to improve and deliver excellence in the areas that students care about the most: teaching, learning and achieving positive outcomes from their studies.

Learn more about the TEF