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Fashion and Textiles (Level 3)

Key course information

Fashion and Textiles


2 years

Full Time

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Course Overview

Fashion is one of the specialist pathways on the Level 3 Art, Design and Communication: Creative Practice course, and can be your focus in the final term of year one and in the second year. Are you interested in seeing your collection on the runway? Fashion styling for a top magazine, buying and marketing for a top fashion house or designing accessories or textiles? Creative practitioners develop and learn by constantly trying out new ideas and solutions, are curious about the world, create independent work and develop a deep knowledge of and confidence in their subject area. Studying fashion and textiles builds your understanding of the creative industries, with styling and trends workshops and live projects developing your business and marketing knowledge, enabling you to make a career choice and university application.

What will I learn?

The course concentrates on developing art, design and fashion communication skills from research, media and fabric exploration, to idea generation and resolution of final responses. It aims to challenge you creatively through exciting design briefs, project themes and ‘live’ opportunities, whilst encouraging awareness of sustainability issues. There are opportunities to design and construct a capsule collection using specialist fashion equipment, and the end of year catwalk show is a particular highlight. You will build up practical evidence underpinned by theory that will reflect your individual strengths and your interests in the creative industries. The course includes visits to exhibitions, both regionally and to London, with opportunities to take part in competitions and public events. You will be taught by experienced and dedicated lecturers who are themselves creative practitioners with relevant professional experience, supported by technicians working in industry standard studios and workshops.

Entry Requirements

• 4 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and Maths or equivalent (or Merit or Distinction in a related subject at Level 2)
• A recent portfolio of work
• A good reference
• A satisfactory interview

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

The Art, Design & Communication: Creative Practice course is a 9-unit qualification, which covers the core skills necessary to develop your creative practice. The creative industries encompass a huge diversity of roles, recruiting adaptable, innovative and entrepreneurial people who are skilled in both traditional and digital skills, motivated and collaborative in their approach. You will learn these transferable skills through exploring creative approaches to:

• Drawing, sketchbook work and fashion illustration
• Fashion and textile exploration including pattern cutting, draping, fabric manipulation, garment construction, and print
• 2D and 3D mixed media and digital manipulation
• Photography, fashion styling and project development
• Application of research and contextual studies
• Work Experience, ‘Live’ design projects and portfolio building

Progression is a key part of the Extended Diploma, and this course will emphasise personal ambition, directed self-study and individual goals, preparing you for applications to employment, apprenticeships, further and higher education.

This qualification will provide you with opportunities to become a versatile and employable individual in the creative industries. Our Creative department has an excellent record of progression and past students have successfully gained places on a wide variety of prestigious degree courses and then gained employment as fashion designers, stylists, buyers, illustrators, multimedia designers, editors, textiles designers in print/knit/weave fashion photographers, set and costume designers.

Additional Costs and Information

At the start of the year you will be shown how to use the online shop, where you can pay the studio fee of £100. This will provide access to additional materials in the design and construction workshops, sketchbooks and trips to London etc.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Throughout the course you will build towards producing a design portfolio, once successfully completed this will enable you to apply to a degree level Fashion and Textiles course.On completion of the course you will also have a good understanding of the basic skills needed to work within the fashion industry and be able to apply to work as a junior across a range of design or technical positions should you choose that route.

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