SHU SiaCertification: Top up Final Year (Sheffield Hallam University)
Duration: 1 year
Intakes: January, July
Program Outline
  • Competitive Fashion Design
  • Critical Research and Theory
  • Graduation Project Fashion Design


The fashion design course at the Sheffield Institute of Arts prepares you for a career in the fashion industry and nurtures your creativity, ambition and originality. You gain the skills to analyse existing ideas and express yourself through shocking, overwhelming, playful and desirable fashion designs.
On this forward-thinking course, you are encouraged to look ahead to the future of the fashion industry. You are not expected to follow the crowd but to be imaginative, innovative and inventive. You study the wider cultural context of fashion, and are introduced to topical areas like sustainability, user-centred design and trend forecasting.

You are encouraged to experiment with fabric to reflect your emotions, ethics and beliefs, working with ideas to generate new treatments and new materials. This deeper knowledge and experience is what fashion employers are looking for, and it helps you find graduate-level jobs in the industry at the end of your course.
The Fashion Design degree encourages individual growth, giving learners the confidence to become innovative, forward thinking creative designers whilst developing an aesthetic style relevant to the contemporary fashion industry.
Students are encouraged to develop a personal design vision set in the context of Womenswear or Menswear design for existing and expanding markets which incorporate both traditional and innovative design approaches, pattern cutting methods and production techniques.

The primary focus of the course is on creative practice in the demanding vocation of fashion design. The curriculum is designed to enable learners to understand and meet differing design challenges offering students who wish to pursue careers as conceptual and innovative designers a clear understanding and experience of generating, developing and making a wide variety of creative ideas to professional standards.
Throughout the programme of study, emphasis is placed on professionalism, innovation and collaborative endeavour, which will enable learners to develop and realise design skills in a constantly evolving manner. The diversity of the contemporary and future fashion industry will be widened and enhanced through targeted projects and the guidance of academic lecturers and industry professionals.


By the end of the course students will have the skills and expertise to engage with a wide range of complex fashion design problems. Learners on the programme will be encouraged to develop means of staying abreast of these issues and understand the importance of continual professional development beyond university and into employment.