Garment Technology with a Foundation Year – BA (Hons)
Attendance Full Time (4 years)
Our BA (Hons) Garment Technology degree course with a Foundation Year nurtures and encourages you to develop an enquiring attitude within technical aspects of clothing production, and an ability to become confident and self-motivated in your chosen practice.
This course has excellent links to international fashion brands, including Burberry, Karen Millen and George at Asda.
The staff team have industry experience within computer-aided design (CAD), pattern cutting, fashion history and design, and have worked alongside many internationally-recognised brands. You will learn to work with the Gerber pattern cutting and design system, widely used in the industry alongside supportive staff who are well placed to inspire and shape your future careers.
About foundation courses
This four year programme has been specifically designed to allow you to undertake additional level 3 study, to ensure you are successful on your chosen degree programme.
After successful completion of your foundation year, you will have the flexibility to switch (should you wish to change direction) onto a number of related undergraduate degree programmes within the School of Fashion and Textiles.
What’s covered in the course?
The course equips you with the necessary knowledge, skills and attributes to succeed in a wide range of careers in the fashion industry.
In your first year introduction to a number of fashion topics helps you to develop a good foundation of fashion knowledge and skills in both design and technical areas.
Your second year helps to build advanced technical skills and knowledge, and strengthens your personal and professional development in relation to your own career goals. Opportunities to take part in the international Erasmus exchange programme exist during this year.
You will have the chance to follow our four-year sandwich option, which provides the opportunity for a one-year internship in industry.
Your final year introduces you to advanced pattern cutting, fittings, grading and sizing, production planning, costing, testing and technical packs. Your work will be closely linked to the industry to produce garments, following manufacturing and production processes that relate to today’s fast paced fashion industry, with the opportunity to specialise in the area that reflects your own personal interest.
The course blends individual creativity, technical skills, and commercial realism, enabling you to apply your skills and knowledge of the professional design process from concept to product.
BA (Hons) Garment Technology, BA (Hons) Fashion Design and BA (Hons) Costume Design and Practice have a shared first year of study.
“Birmingham City University and the fashion tutors’ support has enabled me to gain experience in all aspects of design throughout Europe. From traditional tailoring to innovative design, Birmingham City University has created a pathway for me to build a great set of creative skills to enter the fashion industry.”
Rhys Ellis, third year BA (Hons) Fashion Design
Why Choose Us?
- You will benefit from our close working relationships with fashion brands like Adidas, Burberry, Amanda Wakeley, Karen Millen, Abercrombie & Fitch and Iris van Herpen.
- You’ll also use industry-standard Gerber pattern-cutting software and strengthen your knowledge of global manufacturing.
- You will have the opportunity to participate in our Erasmus scheme, giving you the chance to spend a semester in a different country and culture.