100% High Grades 2018
100% Achievement 2018
ALPS Value Added Outstanding 2018
This two year course aims to provide you with the vital skills and techniques required for a career in Fashion & Textiles. Throughout the course you will cover the specialist skills and aspects of Fashion & Textiles such as contemporary and historical research, analysis, ideas generation, exploration of materials, design, pattern cutting, garment manufacture, marketing and communication. You will develop a range of design skills through the completion of various design and production projects which will include the construction of different garments such as skirts, trousers, tops and dresses. Competitions and live briefs are often used to give you a genuine working experience of professional design and production practice.
You will be working within a professional design studio atmosphere with access to industrial and domestic equipment, tools and machinery. You will be supported by highly committed, subject specialist teaching staff with industry experience and a proven track record of high levels of achievement for their learners, who encourage you to develop all-round skills to fulfil your own creative potential. Opportunities to define and work towards personal development and progression goals are key for us to help learners develop as highly creative and unique individuals, ready for their next steps on their chosen pathway.
Outside of your lessons there are opportunities to continue to achieve and succeed by taking advantage of the creative facilities at the college. We have a large library with a huge selection of books ranging from art and design, fashion history, fashion illustration, pattern cutting to an exciting range of fashion magazines as used by the industry. The opportunity for collaborative work with students from other art and design courses is a feature of the course to enable portfolio development. We are also highly proactive in working with external agencies to create live briefs working for real clients.
You are required to have 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and/or Maths.
Successful interview with an art tutor (bring a portfolio of your art and design work).
Good verbal and written communication skills.
Good drawing skills are a bonus.
This course is made up of units of work that are set, delivered and assessed within the classroom and college environment. You will receive a project brief for each that introduces you to a scenario, question or problem to solve. This setting will take you on a journey that could require you to produce sketchbooks, digital portfolios, Blogs, design sheets, 3D or 2D outcomes, artists/designer analysis, experiments, maquettes, presentations and many more. All of these requirements will be supported through specialist workshops, tutorials, advice and guidance, feedback and discussion. Staff in this area pride themselves on their ability to work with each individual learner to realise their creative potential.
● After completing this course student’s go on to higher education within Fashion and Textiles related subjects.
● Following on from this, students enter a range of employment opportunities such as multiple design fields, costume design, fashion retailing and manufacturing, to name just a few.