A top UK University

The University of Leeds is a leading UK university, ranked in the Top 10 in the 2019 Guardian league table. The School of Design sits within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures which was placed 51st in the world in the World University Rankings by subject 2018. We are a campus based university located in the heart of a thriving city with something for everyone.

The School of Design is a multidisciplinary School offering courses across all areas of design and technology. As a Russell Group University, research is at the heart of what we do and influences teaching and learning. Many of our teaching staff are leading academics in their field of expertise and we are making active and influential research contributions to in important areas such as fashion sustainability and product testing.

Employability is an important aspect of all our degree programmes and we will ensure you are fully prepared for a career in the design industry through careers support and guidance and by providing you with experience of working on real world projects. All of our undergraduate degrees offer the opportunity to opt into a (one year) Year in Industry option which involves spending one year working on one or more placements in order to gain work experience and enhance your career prospects.

State of the art facilities

We have world leading research facilities in the School of Design and recently invested over £4 million in new laboratories, exhibition areas and student spaces including a 3D weaving loom, which is the first of its kind in the UK. You’ll be able to develop your practice in well-equipped studios and purpose-built computer clusters so you can build your skills on both PC and Mac. There are computer-aided design (CAD) suites with access to the latest design software and some of the latest design technology, such as digital printing and laser cutting facilities, and colour analysis/prediction labs, EEG/eye-tracking technology and digital photography.

We also have an impressive range of archive resources you will have access to. We house the M&S Company Archive including documents, advertising, photos, films, clothing and merchandise from throughout Marks & Spencer’s history, offering a fascinating insight into the changing nature of our culture over time. The University of Leeds International Textiles Archive also offers access to textiles and garments from across many decades and from all around the world.




Want to learn how to spot and promote the next big fashion trend? Our BA in Fashion Marketing will allow you to develop an in-depth knowledge of the fashion industry, an understanding of consumer behaviour, and specialist skills in marketing.

You’ll gain an understanding of the aesthetics of design and style in fashion product and will also put this into context by studying style, design and taste from an historical and technological perspective, so you can work confidently with trend information to develop and promote new colour and style trends and concepts.

During the course you will work on a range of individual and group projects which could include devising a new brand strategy for a fashion label, trend forecasting or developing ideas for innovative fashion products or an exciting PR campaign. It’s a great way to gain the skills to succeed in a competitive and fast-changing industry.

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Our Textile Design course will develop your creativity and technical design skills with the chance to specialise in textiles for fashion or interior design and will develop your own products using state of the art equipment.

You will also gain a sound theoretical knowledge and understanding of the textile industry including design principles, design history and mass consumerism. You will develop transferable skills in marketing and research and which will help you to become well-rounded graduate, equipped to take on a professional design role in a range of sectors.

If you have an interest in fashion textiles, you will have the opportunity to study Fashion Brand Analysis and can enhance your knowledge of the fashion industry further by taking optional modules such as Garment Technology for Knitwear, Fashion Management and 20th Century Fashion.

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Technologists are an essential part of the fashion production process from initial design through to product development and supply chain management. You will gain a broad understanding of how technology supports and empowers the fashion industry, as well as exploring key topical issues such as sustainability.

The course develop your 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.

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

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With a focus on developing your creativity skills in fashion, this course will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of how the fashion industry works and an understanding of industry standards. A well as learning key practical techniques and creating your own garments, you will develop skills in research, analysis, design development and decision making all of which are essential for your future career, whether that be in the fashion industry or another sector of employment.

This degree offers you the freedom to express individual design ideas working in our well-equipped studios and purpose-built computer facilities. You’ll also have the benefits of studying at a Russell Group university, gaining a sound academic understanding of the principles of design and the impact of fashion on society including important contemporary issues such as sustainability.

Our range of optional modules allow you to tailor your degree to your interests and aspirations, you could enhance your knowledge of brand communications, marketing and photography. You can enrich your degree experience by studying abroad for a year or opt into our Year in Industry to gain first-hand experience of the fashion world. It’s a great way to prepare for a career in this fast-paced industry.

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On this course you will study a combination of strategic business design, fashion enterprise and social impact to help you become a successful fashion business innovator. Run in collaboration with Leeds University Business School, you will develop the ability to analyse the fashion industry from social and cultural as well as commercial perspectives.

You will gain a knowledge of principles of business and entrepreneurship along with an understanding of concepts such as consumer behaviour, supply chain management and fashion marketing and branding. Sustainability will be an underpinning theme thoughout, encouraging you to think about problems and solutions in the context of sustainable design, a key contemporary issue.

You will develop skills in design, marketing, project management and innovation, enhancing your employability prospects and preparing you well for a career in the fashion industry. You will also develop advanced research skills by undertaking a dissertation in an area of interest to you.

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This course focuses on the global aspect of the fashion industry, bringing together aspects of retail management, fashion marketing, international consumer behaviour and supply chain planning. We have developed the course in close consultation with business professionals and is delivered in collaboration with the Leeds University Business School.

You will develop a knowledge and understanding of principles of marketing, cross-cultural consumerism and operations management. The course has been developed in consultation with industrial partners including leading fashion retailers to ensure that your graduate with excellent career prospects, well prepared for a career in the global fashion industry.

Our optional modules allow you to broaden your skillset by specialising in consultancy, sustainability or innovation. You will also develop skills in analytics and management, which are essential for management careers in industry.

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This course will develop your practical skills in textile testing including colour measurement and materials characterisation before allowing you to specialise in areas that are interesting to you. We offer you the opportunity to develop a knowledge and understanding of clothing design technology and fashion sustainability whilst also gaining skills in consultancy, management and innovation.

You will be taught by experts in one of the UK’s major hubs for textile research, this programme will help you gain the specialist knowledge and skills to build a career in a fast-paced and challenging sector.


This course is accredited by The Textile Institute and you will graduate with Associate level (CText ATI) accreditation, this demonstrates a good broad knowledge of textiles and its application. It is also accredited by the Society of Dyers and Colourists as being equivalent to its ASDC examinations leading to Chartered Colourist (CCol) status.

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Open Days

Come along to our undergraduate Open Day to find out about our range of fashion courses including marketing, design and technology.

Friday 15th June 2019

Saturday 16th June 2019

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