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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 will prepare you for a career in the fashion industry either in the UK or abroad. A design studio specialist is expected to assist the designers on a day-to-day basis with a variety of tasks. Our course focuses on the art of styling and presenting fashion through an artistic, contemporary narrative. You will develop and define your style as a visual merchandiser and fashion stylist through innovative projects and creative collaboration opportunities with industry practitioners; such as photoshoots and styling for editorial content.

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

“This course has allowed us to push the boundaries of conventional fashion and has opened our eyes to a range of possibilities. It has allowed us to grow in different aspects of fashion. We have enjoyed styling and the traditional and digital design elements to the course.” Trinity and Breanna, Alumni 2019-2021

Course description

A design studio specialist is expected to assist the designers on a day-to-day basis with a variety of tasks such as: trend & inspirational research, communicating with suppliers, sketching & technical drawings, preparing tech packs by using Photoshop and Illustrator, hand sewing & textile sampling and maintaining organisation within the studio.

Visual communication encompasses your ability to competently communicate your work, style and ideas. When expressed confidently and successfully, it can provide opportunities for career, experience or educational progression. Exploring various ways to visually communicate your work will help you to identify the method that works best for your individual creative style.

Throughout the course you will engage in projects that inform your fashion knowledge and understanding of the retail fashion market - aimed at both digital and physical retail. These include strategies such as brand communication through window displays, designed to provoke and evoke an emotive response. The course will provide you with the opportunity to explore the field of retail fashion confidently. You will engage in exciting, innovative projects informed through creative techniques and new fashion practices.

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.

“I am leaving this course a new, happier, proud, confident and mature person. You, the staff, have given me that and I am extremely grateful to you. You have set me up for my future and I look forward to what’s to come. From the bottom of my heart thank you, thank you, thank you!” Raqim, Alumni 2019-21

“My best memory was the end of year Fashion Show, it showcased the creative freedom we were given! All of the collections showed a variation of personal styles and it was interesting to see how people had interpreted concepts.” Breanna, 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 –

  • Fashion styling and visual communication
  • Computer aided design – Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator
  • Digital illustration and image manipulation
  • Current global trends in the fashion industry
  • Developing a fashion product

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

"Through studying at South and City I have gained so much confidence in myself and my work. The tutors have guided me to reach my full potential by teaching me the industry's ways of working and brand new techniques. I have absolutely loved doing this course for the last two years and I have felt so supported and inspired by everyone in the fashion department." Izzie, Alumni 2017-19

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 9 September 2021, Duration: 1 Academic year - 1 Academic year Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 (no level 3 qualification) 9 September 2021, Duration: 1 Academic year - 1 Academic year 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) 9 September 2021, Duration: 1 Academic year £TBC 1 Academic year You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
24+ 9 September 2021, Duration: 1 Academic year £TBC 1 Academic year You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 6 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) 6 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) 6 September 2021, Duration: 2 Academic years £7000.00 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+ 6 September 2021, Duration: 2 Academic years £7000.00 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.
Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 9 September 2021, Duration: 1 Academic year - 1 Academic year Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 (no level 3 qualification) 9 September 2021, Duration: 1 Academic year - 1 Academic year 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) 9 September 2021, Duration: 1 Academic year £7000.00 Exam Fee:£315 1 Academic year You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
24+ 9 September 2021, Duration: 1 Academic year £7000.00 Exam Fee:£315 1 Academic year You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.