Textiles

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Explore the exciting world of the fashion industry and learn to create and make your own garments. Your work will be showcased on the catwalk and captured in a photoshoot – giving you a flavour of the many aspects of this global career choice.

Fashion and Textiles Design Technology

What will I study?

As part of the course you will be given a broad insight into the many aspects of textiles and the fashion industry. You will be taught how to use a sewing machine, garment making, pattern drafting and fashion illustration skills. Visits also play an important part of learning: we research fashion trends outside of College, go out to buy and handle fabric and visit exhibitions and trade fairs. Students complete projects such as – Fashion Promotion, Creative Design, and Garment Making. These projects are inspired by current trends and the work of textile designers to create a wearable garment and range of accessories. Your overall assessment is made up of 100% coursework.

Co-curricular activities?

Each year we hold a fashion evening to showcase the work of our students which is attended by our current and prospective students. There is also the opportunity to visit The Clothes Show, the Trafford Centre and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and use our state-of-the-art photographic studio on a fashion shoot.

Where might it lead?

The design and textiles industry is the UK’s sixth largest manufacturing sector, with the market value reaching over £170 billion last year. Supporting this sector requires a steady supply of creative individuals who can design and develop new fashion and interior products. Careers range from fashion forecasting, designing and fabric technology through to pattern cutting, marketing and retail. Many of our students go on to study a design related course at degree level, while others choose a foundation course before specialising in a particular area of design.

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