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Art Design BDC
Level 3

Art and Design Practice - Fashion


2 years


Rush Green Campus


Sept 2023


Adult 19+


Art & design

Fashion is a vibrant and flourishing industry with a wide range of career opportunities.

This course provides an opportunity for those with an interest in fashion to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure that is both stimulating and demanding.

Using a combination of hands-on and theoretical learning, you'll gain practical, technical, and creative skills during this course, in our industry-specific studios. You'll have the opportunity to work on unique and exciting projects designed to expand and test your knowledge of the industry and market. These include:

  • The Visual language in fashion, fashion illustration
  • Textiles processes including dyeing, weaving and surface decoration
  • Print, including mono printing, block printing, heat transfer and screen printing
  • Researching themes and trends
  • Materials, processes and technical skills for developing your design ideas
  • Pattern cutting and garment construction
  • Self-initiated Final Major Project
  • Laser Fabric manipulation and printing.
  • 3D printing Makerbot / Z18
  • Fashion Photography, styling, branding and marketing
  • Zine publishing and social media development
  • Fashion business and personal profiling.
  • Work experience with industry employers

The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels. You will develop a variety of fashion skills creating a portfolio of work in preparation for further study or employment within the industry.

You will also undertake a final end-of-year collection that will allow you to utilise the skills you have acquired. As a Creative Arts student you will be encouraged to collaborate across disciplines and specialisms.

Written, practical assessments and coursework.

You will need to have GCSE Maths, English Language and two additional subjects at grade 4 (C) or above.

As part of the application process you will also be asked to explain why you want to study this course, so that we can ensure any course offer made aligns to your career goals.

Or you will have gained a Merit or above in an appropriate Level 2 qualification. You will also need to provide a portfolio of work, as well as a reference.

You'll have opportunities to answer real 'live' project briefs within specialist areas of Fashion and Textiles as part of the course.

30 hours of work experience form part of the course, and work experience placements are arranged - some of them possibly in European cities!

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Where it can lead to
Career progression

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

Contact our careers team for further guidance.