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UCAS CODE W232 The BA (Hons) Fashion with Body Contour is an exciting programme designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of design and skills to meet the requirements of the fashion and body contour industry, but your skills are sought after across the whole fashion world. It will provide you with specialist skills in design, pattern-cutting, construction and the use of 2D and 3D software for the production of contemporary fashion, active wear and lingerie. You will be provided with full training in the design process, trend production and textiles along with traditional and contemporary pattern-cutting techniques. BA (Hons) Body Contour Fashion Programme Specification 2018-2019
COURSE DETAILS
You will gain a thorough knowledge in fashion design, history and innovation – learning the skills that enable you to design your own clothing, as you grow in confidence, you will be encouraged to explore, create and innovate – helping you to stand out from the crowd in fashion design. In the generous cutting, sewing and design rooms and studios, you will learn how to take your designs from 2D sketches to the 3D final product - ensuring you are ‘work-ready’! What to expect when you join us You will be provided with full training in the design process, trend prediction and textiles along with traditional and contemporary pattern-cutting techniques. Industry-standard garment construction skills will be developed as well as an understanding of the technology and materials used in the fashion, design and clothing industry, including the use of industry-standard virtual prototyping systems for pattern cutting, grading, fabric print development and 3D modelling, as well as use of 3D printing, CAD laser cutting and printing. Modules include: Introduction to Body Contour Fashion, Sketching for Body Contour Fashion, Creative Technical (pattern-making, draping, cutting, sewing & construction, production-ready pattern drafting design & software, creation of ‘tech packs’ for manufacturers), Textiles Techniques, History of Body Contour Fashion, Design Studio (understanding target markets, 2D & 3D design), Digital Design & Communication (use of CAD, Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign), Industry Project with a ‘Live’ Brief, Research, Final Major Project, Show & Portfolio. The programme is delivered within dedicated studio and workshop spaces that provide an excellent range of industry-standard resources - you will have a generous space allocation of cutting table, industry sewing machines, mannequins and technical and software resources. Experienced academic and technical staff and a programme of visiting designers and professionals in a highly creative and collaborative community will support your development of your own creative identity and skills and help you to establish your individual career aspirations as you progress through each level of the programme. In your final year, you will produce a collection for your final year show with a design portfolio for showcasing to industry specialists. Introducing… Dr Carol Harris heads up this new course, which began in winter 2017. Dr Harris was specifically chosen for the position due to her highly prestigious career at Savannah College of Art and Design, US, where she was Professor of Fashion. Carol’s academic profile spans almost twenty years and includes producing work on a freelance basis for Calvin Klein and Oscar De La Renta.

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In your first year (Level Four) you will explore:
• Experimental Drawing and illustration both analogue and digital • Trends and creative processes • Fabric manipulation and embellishment techniques • Contemporary body contour fashion solutions and garments • Contemporary body sculpture fashion solutions • Production techniques for fashion contour solutions
In your second year (Level Five) you will develop:
• CAD skills for pattern drafting, 3D modelling and portfolio skills • Knowledge and understanding of the skills required within the body contour industry • Design and development for a specific market • Real-life skills within the industry through work experience opportunities • Professional and design skills through client-based live projects • Independent learning through negotiated projects
In your third year (Level Six) you will produce:
• A Final Major Project • Dissertation • Exhibition • Professional portfolios for traditional and digital routes • Self-promotional material

FACILITIES

Body contour fashion students have a unique learning environment when enrolled on our body contour course. This includes a sewing studio, which is in a 1800s public library with vast cutting tables, individual workstations for every student and no studio fees. The resources within the body contour fashion department are second to none, with over 30 flatbed machines and an extensive range of specialist industrial machinery. This includes optitex virtual prototyping, a digital knitting machine, a digital embroidery machine that can embroider up to A4 size and a digital fabric printer. Also available are laser cutting and 3D printers.

STAFF

DR. CAROL HARRIS
DR. CAROL HARRIS
Programme Leader - BA (Hons) Body Contour Fashion Carol joins The Northern School of Art from Savannah College of Design, where she held a role that most fashion academics dream of having; Professor of Fashion. She brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer students in lingerie, structured body-wear, swimwear and active-wear which push the boundaries of design. Dr Carol’s academic profile spans almost 20 years and boasts industry contacts such as Jay Alexander (Runway Coach for Alexander McQueen and star of America’s Next Top Model), Andre-Leon Talley (former editor-at-large at American Vogue) as well as producing work on a freelance basis for Calvin Klein and Oscar De La Renta. Carol’s teaching has produced graduates such as Audra, whose ‘Vision’ collection is sold exclusively by net-a-porter, and is a Paris Fashion Week regular. She is also a lifetime member of Cambridge Who’s Who Executive and Professional Women.
KAREN PEACOCK
KAREN PEACOCK
Lecturer - BA (Hons) Body Contour Fashion Karen Peacock teaches across a variety of design, production and theoretical modules for all levels, delivering creative design processes, innovative pattern cutting for specific body contour performance and relevant technology reflecting current industry practice. Research embedded in all modules cover historic and contemporary issues, challenging students to cast away outdated and conventional practices, propelling free thinkers and problem solvers while celebrating traditional crafts.
ALISON HUDSON
ALISON HUDSON
Technician Demonstrator - BA (Hons) Body Contour Fashion Alison started her career working at Danimac’s factory as a sewing machine operator before moving on to work as a designer for local fashion company, Bliss. Within this role, Alison worked on design, pattern cutting and garment manufacture, supplying both retail and wholesale. This then gave her the skills required to set up her own label, The Fashion House, designing and manufacturing womenswear and accessories.

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This degree is for you if you wish to have a career in design or manufacture of:

WOMENS DESIGN
CHILDRENSWEAR DESIGN
FASHION ILLUSTRATION
FASHION PRODUCTION
FASHION MARKETING & PR
FASHION BRANDING
FASHION BUYING & MERCHANISING
FASHION RETAIL MANAGEMENT
FASHION RETAIL MANAGEMENT
LINGERIE & INTIMATE APPAREL
LOUNGEWEAR
ACTIVEWEAR
SWIMWEAR
LECTRA CAD
GARMENT TECHNOLOGIST
MA STUDY
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