If you dream of working as a fashion or costume designer, this course will help you progress towards your goal. Designed as an introduction to fashion and costume design, the programme will teach you about the fashion industry and enable you to conduct research for fashion projects. In addition, you'll participate in regular visits to galleries and museums and get the chance to exhibit your own work at our exciting end-of-year show. All students are encouraged to develop a strong portfolio to enable them to progress to a higher level course.

The course has been developed to give you a more practical approach to learning, providing you with the transferrable skills, knowledge, self-confidence and professionalism needed to progress further within the fashion industry. Learning will be through practical activities and projects, and you'll be encouraged to explore and experiment with a wide range of art and design methods in order to develop your creativity.

Aims of the course

To get you started on a full-time career path in fashion. Providing you with an introduction to fashion illustration, garment construction and printmaking, the course will help you to progress in further education or employment within the fashion industries.

Unit Breakdown

Introduction to Materials, Processes and Technical Skills

Introduction to Contextual Research

Introduction to Drawing Skills

Introduction to Communication Skills

Solving 2D Problems

Solving 3D Problems

Solving Time Based Problems

Developing and Producing a Personal Project

Assessment Method

Assessment throughout the course will be formative to support and encourage learning and provide an opportunity for feedback. Only the final unit will be graded to allow students the best opportunity to achieve. The final unit requires you to research, organise, plan, produce and present a personal project, and your achievement in this final unit will determine the overall grade for the qualification.

Evidence submitted for this unit is assessed and graded internally and subject to external moderation. Candidates can achieve a pass, merit or distinction, with one opportunity to retrieve a referral.

Progression Opportunities

Learners who achieve a Level 2 qualification can progress to a Level 3 in Fashion and Textiles Design and related academic qualifications. Having successfully taken the course, you will be perfectly suited to junior roles within the fashion industry.

Career Options

Fashion designer, costume maker, fashion photographer, pattern cutter, costume designer, fashion stylist, dress maker.

What can I earn as a fashion designer?

When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. If you study for a vocational qualification in fashion, you'll be starting on an exciting career path with the potential to earn a good salary ? whether you work for a company or decide to set up as a freelancer. For example:

Fashion designers start on around £19,000 a year and can earn £28,000 with 3-5 years' experience

Tailors and dressmakers start on around £11,000 and can earn £14,000 with a few years' experience

If you'd like to turn your passion for fashion into a career, we offer a diverse range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. Our courses include valuable work experience opportunities and the chance to get your work 'out there' in fashion competitions ? and even at London Fashion Week ? preparing you to take your first steps in the industry.

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Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs D-F / or 3-2 (in 2017 GCSEs)

Relevant Level 1 qualification with Merit or above

Relevant industry experience to Level 1 or above


Based at our Southwark campus you will have access to a dedicated fashion base studio, facilities for screen-printing, industrial machines and dedicated Macs. We also encourage students to work across the disciplines with our Media and Art students to create exciting projects.

Process for Application

To apply please select your chosen start date and location below.



Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Part Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 11/09/2017
End Date 06/07/2018

Fees and Finance

16-18 £0 p/ year
19-24 £2,085 p/ year
24+ £2,085 p/ year
International £9,000 p/ year


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