Start date
September 2020
Full Time: 3 years
Full Time: 3 years
Tuition fees
Full Time: GBP 6900 per year
Payment by installments is possible
BA (Hons) Fashion Design
About the course
The characteristics of this contemporary BA (Hons) Fashion Design Programme reflect the rapidly responsive nature of the fashion industry, one that demands creativity and versatility, while still focusing on the essence of design in a commercial context.

The shift in consumer behaviour and the needs of an evolving industry mean that students today require a sound grounding in fashion design in its broadest context. One that relies upon transferable skills such as problem solving and communication through professional dialogue, as well as a refined and focused development of core skills and working processes that are directly linked to fashion.

BA (Hons) Fashion Design programme is validated by University of Hertfordshire.

Central to the course rational and its structure is the recognition of the current context and opportunities that exist within the current Russian fashion market and its subsequent expansion at all market levels. The course is designed to be flexible enough to meet the needs of the industry and to identify and respond to new developing markets, while providing a stable framework to ensure consistency of education and high quality of results.

The course philosophy is to create a learning environment in which innovation, invention and originality are nurtured and championed. Students will be encouraged to achieve the necessary balance between imaginative visual ideas and commercial and professional considerations, which will allow them to either support or challenge prevailing fashion in an intelligent and thoughtful manner.

The programme continues to develop links with both the local and international fashion industry and provides students with live projects and professional feedback from visiting industry professionals.

Students will increasingly consider some of the key contemporary issues related to the fashion industry, such as the role of the designer, branding, marketing, media, the impact of materials and digital design technologies. Overall, we aim to cultivate a learning environment to enable the development of independent, innovative and responsible fashion graduates with a thoughtful and imaginative approach to the ever-changing fashion industry, both locally and internationally.

What makes the programme unique
Our tutors
Staff teaching on this course, themselves graduates from leading international art and design schools, are well regarded professionals and researchers within the discipline. Their professional insights on the current developments and their experience has a direct impact on the teaching.
International launch platforms
Graduate’s present their final degree collections as part of the official schedule at Mercedez Benz Fashion Week, Russia. Collections are published on Vogue Russia online as well as Miroslava Duma’s influential Buro 24/7. These launch platforms give our graduating students the professional endorsement to start their career’s whether they wish to establish their own labels, enter postgraduate study or gain employment in the industry both in Russia and internationally.
International Diploma
BHSAD graduates will receive a University of Hertfordshire Diploma that will allow them to continue studies or work anywhere in the world.
International industry collaborations
The course has a strong connection with industry and integrates a range of live industry projects on an annual basis. These opportunities provide a challenging and professional framework for students to develop innovative design strategies within commercial constraints. Such collaborations support international work experience and internships providing opportunities for employment beyond graduation. Successful live projects have been developed with All Saints, Adidas Originals, JNBY, TopShop and LUSH.
WORLD-CLASS graduates
Since its inception, the course has challenged existing stereotypes and spawned some of the most prominent and original fashion talent in Russia, with Graduates gaining internships and employment for the following labels: Adidas Originals, Eudon Choi, Haider Ackermann, Vetements, David Koma, Giles Deacon, Danielle Scutt, Louise Gray, Mary Katrantzou, Vika Gazinskaya, Ulyana Sergeenko and Oswald Boateng.
Success stories
Our Graduates continue to contribute to the future of Russian Fashion and its perception both locally and internationally. The course has nurtured original and authentic designers who have subsequently set up small start ups as well as more established fashion brands, successful Alumni include Dasha Selyanova (ZDDZ), Alisa Kuzembaeva, Anna Azervich, Vera Koulshitskaya and Yulia Pakalina.
Professional facilities
Our Fashion workshops replicate industry level environments with a range of industrial equipment and facilities that support and enhance the technical quality and craftsmanship of student work.
Learning resources
The Learning Resources Centre at BHSAD is the perfect place to study. It offers access to a broad range of specialist books and journals, DVDs, videos, slides, and all the electronic resources hosted by the University of Hertfordshire library including image and article databases, electronic books, and more.
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Programme Structure
Year 1: Modules
In Year 1, the focus is on developing core skills and knowledge from traditional and atypical pattern-cutting techniques. There is also a strong focus on developing visual, analytical and verbal research abilities with an emphasis on design development and the evolution of a personal illustrative technique. You also receive CAD teaching including Photoshop and Illustrator with access to specialist Fashion CAD. Students are also taught the fundamental principles of fashion related commercial practice.

Core modules:

  • Fashion Design Fundamentals 1: Introduction to Fashion Principles
  • Fashion Design Skills 1: Introduction to Fashion Function
  • Fashion Design Studio 1: Introduction to Fashion Application
  • Critical and Cultural Studies: L4 Fashion
Programme Specification

Year 2: Modules
During year 2, a continued programme of key technical, contextual and design based learning are put into practise when the student is exposed to the real world through live industry projects established in collaboration with our industry partners. These projects will test the students’ entrepreneurial skills, their ability to design for a market and to meet the demands of established brands.

Core modules:

  • Fashion Design Fundamentals 2: Fashion Principles
  • Fashion Design Skills 2: Fashion Function
  • Fashion Design Studio 2: Fashion Innovation
  • Critical and Cultural Studies: L5 Fashion
Year 3: Modules
The 3rd and final academic year of study is devoted to producing a final degree collection. Students are challenged to embrace, enhance and develop their own personal identity, research and design methodology, to enable them to successfully develop their practice beyond their own expectations. Such ambition requires full dedication and hardwork and students must be driven, self-motivated, independent and bring a full time commitment to their final year of study. Students also prepare and create their professional portfolio for their future career.

Core modules:

  • Fashion Design: Major Project
  • Professional Portfolio
  • Critical and Cultural Studies: L6 Fashion Degree Essay
Student works
Usova Milena
Usova Milena Earthlings
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Nozima Samirova
Nozima Samirova
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Corinna Polynskaia
Corinna Polynskaia Skazka
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Gohar Movsisyan
Gohar Movsisyan Process of becoming
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Diliara Abaturova-Galimova
Diliara Abaturova-Galimova «Family DNA. Generational Relationship»
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Lilia Kosyreva
Lilia Kosyreva OPW (Office Performance Wear)
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Ira Druzhinina
Ira Druzhinina Electric Getaways
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Anastasija Krunic
Anastasija Krunic Sindikat
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Anastasia Pavlovich
Anastasia Pavlovich Future Forgotten
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How to apply
Entry exams
Applicants who apply for Year 1 of British higher education courses, need to sit the following:

- English exam
- Portfolio assessment
- Entry interview

During the admission exams, the admissions staff will arrange a convenient date and time for demonstration of portfolio and interview, after that, the matriculant will be allowed to pass the English test. 

English test is not required for students from English-speaking countries or if an IELTS or equivalent certificate is produced. For international students we can organise skype entry interviews. In such cases the portfolio can be sent via email.
Required level of English
IELTS band 6.0 (or equivalent certificate). Along with the IELTS results, the following certificates are also accepted:

- CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) grade C or above;
- FCE (First Certificate in English) grade A.

If a prospective student does not have an IELTS certificate of the required level but successfully passed BHSAD English test as part of BHSAD entrance exams, he/she needs to obtain an IELTS certificate before the start of the first semester on Year 1.
Required portfolio
The range of work in your portfolio should cover a broad spectrum of media, materials and approaches. Projects may be submitted in different disciplines including but not limited to graphics, drawing, painting, textile, photography, decorative art, design, web-design, animation. First of all, the admission committee would like to see how you can generate and develop your ideas; that is why, besides finished projects, the portfolio should also include notebooks with sketches, sketchbooks, written works (articles, essays, if any). Please try to present examples of the best and most recent projects which reflect your creative abilities. Your portfolio needs to be printed (А3 format or larger). Animation and CG works should be presented on CDs or memory sticks. It advisable to show photographs of large works which otherwise would be difficult to transport.
Interview procedure
Prospective students will be asked questions regarding their education and professional background in order to make a final decision about admission on to the course. Please be ready to tell the interview panel about yourself, your design experience and projects in your portfolio. 

You may be asked about the history of creation of a particular work and the context of its creation. The panel may ask you about well-known designers to learn about the influence of creative activities of other designers and artists on you, the reason why you follow them and the main incentive for your development in terms of your occupation.
Admission requirements
Exam schedule will be announced in spring 2020.
How to enrol
To enrol on the course, applicants have to present a portfolio of their work and evidence of their English language competence. A grade 6.0 or higher on the IELTS scale is acceptable and the CAE and FCE qualifications are considered. If the applicant cannot produce a certificate, their English is tested together with prospective students who are applying for the Foundation Art & Design Course. However, the applicant must provide the IELTS certificate later on, by particular deadline. 

Enrollment is based on the results of a portfolio assessment and an interview with one of the tutors. The applicant's knowledge and skills reflected in their work should be comparable to the knowledge and skills students acquire at Foundation level. Interviews and portfolio assessments are usually scheduled in the 3 days followed by the language test.

Transfer to Year 2 will be possible only if a student attended a higher education institution which uses a credit-based system. For these purposes, the number of previously received credits is compared with the number of credits which is necessary for transfer to the relevant stage of a British undergraduate course.
Required documents
- Online application form
- Copy of previous education certificates and academic qualifications. The following documents can be submitted: high school diploma, college degree diploma, higher education or BA diploma
- 2 photos 3х4 cm
- Copy of your passport
- Personal statement
Tuition fees
Full-time: GBP 6,650 / year*

Students as a rule pay their tuition fees once a semester, that is, twice a year, but at their request can choose to pay on a monthly basis.

You will be expected to meet additional costs which may arise as a result of materials, art supplies and consumables you may need for your projects, as well as printing and copying services and other types of services and consumables. Their list and the amount of costs depends upon the requirements of your course and the nature of your projects. Additionally during your time at BHSAD you may be recommended to visit museums, art galleries and other venues as part of your learning and there may be a cost for such visits which you should also budget for. 

Below is the list of materials and supplies which BHSAD students use most frequently and which are likely to be among those you may need: 

A3 or A4 hardback sketchbook, A2 or A3 portfolio case with ringbound plastic sleeves, HB pencils and rubber, UHU glue, Pritt stick, PVA glue, small lined notepads, spray mount, masking tape, sellotape, double sided tape, invisible scotch tape, scalpel with replaceable blades, basic set of acrylic paints, coloured pencils, basic set of drawing pencils, highlighter, assorted brushes, writing pen, fine line drawing pens, small plastic ruler etc.

Please note that this list is indicative and given for your reference only. Full list will depend upon your project and the range of materials and techniques which you may wish to adopt.

* This proposal does not constitute an offer, the prices are subject to change. Cost of services and conditions of their provision will be specified in the contract.

Success stories
Success stories
Alisa Kuzembaeva BA (Hons) Fashion Design
Dasha Selyanova BA (Hons) Fashion Design
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How can I apply for training?
Applicants need to provide the following documents:

- online application form
- copy or the original of previous education certificates and academic qualifications.
- 2 photos 3×4
- copy of your passport

After the necessary documents are provided you need to sign the contracts. For applicants under 18 presence of one of the parents is required. More details about the application process can be found in the “How to apply” section of the website.
What is the language of delivery?
The education at BHSAD is provided by an international team of lecturers but the working language is always English for our British programmes.

BA (Hons) Fashion Design

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