Supported learning

Unlimited access to our industry-standard facilities and academic support

Experience fashion culture

Take the opportunity to travel to fashion capitals around the world

Workplace learning

Kick-start your career with the chance of a work placement on every course

Develop your creative conceptual thinking, as well as gaining a real understanding of commercial design.

Strong teamwork skills will be achieved by working on collaboration projects with photography and film students, to enable you to create a professional digital portfolio.

The opportunity to work on live industry projects with fashion designers and companies, is embedded in the course. Live projects will test your creativity by working to a client brief to gain hands-on experience in a professional environment.

You will also have the opportunity to gain access to the highly influential Betty Smithers collection - a vast assortment of vintage 20th century pieces that have been donated to the university to use in your work as you wish. From drawing to styling, you can decide how best to enhance your work.

Fashion - Designing for the future

Fashion - Designing for the future


Fashion students Chloe and Masuma talk about their work on industry briefs tackling 21st Century issues of fast fashion and sustainability.



Fashion BA (Hons)

Study options
Placement year


Taught courses


Fashion workshop

Our fashion workshop contains: Lock stitch, Overlockers, Cover stitch, Blind hemmer, Walking Foot (Heavy materials), Pressers, Pattern cutting tables. Sample size mannequins including men's and plus size and CAD pattern cutting - Gerber Accumark (digitiser & plotter).

Betty Smithers Collection

A vast assortment of vintage 20th-century pieces giving you a rare opportunity to study how garments are constructed.


Laser Room and Digital Printer

The Laser Room is now widely used by all areas as it can cut or etch a variety of materials, accurately and repeatedly. The area also includes a 3D printer.

Work experience and careers

Work experience

At Staffordshire University, we put work experience at the centre of all that we do. So, we've developed our teaching to emphasise the importance of gaining hands-on experience.

This work experience may link to your course, or it could be in a broader field. Alongside your studies, it will give you the best possible mix of knowledge and practical understanding.

We invite industry professionals in to give talks and to share their insight into the latest developments in the world of fashion as well as the latest work practices. We do this to ensure that our teaching is up-to-date and provides you with the best and most relevant information to give you a head start on the competition.

Our industry connections can help put you in touch with the right contacts to help you find the perfect internship or work placement.


To get ahead of the competition, all students have the option to choose a sandwich year, where you can go out into the fashion industry to gain a year's experience in the area of your choosing.

Our guest lectures are led by some of the most influential industry professionals, who will inspire you to achieve your ambitions.

Our fashion courses have the flexibility to focus on the areas you're most interested in and can open the door to many careers.

Employment opportunities

  • Fashion designer
  • Pattern cutter
  • Trend forecaster
  • Garment technologist
  • Stylist
  • Buyer
  • Merchandiser
  • Fashion illustrator

Our students

I feel like I’m a better person, my designs are way better then they used to be. Ambition? To be a fashion designer as iconic as Gucci or Balenciaga.


Kimberley Marshall

Fashion student

It’s not just sewing machines. We also get to use wood, metal, plastic, and resin to really explore areas.

Emily Lowndes

Fashion Student

Our staff

Rachel Heeley

Senior Lecturer

Rachel Is the course leader for BA (Hons) Fashion, she teaches across all aspects of the course, due to her diverse background of events management, Fashion & Textile design and fashion communication. She currently runs print label SpottedDoTDoT.

Rachel's profile
University of the Year

Edufuturist Awards 2021

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2022

Top 20 for Job Prospects

Student Crowd Universities Awards 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022


QS Star Ratings 2021