In year one, projects cover a broad range of theoretical and practical
skills relating to fashion and textile design including research skills,
drawing and visual studies, design and concept development,
fashion illustration, Photoshop, printed, knitted and embroidered
textiles, pattern cutting and garment construction. These are
supported by cultural and historical lectures, museum visits and
In year two, projects are designed to develop more advanced design
and technical skills in fashion and textiles that prepare students to undertake an individual major project. This project work enables
students to build a personal portfolio for progression on to university
level and/or related employment.
In addition, students are able to research into a wide range of
designers and companies through the use of specialist fashion and
textile magazines, fabric library, and the use of Industry standard specialist software.p>
If you have less that grade C / 4 in GCSE English or Maths, you will also study that subject at college.
Diploma Year One
Extended Diploma Year Two
- Unit 1 Introduction to visual language in art and design
- Unit 2 Introduction to research skills in art and design
- Unit 3 Introduction to critical and contextual awareness in art and design
- Unit 4 Introduction to materials, processes and technical skills in art and design
- Unit 5 An integrated approach to 2D problem solving in art and design
- Unit 6 An integrated approach to 3D problem solving in art and design
- Unit 7 An integrated approach to time-based problem solving
- Unit 8 Developing an art and design project
- Unit 9 Opportunities for progression in art and design
- Unit 10 Characteristics and contexts in art and design
- Unit 11 Preparation for progression in art and design
- Unit 12 Engaging with an audience in art & design
- Unit 13 Project proposal and realisation in art and design
Our fashion and textiles department offers fantastic facilities that will provide you with a real-world training experience.
- Design studios
- Sewing workshop
- Knitting workshop
- Mac suite
- Large format printer
- Laser cutter
- Digital fabric printer
- Art & Design Library
- Print workshop & Dye lab
- Fashion & Textiles Flexible Learning Area
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After 1 year you can achieve a University of the Arts London (UAL) Level
3 Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion & Clothing). This means you can progress to the Extended Diploma course (below).
After 2 years you can achieve a University of the Arts London (UAL)
Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion & Clothing).
This is equivalent to 3 A Levels. This means you can apply
for university level courses. Students may also consider
apprenticeships or other related employment in the fashion/
Your options could include fashion design, photography, interior design, fashion media promotion, stylist, costume, illustration, textile design, accessories designer, visual merchandiser, etc.
See UCAS tariff point values for these qualifications
Student Success Stories
- Tamzin Lillywhite – handcrafted accessories from start to finish from the finest leathers and solid brass hardware.
- Stefan Cooke – MA Fashion & Textiles Central St Martins College of Art & Design. 2015-2017 Winner of L’Oreal Professional Creative Award.
- Fah Singtong - works at Ralph & Russo Atelier.
- Sophie Brodrick - Visual Merchandiser for Kate Spade.
- Charlie Borrow - bag and accessories maker based in a small workshop in East London. His collection of products are expertly handcrafted one at a time.
Funding & Financial Support