The Fashion and Textiles Level 3 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.
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.
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.
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 related degree courses, including the BA (Hons) in Fashion and Textiles at University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute or to employment within the Creative Arts sector, or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles (Apparel).
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|Duration||One or Two Years|
Year 1: Diploma
Year 2: Extended Diploma
|Start Date||September 2023|
|Fee(s)||16-18 year olds: Free|
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