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Fashion Design

Qualification type: Foundation Degree (FdA) Location:
Subject area: Level: 4
Leaflet Number: 465 Course Code: CR2266-01
Validated by: UCAS Code: W230
Academic year: 15/16 Course status: Running

UCAS applications

Applications for full-time higher education courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) website at

Institution code is M10 and course code is W230.

Call our Course Enquiry Team on 0800 068 8585 for further details.

Qualification type: 
Foundation Degree (FdA)
Subject area: 
Design and Visual Arts
Shena Simon Campus

What's the Fashion Design course about?

The fashion design and realisation course has been designed and developed in partnership with industry practitioners to ensure you are equipped with the practical skills and knowledge you need for a range of professional careers related to the fashion industries.

The programme is suitable if you are working in the industry, looking to develop your skills and gain a higher-level qualification, or if you want to begin a career in this area. The combination of academic and vocational skills gained on the course will enable you to make an immediate contribution when you commence employment or develop your own small business enterprise.

The fashion department has close links with industry and a work-based element is a crucial part of the course. Work-based learning is developed through live briefs, competitions and a period of work placement within the chosen sector of the fashion business. It will give you an insight into practical, professional and business aspects of the industry, preparing you for work in the fashion and textiles industries

You will learn the full spectrum of skills and knowledge required for a career in the fashion industry and become multi-skilled in all disciplines.

You will have the opportunity to exhibit your work regularly at various events, such as the college's annual fashion show, and other live events throughout the year. You may also have the opportunity to visit shops, museums, galleries, trade shows and exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally

Our university level courses have smaller class sizes than a traditional university. Smaller class sizes mean you're guaranteed to get individual attention and outstanding support from our specialist tutors

Modules of study include:

Level 4:

- Design communication
(design skills using a wide range of media, techniques & processes)
- Fashion & textiles technology
(understanding the construction of fibres/fabrics and a range of textile techniques, including the study of sustainable fashion)
- Introduction to pattern & garment technology
(create pattern blocks from measurements, adapting blocks to create patterns for design ideas, using industry methods)
- Historical & contextual studies in design for fashion
(history of art, design & fashion)
- Design project
(design, pattern cut and manufacture a garment to a set brief)
- Design development
(fashion cycle: study of fashion forecasting & trend research)

Level 5

- Developing pattern & garment technology
(utilise more advanced techniques for pattern cutting and modelling on the mannequin, to create a pattern and manufacture a garment to a more advanced level of the market e.g. Haute Couture or Designer brand)
- Research for design
(build upon the knowledge of history of artists/sculptors & designers to influence & inspire your own ideas for fashion)
- Personal & professional practice in design
(create a personal professional portfolio, designed to increase employment & higher education prospects e.g. gain employment or start your own business or access BA or BSc ?Top-up? year qualifications)
- Engaging industry, placements & competitions
(experience work placement opportunities within a relevant field of the industry, gain access to industry practitioners who will either set and/or partially assess live briefs or competition work)
- Self-directed project
(design & develop own fashion designs, inspired by chosen themes, based upon the research for design module)

Coursework is continuously assessed via live or simulated live briefs. Assessment methods include practical demonstration, portfolio work, written assignments and presentations. There are no written examinations.

What will I be able to do after I've completed this course?

The foundation degree can lead to a wide range of careers, e.g. fashion designers, pattern cutters, garment technologists, freelance or self-employment as fashion entrepreneurs. With further study, it could also lead to careers in textile design, fashion buying & marketing, merchandising, styling, retail management, costume design buying, fashion blogging/journalism.

What qualifications or experience do I need to do this course?

Applicants should be 18 years or over, have a range of GCSE passes at Grade C and above and possess BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design or BTEC National Diploma (Merit or above) or other vocational Level 3 in an appropriate subject area. UCAS point's tariff is a minimum of 160. Admission requirements include presentation of a portfolio at interview.

Applicants without the requisite UCAS points but with experience can apply for interview based on the presentation of the portfolio. This should demonstrate a range of skills appropriate to the subject area and contain recent examples of work illustrating key strengths and alternative evidence.

If English is not your first language then you will need to show proof of your English ability: an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 for each skill area is required.

Applicants must be highly motivated with a keen interest in the creative industries as a whole. A commitment to excellent attendance is also required. Appropriately experienced applicants will be considered in line with the University's AP(E)L procedure. .

All applicants will be asked to attend an interview. You will be asked to bring a folder of work together with any relevant notebooks and sketchbooks. This portfolio should include work that reflects your creativity, critical thinking and technical abilities as well evidence of background research including sketchbooks and preliminary work. The interviews will be based on a discussion to help place you on the right course and allow you to find out as much as much about the course.

Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity may also apply.


Full time

From/to dates

Mon, 21/09/2015

Course length

2 Year(s)

Weeks per year


Hours per week


As the definition of full time and part time can vary from course to course, please check with the tutor as to the exact number of hours study each week this course will entail.

How much will the course cost me?

For information on HE course fees, please contact our Course Enquiry Team on 0161 203 2100.

How do I apply?

All full-time applications from students in the UK and from overseas should be made using the online application system on the UCAS website

Please note, the course information on this website is provided as a reference guide only and is subject to change. It is therefore important that you check all course details, including location, timetable, fee, etc, at enrolment as the college operates a no refund policy.