In 2018 the fashion industry contributed £32.3 billion to UK GDP, a 5.4% increase on 2016. The fashion industry remains a major UK employer, with 890,000 jobs supported across the industry.
Taught by experienced professionals this exciting programme of study offers you a multi-disciplinary pathway into the fashion industry. This course combines design development together with technical and practical skills to give students a wide range of options within the fashion industry whether you want to be a designer, maker, stylist or promoter or aspire to start your own business.
Students take part in live, industry led projects such as the Royal Opera House Design Challenge which enhances their costume design skills and allows them to work to an industry led criteria.
Students participate in a range of work placements at companies such as Diesel head office, F&F Clothing buying department and The Young Vic Theatre costume department.
Our students said;
"The course really prepared me for university and I learnt skills I can take forward into my fashion career."
"I made the right choice in choosing fashion at college rather than A'levels @ school."
"I feel so much closer to my ambition to be a famous fashion designer; the fashion director at my placement said I was really talented with a great portfolio."
"Doing this course has given me the confidence and skills to pursue my dream job of working as a fashion stylist."
- Fashion, Textile or Costume Designer
- Garment Technologist
- Fashion Marketing
- Styling and Promotion
- Fashion Forecasting
What can I do next?
After successfully completing a UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion Design, Production & Promotion) you can progress to a second and final year of specialist study with a UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion Design, Production & Promotion). Students develop a specialist portfolio of work and employability skills for direct progression to Higher Education or employment.
What will I be doing?
- Gain skills in fashion design, pattern cutting and garment production
- Investigate visual studies incorporating fashion illustration and Computer Aided Design
Study textile design, production, fashion crafts and sustainability in fashion
- Improve your awareness of the global history of fashion
- Research current industry practice and methods used in fashion forecasting and fashion promotion
- Learn how to style, present and promote your own designs in a professional environment
- Develop appropriate skills/qualifications in English Maths and software applications
- Enrichment programme of visits may include The Alexander McQueen exhibition space, the Fashion & Textile Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum
- Fabric sourcing and shop reporting in London's West End
- Work experience opportunities in the fashion industry such as Ted Baker, Young Vic Theatre, F&F Clothing (Tesco) and with independent fashion and bridal boutiques
- Produce a collection for a professional fashion show held at a local venue
- Develop a portfolio of work for direct progression to higher education degree or employment
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is continuous throughout the programme culminating in an end of year fashion show. Functional skills are assessed through on-line tests.
- 200 GCSE entry points including English at Grade C (Grade 4 of the new 16/17 GCSE grading structure)
- Level 2 Diploma at Merit level and English at Grade C (Grade 4 of the new 16/17 GCSE grading structure)
- You will need to provide examples of art and design work at interview
We also welcome applications from students with relevant experience or qualifications.
For more information on GCSE points please refer to https://www.hrc.ac.uk/school-leavers-16-18/qualifications-guide
What do I need to bring?
You will be required to purchase a course kit at approximately £150, a kit list will be provided with everything you need for the first term at college but you should expect to replace paints, sketchbooks and some materials as you progress on the course. £50 is payable on enrolment as a contribution towards the cost of study trips and additional specialist materials.
These fees are indicative of the 2021-22 costs and may be subject to change