Fashion Design

Key Facts

Staff

Programme Overview

How to Apply

Institution Name: GSA
Institution Code: G43
UCAS Code:
W230 (Fashion Design)

Award

BA (Hons) Fashion Design. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.

Assessment

Coursework, essays, practical design projects. Formative assessments take place at key points throughout the year with summative assessments at the end of each academic year.

Facilities
Workshops for weave (including digital jacquard weave), print and dye knit, embroidery and CAD. Students in the Department also have access to the Centre for Advanced Textiles (CAT).

Studio and Workshop Access
Studios are open from 8.00am - 10.00pm weekdays and 8.00am - 6.00pm at weekends.
Workshops are supervised from 9.00 am - 5.00 pm daily.

Graduate Destinations include:
Voyage Decoration, Richard Nicoll, Margaret Howell, Custo Barcelona, Philip Treacy, Diesel, Ford Motors, Hyundai, Alberta Ferretti, Morton Young and Borland, BBC Scotland Costume Department, Mark Fast, Diane Von Furstenberg, Cath Kidston, Celine, Speedo, Urban Outfitters, Maria Grachvogel, Ted Baker, All Saints, John Lewis Design Department.

Several graduates set up their own businesses, such as Bebaroque, Gillian Kyle and Bluebell Gray.

Head of Department and Programme Leader:
Jimmy Stephen-Cran

Academic staff:
Leigh Bagley
Jo Barker
Elaine Bremner
Dr Helena Britt

Anthony Brotheridge

Susan Telford



Technical staff:
Christie Alexander
Chantal Balmer
Sean Black
Fiona Glen
Leony Mayhew
Sarah Milne
Heather Shields

Programme Overview

Programme Overview

In the Department of Fashion and Textiles at The Glasgow School of Art you will find an international community of around 150 students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. At undergraduate level there are two specialist programmes in both Fashion Design and Textile Design.

Fashion Design is concerned with the design of clothing. Fashion Designers consider the shape, cut, silhouette and construction of clothing and tend to think more three dimensionally when designing.

The programme aims to create highly specialized subject experts in an ‘expert amongst experts’ environment which values the interactive, synergetic and ever evolving nature of Fashion Design

Jimmy Stephen-Cran BA (Hons) MA

Head of Department – Fashion and Textiles

Programme Structure and Characteristics

The programme has four stages:

Stage 1 (1st Year) – Underpinning

Stage 2 (2nd Year) – Grounding

Stage 3 (3rd Year) – Contextualization

Stage 4 (4th year) – Expertise

The programme is composed of two subject specialisms - menswear and womenswear - which enable depth of enquiry and subject specialist expertise. Selection for a subject specialism at the end of Stage 2 will be determined on evidence of aptitude and potential.  This increasing singular subject specialist focus of study will provide the means to examine the parameters of each subject specialism in depth.

The curriculum of each pathway and stage provides a sequential learning experience to ensure continual development from Stage 1 through to Programme completion.

The curriculum of each stage is structured in to courses which are project based. Projects and courses vary in length within and across the three academic terms of each stage. Project based enquiry is core to the curriculum.

A range of core competencies essential to Fashion Design inform the curriculum content, structure and organization as well as the learning and teaching approaches and assessment criteria.

The programme promotes a culture that recognizes teamwork and interdisciplinary peer learning as well as independence as essential elements in the effective practice of Fashion Design.

Students will be supported to:

  • Acquire a thorough understanding of the Fashion Design process and develop nin-depth drawing and colour expertise alongside technical prowess.
  • Honour and learn from Fashion Design traditions and look to the future at the same time.
  • Balance originality of concept with design viability.
  • Stretch, challenge and integrate digital technologies alongside labour intensive handwork and limited production.
  • Engage in critical reflection in response to individual Fashion Design interests.

Forum for Critical Inquiry
A element of the programme is delivered by the Forum for Critical Inquiry (FoCI) The Forum is an essential component of the programme. For most of the four years of undergraduate programmes in design and fine art, one day per week of the student timetable is allocated to the Forum.  It is a cross-school and externally linked critical mass of diverse research expertise in broad-based critical studies for contemporary creative practices in design, art and architecture.

The range of teaching styles varies from traditional keynote lectures to interactive discussion groups and experiential learning. Courses are constructed in order to both underpin studio practice and to open out and extend the range of student research.

All students are required to attend lectures and discussion groups, to make oral presentations, to write essays and in the final year, to present a piece of personal research in the form of an Extended Essay (20% of the final degree mark) or a Dissertation (30% of the final degree mark).

Students requiring learning support are provided with additional teaching tailored to individual needs. Each student also has a departmental contact tutor who acts in an advisory and pastoral capacity in relation to progress in Forum for Critical Inquiry.