Art, Design & Photography

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All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

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

4 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 including English

Students applying for art courses are required to bring with them to interview a portfolio of art work demonstrating their skills and particular interested in art. This can include GCSE art work and personal work produced at home.

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


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