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  • Art & Design
  • Fashion Show
  • Dance Show
  • Fashion
  • Fashion
  • Creative Arts
  • Fashion

About the course

This specialist diploma will introduce you to many areas of the fashion industry, such as fashion design, marketing, trend prediction, styling, textile design, manufacturing and fashion illustration. During the course, all students will have the opportunity of working on live briefs with 2 prestigious fashion houses. These include the head of menswear design at Debenhams and the Managing Director of Diesel. These projects will introduce the students to specialist areas of the fashion industry as well as industry experience in working with practicing professionals.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 4 (English and Art or Textiles preferred). Portfolio of art and design work which demonstrates an interest in fashion to show at interview.

How much does it cost?

Free to those aged 16-18. If you are aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

A materials fee of approximately £75 is payable at the beginning of each year to contribute towards some of the consumable materials such as calico, pattern cutting paper, paper, paint, printing ink, thread etc. Budget £50 for your own materials and £30 for a portfolio.

Fashion students need to buy a pattern cutting start- up kit – cost £50.
You will need to buy your own fabric to make the garments you design on the course. Budget for £60 Year 1, £60 Year 2 plus £120 final collection. Costs (approx £75 per year) of local visits need to be covered by the students.

Awarding Body

UAL (University of the Arts London)

Why study?

The Fashion & Clothing course offers a wide variety of specialist disciplines which will give students the opportunity to explore the different areas within the Fashion industry. The course specialises in a range of areas including fashion design, styling, photography, accessories, textiles and fashion journalism. Although competitive, the fashion industry has a lot to offer committed and determined students. The Fashion course at Harlow college is dedicated to enhancing and developing students' skills.

Year 1
In term 1 you will be introduced to the basics of pattern cutting and production. You will produce experimental samples of printed and stitched textiles and use a range of media and materials in fashion illustration.

In term 2 you will continue to develop your pattern cutting and production skills. You will produce promotional materials for a well - known fashion brand and be introduced to fashion photography and make a short animation. You will learn how to use Illustrator to produce a tech pack.
In term 3 you will develop your own fashion or textiles project.

Year 2
You will learn how to make hats and other accessories. You will extend your pattern cutting, production and textile skills in a design project.
You will devise your own Final Major Project, which will be showcased at the Harlow College Runway Show.

You will have an apportunity to take part in the following educational visits:

Kew Gardens
London Museums and Galleries
Clothes Show Live
Sourcing and shop visits
Diesel headquarters
UAL institutions

Where will this course take me?

As part of your main course of study you will explore career opportunities within the creative industries and appropriate progression routes, in particular university courses.

Core modules

Year 1

  • Introduction to visual language
  • Introduction to research skills
  • Introduction to critical and contextual awareness
  • Introduction to materials, processes and technical skills
  • An integrated approach to 2D problem solving
  • An integrated approach to 3D problem solving
  • An integrated approach to time-based problem solving
  • Developing an art & design project
  • Opportunities for progression

Year 2

  • Characteristics and contexts
  • Preparation for progression
  • Engaging with an audience
  • Project proposal and realisation

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is coursework based through practical assignments, case studies and portfolio of work. At present there is no external assessment.

Will I have to provide anything?

A materials fee of approximately £75 is payable at the beginning of each year to contribute towards some of the consumable materials such as calico, pattern cutting paper, paper, paint, printing ink, thread etc. Budget £50 for your own materials and £30 for a portfolio.

Fashion students need to buy a pattern cutting start- up kit – cost £50.
You will need to buy your own fabric to make the garments you design on the course. Budget for £60 Year 1, £60 Year 2 plus £120 final collection. Costs (approx £75 per year) of local visits need to be covered by the students.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

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