Plymouth College of Art
Fashion Design BA (Hons)
Plymouth College of Art

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in cinematics and photography

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of computer games and animation at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £16000 £15000 £17500
25-75 percentile range £15000 - £23000 £10500 - £19000 £12500 - £22500

Salary of all UK Graduates of cinematics and photography

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £21707 £18425 £21575
25-75 percentile range £18845 - £25536 £13333 - £23001 £16336 - £27629

Course Description

Arts University Plymouth is an arts university for the 21st century, preparing students who are uniquely placed to provide creative solutions to the complex global challenges of a changing world. Formerly known as Plymouth College of Art, we were granted full university title in Spring 2022. We are now the city of Plymouth’s first and only specialist arts university, allowing us to offer our students a dynamic and unique learning experience.

In May 2022 we were awarded the Best Small or Specialist University at the 2022 WhatUni Student Choice Awards, coming top in a list of well-respected specialist UK universities, based on unbiased and honest reviews from students across the UK, in a category that highlights the quality of our provision as a specialist creative university.

From forecasting, concept and design development and creative pattern cutting through to the leadership of compelling marketing campaigns, fashion is one of the largest employers in the UK’s creative industries – offering endless opportunities to those forward-thinking individuals who seek to challenge the assumptions of design, take creative risks and communicate their individual style through their work.

A spirit of independence runs through our vibrant fashion programme; we empower and prepare young creatives to become versatile future thinkers, makers and designers. By combining traditional craft techniques with digital technologies, you will transform your concepts from 2D fabrics into 3D forms. You will learn ways of thinking that will inform your personal design philosophies and lead you towards an individualised specialism.

Our Fashion Studio is a large, light space with panoramic views, and it is comprehensively equipped with industry standard technologies, but your experience at our university is not limited to just the Fashion Studio. We encourage cross-disciplinary and collaborative working, where you can expand your skills by exploring our professional textile print studios, workshops for jewellery and ceramics and our FabLab, which houses the latest laser cutting, 3D printing and design technology.

You will have the freedom to hone your signature aesthetic without the confines of a house style. The programme covers all aspects of the design process, from trend analysis, research and design development, drawing and illustration, colour and fabric development, historical and cultural studies and the translation of ideas from 2D to 3D, through to presentation, marketing and business development.

You will use global trend forecasting tools and learn software. You’ll learn to cut and manufacture quality one-off garments and collections with high levels of craftsmanship, and we’ll provide the tools for you to realise your ideas, and develop design specialisms in menswear, womenswear, lingerie, knitwear, performance wear and other technical routes.

You’ll investigate sustainable design and ethical manufacturing, acquiring a deep appreciation for every step of the commercial supply chain. You will become industry ready and develop entrepreneurial activity through collaborative projects.

Through expert industry speakers, live briefs and collaborations with brands like Phoebe English, Finisterre and Hiut Denim, you’ll develop market awareness, project management and communication skills, along with insight into factors that impact design, development and production. You will engage with industry events in London, Paris, New York and Berlin, as well as having the chance to showcase your work at Graduate Fashion Week. Through our extensive professional network, our students have secured placements with Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Gareth Pugh and Lulu Guinness.

Graduates can become:

  • fashion designers
  • knitwear designers
  • stylists
  • buyers
  • fashion illustrators
  • pattern cutters
  • trend forecasters
  • visual merchandisers
  • studio managers

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Fashion Design BA (Hons) at Plymouth College of Art

35% Secretarial and related occupations
30% Media Professionals
10% Skilled trades occupations
10% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
5% Teaching and Childcare Associate Professionals
5% Protective service occupations
5% Administrative occupations

Grading & Study Time

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for computer games and animation

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6

IELTS (Level B2):overall score of 6.0 with minimum scores Listening: 5.5, Speaking: 5.5, Reading: 5.5, Writing: 5.5

Trinity ISE

Integrated Skills in English II (Level B2), minimum grades required: Reading: Pass Listening: Pass

PTE Academic 50

PTE Academic (Level B2), minimum grade required: Listening: 50, Reading: 50, Writing: 50, Speaking: 50

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Fashion Design, BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Fashion Design BA (Hons)

Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £16500 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
International £16500 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2

About Plymouth College of Art

Plymouth College of Art is a specialised school of art and design, located in the English city of Plymouth. Their campus can be found in the city centre, divided over four separate buildings. Each building provides the modern facilities that are used for subjects such as Fine Art, Filmmaking, Animation, among many others.

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