*subject to validation
We are excited to introduce this brand new innovative, dynamic degree course which reflects the swiftly changing creative landscape, with a combined programme offering a contemporary, fresh approach, reflecting new trends and developments in the field of both Fashion and Textiles. The programme is an over-arching course tailored to students’ creative strengths by specialising in Fashion design and Fashion practices or Textiles design and Textiles practices. This allows students to develop a unique career path that suits their ambitions within this ever-changing industry. The programme team have developed an exciting and innovative degree that embraces both digital technologies and the development of traditional skills with sustainability embedded throughout.
The programme covers both self-initiated research, studio and workshop-based projects, within which students are encouraged to integrate design, digital technology and theory. Students are taught to design, cut, print and manufacture quality, original garments and textiles with high levels of craftsmanship, supported by our programme team of highly qualified industry professional, academics and technicians. This is underpinned by the ongoing development of business acumen, through professional practice modules, which run throughout each level of the programme.
Our extensive, state-of-the-art fashion and textiles facilities allow us to deliver a programme providing a rich dichotomy of industry focused skills, utilising digital technology, combined with a deep understanding of the value of traditional crafts. This is underpinned by the ongoing development of business acumen, through professional practice modules, which run throughout each level of the programme.
This new course builds on existing links and has also developed new industry collaborations. Through links with local businesses such as BAM clothing, Alpaca Fashion and Finisterre, Fortis, Owen Barry and Sassi Holford; students have secured internships and employment opportunities with all of these brands. In this way, students begin to broaden their own creative capacity as well as gaining invaluable industry experience and the opportunity to design for our industry partners. Professional practice and sustainability drives this course to give students the very best opportunities to gain employment in this exciting and ever-changing industry.
During your course there may be opportunities for residential trips in the UK and abroad as well as a variety of day trips. Previous cohorts have taken opportunities to embark on study visits to London, New York, Berlin and Paris among others.
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Teaching and Assessment
A range of study methods are used with an emphasis on using modern technology creatively to both research ideas and communicate completed products. You are encouraged to work to your strengths and interests, and will be supported in developing the skills that the industry require. This course is predominantly delivered on-site with some online learning each week across the academic year. Communication between you and your tutor is key to our supportive ethos, with social networking and blogging being used to help you develop ideas, solve problems and submit work. Assessment is via practical projects, reports, essays and peer and professional evaluations.
We continue to work with a panel of well-respected people from within the fashion and textiles industry to ensure that our course stays relevant in an ever-changing industry and the support for this new degree course has been very well-received. Previous graduates have had a very good success rate in securing employment upon completion of their studies.
Recent graduates have established varied and exciting careers in fields such as textile design, style forecasting, retail management, design management, buying, trend forecasting and gallery gaining employment with employers including Courtaulds, Abercrombie & Fitch, Sassi Holford, Fat Face, Debenhams, Ashley Isham, Miss Selfridge, Next, New Look, Peacock’s and Vivienne Westwood.
Others have progressed on to postgraduate level studying an MA or PGCE.
Typically entrants will possess:
• 80 UCAS points from a full Level 3 qualification
• or an equivalent Edexcel qualification (Extended Diploma – MMP/Diploma – DM
• or a Pre-degree Access Diploma
• GCSE English
Mature applicants with relevant experience who do not have the stated entry requirements are encouraged to apply.
You will be asked to bring your portfolio to interview. For more details please visit the course page on our website.