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About the course

This course is for students who wish to embark on the first stage of training and education for the Fashion and Textiles industry. The course covers both fashion and textiles, providing the opportunity for learners to follow their chosen path in the fashion and textile industry. It also introduces them to the basics of fashion and textiles with the emphasis on innovation, skills and creativity. Throughout the course, students will develop a wide range of skills and experiences, both technical and creative, supported by an understanding of cultural, social and business skills. The course aims to train students primarily through experience of practice in designing and making, giving a sound practical skills base.

Entry requirements

Entry is by interview (informal). Candidates will need either a minimum of four GCSE's Grade C/4 or above, or an equivalent Level 2 qualification. One of these must be in either English or Maths - or both. Applicants will have the opportunity to discuss the course content and requirements during their interview and provide a portfolio of work demonstrating their creative ability. Applicants will need to be able to be motivated, manage their own time and have a mature outlook.


UAL Diploma (Extended) in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication (specialist pathway: Fashion and Textiles Extended Diploma Level 3)

What you'll learn (core modules)

Year one:

You are introduced to technical and design processes in fashion and textile including drawing, visual research, digital media, fashion illustration, fashion design skills, pattern cutting, sewing/tailoring skills, stand modelling, knit embroidery/fabric manipulation, print, plus historical and cultural understanding of fashion and textiles.

Year two:

The emphasis is to develop creativity and professionalism - developing students individual styles. Further fashion and textile design skills are studied including digital design for fashion and textiles fashion illustration, sewing/tailoring skills and pattern cutting.

You will create a portfolio of work as well as a final collection which will be displayed as a static exhibition or a fashion show.

The course is project-based and teaching sessions take place in well-equipped design studios and professional skills workshops.

See some of the work our students have created on Instagram.

Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.

BE NICE SOCIALStudents experienced the hustle and bustle of New York as part of their studies.

New York Residential Adventure

The School of Art and Design

Derek Johnson – Director

55 members of the School of Art and Design returned from an incredible 5-day residential in New York City, USA. The trip was packed and fast moving – early morning starts and walking many miles each day – covering the breadth of Manhattan through to the far south of Brooklyn.

It was a truly inspiring, demanding, happy and simply fantastic week.

Read the diary and view gallery

Benefits, skills and character strengths

In the School of Art and Design we have a culture of outstanding standards. All courses require resilience, determination to succeed and professional conduct. Full attendance and meeting assignment deadlines is critical to success. We are preparing individuals for university education and employment. Building character strengths and ambition underpins everything we do.

How will I be assessed?

There are no 'exams' for any of our qualifications within the School of Art and Design. Assessment is of presentation of the set assignments by the different lecturers. 1-1 recorded feedback and targets are given at key milestones. All work is assessed and verified internally. The Final Major Project in term 3 is moderated externally. Final qualifications are awarded at either a Pass, Merit or Distinction level. At Level 3 all qualifications provide relevant UCAS points for university entry.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

All aspects of the timetable are delivered in Leonardo House - a purpose-built Art School on the Bury St. Edmunds campus. Lessons are within specialist studios and workshops. These include 3D workshops, laser cutting/3D printing suite, fashion studios, a darkroom, photographic studios, ceramics workshop, drawing rooms, printmaking studio, interior design studio and 4 Apple Mac suites with over 120 I-Macs and 40 MacBooks.

Where will the course take me?

Students on this course have a great record of progressing to university degree courses and employment. The UAL Level 3 qualifications all carry the same UCAS points as equivalent A-levels. Art universities respond incredibly favourably to Extended Diplomas as they know that they have been delivered within a specialist Art School environment with specialist Lecturers.

Last year, 82 per cent of students progressed to university and 18 per cent were successful in finding employment. Students who decide not to progress to university generally undertake trainee employment positions within the creative industries. We have an outstanding track record of our students having amazing careers and fulfilling their dreams.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

You will need to provide a basic range of books and personal items of equipment. A list will be given prior to starting the course. Specialist equipment will be provided and a materials fee will be payable. On Fashion and Textiles we ask for a studio charge of £30 each year to cover material usage, alongside a £40 enrichment fee for trips.

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