Foundation Degree Fashion Design

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2020
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    The Open University
  • Cost
    £ 7800.00 per year
  • Centre Location
    Taunton
  • Course Description

    A practical and creative course with a strong focus on industry skills combined with creative development. You'll cover everything from design to garment construction, including fashion drawing and illustration, style forecasting and marketing. What's more, we encourage you to develop your own style right from the outset, meaning you can start carving your niche from the day you arrive in our industry-style Fashion Workshop and spacious design studios.

    The modules studied may include:

    • Idea and Materiality
    • Sustainability
    • Critical Reflection
    • Studio Practice
    • Making Meanings
    • Value & Context

    Find an example of the course handbook here.

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    Regulations for validated awards of The Open University and the Appendices can be found here.

  • Teaching and Assessment

    100% coursework, including practical design solutions and written content through an extended essay. This course is delivered on-site each week across the academic year.

  • Progression Opportunities

    Students are able to top-up their qualification to Honours Degree level at University Centre Somerset. In addition, we work with a panel of well-respected people from within the fashion & textiles industry to ensure that our course keeps up-to-date with the expectations of the workplace; as a result, University Centre Somerset students have a good success rate in securing employment upon completion of their studies.

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants require 64 UCAS points at AS/A2 Level (minimum 32 points at A2 Level) or equivalent Edexcel qualification (Extended Diploma - MPP/Diploma - MM), or Pre-degree Access Diploma. Students also require 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C (new grading system 9-4) including English and Maths or equivalent Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy.

    You will be asked to send a digital portfolio prior to interview. The portfolio must demonstrate your creative skills, subject knowledge and enthusiasm for study. We are looking for a maximum of 12 images that demonstrate a variety of skills research, design development, progressing through to final outcomes. These must include examples of drawing, sketchbooks, idea development, digital skills and finished pieces.. 

    The nature of study at this level requires GCSE grade A*-C (new grade system 9-4) in English and Maths or equivalent qualification. Under exceptional circumstances, a conditional offer may be made to a prospective learner to include an expectation of working towards GCSE Maths grade C or Level 2 Numeracy alongside completing the degree programme. Mature students who do not meet these formal entry requirements are welcome to apply, if they can evidence their commitment to the subject through previous experience.

    Applicants with English as their second language must have minimum IELTS Level 6 or equivalent.