University of the Arts London
Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories (Product Design and Innovation) BA (Hons)
University of the Arts London

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories: Product Design and Innovation prepares you for a successful career as a product designer and developer in the exciting field of fashion bags and accessories. The course teaches the design, development and realisation of fashion bags and accessory products for the fashion accessories market.

What can you expect?

BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories: Product Design and Innovation students will learn the skills to research, to produce initial design ideas, and to develop designs through to a finished 3D prototype. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the fashion accessories industry, its markets, and the role of the fashion accessory product designer within the industry.

Cordwainers Accessories is delivered with employment in the relevant industry in mind. You will study a range of units that will equip you with relevant professional, communication and business skills. Live projects set by industry will include presentations to and from the companies involved. You will have the option of doing a placement year between the second and final year of the course. Successful completion of this placement year will give you an additional qualification. You will also have the opportunity to make contacts and build relationships within the industry.

The Cordwainers and Leathersellers livery companies support Cordwainers courses through prizes, scholarships and industrial visits. This course focuses on producing graduates who can make an innovative contribution to accessory product development.

London College of Fashion undergraduate courses develop your personal and professional skills. On this course you will develop skills in your discipline until you are an independent creative thinker. Your skills will make you capable of making an effective contribution to this sector of the fashion industry. We embed Personal and Professional Development (PPD) skills in all units on every course. Speaker programmes with contributions from alumni and members of industry are a part of many courses. We encourage graduates who wish to continue their education at postgraduate level to progress to suitable courses within the College, the University or elsewhere.

Many graduates prefer to seek employment as soon as they have completed their undergraduate studies. Recent Fashion Accessories graduates have obtained positions with House of Fraser, H&M, Dr Martens, Anya Hindmarch and Chanel UK.

This course is based at Golden Lane, near Clerkenwell and Shoreditch. Just a short walk from the site is the Barbican Centre where you will find Art exhibitions, a cinema and live bands. Golden Lane is the world-renowned site for footwear and accessories design.

About London College of Fashion

London College of Fashion, UAL, has been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion. In design, we teach a combination of heritage and radical thinking. Craftsmanship and new technology. Engineering – and in-depth design research. We teach innovative ideas first – and then innovative practice to bring them to life. Through teaching, specialist research, and collaborative work, we empower our students to think differently, using fashion to examine the past, build a sustainable future, and improve the way we live.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 22 graduates of Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories (Product Design and Innovation) BA (Hons) at University of the Arts London for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Product Design.

Overall student satisfaction
58 /100
22 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of all UK Graduates of Product Design

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20069 £19085 £22483
25-75 percentile range £18040 - £23109 £14127 - £23631 £16588 - £28471

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories (Product Design and Innovation), BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

112 tariff points from full Level 3 qualifications.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

A total of 112 tariff points from two or more A-levels at C or higher; preferred subjects include those related to Art, Design or Fashion.

112 UCAS tariff points from Scottish Highers (including at least one Advanced Higher subject).

112 tariff points from the complete Access to HE Diploma in a creative subject.

DMM or higher in the BTEC National Extended Diploma in subjects relating to art and design.

Equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications are also considered.

Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories (Product Design and Innovation), BA (Hons).


Tuition Fees Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories (Product Design and Innovation) BA (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1

Average student cost of living in London

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, 2024

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)

University Rankings

Positions of University of the Arts London in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of the Arts London in related subject specific rankings.

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #2 
    • #2 
    Art & Design
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #23 
    • #32 
    Art & Design
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]


    • #7 
    • #8 
    Design & Crafts
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published ]

See all university rankings of University of the Arts London

What students say about studying Product Design in the UK?

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About University of the Arts London

University of the Arts London is the collective name of a group consisting of six colleges specialised in the Arts. These institutions include Central Saint Martins, London College of Communication, Wimbledon College of Arts, London College of Communication, Chelsea College of Arts, and Camberwell College of Arts.

Where is this programme taught

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