What background and qualifications do you need to join?We are looking for enthusiastic, committed individuals with strong drawing skills and creative energy. It is an advantage if you have basic fashion skills, but not essential. You should have examples of recent work, which should include observational drawing and could include any of the following: garments, sketchbooks, accessories, knitwear, embroidery, decorative textiles and photographs. When we have received your application we will invite you to an interview to talk about your work and your future. If you feel you do not have sufficient recent work but you love fashion, send in your application anyway. We may be able to advise you as to an alternative course.
This is a unique and innovative programme of study. You will develop your creativity whilst building a portfolio to apply for Fashion College, University or to seek employment in the Fashion Industry.
What does the course lead to?
On successful completion you will gain a nationally recognised BTEC National Diploma in Fashion & Clothing. This will support your application for higher level study at Fashion College, University or employment within the Fashion Industry.
What does the course involve?
You will learn an extensive range of Fashion skills and develop your own ideas and personal ambitions. Study is over 2 years and includes the following:
* Drawing & Fashion Illustration
* History of Fashion & Contextual Studies
* Visual Research, Design and Presentation
* Computers in Art & Design
* Pattern Construction & Garment Making
* Textiles and Surface Decoration for Fashion
* Fashion Styling & Promotion
The first year gives a solid foundation of basic skills and students study a variety of approaches to design. In the second year you will concentrate on portfolio preparation for university or employment and deepen and enhance your design skills through challenging and exciting projects. Both year groups annually take part in Alternative Fashion Week and show their work on the catwalk. At the end of the 2 years students will create their own final collection and may have the opportunity to participate in the college's annual Fashion show and exhibitions. Teaching methods include formal instruction, practical work and demonstrations, lectures, seminars, discussions, pair and group work. Throughout the course you will visit exhibitions.
The College has two Libraries where you can research and compete your assignments using computers to access the intranet and the Colleges' VLE. Other resources include relevant book and journals and access to Library facilitators. Trained staff are able to help you with careers and educational guidance (including help with applications to university). Additional help with English and Maths is available if you need extra tuition in these subjects. A counselling service is also provided for students needing personal support. We have a day nursery on site at Worthington for 2-5 year-olds.
How much should I study outside class?
Approximately 6 hours of independent study each week.
How is the course assessed?
There will be assessments each term, when your grades will be discussed with you. You will have a personal tutor who will offer you advice, guidance and feedback and work with you on your application for BA or Fashion Foundation Degree.
What books and equipment do I need?
Students will be asked to buy their own materials. A list of materials and shops will be supplied. All students will be required to purchase their own bobbin case and pattern master, as well as basic sewing equipment such as scissors, needles, pins, etc.