The characteristics of this contemporary BA (Hons) Fashion Programme reflect the rapidly responsive nature of the fashion industry, one that demands creativity and versatility, while still focusing on the essence of design in a commercial context.
The shift in consumer behaviour and the needs of an evolving industry mean that students today require a sound grounding in fashion design in its broadest context. One that relies upon transferable skills such as problem solving and communication through professional dialogue, as well as a refined and focused development of core skills and working processes that are directly linked to fashion.
Central to the course rational and its structure is the recognition of the current context and opportunities that exist within the current Russian fashion market and its subsequent expansion at all market levels. The course is designed to be flexible enough to meet the needs of the industry and to identify and respond to new developing markets, while providing a stable framework to ensure consistency of education and high quality of results.
The course philosophy is to create a learning environment in which innovation, invention and originality are nurtured and championed. Students will be encouraged to achieve the necessary balance between imaginative visual ideas and commercial and professional considerations, which will allow them to either support or challenge prevailing fashion in an intelligent and thoughtful manner.
The programme continues to develop links with both the local and international fashion industry and provides students with live projects and professional feedback from visiting industry professionals.
Students will increasingly consider some of the key contemporary issues related to the fashion industry, such as the role of the designer, branding, marketing, media, the impact of materials and digital design technologies. Overall, we aim to cultivate a learning environment to enable the development of independent, innovative and responsible fashion graduates with a thoughtful and imaginative approach to the ever-changing fashion industry, both locally and internationally.
Year 1 (Level 4)
In Year 1, the focus is on developing core skills and knowledge from traditional and atypical pattern-cutting techniques. There is also a strong focus on developing visual, analytical and verbal research abilities with an emphasis on design development and the evolution of a personal illustrative technique. You also receive CAD teaching including Photoshop and Illustrator with access to specialist Fashion CAD. Students are also taught the fundamental principles of fashion related commercial practice.
- Critical and Cultural Studies L4: Fashion (30 credits)
- Studio Skills 1 L4: Technical Design and Communication (45 credits)
- Design Studio 1 L4 A: Fashion Process (15 credits)
- Design Studio 2 L4 B: Fashion Realisation (30 credits)
Year 2 (Level 5)
In Year 2, you further develop key skills with a greater emphasis on live projects working with influential industrialists. We develop your key skills including textile technology awareness and understanding of materials.
- Critical and Cultural Studies L5: Fashion (30 credits)
- Studio Skills 2 L5: Fashion Technologies (30 credits)
- Design Practice 1 L5 A: Commercial Process and Realisation (45 credits)
- Design Practice 2 L5 B: Design & Communication (15 credits)
Year 3 (Level 6)
During their final year leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts students can study either in Moscow or in the UK depending on their choice.
Studies at Year 3 require 1 full-time academic year. You are taught how to prepare yourself for your final year with an emphasis on your degree essay and your design and commercial direction. There is greater emphasis on self initiated work enabling you to think and work independently. This is an exciting time where you will be working towards a professional portfolio and final collection.
- Critical and Cultural Studies L6 A: Degree Essay/Report (30 credits)
- Design Directions: Major Project L6 (60 credits)
- Professional Portfolio L6 B (30 credits)
Upon successful completion of Year 3, students will be awarded the Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Course director: Clare Lopeman
BA (Hons) Fashion Show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia 2014
Admission process and requirements
To enrol on the course, applicants have to produce a portfolio of their works and evidence of their English language competence. A grade 6.0 or higher on the IELTS scale is acceptable and the CAE and FCE qualifications are considered. If the applicant cannot produce a certificate, their English is tested together with prospective students who are applying for the Foundation Art & Design Course.
Acceptance is based on the results of portfolio assessment and an interview with one of the tutors. The applicant's knowledge and skills reflected in their work should be comparable to the knowledge and skills students acquire at Foundation level. Interviews and portfolio assessments are usually scheduled in the 3 days following the language test.
Transfer to Year 2 will be possible only if the student attended a higher education institution which uses a credit-based system. For these purposes, the number of previously received credits are compared with the number of credits which are necessary for transfer to the relevant stage of a British undergraduate course.
Applications are accepted from March until August 31st, 2016.
Classes begin in September, 2016.
Period of study
Full-time - 3 years
Full-time GBP 5,100/year*
Students as a rule pay their tuition fees once a semester, that is, twice a year, but at their request can choose to pay on a monthly basis.
*This proposal does not constitute an offer, the prices are subject to change. Cost of services and conditions of their provision will be specified in the contract.
What documents are required if you apply
- Online application form
- Copy of previous education certificates and academic qualifications
- 2 photos 3х4 cm
- Copy of your passport
- Personal statement
Applicants who apply for Year 1 of undergraduate courses, need to sit the following:
- English exam
- Portfolio assessment
- Entry interview
During the admission exams, the admissions staff will arrange a convenient date and time for demonstration of portfolio and interview, after that, the matriculant will be allowed to pass the English test. English test is not required for students from English-speaking countries or if an IELTS or equivalent certificate is produced.
For Russian residents, interviews are conducted according to the schedule which you can find on our FAD page. The schedule of entry examinations for the BA courses is the same for applicants who apply for the Foundation Art & Design Course (go to the course page).
For international students we can organise the skype interviews. In such cases the portfolio can be sent via email.
Required level of English
IELTS band 6.0 (or equivalent certificate). Along with the IELTS results, the following certificates are also accepted:
- CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) grade C or above;
- FCE (First Certificate in English) grade A.
If a prospective student does not have an IELTS certificate of the required level but successfully passed BHSAD English test as part of BHSAD entrance exams, he/she needs to obtain an IELTS certificate before the start of the first semester on Year 1.
The range of work in your portfolio should cover a broad spectrum of media, materials and approaches. Projects may be submitted in different disciplines including but not limited to graphics, drawing, painting, textile, photography, decorative art, design, web-design, animation. First of all, the admission committee would like to see how you can generate and develop your ideas; that is why, besides finished projects, the portfolio should also include notebooks with sketches, sketchbooks, written works (articles, essays, if any). Please try to present examples of the best and most recent projects which reflect your creative abilities.
Your portfolio needs to be printed (А3 format or larger). Animation and CG works should be presented on CDs or memory sticks. It advisable to show photographs of large works which otherwise would be difficult to transport.
Prospective students will be asked questions regarding their education and professional background in order to make a final decision about admission on to the course. Please be ready to tell the interview panel about yourself, your design experience and projects in your portfolio. You may be asked about the history of creation of a particular work and the context of its creation. The panel may ask you about well-known designers to learn about the influence of creative activities of other designers and artists on you, the reason why you follow them and the main incentive for your development in terms of your occupation.
Please contact if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or +7 (495) 640 30 15