BA (Hons) in Fashion and Textiles
Welcome to BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles
The fashion Industry is forever evolving; shaped by contemporary ideas and technology. Our Fashion and Textiles course offers a broad and comprehensive education which leads to a range of career options. You can work in either fashion or textiles or you can combine both areas of study throughout the course. We support and nurture your independent creativity; working in a stimulating atmosphere you are encouraged to develop your individual potential.
The course will introduce you to the importance of research and the design process, along with the practical disciplines of pattern making, construction and textile processes, including traditional print methods and digital techniques.
The teaching team is comprised of consultants, designers and stylists, their industry experience will provide you with first-hand knowledge, professional skills and practice for your future careers that could include: fashion design, textile design, pattern cutting, buyer, stylist, own business, promotion, forecasting, marketing, sample machinist, educator or illustrator, or for further study at postgraduate level.
The course content is really varied with a good amount of guidance from the knowledgeable lecturers and technicians. It’s great that we have the opportunity to explore both fashion and textiles and find the areas in which we excel and want to progress further. I’ve learned so much about myself, been challenged to push my skills further as well as being encouraged to look at things in new ways. We covered a lot of techniques in the first year, which we were able to implement and develop further in the second year, allowing us to take things more in our own direction. Presenting our work to the designers from M&S was amazing and made me realise that I’ve learned skills that will make me employable in the fashion industry. I am now in a position to really hone my skills to create an exciting future for myself when I complete the course.Emmeline Smith, Year 2
I have gained many contacts from this course, from the visiting speakers, trips and the live projects we have done. All of these contacts are vital in the industry and getting into this field. As they say: “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” The small teaching groups encourage a friendly atmosphere.
Every part of the course has been important because it has been a learning process right from the very beginning. Before starting the course I was not familiar with print techniques and textiles process and now I have learnt a lot. The same goes with fashion construction, so I think each part of the course has been really worthwhile.
In the second year of the BA hons programme were able to work on a variety of live briefs which were set by industry. One of the projects was with high-street fashion retailer Oasis. I’ve just finished a placement with Oasis in London this summer at their design head office and it was an eye opening experience! The placement came about as a result of a live project set in the second year. I was able to learn the whole process of design, working with buyers and even designed an accessory with the company that will be put into production sold. Gaining industry experience as a part of the course has been one of the highlights for me, because it really gave me an insight of how the fashion industry really works. I hope to go on and study Masters in Fashion design or Textiles and then I’ll go from there.
The placement at Oasis and it was fantastic. I really learnt a lot about how the design team works, as well as working with the buyers too I got to learn about the design process, along with learning about fabrics, doing moodboards, research, trend forecasting and learning about Pantone, WGSN, their suppliers and factories… This has proven to be a very valuable experience to me and has given me great contacts for the future too.
This course has great modules; Introduction to Fashion and Textiles, teaches you all the basics and gives a have full understanding of the design is processes and garment, the resource are there for everyone, from industrial sewing machines to a fully equipped print room as well as able mac suits and a photography studio.
I would recommend Colchester to anyone looking for a creative exciting environment in which to undertake a degree
Catherine Baldwin, Year 1 BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles
What Our Graduates Do
Graduate shows and exhibitions such as Graduate Fashion Week, New Designers and a Fashion Show give a platform to students to exhibit their work to a wider audience. The breath of the course enables our Graduates find work in a variety of areas and at all levels of the industry, from well-known high-street brands such as Ted Baker, Monsoon and Asos to high end luxury labels including Burberry, Harrods own Label and Paul Smith. Students find work as; Designers, Pattern cutters, Garment Technologist, Product Developers, Buyers, Visual Merchandising, Public Relations, Print designers, Print studio managers, Trend Forecasters.
Our students are employed in a variety of roles with in the Fashion Textile Industry for companies including; Biba, Puma, Burberry, Harrods Own Label, Ted Baker, Monsoon, Oasis, M&S, Paul Smith, River Island, French Connection, Crumpet England, Debenhams, Trend Stop, Lacoste, Issa, House of Fraser (Buyers) and Debenhams (Buyers).
An MA in Art or Design specialisms, or Design Management or Marketing. The educational sector can be accessed through a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education. Postgraduate study in related areas is another option.
Portfolio of artwork supported by 64 UCAS points* gained from study on Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or level 3 Diploma in an art related subject along with 5 GCSEs (grades A*-C) including English language, or an Art and Design Foundation Year. Exceptionally, A Level applicants with appropriate portfolio of artwork and knowledge. Students without formal qualifications but with appropriate portfolio of artwork/ work experience. All applicants are formally interviewed.
*2017-18 UCAS Tariff
This Award has been organised by Colchester Institute’s Colchester School of Art and Paul Smith in memory of former graduate, Nicole Abbott, who passed away in 2013 aged just 34, after a long battle with cancer.
In May 2014 Val Jacobs, Nicole’s lecturer and course leader at Colchester School of Art, asked Nicole’s parents if she could create a design award, in partnership with Paul Smith, to celebrate Nicole’s life and her love of design. This is the only collaboration of its kind to be supported by Paul Smith, which makes the award unique.
Speaking about the collaboration, Val said, “An award like this will give one student the opportunity to be involved first hand in how the design process works at one of the most prestigious and influential design companies in the world.” Val also wanted this award to pay tribute to Nicole’s work ethic, passion and brilliance in design. She believes it’s a legacy that must be passed from one year to the next.
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