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BA (Hons) in Fashion Design

Study Fashion Design at Marbella Design Academy in sunny Spain and be awarded an official Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Design by our partner institution Middlesex University London.

  • The Fashion Design Programme start twice per year. In September and January.

The 3-year Bachelor of Arts validated Fashion Design programme that is offered to the students at Marbella Design Academy is developed, delivered and assessed by Marbella Design Academy.

Fashion Design is the application of art, creativity and aesthetics to clothing and other lifestyle accessories. A global business and one of the largest employers of the world workforce. This exciting, lucrative and growing market sector has many rich employment opportunities for fashion graduates including design, pattern cutting, merchandising and marketing. The Marbella Design Academy enjoys an excellent alumni of qualified designers working successfully in the fashion industry.

By choosing to study Fashion Design at Marbella Design Academy, you will find yourself surrounded by a hub of internationally acclaimed fashion designers and creative people. Spain is a mecca for Fashion and some of the worlds most famous fashion designers are Spanish. Besides many others, Spain is home to the famous “Zara” Fashion Empire, with several hundred stores worldwide.

Fashion design is big business. Being an professional Fashion Designer is a great career with many opportunities to either create your own brands and collections or to gain employment in one of the numerous fashion houses worldwide.

The purpose built campus has been designed as an inspirational place to think, create and learn, equipped with the latest technologies and facilities expected of a modern education centre. Our academic staff is highly experienced and have all worked in this demanding industry.

This innovative course will give you a professional insight to all the different job roles and career opportunities that exist within the fashion industry. You will have the opportunity to learn not only the academic and practical skills essential for fashion design, but also essential personal skills such as self-confidence, presentation, organisation, the ability to work with others and an opportunity to discover and express your own creative identity.

The Bachelor of Arts validated Fashion Design programme offered at Marbella Design Academy is designed to accomplish high academic standards in an exciting exploration of the latest contemporary techniques and processes of Fashion Design.

The first year of the programme will cover basic skills such as freehand drawing, design history, fashion illustration, computer aided design and essential pattern cutting and construction techniques.

The second year of study will build and enhance your existing skills with further exploration of the creative fashion design process, trend awareness and industry projects.

In your final year a work experience module gives the opportunity to test your skills base in a contemporary fashion environment within industry. A final catwalk collection will push your creative and technical skills and showcase you as an emerging fashion designer. An industry-ready portfolio with styled photography shoots and highly polished design wok will be your selling point to achieve a position within industry on graduation.

We offer an excellent academic and technical programme of study in a purpose built, well equipped campus. In addition we pride ourselves on the way we support our students in their academic studies, with pastoral student support. In return, we ask that you commit to work hard, display good attendance and make full use of all that is available to you at the Marbella Design Academy.

My name is Lauriane L’Eplattenier from Switzerland. I have just graduated from Marbella Design Academy and have been awarded a first class BA Hons Fashion Degree by the Marbella Design Academy partner institution Middlesex University London.  “To me, Fashion is not restricted to only clothing and beauty, but it is all encompassing in creativity and expression. Fashion can define you as a person. “

I have during my study at Marbella Design Academy learnt so much about fashion design and the industry, from freehand drawing to developing clothes collections to the actual sewing and finishing. I have also learnt a lot about Marketing, how to make your own business, fashion show presentation and even jewellery making.

You study with students from more than 45 different nationalities and cultures. It is a great inspiration with so many different approaches and ideas for collections.

The students are offered great opportunities to enter in the working world with design competitions and fashion shows during their study. The Fashion design students are encouraged to take part in several real life fashion shows and competitions, such as Malaga Fashion Week, Runway Gibraltar New Designer Competition, Marbella Luxury Week-End, and Marbella Crea & Starlite Festival. I have participated in them all and won two times at Malaga Fashion Week and has also won Frankfurt Style Award. It has been a unique experience  to participate among other creative talents and get constructive feedback as well as advice from the professionals within the Fashion Design industry.

Our Fashion teachers are great. Always helping us to realise our wildest ideas and build our own „style“.

I really liked studying at Marbella Design Academy because we had no creative restrictions. We were given the opportunity to experiment and create exactly what we wanted.

Lauriane L’Eplattenier from Switzerland – Fashion Design Graduated Student

Marbella Design Academy is one of the top design schools in the world. Students receive excellent training, and after three years of study, have all the skills needed to graduate as outstanding professional Fashion Designers.

The employment rate among our graduates is outstanding. Nearly all enjoy a successful career within their chosen field.

When you have completed the Fashion Design programme and graduated from Marbella Design Academy you are awarded an official Bachelor of Arts – BA (Hons) degree in Fashion Design by our partner institution.

Graduates of the BA in Fashion Design are fully prepared to start their career as self-employed designers, or easily gain employment in companies worldwide.

Students are given the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through a 6 weeks work placement in a real world environment during the 3rd year of study.

When awarded a BA (Hons) degree you can apply for a Master’s degree at any other university of you choice.

Marbella Design Academy is an exclusive design school with a family-like atmosphere among students and staff who originate from around the world.

Computer help for students: Should you have a problem with your computer, then we can strongly recommend using WEBCOMUNICA in Monda. JJ (the owner) is a genius when it comes to fixing computer problems. JJ can help students with their PC or MAC problems for a special Marbella Design Academy student price. You can call JJ any time on: +34 686515 371 or you can pass by his shop in Monda in Calle Hospital 6, 29110 Monda.

2nd hand MAC computers can be bought via this website: www.mcfactory.es

Study Plan & Materials List

Bachelor of Arts validated programme in Fashion Design

Total – days – hours and CORE credits during the 3 years of study (Holidays are not included in this calculation).

1st Year, 1200 hours incl: lectures, direct, independent study – 120 CORE CREDITS

2nd Year, 1200 hours incl: lectures, direct, independent study – 120 CORE CREDITS

3rd Year, 1200 hours incl: lectures, direct, independent study – 120 CORE CREDITS

In total for all 3 years of study: Approx. 3.600 hours incl. lectures, direct and independent study:

360 CORE CREDITS (UK) = 180 ECTS Points (60 ECTS points per academic year)

STUDY PLAN – 1ST YEAR

120 Credits = 60 ECTS points. In total for all 3 years of study:                     360 CORE CREDITS (UK) = 180 ECTS Points (60 ECTS points per academic year)

FAS41 FUNDAMENTALS OF DESIGN

Fundamentals of Creative Design

Describes and explores the main issues involved in the professional design field. It also introduces research methodology, learning, creating and communication skills. Conceptual development processes and various presentation techniques are taught in order to provide the students with the necessary skills to express their ideas in a professional manner.

Fundamentals of Fashion Design

This module will allow the students to understand the design practices that are fundamental to fashion design and will form the basis for future design projects. The design procedures will give the student a good, basic understanding of the process of transforming a sketch to a garment sample form. Principles and elements of fashion design are studied in order to allow the student to design creatively yet effectively when answering a design brief.

History of Fashion Design

This module will offer an over-view of the history of fashion from the Ancient Egyptians to the Greek-Roman times, onto the “Dark Age” with the Byzantine and Norman Eras, moving on with the Medieval times and early Tudors with the Elizabethan period, to the Stuarts and right up to Baroque, Georgian and Regency eras.

History of Art

A comprehensive analysis of different art movements (pictorial art, sculpture, architecture) from prehistoric to present times and an introduction to methodologies such as research, analysing and writing skills.

FAS42 COMMUNICATING FASHION DESIGN

Freehand Drawing 1

Study techniques of manual graphic representation. Use of linear drawing, tone and colour to denote light and shade, scale and texture, textile and material finishes etc.

Fashion Drawing 1

Study the basic skills in the craft of freehand drawing of the live form. Perspective, movement and the importance of the chosen pose.

Photography 1

Introductory course covering basic techniques and addressing optical creativity from a design viewpoint.

Basic Production & Technology

An evaluation of sewing methods and production machinery, specialist equipment & attachments, plus other latest technological production methods in use in the fashion industry. Safe practice and “Health & Safety” procedures.

Print Design

A comprehensive overview of the techniques and processes in use in the creation of textile print design. All over prints, one way, repeats and borders. Colour separation for use with silk screens. Sublimated prints, roller, discharge & pigments. Digital print development & modern methods.

Illustrator 1

Industry standard software. Basic tools & processes. Relationship & differences between manual freehand presentation & CAD methods.

Photoshop 1

Introduction to one of the most popular of design software. Applications to photography and fashion design illustration.

Block and Size Specifications

Analysis of the shape of the body, garment parts and the measurements that determine their relationship. Conversion of a 2D pattern creation to a 3D garment sample.

Pattern Cutting

The pattern drafting & cutting processes and techniques will take place in group practice and also on an individual study basis as necessary. The induction (including “Health & Safety”/”Best Practice” awareness) and use of industrial machinery and equipment in atelier/workshops will be applied.

FAS43 DESIGN PROJECTS I

Project 1

Use of combined modular skills in real-world scenarios. To include lectures, one on one teacher guidance and practical application of resources acquired through each term.

Group Project

Evaluation of acquired practical capacity in combination with teamwork, communication and presentation skills and their application in a professional work scenario.

Final Project

Hands-on application of the capacities acquired throughout the full first year of fashion design.

STUDY PLAN – 2nd YEAR

SECOND YEAR: 120 Credits = 60 ECTS points

In total for all 3 years of study:                                                                  360 CORE CREDITS (UK) = 180 ECTS Points (60 ECTS points per academic year)

STUDY PLAN – 2ND YEAR

FAS51 FASHION THEORY

The History of Fashion Design 2

Study of the evolution of garments, fashion and the garment industry over the eras. The study of social & historic factors and the understanding of the frequent influence of Fashion upon such diverse areas such as politics, religion & architecture.

Fashion Marketing, Merchandising & Branding

Comparative Shop Reporting and methods, market trends & analysis. SWOT analysis, “Needs, Wants & Must-haves” evaluation and consideration.

Fashion Lab

Study a detailed knowledge of the roles of a garment and fabric technologist and how a quality assurance team can help set the standards of quality and performance in garment making. Learn the different areas of garment assembly and to introduce them to garment production and technical procedures.

Sustainability & Ethical Education

An analysis of the current philosophy applied to modern industry. Study of the principles of modern ethical fashion designers operating within our industry and the need to consider factory practices and employment laws. Child labour laws, minimum wage practices and their abuse and impact.

FAS52 FASHION PRODUCTION

Fashion Production & Technology

Advanced level of sewing methods and production machinery, specialist equipment & attachments, plus other latest technological production methods in use in the fashion industry.

Photoshop 2

Specialisation in photographic image manipulation in fashion scenarios.

Illustrator 2

Second level of use of this software in combination with freehand fashion drawing.

Fashion Drawing 2

Students will pursue the skills and processes of designing and creating garment collections first learnt in the 1st year and will develop them further. They will develop hand-drawing skills in the fashion drawing.

Runway & Styling

Evaluating differing make-up and construction techniques utilized within the commercial “Ready-to-Wear” market to “Haute Couture” and the more traditional “Tailoring” and “Bespoke” sectors.

Fashion Textile & Colour

This component will allow the students to understand the function of colour and fabric choices as part of the design practices that are fundamental to fashion design and will help form the basis for future design work and projects.

FAS53 DESIGN PROJECTS II

Project 1

Evaluating differing make-up and construction techniques utilized within the commercial “Ready-to-Wear” market to “Haute Couture” and the more traditional “Tailoring” and “Bespoke” sectors.

Group Project

Evaluation of acquired practical capacity in combination with teamwork, communication and presentation skills and their application in a professional work scenario.

Final Project

Hands-on application of the capacities acquired throughout the full second year of fashion design.

STUDY PLAN – 3RD YEAR

120 Credits = 60 ECTS points. In total for all 3 years of study:              360 CORE CREDITS (UK) = 180 ECTS Points (60 ECTS points per academic year)

FAS61 ADVANCED FASHION DESIGN & MANAGEMENT

Vocational Orientation

Analysis of the work field and professional opportunities in the fashion design industry. CV writing, job application processes and interview techniques.

Fashion Marketing, Merchandising and Range Planning

Advanced Comparative Shop Reporting and methods, market trends & analysis. SWOT analysis, “Needs, Wants & Must-haves” evaluation and consideration.

Intellectual Property Rights for Fashion Business

Study the laws and responsibilities involved within intellectual property within the fashion industry.

Runway & Styling 2

Evaluating differing make-up and construction techniques utilized within the commercial “Ready-to-Wear” market to “Haute Couture” and the more traditional “Tailoring” and “Bespoke” sectors.

FAS62 COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT

Advanced Pattern Creation & Technology

Flat pattern creation and production technology with advanced styling details.

Fashion Drawing 3

Second level of manual representation of garments & the culmination of one’s individual finished “Fashion Illustrated” signature style.

Garment Costing & Fashion Production Procedures

Study the basic rules for the costing of garments.

In-Design 1

Study of state-of-the-art software to combine techniques of Illustrator and Photoshop in edition scenarios.

Fashion Photography

Refine formation of a professional standard portfolio.

FAS63 FINAL MAJOR PROJECT & COLLECTION

Final Major Project & Portfolio

Hands-on application of the capacities acquired throughout the full third year of fashion design with the culmination of a final Graduation Catwalk Show presentation. Evaluation of portfolio of work presented to a professional level ready to show to potential clients.

Work Experience

Opportunity for real world experience in the professional work field.

Educational & Vocational Orientation

Analysis of the work field and professional opportunities in the fashion design industry.

Digital SLR Camera
Preferably with a manual mode (meaning you can control the exposure).

Laptop (portable computer), PC or MAC book Pro

We recommend you to buy a Lap Top with sufficient RAM memory and a powerful graphic card. We also recommend a 13 to 17” screen. When you have purchased your computer, please practice working on it prior to start.

Computer Programmes

Please make sure you get the programmes in the same format as your laptop (for example a Mac formatted program will not work on a PC).

  • Adobe Master Collection CS6 or higher with manual from Adobe
  • Microsoft Office – student version
  • 3D Studio Max – latest version from Autodesk

Remember to buy the original student version as they are much cheaper. Also ask for the latest version.

More stuff
You will be informed upon the start of the academic year regarding further required materials and handbooks.

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Important Information

Tuition Fees: Click Here
Tuition Language: English
Duration: 3 Years

6 Hours daily (Monday to Friday)
From 09:00 to 16:00

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Starting in January and in September each year

January 2016

Starts 13th January 2016

September 2016

Starts 14th September 2016

January 2017

Starts 16th January 2017

September 2017

Starts 18th September 2017

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