Fashion and Textiles – Level 3 Extended Diploma

City And Islington College

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About the job

If you are interested in the fashion and textiles industry, this course provides an opportunity to explore, develop and extend your creativity with stimulating and challenging study. You will increase your skills and knowledge by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic fashion workplace situations, activities and demands.

You will learn a range of disciplines such as fashion illustration, pattern cutting and sewing skills, digital and screen printed textile design, styling and photography. Research and idea development are central to your study in the visual arts and you will also learn different types of drawing styles. This will be underpinned by an understanding of cultural and historical influences. You will be introduced to relevant software and computer aided design to support you in your future career.

Day-to-day, you will engage in practical workshops, lectures, debates, gallery visits and independent research. You will learn new skills and develop experience using a number of specialist materials, techniques and processes. You will also develop your English and communication skills through contextual studies, ideas and concepts, and visual communication and through presentations to tutors and peer group.

You will develop your creative potential while working on your own fashion application, exploration and realisation. When experimenting with specialist techniques and processes, you will improve your understanding of the visual language in fashion and design.

Each term you will work on a number of assignments, and will exhibit your practical work around the college through an end-of-year exhibition/fashion show.

What will I study?

This course consists of two separate qualifications. In your first year of study, you will work towards the Level 3 90-Credit Diploma. Following successful completion of this qualification, you will be able to progress to the Extended Diploma. Our Extended Diplomas offer equivalent UCAS points to studying 3 A Levels.

Topics covered can include:

  • Pattern cutting
  • Garment construction
  • Drawing
  • Textiles
  • Mixed media
  • Photography
  • Visual recording
  • Digital design and editing (using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator)

What will I need?

You will need:

  • Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Maths or an equivalent Level 2 qualification at Merit or above
  • A portfolio of your art and design work

All applicants must have an interview to confirm that the course is suitable for them.

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