Learning and Teaching
A variety of learning and teaching opportunities will be available on your course, approximately 30% of your learning will include lectures, tutorials and classroom based learning supplemented by workshop activities. Studying can include individual and group working. Higher education courses also require students to undertake independent study and so approximately 70% of your studies will be through independent learning, research, reading and completing assessments. Independent study can also include working in the library or joining a study workshop at the College where you can gain support on study skills.
You will learn new techniques, explore innovative processes and fashion trends, and develop an independent mode of working. You will also be able to specialise in the areas you are most interested in, which include pattern cutting, garment manufacture, illustration, specialist textile techniques such as printmaking, embroidery and knitting and computer aided design. The practical skills learnt will be complemented by a strong understanding of the social, political and historical factors that influence trends within the fashion industry. On completion of your studies you will have created a professional portfolio of work that will showcase your technical abilities to future employers.
Assessments are designed to reflect the diverse creative sector and so could be for example a live project, a case study, report or project.
The course aims to develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the global fashion and textiles sector through the study of 120 credits per academic year with a total credit value of 240 credits (equivalent to the first 2 years of an honours degree).
• Professional Development
• Contextual Studies
• Individual Project (Pearson Set)
• Techniques and Processes
• Computer Aided Design (CAD)
• Pattern Cutting & Garment Making
• Fashion & Textiles Practices
• Professional Practice (15 credits) The creative industries are always changing; in response to development in technology, social change and cultural conditions. These, in turn, have an effect on the professions and roles that are required within the industries. Through this unit, students will explore the development of the professions within the creative industries and the roles that make up those professions. As creative practitioners it is important to schedule time, both to reflect and plan for personal development needs. This can help those working in creative industries to find inspiration and innovate, as well as prepare for external factors, such as keeping up with trends and new developments in their specialist field. The aim of this unit is for students to begin to define areas for personal professional development, in the context of a growing awareness of the broad scope of the creative industries.
• Contextual Studies (15 credits) Contextual Studies provides an historical, cultural and theoretical framework to allow us to make sense of art and design, as well as to consider how they may help us to understand the wider world. This unit is designed to introduce students to key cultural developments, practices and movements related to the history of art, design, visual and popular culture since 1900. Emphasis will be placed upon developing a broad knowledge of art and design contexts, considering the technological, economic, social and aesthetic causes which have, and continue to, inform our understanding of art and design within the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
• Individual Project (Pearson Set) (15 credits) This unit is designed to develop the skills to apply creative practice in response to a theme and topics set by Pearson. Students will carry out and apply the knowledge and skills, developed through other areas of their studies, to complete and present an individual project. Wherever possible the unit will simulate working studio
You will need to be aged 18 years or over on or before 31 August of the academic year the course commences.
You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points which may be gained from the following qualifications:
• Two A Levels
• One A Level and an AS Level pass in an appropriate subject
• BTEC National Diploma or Extended Diploma
• BTEC National Certificate
• Level 3 Diploma or equivalent such as NVQ, International Baccalaureate, or Scottish Certificate of Education
• A recognised (Kitemarked) Access course
• Other relevant international qualifications You will also need to hold a GCSE English or equivalent to a level 2 in English or IELTS with a score of 5.5 Alternatively, if you have significant relevant work experience or other professional qualifications, you may be eligible for the course. Contact the College who will be able to advise and discuss your suitability for the course. To find out more about UCAS points, please visit Click here
You will be able to make an immediate contribution to the workplace. For example, you can seek work in fashion, couture or textile design, tailoring, pattern-cutting, grading, or even set up your own company. You could also top-up your HNC to a HND by studying a further year at South & City College.