Fashion Buying with Design

This degree programme helps to develop a strong business sense within this fast-paced and competitive industry alongside covering the roles and responsibilities of a fashion buyer and designer.

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Key Facts



BA (Hons) Fashion Buying with Design

Degree Duration

4 years :

1 year pathway + 3 years degree


Pathways Available

International Year Zero


Start Dates

Degree Overview

This course requires both strong commercial understanding as well as theoretical knowledge. Fashion buying will prepare you for a wide range of roles within the global fashion industry by developing in-depth design and buying expertise, and by gaining knowledge of the product lifecycle and critical path, current trends, selection, costing, and promotion.
In this programme you will learn about garment design, pattern cutting, prototyping, construction, and computer-aided design (CAD), while investigating materials, embellishments, and technical approaches.
Academic professionals will nurture your professional practice through personal development planning, guided research and critical reasoning. Sustainability is at the core of this curriculum, and we will encourage you to become an agent of change by equipping you with a range of tools to work towards a more responsible future.
The shift witnessed in the past years in fashion retailing from high street to online is driving exciting innovations, and you will develop the resilience and skills to respond to new directions in consumer demand. Our experienced academic teamwork alongside industry professionals to put your learning into context, ensuring that you are ready to take on the challenges of our rapidly changing industry.

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You may incur additional costs during your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

In 2019 DMU was named best in the learning experience by The Business of Fashion, the internationally renowned website which assesses the world’s top programmes.

92%of students agreed staff were good at explaining things. according to

Your Pathways

The International Year Zero is the first year of the four year undergraduate course. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English Language, before you continue to year one of your chosen University undergraduate degree course.

Following successful completion of the IYZ, you will continue onto Year One of your degree directly with the University of your choice.

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De Montfort University

Leicester-based DMU brings the highest standards in education to an inclusive, international curriculum with over 170 accredited courses.

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) is a diverse university boasting of the highest standards in academics, extracurricular activities, sport, study abroad programmes and great career paths.

In 2021, DMU was named the best university in the UK for our careers and employability service, at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards.