Art, Design & Photography

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: UAL

Qualifications on offer:

  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion Design and Production)
  • Maths at an appropriate level if GCSE grade 4 (C) not yet achieved

Summary of course

This creative and highly practical course is essential if you wish to pursue a career in the world of fashion and will give you a realistic view of the demands of working in this exciting and highly competitive industry.

Project work will enable you to develop skills in fashion and textile design, illustration, and pattern and garment construction, and you will be encouraged to study the work of leading fashion designers, textile designers and artists, both historical and contemporary, to inspire and influence your own work.

Year 1 will give you a basic grounding in essential skills and industry specific techniques, while Year 2 will allow you to follow your personal interests, while receiving guidance in your application for Higher Education or employment. This will culminate in you writing and completing a major project and displaying your work at a final show.

Throughout you will receive strong personal tutorial support and be encouraged to develop your literacy and communication skills.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Drawing
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Garment Production
  • Pattern Construction
  • Contextual Studies
  • Design
  • Printed Textiles
  • Accessory Production
  • Surface Pattern
  • Fashion Presentation and Communication including Adobe Photoshop Illustrator
  • Production Techniques

Specialist Units:

  • Developing a portfolio
  • 3D design

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

In each unit you will be given assignments designed to achieve clear learning outcomes which will be graded at Pass, Merit and Distinction level. You will be taught all aspects of fashion design, from initial visualisation, through to pattern development and garment production. You will also study aspects of textiles and accessory production. Interim marks will be given to all assignments until the unit is completed. Projects are frequently integrated across units culminating with a final major project.

This course has internal and external assessed units.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in the fashion clothing and textile industry and wish to gain a Level 3 qualification in Fashion Design and Production.

Progression and Career Opportunities

After successful completion of this course you may consider applying to University or seeking employment.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 3 entry requirements including GCSE English; you will also need a portfolio of artwork demonstrating your ability in Art, Design and Textiles. A minimum of four A1 presentation sheets of selected work plus a developed sketchbook is recommended.

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.


You will need to bring with you a portfolio of work that demonstrates your creativity, enthusiasm and shows the skills you have already developed to your interview. This work need to be related to the subject your are studying at school - either Art or Textiles. You may photograph large pieces of work that are difficult to transport or that you may not have access to at the time of the interview.

We would like to see evidence of observational drawing and textiles work in your portfolio. If you have not studied GCSE Art you need to bring with you examples of obsevational drawings from life (not from photographs). These could include; plants, fruit, vegetables, details of clothing.

General Info (materials required for the course)

All Art and Design students must purchase a starter kit of essential media and equipment in year one. Each year students will pay a fee toward materials (approx £35/year)they will also pay approx. £100 a year cover trips, including graduate fashion week. Over the two years of the course this will be in the region of £400.

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.


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