Fashion, Textiles and Costume Level 3

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The Fashion and Textiles UAL Diploma course programme is designed for students who have completed their GCSE’s or a relevant Level 2 qualification and want to explore different aspects of fashion, textiles and costume, such as traditional and digital textiles techniques, Photoshop, constructed textiles and pattern-cutting and garment / costume construction.



***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular January Open Events are also open.

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What Will I Learn?

In the first year of the extended diploma qualification you will have the opportunity to explore your creativity developing some of the essential skills that underpin all creative disciplines.  With access to a designated studio, print-room, mac suite and industrial sewing machines you will learn through experimentation using a broad range of 2D, 3D and digital processes.

Projects will help you to gain a contextual understanding of art and design and support you to make and articulate personal connections and interpretations.  You will have the opportunity to take part in exhibitions and gallery visits and to develop your skills through independent and group learning.

In the second year projects enable you to develop a more specialist understanding and to apply your creativity in response to a series of fast paced industry relevant briefs. The programme encourages you to combine traditional and digital textile techniques, pattern-cutting and garment / costume production to create a portfolio of work suitable for fashion, textile or costume design, fashion styling, pattern-cutting and illustration. Regular contextual lectures on the history of art and design, photography and fashion, will underpin and complement your studio work.

As well as contemporary practice, you will learn the historical and vocational skill sets to ensure a broad based knowledge of the subject area and the wider Creative Arts. In addition to your main study programme you will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills to enhance your progression to Higher Education or to employment.

Course Content

Fashion, Textiles and Costume Level 3 – Course Content

The first year of this course consists of the following units;

  • Introduction to Visual Language
  • Introduction to Research Skills
  • Introduction to Critical and Contextual Awareness
  • Introduction to Materials, Processes and Technical Skills
  • An Integrated Approach to 2D Problem Solving
  • An Integrated Approach to 3D Problem Solving
  • An Integrated Approach to Time-Based Problem Solving
  • Developing an Art and Design Project
  • Opportunities for Progression

The second year of this course consists of the following units:

  • Characteristics and Contexts in Art and Design
  • Preparation for Progression in Art and Design
  • Engaging with an Audience in Art and Design
  • Project Proposal and Realisation in Art and Design
Entry Requirements
  • 5 GCSEs (9-4), including English and Maths, plus an Art and Design or Textiles subject, or satisfactory results (Merit/Distinction) in a relevant Level 2 qualification
  • An interview with a portfolio of work
Career Opportunities

Opportunities exist throughout the fashion and textiles industry. Successful completion of this course could lead to jobs as a designer for fashion, textiles or costume, fashion stylist, illustrator, wardrobe assistant or supervisor, event coordinator, merchandiser, production manager or buyer.

Course Progression

On successful completion of the first year Diploma programme you can continue your study of Fashion and Textiles onto the second year: Extended Diploma at Level 3; alternatively you can choose to study for the Art and Design Foundation Diploma, or other further/higher education courses.

The second year Extended Diploma programme will prepare and guide you through the UCAS application to progress to a degree course, such as the BA (Hons) in Fashion and Textiles at Colchester Institute or to employment within the Creative Arts sector, or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles (Apparel).

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Fashion, Textiles and Costume Level 3
Qualification: One Year: UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design | Two Years: UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design
LevelLevel 3
DurationOne or Two Years
Year 1: Diploma
Year 2: Extended Diploma
Study ModeFull-Time
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £8,583


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