Art, Design & Photography
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    24 September 2018 to 11 June 2020
    UCAS Code

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: Pearson

Qualifications on offer: HND in Fashion Accessories

Summary of course

This course is designed for students wishing to progress to specialising in designing and working with accessories within the fashion industry and will cover jewellery, footwear, belt and bag design. It is made up of a variety of units which aim to develop design and construction skills as well as introducing students to visual merchandising, branding and art direction.

The course runs over two years and will include opportunities to organise fashion shows, write about fashion, meet people working in the fashion industry and taking part in relevant and useful work experience.

The teachers on this course are a blend of experienced teachers and industry professionals and there are opportunities to top-up the HND to a full degree at the end of two years.

What will I study?

During the first year of the programme you will study a variety of units in subjects which may include:

  • Computer Aided Design
  • Accessory design
  • Print making
  • Visual merchandising
  • Technical processes

and you will get the chance to create a fashion collection as part of an individual project. You will also study the context of fashion and learn about the role of fashion as a creative industry and the jobs available within it.

In the second year of the course you will extend your professional development through a combination of units including:

  • Styling
  • Branding and identity
  • Art direction
  • Jewellery design

with opportunities for a creative industries placement, continued fashion studies and project management.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed through practical and technical projects throughout each year of the programme. There are currently no exams.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you have studied art and design or fashion design at Level 3 or can demonstrate the necessary design skills prior to enrolment and who are aiming to work in the fashion industry either in design or in one of the many other creative industries linked to fashion.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Graduates of the HND Fashion Accessories will be able to progress to looking for employment in the fashion industry or to continue their academic studies by progressing to the second or third year of a degree.

Find about more about career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the ‘What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

This is a Pearson Art and Design HIgher National Diploma and students applying for the course will be expected to have achieved or to be predicted to achieve a point score of 48 UCAS points or above through:

  • Two or more A Levels at grades D or above (one to be in a design subject)
  • A Btec or equivalent qualification at a pass level or higher
  • Four GCSEs at a 4/C grade or higher to include Maths and English

We may also admit students aged 19 or over on the strength of other qualifications or experience through Accreditation of Prior Learning. In this case you are likely to be asked to demonstrate evidence of design skill and/or experience at interview through the presentation of a portfolio.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate a level of interest and/or experience in the subject.

Interview Requirements

All applicants will be invited in to the college to meet the team and to find out more about the course. In most cases an interview will be held and you will be required to present a portfolio of work to demonstrate interest and level of ability in the design field.

General Info (materials required for the course)

You will be required to purchase some essential items for the programme.

Course fee information

The course fee is £6,165 per annum which can be paid through a Student Loan.


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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.


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