University of East London

BA (Hons) Fashion Studies Top Up

Our Fashion Studies Top-Up allows students with a diploma in a fashion subject, or other relevant areas to study for a BA (Hons) in Fashion Studies. It provides skills in fashion business, opportunities to create a fashion portfolio and the option of either taking a creative or business approach to your final major project.

Fashion at University of East London has innovation and enterprise at its heart. Together with industry partners, we seek to improve upon and challenge the current fashion offering with bold, influential students who will be the design leaders of tomorrow.  With a shortage of skills across many diverse avenues within fashion, course will fill the gap in these new risen markets, preparing prospective students towards a more viable, and creative future.

Our focus will be on the implementation of career-focused skills, industry knowledge, technical and creative skills in making and engineering and, notwithstanding, the guided learning through more sustainable and ethical design for today’s fashion climate.  Emphasis on integrating digital innovation and promotion will be a continuous addition in the teaching across most if not all modules.

Our BA Fashion Studies degree is developed in response to research by the British Fashion Council (2016) and the National Careers Service (2016) that the fashion industry in an increasingly global economy needs more graduates with relevant entrepreneurial and transferable skills. The provision also recognises the skills needed by overseas students seeking career progression in the international fashion sector.

Entry Requirements


96 UCAS Points from

  • HND- HND, Foundation degree or Advanced Diploma or equivalent in a Fashion/Textiles related subject.

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).
If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Alternative GCSE qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths,
  • Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and
  • Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those with no formal qualifications

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

The unique combination of marketing, fashion and cultural awareness that this course provides will enable successful graduates to locate their own practice and ambitions. Upon graduation, you will have had a strong portfolio of work, which give you an opportunity to progress into postgraduate level. Additionally, graduates will be qualified to take on a range of fashion roles, including buying, fashion design, textiles, marketing and public relations.

Course Details

You will start with a combination of classes introducing you to the world of fashion including Introduction to Fashion Business, Fashion Portfolio.

Then for your Final Major Project, you can choose to enter the practice route (Design/Textiles) with a collection or marketing route with a business promotional plan.


Fashion Enterprise 3
FMP - Research Project
FMP - Realisation
Researching Fashion
Professional Portfolio
Introduction to Fashion Marketing & PR

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