BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Business

Through a dynamic combination of creative design and practical business this inventive programme develops innovative and entrepreneurial graduates ready to succeed in the fashion industry.

You'll be equipped with a deep understanding of the global fashion industry, exploring marketing and business modules that you will apply to the world of fashion. You will explore the sustainability of the fashion industry in depth, gaining insights into how to be a responsible leader in the sector. You will be building a wide range of technical and practical skills, including pattern cutting, garment construction and computer-aided fashion design software.

Much of the practical work is carried out in our Fashion Factory, our industry standard Design and Cutting Studio. We have a purpose-built Design and Cutting Studio designed to replicate an industrial environment which provides a central hub for Fashion Design with Business students. This facilitates an authentic practitioner experience from the design process through to the production of garments.

This programme has strong links with industry. We regularly invite guest speakers into the classroom to give you an up-to-date employer and industry perspective.

You will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience through 'live' case study challenges and field trips giving you an insight into the workings of some of the most successful fashion companies. This unique programme will position you with the business and fashion skills that will allow you to enter a wide range of careers in the industry or even start your own business.

Year 1

Enterprising Behaviours for the Business Professional; Introduction to Textiles; Introduction to Garment Construction; Fashion Design Principles; Principles of Fashion Brand Management; Fundamentals of Financial Management

Year 2

Ethics and Responsible Leadership; Fashion Design Concepts 1; Garment Production and Sustainability 1; Fashion Design Concepts 2; Garment Production and Sustainability 2; Fashion Brand Promotion

Year 3

International Marketing Strategy; Fashion Design for Industry 1; Fashion Buying and Sustainable Supply Chain Management; Business Research Methods: Theory and Practice; Fashion Design for Industry 2; Work Placement Experience

Year 4

Honours Dissertation; Fashion Design Practice 1; Changing Perspectives in International Marketing; Fashion Design Practice 2; Option module

The module and assessment information described here has been approved in line with the University’s Quality Assurance and Enhancement Process. This allows us to ensure that the courses we offer are high quality and relevant for today’s students. Occasionally we have to make changes to programme information after it has been published. For full details of potential changes to programmes and how they can affect your application please read the Information for students relating to Programme Changes/Cancellation and Withdrawal from Portfolio.

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date



BA (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BA (Hons) Full Time 4 Years Sep 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: ABBBB (incl B: Art and English) Nat 5: C (Maths)
Minimum entry requirement: BBBBC (incl B: Art and English) Nat 5: C (Maths)

Minimum entry requirements are for widening access students only. If you are from a group that is not currently well-represented in higher education you may qualify as a widening access student. This includes living in a target postcode area, attending a target school or college, attending SWAP, are care-experienced or provide care for someone else, have refugee status or are an asylum seeker.

A level: BCC GCSE: C/4 (Art/Textile, Maths and English)
ILC Higher: H1 H2 H3 H3 H3 (incl H2: English and Art) H5/O2: (Maths)
IB Diploma: 26 points (incl Visual Arts, English and Maths)
BTEC: DMM Ext Dip GCSE: C/4 (Art/Textile, Maths and English)

Year 3
College HND: Fashion: Design and Production with Retail/Fashion Design and Manufacture/Textiles - graded units AB

English language
IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 (or equivalent)

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Additional Information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International Pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual full-time tuition fees

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
International: £13,000

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from the Rest of the UK (RUK) will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.


Array of materials for starting study, including messenger bag, scissors, bobbins, etc. (£135 in Level 1)

Studio Fee

Annual cost for materials, fabric, etc. (£40 per student per year)

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

View undergraduate scholarships at GCU.

Gillian Purvis study abroad scholarship

Students on this course have the opportunity to apply for travel bursaries

We believe it's the resources on campus that make a real fashion experience, making high quality learning accessible and reflecting our values and aspirations to be dynamic, inclusive and accessible to all. 

As well as the industrial environment and equipment, Lectra CAD software packages are the most up-to-date and relevant as used in industry and include: 

  • Kaledo Print
  • Kaledo Style
  • Modaris
  • Diamino

International exchange is encouraged through formal and informal links with fashion-relevant institutions, for example: America - Iowa & Delaware, Canada Ryerson, Finland Lahti & Metropolia, and Paris.

Visits to fashion retailers and guest speakers from international fashion brands are a regular feature of many of the modules on this programme.

In addition, students can take part in an annual international study trip to gain first-hand experience of the fashion industry and its international impact. In recent years we have visited Paris, Milan, Rome, New York and Barcelona.

These visits have included meeting designers such as Fiorucci in Milan, behind the scenes tours of major retailers like Gucci and Macys as well as tours of the fashion districts and lectures at local Universities and Colleges.

On this programme a range of different assessment methods are utilised to build your skills and confidence in fashion and business.

Assessments include the following modes: practical and design portfolios, unseen examinations or class tests, web-based assessments, essays, reports and assignments (individual and group), business simulations and critical analysis of case studies (individual and group), oral, poster, audio-visual or e-presentations (individual and group), event presentation, academic research paper, personal development plan, research proposal and project.

We emphasise learning methods that encourage you to actively participate, to function in teams, to analyse real-life fashion and business situations and problems, to apply ethical and sustainable business thinking and to use professional skills to communicate solutions. We have purpose-built, industry-standard fashion facilities where you'll work on your practical modules.

Through GCULearn, the University's virtual learning environment, you'll have access to course materials, reading resources, assessments and feedback online. Using GCU Learn, you'll undertake online activities and tasks, listen to podcasts, be involved in online discussion groups, and take part in blogs, wikis and Twitter-based learning activities.