Level 3

Art and Design (Fashion) Level 3 Extended Diploma

Duration Age Group Study Year Cost Available Locations
2 YEARS SCHOOL LEAVERS FULL TIME 2021
FREE* Southend Campus
Duration Age Group Study Year Cost Available Locations
2 YEARS SCHOOL LEAVERS FULL TIME 2021
FREE* Southend Campus

Overview

This course is designed to take you through a comprehensive range of different fashion and design techniques and disciplines either in preparation for study at a higher level or future employment.

Entry Requirements

  • Four GCSEs at grade 4/grade C including maths, English and an art-related subject, or
  • Art and Design Level 2 Extended Certificate plus maths and English at grade 4/grade C, or equivalent
  • You will be asked to provide evidence of your ability in the subject which could be in the form of a portfolio
  • Successful attendance at interview event

Study Programme

Students who do not achieve a grade 4 or above in English and/or Maths will be required to complete an English and/or Maths qualification via the Century platform. Students will engage with at least 3 hours a week study via the online platform.

The Century platform is an online software system that uses artificial intelligence to create a personalised, adaptive and differentiated set of learning.  Students will work on a set of skills that are unique to them, the system will produce results and feedback tailored to meet individual learning needs alongside tasks that are mapped against the GCSE curriculum and encourage stronger learning outcomes.

Course Structure

  • Design
  • Illustration
  • Pattern cutting
  • Garment construction
  • Tailoring techniques
  • Textiles
  • Costume
  • Fabric knowledge
  • Research skills
  • Fashion forecasting and trend prediction
  • Live briefs working with professionals in the industry
  • Trips may include; exhibitions, factories, museums & international
  • Computer applications in fashion
  • Analysis and evaluation skills
  • Work experience
  • Maths & English

In your second year you have the opportunity to specialise in your chosen field (this is subject to applicant numbers).

Specialism 1: Fashion Construction

  • Concept development and creative research skills
  • Fashion design
  • Fashion illustration
  • Technical drawing
  • Lay plan
  • Budgeting
  • Pattern cutting
  • Toiling
  • Fitting
  • Garment production & construction
  • Textiles and fabric manipulation
  • Analysis and evaluation skills
  • Introduction to advanced pattern cutting skills
  • Portfolio building
  • Curating an exhibition and fashion show
  • Work experience
  • Maths & English

Specialism 2: Fashion Communication

  • Fashion branding and graphics
  • Fashion promotion
  • Fashion communication
  • Visual merchandising
  • Fashion photography, film and animation
  • Print techniques
  • Computer aided design; Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, SketchUp
  • Styling
  • Trend predictions
  • Portfolio building
  • Curating an exhibition and fashion show
  • Analysis and evaluation skills
  • Work experience
  • Maths & English

Assessment & Feedback

Your work will be assessed through a mixture of practical tasks and supporting written material. Your progress will be supported by regular ongoing feedback throughout the course.

Course Cost

School Leavers, full time: FREE

FREE to UK/EU under 19s not in employment.

What Next...

  • Art and Design Level 4 Foundation Diploma
  • Higher education at university or college, including our degrees in Fashion Communication and Fashion Design at University Centre Southend
  • Professional employment in the fashion industry or related fields