Former students have progressed to some of the top fashion universities in the world such as Ravensbourne and Central St Martins. You could progress to study a degree in Art, Design or Fashion or enter employment as a Fashion Designer, Textile Designer, Pattern Cutter, Stylist, Costume Designer, Seamstress or Print Designer.
What can this course lead to?
Who is it for?
Take your first steps towards a career in the fashion industry with this attractive alternative to A Levels. You will build critical and contextual awareness through a series of live projects and have the opportunity to showcase your own designs in our annual Fashion Show and through responding to real, live briefs from businesses. Through a series of live projects you will develop your visual language, research skills, project proposal and realisation and building your critical and contextual awareness of the fashion industry.
What is covered?
In the diploma you will study a range of units including:
Unit 01: The Creative Process
In this unit, you will develop an in-depth understanding of the creative process as a creative tool used and adapted by professionals across a full spectrum of creative practices.
Unit 02: Developing Creative Practice
This unit requires you to gain knowledge of a range of 2D, 3D and 4D creative practices and explore and use materials, methods, techniques and processes in a safe and professional manner.
Unit 03: Responding to a set Brief
You will learn how to manage and fulfil the expectations of an exciting and industry relevant project brief.
The extended diploma modules include:
Unit 04: Researching a Specialist Industry Practice
Unit 05: Specialist Technical skills Development
Unit 06: Specialist Creative Outcome
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
5 GCSEs at grades 4/C or above including English and maths, and an arts-based subject at grade 6/B or above. Alternatively a Merit in a relevant Level 2 Diploma, and a GCSE grade 4/C in English and maths, or a pass for functional skills Level 2 English and Maths.
This course requires an interview/informal chat before a place can be offered, and before your interview you will need to submit a portfolio of artwork to demonstrate your artistic strengths. You will also be set an assignment early July, that needs to be handed in when you enrol in August.
We also run a ‘6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support including
- Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks -subject to availability
- Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy / too hard, subject to availability
- One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well
Throughout this course you will develop and apply a broad range of transferable skills. You will be able to demonstrate:
- Independent inquiry
- Creative thinking
- Reflective learning
- Team working
- Effective participation
- Problem solving
You will have the opportunity to take part in weekly life drawing classes to develop your observational, figurative and mixed media skills. Specialist lecturers on the Level 3 Creative Arts Diplomas offer regular workshops to widen your skills which in turn can be applied to your project work.
Assessment during the study programme is completed through a portfolio of evidence which will be internally assessed. You can utilise your portfolio to take to University or job interviews to showcase your abilities.
There is an annual £60 studio fee for this course payable in September which ensures that you have access to the appropriate materials. You will also be expected to provide various materials necessary for the successful completion of coursework including sketch books, mount board etc.
The course involves visits to select exhibitions of particular relevance to the student experience and Module. One day excursions have, and will continue to include at least one of the following per year: visits to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Tate Britain to Tate Modern, . International trips are now being planned and implemented since the Pandemic – this includes a one week trip to New York for second year students, other international trips are to be confirmed.