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How to Apply

This course provides you with an environment to work both collaboratively and independently within a portfolio of Fashion subjects.

  • Research and business skills.
  • Practice-led subject approach.
  • Film, Illustration, Journalism, Photography and Styling specialisms.

Why study Fashion Portfolio?

This course provides you with an environment to work both collaboratively and independently within a portfolio of Fashion subjects, which include Film, Illustration, Journalism, Photography and Styling specialisms.

Together with other students you will engage in furthering your intellectual enquiry through Research Methods, and develop business and entrepreneurial skills to underpin your future career. In subjects, knowledge is deepened through specialist projects and learning opportunities, enabling you to define your individual direction for a professional creative outcome.

You have access to a wide range of specialist facilities and the experience of dedicated academic staff and visiting professionals.

Course structure

If studying full-time you will undertake 60 credits of modules over each Trimester. In part-time mode you will undertake 30 credits of modules over a Trimester.

You will begin the course with the module in ‘Research Methods 1’. This will enable you to contextualise and describe your intentions for developing your own practice in one of the specialist subject areas within the Fashion Portfolio - Film, Illustration, Journalism, Photography and Styling. In the studio practice module ‘Establishing Skills and Identity’, you will work within your subject area and the associated facilities. You will then undertake ‘Research Methods 2’, which is aimed at developing relevant skills needed for a creative career, and further your studio practice in the ‘Defining Practice’ module. For the final 60 credits you will undertake the ‘Final Masters Project’. This allows you to develop a body of work leading to a publication or an exhibition.


  • Trimester 1
    Research Methods 1:
    Contextual Research and Creating Narratives
    Establishing Skills and Identity:
    • Film
    • Illustration
    • Journalism
    • Photography
    • Styling

  • Trimester 2
    Research Methods 2: Defining Audience, Market Research, Entrepreneurship, Business Development and Promotional Skills
    Defining Practice:
    • Film
    • Illustration
    • Journalism
    • Photography
    • Styling

  • Trimester 3
    Final Masters Project in:
    • Fashion Photography
    • Fashion Styling
    • Fashion Illustration
    • Fashion Film
    • Fashion Journalism

Course assessment

The PGCert is assessed by studio exhibition and/or portfolio presentation with a marketing report. The PGDip involves a written report including market analysis of your chosen product field. Practical work is presented by studio work and/or portfolio. For the MA you will present a cohesive body of creative work, supported by written work.

Staff / Tutors

Kerry Curtis MA (RCA) is the Head of Department for Fashion, Textiles and Three Dimensional Design. As a practicing Textile Designer, specialising in Embroidery, she has worked for many international Fashion Houses including Valentino, Alberta Ferretti and Nina Ricci. Kerry continues to work as a consultant for Fashion brands. Other projects have included creating pieces for music videos, illustrations, styling and exhibition curation.

Louise Pickles is the Coordinator of Fashion in the Department and the Creative Director of Bath in Fashion. Louise has a very varied twenty-two years of fashion industry experience both nationally and internationally prior to developing the BA (Hons) Fashion Design course here at Bath. She has experience within differing levels of the market from high end to high street. As a Design Director, Louise has managed and directed design and product development teams in the UK and overseas.

Teaching methods

Teaching methods will include:

  • Studio engagement
  • Technical demonstrations
  • Practical workshop introductions
  • Taught practical sessions
  • Directed or self-directed projects
  • Active participation through seminars, group work and directed learning
  • Engagement in using both hand and digital processes
  • Lecture series
  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Study trips and gallery visits
  • Personal presentation, display and documentation of work
  • Self-directed research and study activities

You will receive extensive personal support from a friendly and caring staff, good practical and theoretical education, extensive workshop facilities and availability of careers advice and support.

Application method

Application forms are available on the website and for any admissions enquiries please contact:

Telephone: +44 (0)1225 875624


International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.

Course enquiries

For all enquiries please email

Course Director: Kerry Curtis

Entry requirements

Admission is normally based on a good undergraduate degree in a design or media discipline together with an interview. Applicants with a good honours degree in a related discipline and/or with relevant work experience will also be considered. To help applicants – especially those from overseas – to decide if this course is appropriate for them, it is advisable to contact the Course Director prior to application.

Career opportunities

The course will prepare students for the following careers:

  • Fashion Photographer
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Fashion Film Maker
  • Fashion Journalist