Why should you study
Body Contour Fashion?

This exciting programme will encourage conceptual approaches of contemporary contour fashion within the challenging arena of lingerie, structured body-wear, swimwear and active-wear, exploring the fashion contour by pushing the boundaries of design within the specialisms.

BA (Hons) Body Contour Fashion*

UCAS Code W232

UCAS Tariff 96

Duration Three years

This degree will offer you the opportunity to develop specialist skills within creative design practice, pattern cutting and technical competence using Lectra 3D virtual prototyping for the realisation of specialist contour fashion.

There are opportunities to work with established companies both nationally and internationally such as Nike, Michelle Taylor of Tallulah Love and Berghaus on live projects and potential work experience.

You can develop your specialism within the fashion arena in areas such as:

  • Lingerie
  • Intimate apparel
  • Underwear
  • Structured body wear
  • Swimwear
  • Active wear


  • Heidi Sanderson – Global and Fit Manager, Net a Porter
  • Mart Brown – Men and Boys Design Coordinator, PDS Shanghai
  • Andrea Miller – Denim and Outerwear Designer, Misguided
  • Fiona Watson – Social Media Coordinator, Cruise and Van Mildert
  • Belinda Burwell – Buyer, International Collection, Menswear, Harrods
  • Natalie Convery – Buyer, Next
  • Sophie McTaggart – Merchandiser, East
  • Sohara Lamrani – Tailor, Saville Row
  • Chantelle Spedding – Designer, Milwaukee Yamaha
  • Louisa Elsworth – Assistant Product Developer, Mamas and Papas

* subject to validation

What will you study on Body Contour Fashion?

In your first year (Level Four) you will explore:

  • Experimental drawing and illustration both analogue and digital
  • CAD skills including, Lectra Modaris 3D virtual prototyping and Adobe creative suite
  • Trends and the creative design process
  • Fabric manipulation and embellishments techniques
  • Contemporary body sculpture fashion solutions
  • Production techniques for fashion contour solutions

In your second year (Level Five) you will develop:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the skills required within the fashion contour industry
  • Design and development for a specified 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

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

  • Womenswear design
  • Menswear design
  • Childrenswear design
  • Fashion illustration
  • Fashion production
  • Fashion marketing and PR
  • Fashion branding
  • Fashion buying and merchandising
  • Fashion retail management
  • Lingerie and intimate apparel
  • Loungewear
  • Active wear
  • Swimwear
  • Lectra CAD
  • Garment technologist
  • MA Study
  • Teaching


The learning environment we provide is incredibly unique offering a sewing studio which is a 1800s public library, vast cutting tables, individual work bays for all students and NO studio fees.
The resources within the fashion department are second to none with over 30 flatbed machines and an extensive range of specialist industrial machinery including Lectra Modaris 3D virtual prototyping, digital knitting machine, digital embroidery machine that can embroider up to A4 size and digital fabric printer. Also available are laser cutting and 3D Makeabot Replicator.

The lecturers and technicians are great and always go the extra mile.

Hannah Barry
Second year (Level 5) student


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96% of 2014 graduates

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