This creative qualification is designed to equip you with the knowledge, flexibility and skills required for a successful career within this exciting and ever-widening industry. You will be encouraged to develop a highly individual ideas-based Fashion and Textile portfolio. Students engage with Fashion and Textile designers and companies from a variety of specialisms and backgrounds. Practicing designers from varied backgrounds deliver on the course, providing students with up to date and current knowledge. Students work towards creating garments for our Fashion show and as part of the end of each year students exhibit their work in the form of a static show. Work Experience opportunities are also made available to students in the latter stages of the course. A list of visiting contacts and speakers is available upon request.
To start the course you will need:
- A Diploma in Foundation Studies Art & Design, OR
- Extended Diploma in an Art & Design subject, OR
- An equivalent Level 3 qualification, OR
- Relevant professional experience.
Applicants from A-Level programmes displaying high levels of creativity will also be considered, as will mature students who will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications. Entry is subject to a successful interview, where you will be asked to present a portfolio of your creative work including developmental worksheets or sketchbooks.
This course is best suited to candidates who can evidence the ability and/or potential to:
- Work imaginatively in Fashion and Textiles
- Generate and develop creative ideas in response to a wide range of briefs
- Articulate and communicate their creative intentions clearly
- Show willingness to collaborate and discuss their work in group situations
- Reflect critically on their activities and learning and demonstrate intellectual enquiry
- Embrace new ways of thinking and exploit digital technologies.
During this course you will study the following core compulsory units:
- Visual communication
- Ideas generation
- Contextual and cultural referencing
- Professional practice.
In addition, you will study four specialist units from the following selection:
- Techniques and processes in textiles
- Fashion and textiles materials
- Pattern construction in fashion
- Design application in fashion
- Design application in textiles.
You will also be taught how to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator in the second term.
You will work with a range of specialist lecturers (including practising designers), in well-equipped studios and workshops. Project briefs are set for each assignment and you are encouraged to develop a personal response to each task. All activities are supported through one-to-one tutorials and group discussions to inform personal progress and aid assessment. Assessment is continuous with assignments graded at the end of each task.
Further study and career options
On successful completion of the HND you will have the option to top up the qualification to a full Bachelor’s degree at university or enter employment. Roles in the industry include: fashion/textile buyer, costume designer, dressmaker, fashion designer, freelance designer/maker, production manager, sales manager, textile designer, or wardrobe supervisor.
- Provision of basic fashion and textiles equipment such as sketchbooks, drawing equipment, hand sewing needles, quality scissors and any additional consumable materials such as fabrics and specialist threads, demanded by personal project requirements.
- Resource fee of £150 to cover: printing binders, specialist procion dyes, specialist printing pigments, screen emulsion and A1 cartridge paper.
- Train fares for visits by train to London (normally up to two a year).
- A digital camera and portable external hard drive/USB stick would be advantageous but are not essential.
You will need to study six hours per week, Thu-Fri 9.15am-4.30pm. The days and times will depend upon the units you choose study.