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

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: Pearson

Qualification on offer: HND Art and Design (fashion)

Summary of course

This course is designed for students wishing to progress to working in the fashion industry either as designers or in a related capacity such as blogging, trend forecasting, retail or styling. 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?

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

  • Computer Aided Design
  • Pattern cutting and garment construction
  • Print making
  • Visual merchandising
  • Textile technology

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
  • Trend forecasting
  • Material selection and specification

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

How is the course assessed?

Continuous assessment through assignment. There are no exams with this course.

Who is this course for?

This course would suit students who have studied art and design or fashion design at Level 3 or who 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

At the end of the two year qualification you will be supported in progression to a career in the fashion industry or to continue your studies to degree level.

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

The HND Fashion Design programme is a Pearson Art and Design Level 5 qualification.

As this is a design based course, applicants will be expected to have achieved a qualification in or demonstrate interest and skill in fashion design.

Entry criteria for the course will normally be based on a minimum of 48 UCAS points achieved through:

  • Two or more A Levels (one in a design subject) at grade D or above
  • A BTEC or equivalent level 3 qualification in a relevant subject
  • Four GCSEs at grade 4/C or above to include Maths and English

Applicants aged 19 and over who do not have these qualifications may be invited in to interview with a portfolio of work.

Interview Requirements

Applicants who are studying on or have studied on Level 3 Art and design courses will not normally be asked to attend an interview but if you are invited in for an interview please make sure that you bring a portfolio of design work with you

General Info (materials required for the course)

There will be some basic items of equipment that you will be required to purchase prior to starting the programme of study.

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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