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Overview

The UK fashion industry is large with a global reputation, contributing around £35bn to the UK economy and supports around 900,000 jobs. Clothing has always been big business for the UK, even in medieval times, the wool trade accounted for 80% of exports.

This course is a gateway to a place at univesity or to career in the fashion industry. Over two years you will learn all the essential skills of fashion design technology, from sketching your designs in Adobe Illustrator, to then preparing your patterns in our state-of-the-art Gerber System. You will develop your ideas and concepts and create your own collection of garments, which will be showcased in our end of year Fashion Show.

For more information about a career in fashion and textiles, visit https://www.sccb.ac.uk/latest-news/item/764-thought-about-a-career-in-fashion-and-textiles

‘…standards of work are strong.’ Ofsted, 2018

“On the Fashion Garment Technology course, I learnt everything I needed to know about fashion from designing to pattern cutting and sewing on different fashion industry standard machines. The support from my tutors allowed me to grow in confidence and this allowed me to push my work to a higher, more creative level.” Holly, Alumni 2019-21

Course description

The UK fashion industry uses the latest CAD CAM computer technologies to compete in the global fashion industry, these technologies include visualising garments, accessories and fabrics as well as pattern drafting and grading systems. This course will give you a clear understanding of how to study and train for key roles in the fashion garment technology industry. The supply and manufacturing side of the UK fashion and textiles sectors makes £11.8 billion a year AND makes up for 79,000 businesses and 340,000 jobs. This course will take you from design to the final outcome with use of specialist technology in the fashion industry. You will develop a competence in the manipulation imagery through hardware and software in order to be able to present your own design outcomes.

This course will prepare you for a career in the fashion industry either in the UK or abroad.

“I have been studying fashion (garment technology) at South & City for two years. Before joining the course, I knew very little about the world of fashion but through the immense support of the lecturers I can now confidently do art and design, pattern cutting, textiles and construction. My favourite thing about the course has been the hands-on nature and the varied style of teaching.” Katie, Alumni 2019-21

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and with health and safety of our students as a priority, we have redesigned this course to include a mixture of classroom-based and online learning.

What areas will I study?

What you will learn –

  • Technical pattern cutting and garment technology
  • Gerber technology
  • Computer aided design – Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator
  • Digital illustration and image manipulation
  • Experimental and sustainable textile design
  • Current global trends in the fashion industry

Units –

  • The creative process
  • Developing creative practice
  • Responding to a set brief
  • Researching a specialist industry practice
  • Specialist technical skills development
  • Specialist creative outcome

Student Comments

"Going to South and City College allowed me to build my confidence not only in myself, but in my work. I got great support from peers and tutors. I knew that if there were any problems, I could go to my tutors and find a solution despite being in a large class. Overall it was a very eye opening and exciting experience. It has definitely prepared me for when I get a job in the industry and when I go to university." Mia, Alumni 2017-19

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 13 September 2021, Duration: 2 Academic years - 2 Academic years Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 (no level 3 qualification) 13 September 2021, Duration: 2 Academic years - 2 Academic years Any course under level 4 for 19-23 year olds without a full level 3 qualification is likely to be free, please contact the college for further information
19-23 (with 1 or more level 3 qualifications) 13 September 2021, Duration: 2 Academic years £1800.00 Exam Fee:£108 2 Academic years You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
24+ 13 September 2021, Duration: 2 Academic years £1800.00 Exam Fee:£108 2 Academic years You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.