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Fashion BA(Hons): After you graduate

Careers and progression

Our graduates are renowned for their understanding of the design process and strong creative style in the fashion industry. Our students have been offered jobs prior to graduation by recruitment agents during our final show and exhibition.

Our students are placed as designers at: Alexander McQueen, All Saints, ASOS, Boden, Burberry, Calvin Klein, COS, Dior, Givenchy, H&M, Hobbs, Hugo Boss, Jack Wills, John Lewis, John Smedley, Kilgour, Markus Lupfer, Matches, Mulberry, Net-a-Porter, Orla Kiely, Reiss Menswear, Religion, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, Topshop & Topman, Urban Outfitters and Zara.

Our graduates have also set up successful own labels, including John Richmond, Basso & Brooke, Felipe Oliveira Baptista (now design director of Lacoste), Joshua Kane, Charli Cohen and award-winner Sophie Hulme. Other renowned alumni include Glenda Bailey, editor of Harper's Bazaar US, and alumna Caryn Franklin MBE has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University.

Graduate news

Our Fashion BA(Hons) graduates, students and staff are regularly featured in the media:

What our graduates say

Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.

2017 graduate Kate Clark spoke to Graduate Fashion Week about her experience at Kingston and how she got a job with Chanel.

"Kingston has been magical...They worked me so hard but taught me so much - we ended up being like a family. You hate each other, you love each other, you argue with each other, you drink with each other and you definitely cry with each other! I don't know how you cannot be in love with a place after spending 12 hours a day with the same group of people for three years. I love learning and I love being around people - to feel like you're part of something is the most amazing feeling. It never stopped and there was always more to do - I'd say I'm a workaholic, so this course was literally perfect for me."

 

Henry Stanford, 2016 graduate

"Kingston gave me professional exposure to methods of design practice under inspiring tutors that allowed me to develop my own design language. I also studied on the Erasmus exchange programme in Denmark and Milan and returned for my final year with a more ambitious approach to being a designer which led to a full Royal College of Art scholarship from Moncler."

 

Leanne Callon, 2016 graduate. Awarded the London College of Fashion MA bursary

"Going to Kingston was the best decision I could have made. The enthusiasm and support from tutors and technicians pushed me to develop my own style and process of working. Specialising in knitwear and being able to create my own fabric and textures wasn't something I'd considered before, and I'm so thankful Kingston offered me that opportunity and teaching."

 

James Geraghty, 2016 graduate

"My time at Kingston was filled with great opportunities - internships in New York - and lessons that thoroughly prepared me for industry in ways I never expected. Kingston's strong alumni network and reputation for excellence helped me go straight into industry, working in a full design role at Kent and Curwen."

 

Caoimhe Savage, 2016 graduate. Winner of the Menswear Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2016

"I have been very fortunate to gain as much experience as I did at Kingston, I have learnt values and lessons for life. Being in such an environment where everyone is driven and excited by the same things as you is great."

 

Emma Brie, 2016 graduate. Design assistant, All Saints

"I learned to embrace happy accidents - things don't always go to plan but if you adapt to these changes, something unexpected will come out of your designs to challenge the process, which is far more exciting than knowing what the final outcome will be."

 

Examples of recent graduate destinations

Download a list of our graduate destinations (PDF).

Types of jobs

  • Concept designer
  • Assistant designer
  • Menswear designer/Womenswear designer
  • Design consultant
  • Fashion stylist
  • Buyer
  • Studio manager
  • Teaching assistant in fashion
  • Freelance trend forecaster
  • Junior fashion editor

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate. 

As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:

  • placements;
  • working or studying abroad;
  • volunteering;
  • peer mentoring roles; and
  • internship opportunities within and outside the University.

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.

Courses available after you graduate

If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. Here are some courses that might interest you:

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