Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design


BA Fashion Technology


This information is for 2018 entry only. Information for 2017 entry.

This unique degree will give you a broad understanding of how technology supports and empowers the fashion industry, linking the design process with product development, supply chain dynamics, fashion management and sustainability.

Developed in consultation with employers and shaped by our close links with the industry, this degree will show you how design and fashion technology come together to turn a design idea into a physical, marketable product. You’ll also learn about how products reach the market and explore the challenges of sustainability.

The course will give you a working knowledge of the fashion supply chain from cotton fields to the final garment, and even what happens to garments at the end of their lives. You’ll know when and how to use different materials, fabrics and dyes, assess manufacturing processes and begin to plan the supply chain.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to gain a wide range of skills for a challenging and vital role at the heart of the fashion industry.

Specialist facilities

We have excellent facilities to support you in your studies. The School of Design has access to technology from fibre and yarn manufacture, to knitting and weaving, nonwovens manufacturing, dyeing, printing and garment production and testing. The School has some of the latest technology used in the fashion industry such as digital printing and laser cutting facilities, clothing engineering and colour analysis/prediction labs, and a computer-aided design (CAD) suite with access to the latest design software.

We also have an impressive range of resources you can use for research. The University is home to the Yorkshire Fashion Archive, containing a huge variety of haute couture, fashion garments and everyday clothing bought and worn by Yorkshire locals throughout the 20th century – a great resource for your own research and design.

We house the M&S Company Archive including documents, advertising, photos, films, clothing and merchandise from throughout Marks & Spencer’s history. ULITA, an archive of international textiles, is also housed on campus and collects, preserves and documents textiles and related areas from around the world. You can make appointments to view items, but it also has an online catalogue where you can explore the major collections.

From your first year, you’ll build your knowledge of how fashion products are developed, exploring topics such as technology, colour, sustainability and design. Core modules will explore how fibres are converted through numerous processes into a finished product and how your decisions at each of these processing steps impact the look, functionality and sustainability of your product. They will also introduce you to the concepts of supply chain and testing as well as consumer behaviour and global trends, and how they shape – and are shaped by – the fashion industry.

Year 2 allows you to build on this foundation, by taking part in group project work to gain a wide range of skills as you develop your own product, as well as learning about the impact of the coloration and finishing processes on the performance of the final product. You’ll also study recent developments in fashion technology, the impact of innovation and retail management to get a real sense of how different aspects of the industry come together.

In your final year, you’ll demonstrate the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired when you focus on your own product development project. This gives you the opportunity to build the business case for a new fashion product, and then plan how this product is developed by considering the materials, dyes, fabrics and supply chain used to bring it to market – while thinking about sustainability at every stage. You’ll also study how global trends and technological innovation will shape the future of the fashion industry.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Green Design and Sustainability 10 credits
  • Fundamentals of Imaging 20 credits
  • An Introduction to Fashion Technology 20 credits
  • Garment Production Processes 10 credits
  • Material Culture and Mass Consumption 20 credits
  • Design History: 1900 to the Present day 10 credits

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Photography (Digital) 10 credits
  • Patterns and Culture 10 credits
  • Colour and the Design Process 10 credits
  • Fashion Brand Analysis 10 credits
  • Drawing 1A 10 credits
  • Drawing 1B 10 credits
  • Technologies for Art and Design 10 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Research Methods 1: Finding and Using Research Resources 10 credits
  • Research Methods 2: Research, Writing and Dissertation 10 credits
  • Marketing Creativity and Innovation 20 credits
  • Fashion Technology for Product Development 20 credits
  • Advanced Fashion Technology 10 credits
  • Fashion Management 10 credits

Optional modules

  • Knitted Fabric Technology for Design 10 credits
  • Garment Technology for Knitwear 10 credits
  • Contemporary Art and Memory 10 credits
  • Photography (Digital) 10 credits
  • Class, Taste and Society: Interpreting Designed Objects. 10 credits
  • Eco-Design: Understanding Design's Role in Global Ecology 10 credits
  • Design for Sports and Performance Clothing 10 credits
  • Design Management and Trends 10 credits
  • Colour: Art and Science 10 credits
  • Design Theory 10 credits
  • 20th Century Fashion 10 credits
  • Cutting edge: Collage as reconfiguring 10 credits
  • Principles of Typography 10 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Product Development Project 20 credits
  • Business Analysis Project 20 credits
  • credits
  • Independent Study Dissertation 40 credits

Optional modules

  • Landscape, Place and Environment in Contemporary Art 20 credits
  • Time and the Image in Contemporary Art 20 credits
  • Fashion Styling and Photography 20 credits
  • Collaborative Marketing and Promotion 20 credits
  • Computer Aided Design and Professional Design Presentation 20 credits
  • Design for 21st Century Societies 20 credits
  • Contemporary Typography 20 credits
  • Information Design 20 credits
  • Brand Communications 20 credits
  • Contemporary Advertising 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Fashion Technology BA in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, practical sessions and tutorials plus one-to-one contact with tutors. However, we attach a lot of importance to independent study, since it allows you to develop your knowledge and skills such as research and analysis. You’ll also take part in project work throughout the degree, collaborating with students on the other programmes within the School.


We use different assessment methods to help you gain a wide range of skills, including exams, essays, reports, business plans and project work among others.

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking, and preferably including at least one science/mathematics-related subject.

If you don’t have this we may also consider your application if you have a high grade in a mathematics/science subject at GCSE level.

Alternate Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Pass: 60 credits including 45 at level 3, with grades specified for individual subjects.


DDM in science.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3,M2,M2 including a science subject.

International Baccalaureate

34 overall (16 higher including 5 or 6 points in a science subject).

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

(Leaving Certificate): AABBBB including a science subject

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AABBBB OR AAABB (B at advanced level) OR AABBB (BB at advanced level) including a science subject

Other Qualifications

Art Foundation course: We welcome Art Foundation course students. However, the qualification is not a requirement for entry and doesn’t usually count towards entry requirements, which are based on A-levels and equivalent qualifications. In exceptional cases, we may make you an offer conditional on achieving an Art Foundation qualification.
If you’re taking the EPQ, we may make you an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. In this case that would be BBB, plus EPQ grade A.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of Design Undergraduate Admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures Undergraduate Admissions Policy 2019


UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £18,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Career opportunities

This degree is designed to equip you with a wide range of skills that are highly desirable to employers in the fashion industry.

You’ll have an understanding of the design process and be able to translate a design into a workable production process using the right materials. You’ll be able to put all of this in the context of how the finished product will be marketed, purchased and used. As the fashion industry places increasing focus on sustainability, the course will equip you to meet these challenges head on.

This holistic knowledge of fashion technology, the supply chain and the industry will equip you to succeed in a range of different careers with clothing brands and retailers and their suppliers. These roles could include buying, product development, technology, retail and supply chain management among many others.

In addition, the understanding you’ll gain of operational issues, manufacturing processes and project management could open doors for you in a range of other sectors.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Placement opportunities

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Work placements

Every Leeds student can spend a year working in industry after their second year of study. The industrial placement is great for your personal and professional development, and some students have even been offered permanent roles at their placement companies.

Read more about the Year in Industry

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