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BDes Textile, Fashion & Accessories Design



Accessories, jewellery, ornaments, and objet d’art are part of a rapidly evolving global industry and now are considered key items in a fashion collection and as stand-alone pieces worthy of our undivided attention. The degree programme at the Department of Textile, Fashion & Accessory Design encourages students to explore and question the inherent relationship of objects with the body and dissect it to clearly display the core components, giving a clear view of how each of them connect with one another.

The programme is focused on questioning the meaning and value of both traditional and contemporary accessories which include, millinery art, jewellery, and handbags to name a few, through the process and practice of making. The historical, cultural, aesthetic and emotional significance of accessories is examined within the context of both current fashion trends and forecasts, and in relation to developments in the wider context of art and design practice across the world.

In addition to developing an understanding of accessory design, manufacturing and merchandising, students are also exposed to a broad range of knowledge and skills in drawing, finishing techniques, research, innovative techniques, new materials, digital technologies, and marketing. This provides them with the dexterity of skills required to enter the fashion industry.

Whether it is a valuable artefact or a trendsetting fashion accessory, it is no less than a masterful work of art adorning the body across diverse cultures. Graduates with a passion for designing and making accessories can pursue a range of exciting careers as Handbag Designers, Footwear Designers, Pattern Makers, Trend Forecasters, Jewellery Artists, Accessory Designers, Gold/Silversmiths, Design Consultants, Teachers and Curators.

Program Overview

Area of Specialization:  Jewellery and Accessories

Duration: 4 Years | 8 Semesters

Credits: 131

Concerned Department: Department of Textile, Fashion and Accessory Design 

Career Paths: Jewellery Designer, Jewellery Artist / Studio, Jeweller, Silversmith / Goldsmith, Accessory Designer for Fashion, Theatre & Film Producer, Retailer, Sales/Marketing Consultant, Gemologist, Entrepreneur, Design Educator, Design Consultant, Handbag Designers, Footwear Designers, Pattern Makers, Trend Forecasters, Design Consultants, Teachers and Curators. etc.

  • Admission Requirement & Eligibility Criteria

    You are eligible to apply for admission if you have successfully completed your FA/FSc. with 45% marks or have an A level pass in three subjects (IBCC equivalence certificate is required), or an equivalent national or international qualification. All applicants can find guidelines for admission process, online application form and dates for Entrance Test and interviews on BNU's webpage:

  • Application Process

    Choose a degree programme

    After confirming your eligibility, you must choose a department from within SVAD. Regardless of your choice of department, all successful applicants are admitted to the Foundation Studies programme. The Foundation Studies programme provides each student the opportunity to investigate the possibilities offered by all degree programmes at SVAD. You must indicate the programme of your preference on the application form, which will be your major for the duration of your degree. In special cases, you may be able to apply for another programme at the end of the Foundation Year. The faculty, who are not obligated to entertain a change of department application, on rare occasions may approve requests at their discretion.

    Application Form

    You can find the online application form at BNU's online portal:
    You must complete the application form online, following all the instructions. Once you submit it, you will receive a confirmation. You must then submit all required documents (mentioned in the application form) to the Admissions Office on campus. When the Office receives your documents, they will hand over instructions for the Entrance Test to you.

    Entrance Test

    The admission test for the School of Visual Arts and Design is an online, open-book test that can be completed from home. Students will be given 24 hours to complete all the tasks. Candidates will be tested for reading comprehension, visual comprehension, general knowledge, research etc. Further details about the test will be provided to you upon application submission.


    After the Test, you will be interviewed by a panel of SVAD faculty members. The interviews will be conducted online on Zoom, for which candidates are encouraged to be familiar with.

    At SVAD, we look for motivated, observant, curious individuals, with visual intelligence and an interest in reading. The Entrance Test and interview act as a catalyst for us to assess your strengths and aptitude. We will evaluate your potential for development in the programmes that SVAD offers, as well as your research into your desired area of study. The interview is also your chance to ask us questions about SVAD. A portfolio is encouraged, and will help us recognize your passion and commitment.

  • Courses

    • Semester I - Year 1 (Foundation Year)

        Course Title Course Code  Credit Hrs.
       1. 2 Dimensionality: Drawing & Surface Tensions  FDY-101 3
       2. 3 Dimensionality: Space & Form
       FDY-102 3
       3. 4 Dimensionality: Moving Image, Time, and Virtual Space
       FDY-103 3
       4. Contextuality: Theory & Practice
       FDY-104 3
       5. Visuality: Form and Content
       FDY-105 3
       6. Memory: Visual Culture Through Time
       FDY-106 3
       7. English Language and Writing
       FDY-107 0
        Total   18
    • Semester II - Year 1 (Foundation Year)

        Course Title Course Code  Credit Hrs.
       1. Foundational Studio Elective

       2. Foundational Studio Elective

       3. Foundational Studio Elective

       4. Foundational Studio Elective 3
       5. Research Methods in the Arts
      Tools & Techniques of Graphic Communication II


       6. History of Art
      History of Communication Design
      History of Textile, Fashion and Accessory Design



        Total   18
    • Semester III - Year 2

        Course Title  Course Code Credit Hrs.
       1. Integrated Studio
       2. History of Ideas
       3. Studio Elective

       4. Studio Elective

       5. Theory Elective

       6.  Pakistan Studies SLA-102 1.5
        Total   16.5
    • Semester IV - Year 2

        Course Title Course Code  Credit Hrs.
       1. Integrated Textile Fashion and Accessory Design Studio 
       2. Major Specific Studio Elective

       3. Major Specific Studio Elective

       4. Studio Elective

       5. Major Specific Theory Elective

       6. Islamic Studies
        Total   16.5
    • Semester V - Year 3

        Course Title Course Code  Credit Hrs.
       1. Major Studio I (Jewellery and Accessories)
       2. Major Specific Studio Elective

       3. Major Specific Studio Elective

       4. Theory Elective

       5. Studio or Theory Elective

        Total   18
    • Semester VI - Year 3

        Course Title Course Code  Credit Hrs.
       1. Major Studio II (Jewellery and Accessories)
       2. Major Specific Studio Elective

       3. Studio Elective

       4. Theory Elective

        Total   15
    • Semester VII - Year 4

        Course Title Course Code  Credit Hrs.
       1. Major Studio III (Jewellery and Accessories)
       2. Studio Elective
       3. Current Discourse in Textile, Fashion and Accessory Design
        Total   15
    • Semester VIII - Year 4

        Course Title Course Code  Credit Hrs.
       1. Major Studio IV (Jewellery and Accessories)
       2. Professional Practices in Textile, Fashion and Accessory Design
      TFA-408 3
        Total   15
  • Jewellery & Accessories Mandatory Courses

    • History of Ideas | Semester 3

      Course Code: IDE-201 | Contact Time: 3 Hours Per Week | Credits: 3 | Theory

      This course is an introduction to progression of change in human thought and modes of being. It focuses on developments beginning in the late 1700s till present, although the content often cuts across linearity. The course foregrounds intellectual development mentioned above but in conversation with social, political, economic and technological shifts which influence the creation of new world orders. It is proposed that such intellectual threads may be grasped from the territories of many disciplines thus providing a deep but flexible grounding of theory to practice.

    • Integrated Studio | Semester 3

      Course Code: IDE-202 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      From the shifting coordinates of art, design and other creative fields, what does it mean to be “practicing” today? What are some actions and indications of it? This course tackles these questions from an interdisciplinary context, borrowing from poetics, functionality, and research. Students begin to define the idea of practice for themselves through rigorous coursework in which they are asked to consider this question from varying lenses. As a result, they are expected to understand production as having relevance in more than one arena including aesthetic, cultural, social, utilitarian and political.

    • Integrated Textile, Fashion & Accessory Design Studio | Semester 4

      Course Code: TFA-230 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      In this course, students from Textile, Fashion and Accessory work on open-ended projects. Tasks are designed through identifying meaningful ideas which help students to respond to complex notions such as identity, communication and others. The multidisciplinary nature of this course actively engages students, allowing all textile, accessory and fashion students to interact with each other. This leads to a unique dialogue that encourages sharing of ideas and culminates in diverse design trends. Idea and concept development are the focus of this course to develop an individualized signature style.

    • Current Discourse in Textile, Fashion & Accessory Design | Semester 7

      Course Code: TFA-407 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      Current local as well as international trends and pioneers in fields of contemporary design will be introduced in this course in response to changing global trends with a focus on ‘green’ design solutions. The course aims to formulate critical design questions reflecting on work done by artists and designers with a view to consider possible research questions, theoretical frameworks and approaches. The course will help develop an ability to critique and evaluate contemporary design beyond textile, fashion or accessory.

    • Professional Practices in Textile, Fashion & Accessory Design | Semester 8

      Course Code: TFA-408 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      This course aims to equip students to enter the professional world beyond the shelters of academia while training them in academic report writing, CVs and resumes, cover letters, teamwork, leadership and networking. The course responds to the changing dynamics of the design world thus facilitating students to build original and effective communication strategies through insights of the industry. Students would be able to construct their professional identity through visual essays, websites, blogs, and portfolios in digital and hardbound formats shared through relevant art and design platforms.

  • Jewellery & Accessories Major Studios

    • Jewellery & Accessories Major Studio I | Semester 5

      Course Code: TFA-305 | Contact Time: 12 Hours per week | Credits: 6 | Studio

      The focus of this course lies in gaining knowledge of current and emerging Accessory Design practice and understanding core design principles pertaining to accessories, such as scale, proportion, balance, flexibility, form and color. There is an emphasis on research and material exploration, encouraging students to challenge a variety of themes in intellectual and creative ways resulting in conceptually driven, technically resolved, contemporary design outcomes.

    • Jewellery & Accessories Major Studio II | Semester 6

      Course Code: TFA-306 | Contact Time: 12 Hours per week | Credits: 6 | Studio

      This course offers a platform for students to begin developing their own unique style and creative vision. Accessory Design will be explored in an interdisciplinary fashion by investigating the notion of narrative through materials, forms and wearability. By employing a combination of primary and secondary research methodologies and advanced fabrication techniques, students will gain a more profound understanding of complex themes in context to local and international accessory design practice.

    • Jewellery & Accessories Major Studio III | Semester 7 (Summer internship included)

      Course Code: TFA-405 | Contact Time: 18 Hours per week | Credits: 9 | Studio

      This course allows students to explore their individual areas of interest through vast research thereby expressing their unique identity through self-directed research and projects. Students draw from their past experiences, personal narratives or commentaries on social, cultural or political notions by adopting a multidisciplinary approach to idea-generation. Students acquire invaluable experience by working for a leading accessory or design house in the form of an intensive, mandatory 6-week internship during the summer as part of their professional training. Students are encouraged to take their choice of topics into the final semester.

    • Jewellery & Accessories Major Studio IV | Semester 8

      Course Code: TFA-406 | Contact Time: 24 Hours per week | Credits: 12 | Studio

      This course is a culmination of a student’s 4-year degree programme learning. An individual portfolio is developed based on the topics that interest them, and are taken forward from the previous semester. This is aided by close supervision of tutors and a panel of advisors for the Thesis Exhibition. Students write a project proposal focusing on a specific area of interest and develop a body of work at a professional level.

  • Jewellery & Accessories Studio Electives

    The following applies to all advanced level courses: These advanced courses are independently constructed according to the individual need of students specializing in one of these chosen areas. Third level courses are designed in consultation with teaching faculty. Evaluation is through regular tutorials, critiques and presentations.

    • Metal Matters: Forging & Fabrication

      Course Code: TFA-208 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      This studio-based course uncovers the basic techniques, materials and processes within the broad historical context of metalworking. Studies in product types, weights, measurements, workshop tools and equipment form major components of the course. Students are exposed to a variety of themes and ways of perceiving metal objects and form sensibilities in understanding and tackling different types of metals as they translate various concepts and narrations into prototypes and eventually, finished forms.

    • Dramatic Design: Accessories for Film, Theatre and Stage

      Course Code: TFA-209 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      This course explores the dynamic world of fashion & textile accessories and apparel ornamentation. Students will be exposed to a variety of materials, techniques and processes such as handbag making, millinery and head-gears that will enable them to design and construct fashion accessories fit for the ramp and will equip them with the knowledge and skills required to provide a new dimension to the current fashion industry.

    • Redefining the Art of Kundan

      Course Code: TFA-217 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      This course exposes students to materials used in the fabrication of accessory design products. Students explore a variety of conventional techniques, qualities and designs related to accessory design which helps them transform traditional practices into contemporary forms and outlook. The course also explores alternative materials used in accessory products such as rubber, synthetics, woods and metals, as well as cement. This course requires studio experimentation culminating in a project that explores materials and contemporary techniques with meaningful narratives.

    • Lifestyle Accessories

      Course Code: TFA-218 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      In this course students will design and execute experimental and non-traditional home accessories working with the guidelines of essential tools of the trade and accessory embellishment. Discussion of innovative design ideas is emphasized, as well as the use of alternative materials and methods to create new conceptions in the world of home accessory design. Students will also explore various contemporary finishing techniques and learn through making prototypes. Moreover, they will critically consider ideas of the domestic in relationship with the objects they produce.

  • Jewellery & Accessories Theory Electives

    • Politics of Adornment

      Course Code: TFA-224 | Contact Time: 3 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Theory

      In this course students examine how the politics of adornment has uniquely created its own philosophy, attempting to provide not only a core but a profound explanation of the world around. It unfolds through the lens of gender, cultural norms and perception. The course particularly discusses the transformed meaning of adornment in present society, researching contemporary contexts and building new ones beyond the preconceived notions and inevitably addressing global dimensions of such through comparative case studies between developments in Asia and Europe.

    • Accessorising the Everyday

      Course Code: TFA-229 | Contact Time: 3 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Theory

      In this course students will develop an understanding of significant movements and traditions with reference to everyday accessories interlinked with utility and function of objects. Notions such as space, chromatic organisation, visual effects, and various psychological phenomena will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on the social, economic, cultural, and physical influences that have affected the design of the built environment allowing students to make connections within and across disciplines.

  • Jewellery & Accessories Integrated Studio Electives

    • Fibre Revisited

      Course Code: TFA-210 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      Textile art, one of the oldest forms, at its inception was more focused on utilitarian purposes. Fibre has, over centuries, refined its usage, context and language. This course will explore the journey fibre has undertaken to become a material that becomes a narrative for stories. It will consider the fibre artist as a thinker designer who is sensitive to the environment and the is context they inhabit. This course will delve into the conceptual journey that a fibre artist takes by revisiting the very notion of fibre as a material.

    • Fashion Illustration

      Course Code: TFA-211 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      In this course students develop an advanced application of fundamental skills in fashion drawing. It teaches fashion hand drawn techniques mainly from live fashion models. It will focus on body proportions, body details and then move on to concentrating on the stylised fashion figure, allowing students to synthesize and create their own ideas. It provides a platform to learn various skill sets, ranging from illustration to fashion drawing and encourages students to experiment and develop creative responses.

    • Digital Textiles

      Course Code: TFA-212 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      This course uses contemporary digital technologies to realise textile, fashion and accessory ideas into marketable accomplishments. The course will serve as a maker-space to visualise and apply digital solutions to create high-performance pieces. It introduces new approaches to create responsive and adaptive digital assemblies. Students will be encouraged to collaborate and make links with the appropriate audiences and industries.

    • Style Assemblage

      Course Code: TFA-219 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      In this course, students will learn the mechanics of style and fashion and its application in the industry. The course aims to form fashion stylists who can conceptualize creatively in terms of fashion trends and functional approaches in the fashion industry by analysing prior trends and predicting new ones. The main focus of the course is to develop students ability to identify, collect, assemble, communicate and present fashion and style trends as a forecaster and stylist within the dominion of the fashion industry.

    • Accessory Illustration

      Course Code: TFA-220 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      This course explores the fundamentals of Accessory and Object drafting with emphasis on anatomy, proportion and perspective. Students will explore advanced rendering techniques and technical drawings using a variety of mediums enabling them to translate their design ideas as detailed illustrations that effectively communicate elements like material, texture and scale. The course provides an essential guide to product development and fabrication.

    • Digital Dimensions: 3D Applications in Design

      Course Code: TFA-221 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      3D Digital Design is advanced learning for 3D Prototyping, CNC/RP processing and Animation. Maya software will provide an integrated, powerful toolset that allows creating simulated 3D environments and animations, motion graphics, and character formation. Additional mash nodes give an advanced tool set of nodes (curve, signal, world, placer, 3D Type, vector graphics and motion graphics). The course is engaged with the aesthetics of tech-savvy contemporary age. Emphasis is placed on the production of the first sample prototype through the application of advanced technological skill acquired through this course.

  • Jewellery & Accessories Integrated Theory Electives

    • Social Fabric

      Course Code: TFA-225 | Contact Time: 3 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Theory

      This course aims to enlighten students on the changing dynamics of the world in regard to social justice movements and the impact of these developments on global shifts of values. The idea is to develop an understanding of equitable practices and an awareness of structural inequalities that are worsened by unconscious prejudices and bias. The course, thus, facilitates students in maintaining a balanced and empathetic perspective. In a rapidly changing world, it is important to take note of how we perceive societal norms and periodically reassess whether these could be fairer.

    • Marketing Strategies & Leadership; Entrepreneurship and Branding

      Course Code: TFA-226 | Contact Time: 3 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Theory

      In this course, students are exposed to strategy, branding and entrepreneurship amongst other concepts of marketing improving their ability to make effective decisions, including assessing opportunities and developing strategies and implementation plans. This course helps students understand the value of a brand, and how to build, manage, and protect it. It also explores how digital and social media have created new opportunities and risks for brands. Through essentials of entrepreneurship they are exposed to the dynamics of an entrepreneur’s route; from the birth of ‘the idea,’ to generating funds and getting a grip in the market.

  • Degree Requirement

    Foundation: 36 credits | 12 courses

    6 Mandatory Courses: 3 Studio + 2 Theory + 1 Studio-Theory Hybrid + 1 Zero Credit course through advisement.

    6 Elective Courses: 4 Studio + 2 Theory

    Post-Foundation: 96 credits | 26 Courses

    11 Mandatory Courses (51 credits): 6 Major Studio + 5 mandatory Theory Courses

    15 Elective Courses (45 credits): 10 Studio Electives (min. 4 major specific) + 5 Theory Courses Electives (min. 2 major specific))

    TOTAL: 131 | 38 Courses + Degree Show, along with an Extended Essay

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