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Fashion and Clothing – BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

This course is for those interested in fashion, design and working creatively. You may want to complete a degree course or gain employment into this competitive field. Ideally you will have an interest in fashion, drawing, photography, and like to work creatively. It is important that you have an interest in looking at the work of others, that you can understand their skills, their techniques and methods. The fashion industry is based on people’s opinions therefore you will need to respond positively to the advice and criticisms that people may have with your work.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and one art based subject; alternatively you will be accepted if you have gained successful completion of a BTEC First Diploma at Merit or Distinction grade.

A portfolio of work is also required to gain entry onto the fashion course; this should include/ demonstrate the following;

  • A considered and creative layout
  • Observational drawings, in a range of media (e.g. Pen, pencil, oil pastel)
  • An ability to discuss the work of others (artist research)
  • Where possible recent examples of 3D work
  • You are also advised to bring in sketchbooks from year 10 and 11
  • Finally any of your own textiles or fashion work that you may have completed in your own time (if applicable)
Course Content

The course is very practical, and you will be learning many aspects used widely in the fashion and textiles industry such as fashion illustration, print making, and garment design, basic stitching and construction.

You will be set briefs to work to within which you will need to complete initial observational studies in the form of drawings and photographs to inspire your fashion and textiles outcomes.

You will explore the concept of trend prediction, and identify the varying the job roles within the fashion industry such as marketing, buying, design and so on.

You will be set live projects by industry specialists to give you a good insight into the fashion industry, in the second year you will also help organise a fashion show to show case your designs, this will include planning hair, make up, the music for your models to walk to and so on.

There will be opportunities to visit galleries, exhibitions and fashion shows to provide further insight into the industry.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught practically, techniques and specialist skills will be demonstrated and discussed with you, and you will then re-generate what you have seen in your own creative style. You will keep a sketch book with all samples, designs and your thoughts and artist/designer research to demonstrate your development and how you reached and realised your final outcomes. At times you will work in a self-directed format, planning your own time, researching, and exploring your own design concepts.

How will I be assessed?

Each project will cover specific units; over the two years of the course you will have covered many units. Each unit is assessed at Pass, Merit or Distinction grade attributing to a final overall grade at the end of the course. Those wanting to continue onto higher education will need to receive a merit grade or above to obtain the required amount of UCAS points.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

After completing the fashion course you will have many different opportunities ahead, such as applying for the pre-degree course here at the College. Alternatively, you may decide to apply to university or go straight into employment.

Course Information

Students, aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and examination/assessment fees. There are a number of grants available for students on low incomes and for those studying on a first time qualification. Details will be given at interview.

If you would like further advice or guidance please contact Reception on freephone 0800 056 0511.


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