Explore the exciting world of the Fashion and Textiles industry and learn to plan, design and make an extensive range of textile outcomes. The course is designed for students who want to take a creative and experimental approach to fashion and Textiles, working in our state of the art studio to produce truly stunning garments and other related outcomes.
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, produce an extensive range of samples and prototypes and will be encouraged to specialise in the area you are most interested in.
Drawing is an important part of the course and you will also be encouraged to explore the work of textile artists, designers and craftsmen to influence and inspire you.
In the first year the emphasis is on learning about new materials and techniques, laying the foundations for the extended project at the end of the first year. Coursework that you produce will be worth 60% of your overall grade, and there is an end of course exam lasting 15 hours’ worth 40%.
As well as gallery visits, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, students have the opportunity to apply for a prestigious study trip in Tuscany. There is also an opportunity for students to visit The Knit and Stitch show, in Harrogate, and use our state-of-the-art photographic studio for a shoot.
Where might it lead?
The fashion and textiles sector (including design, manufacturing, wholesale, media and retail) is estimated to be worth £26bn and employs around 797,000 people. 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.