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  • Course description
    Who is this course for?
    The course has been developed to meet the needs of students wishing to study Fashion Design and Fashion Promotion to undergraduate level, whilst covering the broad range of skills sought by employers. The emphasis is on practical and vocational work, and the content reflects the working of the fashion industry. Students learn contemporary methods of Pattern-Cutting, Design, Illustration, Garment Construction, Trend Prediction, Styling and technological methods of presentation. In Year 2 students choose either the Understanding Fashion, or the Fashion Promotion module, which will form their future career path. There is a compulsory module of work experience included. Students study for two years full-time, and achieve a Foundation Degree after which they may be eligible to complete a third year of a B.A. Hons. Degree at University. Progression onto a Degree course is dependent on a strong portfolio and a successful interview at the end of the course.

    What qualifications or experience do I need ?
    The selection of students for the course is through an interview. Students are required to present and demonstrate, through a portfolio of work, an appropriate level of skills to undertake the course. You will need to have 60 UCAS points and have successfully completed relevant A level subjects or a related BTEC National Diploma course. It is advisable to also have GCSE English Language at grade C or above or equivalent Key Skills Level 2. Mature students without formal qualifications but with relevant experience are welcomed. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate the IELTS competence assessment in English at 6.0 or above.

    What will I study ?
    This is a module-based course and gives you the opportunity to explore: Level 1: Introductory Fashion Contemporary & Contextual Analysis Computer Applications Intermediate Fashion CAD/CAM for Fashion Level 2: Understanding Fashion Fashion Promotion Industrial Practice Personal Research Project Professional Studies Information & Promotional Design The culmination of your programme will be the preparation of your end of year show.

    How will I be assessed ?
    The programme uses the Middlesex University assessment regulations. All modules need to be achieved for the award of: Foundation Degree in Fashion Assessment is an important part of the learning and teaching process. The intention of the team is that students have a clear understanding of achievement and strategies for improving progress and performance. There are no formal examinations on the programme. Assessment is formative and ongoing to provide regular feedback through timetabled sessions and tutorials. Grades and marks are awarded on the completion, submission and participation in specified assignment requirements. All Level 1 modules will be marked to a pass grade. Assessment and feedback points will be indicated on assignments and your course calendar. All Level 2 modules allow for students to achieve Distinction, Merit and Pass grades. All units for the second year are graded and an overall grade is awarded for the qualification.

    What qualifications could I achieve ?
    Foundation Degree in Fashion Applicants who successfully complete this course will be awarded the Foundation Degree in Fashion validated by Middlesex University.

    What can the course lead to ?
    On successful completion of this course and subject to interview and portfolio of appropriate work of Merit / Distinction grades you may be able to progress onto the third year of a Middlesex University BA Hons in Fashion Design, Styling & Promotion or B.A Hons courses at other universities Alternatively, students may wish to apply for employment or consider starting their own business.

    How do I join the course ?
    You should apply for the programme through UCAS. Students applying after the 15th August should complete and return a college application form to Admissions.

    Will I need an interview ?
    Yes. Selection of students for the programme is through an interview and a portfolio of supporting work.

    Are there any extra costs for equipment/materials ?
    You may need to purchase materials throughout the academic year - your tutor will advise.

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