University Fashion, Textile Courses & Careers Guide by Collette Costello – Surviving a Career in Fashion

The degree I studied was a Fashion & Textiles degree called Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan, I think it was a bit of a waste of time for one reason the skills needed to work in the commercial textile world and career opportunities after university were not covered.  I finished my degree with no idea of what jobs I could get, how my skills could be used in them jobs and a portfolio not up to commercial standards.  I have spent years since learning how to work commercially and tailoring my skills for the fashion industry.

FAS Space 3My biggest piece of advice before choosing your university degree is too really think about why you are bothering to study for a degree, don’t just do one because that is what you do.  Find the job you want to do and then see what qualifications you need to do that job if it is a degree.  Below is information about fashion degrees available that link to careers in fashion, to learn more about what it is like to do certain jobs in fashion and the skills, qualifications needed check out the rest of my blog section “Surviving a Career in Fashion”.

Top 10 U.K Universities for Fashion & Textiles (2018)

Rank University Location
1 Loughborough University Loughborough, England
2 Kingston University Kingston-upon-Thames, England
3 University of Dundee Dundee, Scotland
4 Manchester Metropolitan University Manchester, England
5 Falmouth University Falmouth, England
6 University for the Creative Arts Various, England
7 Nottingham Trent University Nottingham, England
8 University of Portsmouth Portsmouth, England
9 Staffordshire University Stoke-on-Trent/Stafford, England
10 University of the Arts London London, England

Fashion & Textile Degrees Offered by U.K Universities

So many fashion degrees are offered by U.K universities and some are very specific to certain careers such as pattern cutting or photography, so do your research and check what career options you will have if you do that particular degree.  Below is a list of just a few as there are too many to mention, to see all available check out UCAS web-site for more information.

  • Fashion design.
  • Fashion studies
  • Textiles.
  • Clothing engineering.
  • Contour fashion.
  • Fashion accessories.
  • Fashion communications.
  • Fashion design management.
  • Fashion design promotion.
  • Fashion textile tailoring.
  • Fashion design technology.
  • Fashion embroidery.
  • Fashion imaging.

Fashion & Textile Career Options

Again the list of Fashion and Textile careers is never ending so below are a few, to see a complete list check out this web-site for “Fashion Job Titles and Descriptions”.

  • Garment Technologist.
  • Fashion Designers.
  • Retail Buyer.
  • Fashion Illustrator.
  • Merchandisers.
  • Fashion Stylist.
  • Textile designers.
  • Personal Stylist.

Good luck with planning your career in fashion, with tuition fees now at an all time high remember to do your research and really consider your future before applying to university.  If you want any careers advice contact me personally via Twitter @kikugirls.

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