University of Central Lancashire

Internationally recognised fashion design course has a proven track record of delivering the designers of tomorrow. You’ll study a broad range of topics - including market research, fashion illustration, pattern cutting, CAD design, trend prediction and design history.  

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston was founded in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge. ‘Ex solo ad solem’, or in translation, ‘From the Earth to the Sun’, has been its motto ever since – helping people from all walks of life to make the most of their potential is what UCLan’s all about. UCLan has been at the forefront of developing degrees in the emerging disciplines of Journalism, Fashion, Forensics and Sports Science. The range of excellence extends to include the likes of Pharmacy, Architecture, Astrophysics and the first new School of Dentistry to be launched in the UK in more than a century.

Internationally recognised fashion design course has a proven track record of delivering the designers of tomorrow. You’ll study a broad range of topics - including market research, fashion illustration, pattern cutting, CAD design, trend prediction and design history - with the ultimate aim of creating a portfolio of your own innovative, creative collections. Everything you learn is designed to help you start a successful career - where possible, you’ll be assessed via live projects with fashion industry partners, and you’ll also study a module specifically aimed at preparing you for work. The University aims to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip its graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work. 

Head of School

Professor Thomas joined UCLan in the summer of 2014 from the University of Chester where he was Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic) for four years. A graduate of the University of Manchester where he studied healthcare he holds a Masters in Law from John Moore’s University, gained a PhD in Psychotherapy from the University of Nottingham and is an alumni of the Said Business School, University of Oxford. Professor Thomas is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society for the Arts and a Member of the British Psychological Society.

Courses Overview: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Bachelor of Fashion and Brand Promotion with Journalism
Bachelor of Eastern Fashion Design
Bachelor of Fashion and Brand Promotion with Photography
Bachelor of Fashion Brand Management
Bachelor of Fashion Design
Bachelor of Fashion Promotion
Master of Arts in Fashion and Lifestyle Promotion
Master of Arts in Fashion Shaping
Master of Arts in Surface Pattern and Textiles

Noteworthy Alumni

Mary Fitzpatrick, photographer, visual artist Liverpool Art Prize, Andy Goldsworthy, visual artist, Nina Hossain, ITV News broadcaster, Simon Kelner, former editor of The Independent and Kerry Wilkinson, UK number one bestselling author

Life in Preston

The city of Preston, the home of our main Campus, is located in the heart of the North West. Preston is the administrative capital of Lancashire, has an estimated population of 130,000, excellent transport links, fantastic countryside, as well as a bustling, compact city centre. Preston has the friendly feel of a traditional Lancashire town, with a proud history. You’re close to the rolling countryside of the Ribble Valley, the striking Trough of Bowland, Blackpool, Morecambe Bay and the Southern Lakes.

The City is very compact, so it’s a ten minute walk to the shops from UCLan, or there are plenty of buses going past our front door. We’re close to the train station too and there are designated cycle lanes around the Campus and the City. You don’t have to leave Preston to catch a bit of countryside - we’ve got some impressive parks in and around the City, where you can relax and unwind, including the beautiful and historical Avenham Park with its Riverside Walk.

Tuition and Scholarship Information

UCLan offers a range of Scholarships and Bursaries to it students. Details of which, including eligibility criteria can be found clicking here. Further information about tuition fees can be found here.

Creative Focus Awards 2015 Fashion Film