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Universities offering fashion degrees confirm tuition fee increases

Tuition fee hikes have been confirmed for fashion students at more English universities, including seven colleges opting for the maximum of £9,000.

De Montford University, the University of East London, the University of Central Lancashire, Falmouth College, Brighton University and Leeds University have now joined the growing number of institutions who will charge top level fees. This follows a similar announcement two weeks ago from the University of the Arts which includes Central St Martins College of Art and the London College of Fashion.

Designer William Tempest, who studied at the London College of Fashion, told Drapers: “There is no getting away from the fact that increasing tuition fees can only be a bad thing.”

La Senza merchandiser Helen Meese said: “Starting salaries in retail are not initially well paid, so aspiring fashion students will have to take a substantial risk to take on debt in order to study.”

However, Tempest added: “There are significantly more fashion students than there are jobs in the fashion industry and a large proportion of fashion design graduates do not get employed as fashion designers.

“If the rise in tuition fees does anything it will be good if it makes prospective students consider thoroughly their chosen career path and what they aim to achieve after graduating.”

All English universities have confirmed that they are to raise tuition fees to at least £6,000 and other universities offering fashion courses including Southampton Solent University, the University of Northumbria, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Hertfordshire, the University of Huddersfield and Kingston University have said they will introduce fees ranging from £7,400 to £9,000 depending on the institution.

InstitutionFee amount
University of East London£9,000
University of Central Lancashire£9,000
University of the Arts£9,000
Southampton Solent University£7,800
University of Northumbria£8,500
Manchester Metropolitan University£8,000 - £9,000
Falmouth College£9,000
Leeds University£9,000
Kingston University£8,500 - £9,000
University of Huddersfield£7,950
University of Hertfordshire£7,400 - £8,500
De Montfort University£9,000
University of Brighton£9,000
University of Derby£6,995 - £7,995

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