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Fashion and Textiles (Extended) Diploma Level 3

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

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 Does The Pro­gramme Include

Through­out this course you will devel­op and apply a broad range of trans­fer­able skills. You will be able to demonstrate:

  • Ini­tia­tive
  • Inde­pen­dent inquiry 
  • Cre­ative thinking
  • Reflec­tive learning
  • Team work­ing
  • Self-man­age­ment
  • Effec­tive participation
  • Prob­lem solving
  • Com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

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.

Entry Require­ments

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.<?xml:namespace pre­fix = o” />

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<?xml:namespace pre­fix = o” ns = urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />

  • 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 

A Mer­it in your first year is required to enter the sec­ond year Extend­ed Diploma.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

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.

Addi­tion­al Information

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.

Poten­tial Future Career

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.

Course Con­tent

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


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Learn­ers who have high needs make good progress in pro­grammes spe­cial­ly designed for them, and those who par­tic­i­pate in oth­er cours­es progress in line with their peers.




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