Garment Technology - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
W2JK
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years)
Starting:
September 2017
Campus:

Our BA (Hons) Garment Technology course nurtures and encourages you to develop a professional and 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. 

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

  • 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.

* Please note this course has changed name for 2017/18. The KIS data below relates to the previous course title.

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To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate students starting in 2017 or 2018, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid.

This course is open to International students

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Barr Beacon School
  • Contechs
  • LS Manufacturing

And in jobs such as:

  • Textile Teacher
  • Sewing machinist
  • Pattern technology

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

In addition to qualifications, applicants will also need a good portfolio.

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2017/18
GCE A Level/ AS Level BBC at A-Level or 112 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A-Levels
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2. Must be in a relevant subject pathway
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 112 UCAS points
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) D* or combined with 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points
BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design Distinction
International Baccalaureate Diploma

For students who complete the full IB Diploma: Obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects

For students who do not complete the full IB Diploma: Obtain a total of 16 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects 

Irish Leaving Certificate 112 UCAS points - Higher Levels
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher 112 UCAS points
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) Grade Pass plus grades CC at A-Level (or equivalent qualifications) combined with 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).

For students who complete the full IB Diploma: Obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects

For students who do not complete the full IB Diploma: Obtain a total of 16 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects

In addition to the above, applicants will also need:
English Group A - Grade 4 or above
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

International Students

Entry requirements here

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £9,250 per year (excluding sandwich year) Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 years £12,000 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

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The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Portfolio Guidance

Show us who you are 
Include relevant work related to the subject area of fashion design, but also show us who you are as a creative practitioner. Show ideas generation, experimentation and development. Include a cross-section of ideas to evidence your creative interests.

Think about the basics 
Show examples of drawings; these should include fashion sketches, life-drawings and observational drawings. You can also include textiles, print ideas photographs, three-dimensional work, garments and anything else relevant to the area of creative practice.

Tell a story 
Try to show one full project from start to finish with the preparatory drawings included. Annotations are helpful as they show how you research and reflect on the development of your work.

The finished article
Include one to three final pieces that you are able to talk about. Include garments or accessories.

The Sketchbook 
Include sketchbooks. This will give us an understanding of how you think (through your annotations) and allow us to see the development of your drawing (if the portfolio is digital, photograph or scan some of the best pages).

Be focused
Don’t feel you have to include everything your interview will last approximately 15-minutes, you will have time to talk through your work but we also want to find out a little about you too.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Additional costs

Our courses include activities such as performance, exhibitions, field trips and production of works or artefacts which may require you to purchase specific equipment, instruments, books, materials, hire of venues and accommodation, or other items. Many of these activities are essential and compulsory parts of your learning experience.

The link below gives you an estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on your course. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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This course is not available part-time

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

In your first year you will be introduced to the fundamental skills needed to work within the fashion industry including fashion theory, commercial and conceptual design, trend research and garment development.

Design, development and realisation
40 credits

Fundamental practical skills and idea development.

Individual aesthetic
20 credits

Drawing, presentation and layout (hand/CAD). Development of creative hand-writing styles.

Creative direction
40 credits

Selection of two project briefs from a suite of options aligned to specific exit routes.

Context and theory
20 credits

Industry awareness/career planning.

Year two

During your second year you will develop these skills to a more focused and advanced level, before applying for work experience within your chosen sector of the industry, with the option of a sandwich year between the second and third years of study.

Creative realisation
40 credits

Creative and technical exploration skills such as creative technical realisation and technical investigation.

Critical studies
20 credits

Academic research and writing skills.

(Option 1) Work placement
20 credits

Work experience/live project.

(Option 2) Collaborative practice 2
20 credits

Interdisciplinary project collaboration.

Advanced practice
40 credits

Development of advanced skills such as advanced pattern cutting and finishing processes, garment specifications, fit, and proportions specific to industry requirements.

Year three

In your final year you will be introduced to pattern cutting, fittings, grading and sizing, production planning, costing, testing and technical packs. You’ll also use industry-standard Gerber pattern-cutting software, and strengthen your knowledge of global manufacturing.

Independent project research
20 credits

Establish and consolidate ideas for independent project, such as working in collaboration with your identified ‘client’ to produce technical specification information and to source and analyse appropriate fabrics and finishes for your end-user.

 
Independent practice
60 credits
Major project
40 credits

Dissertation.

This course is ideal if you intend to pursue a creative career within the technical fashion industries. Our previous graduates work within companies including Hackett, Burberry, Joules, and Mountain Warehouse, as well as many other international brands.

On successful completion, you will graduate with a portfolio-based final outcome relevant to your individual career aspirations.

Teaching breakdown

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70 Time in independent study RoyalBlue
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Assessment breakdown

Our BA (Hons) Garment Technology course currently benefits from its active Erasmus Exchange partnerships with the following institutions:

Enhancing employability skills

Our graduates typically go on to professional roles in fashion design, womenswear, menswear, children’s wear, sportswear, garment technology, styling, trend forecasting, graphic design, visual merchandising, buying, PR, costume making, and event management.

Placements

Your development is enhanced by work placements either in the UK or overseas, giving you a real opportunity to make important industry contacts.

Throughout the course you will be supported by our experienced teaching staff, as well as specialist visiting tutors who are practitioners in the industry, giving you an excellent learning experience in a wide range of fashion specialisms.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

Garment technology graduates go onto careers as garment technologists, product developers, designers and buyers.

Graduates pursue careers in fashion design, menswear, children’s wear, sportswear and other niche markets, garment technology, styling, visual merchandising, buying, PR, costume design and event management.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
UK
Australia
Canada
NZ
US
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Parkside Building is part of our new multi-million pound City Centre Campus development in the heart of Birmingham's Eastside development.

Home to the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, School of Fashion and Textiles, and School of Visual Communication, the five-floor site is packed with fashion design workshops, studios and social 'collision spaces.'

The campus also provides extensive workshop space, and the very latest in industry-standard equipment reflecting the broad range of study opportunities on offer.

You will have access to Vicon 3D, an external tracking motion capture facility, and Gypsy, an exoskeleton-based motion capture system to extend the many possibilities for production of 3D animation and films.

There's also a comprehensive range of tools and machinery in the wood and metal workshops.

You can use the latest in high-tech digital print, plus a range of other facilities including:

  • Editing and animation suites with unique equipment
  • Digital Visualisation Hub
  • Traditional print
  • Photographic studio and darkroom
  • High power laser cutters and rapid prototyping systems
  • Theatre
  • Fashion workshops
  • Computerised looms and printers
  • Art shop
  • Library
  • Café

We are committed to showcasing the best student concepts and collections in exhibitions and on catwalks that include London Fashion Week, London Free Range, New Designers and Birmingham Made Me.

Additional information

The course provides an extensive fashion workshop space, and industry-standard equipment; including access to Gerber software reflecting the needs of the fashion industry and the broad range of study opportunities on offer.

Our staff

Our staff team have industry experience within computer aided design, pattern cutting, fashion history and design and have worked alongside many internationally recognised brands. Learn to work with the Adobe creative suite, widely used in the industry alongside supportive staff, who are well placed to inspire and shape your future careers.

See a full list of our staff

Sheila Griffiths

Senior Lecturer and Pathway Leader

Sheila Griffiths is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Fashion and Textiles where she teaches pattern cutting to undergraduate students on all three levels of the BA (Hons) Fashion Design programme.

Sheila is also the faculty lead academic for technology enhanced learning and teaching, a role in which she promotes the use of e-Learning and technology in her faculty.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295