Level 3 Diploma/Extended Fashion & Textiles
Full time course
Found yourself flicking to the fashion pages of magazines to check out the latest trends? Can you put together trendsetting outfits at the click of a finger? Do you have to feel every garment in a shop to find out the texture of the fabric, or wonder "how did they make that?". Then a course in fashion and textiles could truly be for you! Fashion is an exciting, diverse, challenging and international industry. The course's philosophy is to nurture innovation and originality alongside the development of an industry- relevant tool-kit of essential skills. In addition to building an individual portfolio of broadly developed work, your work will be showcased in a highly professional and exciting end-of-year fashion show, where people flock to sit in the front row.
What will I study?
The course is designed to ensure that you have the utmost opportunity to expand your creative skill base and introduces you to a wide range of skills and disciplines, such as:
You will also combine design skills with those core to fashion and textiles, such as Drawing, Illustration and Design Development, through sketchbook work.
Maths & English
A key requirement to obtaining many jobs is achieving a good standard of English and Maths, therefore learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 (grade C) will be enrolled on either GCSE or a Functional Skills programme alongside their main course.
We run collaborative and live projects that provide you with the opportunity to make contacts within the industry, to develop a unique and exciting portfolio and to get it seen by the people that matter.
Students are directed and supported to seek opportunities relevant to their specialism to experience a working environment, whether this is a live project set by industry, creative competitions or working for a local or national company.
Employability qualifications may be offered if applicable.
What do I need to join?
You will need to show passion, enthusiasm, commitment and have a portfolio of work to show at interview. You will need 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including English and/or Maths, or a Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design with merit or distinction grades, and a proven record of attendance and engagement in English and Maths
How long is the course?
The course will last 2 years, involving up to 4 days a week at college. You will also need to undertake independent study.
How will I learn?
Through a series of carefully designed projects, you will explore all areas of design, incorporating practical skills, production techniques, processes and creative and analytical thinking. You will be taught by practising professionals in a supportive and encouraging creative studio environment. There will also be trips to see current exhibitions and possibilities to visit working studios.
How will I know how I am doing?
Project work is set with structured achievable targets organised around practical assessment. You will also discuss project work through group critiques, with verbal feedback from tutors and peers. Regular tutorials and reviews will take place with your personal tutor to discuss targets and progress.
Are there any extra costs?
There may be costs for material fees, educational visits and a foreign trip. Financial support is available in certain circumstances.
What can I do next?
Most of our students go on to Higher Education, Apprenticeships or employment. Our students can progress to the best degree courses in the country in every subject.
What are my career options?
There are many different jobs in the Fashion and Textiles industry, including: design, styling, dressmaking, marketing, management and specialised textiles opportunities in print, knit and weave for fashion or interiors.
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