Vocational Course

Fashion for Design & Retail Level 3

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About this course

This course develops skills and knowledge in various Fashion techniques.

Drawing, printing, Photoshop, embroidery, illustration, dressmaking and tailoring are just some of the processes that are used to design and make textiles and garments.

You will research industry standard project briefs to develop and extend your learning and the College’s annual Fashion Show is a celebration of the skills and knowledge that you have gained.

You will complete 18 units over the 2 year programme and the units that are there to help you to achieve your goals and extend your skills.

To further enhance your employability skills there will be opportunities for you to complete a one week work placement.

This compulsory aspect of the course gives you the chance to apply the knowledge gained in class to the real world of work.

What will I learn?

Units include:

Visual Recording in Art & Design

  • Drawing and painting is the basis of all your creative exploration.
  • The workshops help to develop ideas for surface pattern and garment design.

Ideas & Concepts

  • You will complete projects showing exploration and development of your design ideas. You will produce a sketchbook showing development, artist research, mood boards, design sheets, range building and final outcomes.
  • You will reflect on your own work to help you to extend your ideas further.

Fashion Illustration & Communication

  • You will explore CAD and hand drawn techniques in illustration, an essential part of any textiles or fashion designers portfolio.
  • You will think about the end outcome of fashion design, the marketing and magazine images and how fashion is communicated to the customer.

Textiles Design

  • You will explore various aspects of textiles design, which is an important part of every garment manufactured.
  • You will look at various embroidery and print techniques and understand how these could be used in conjunction with fashion outcomes.

Garment Construction

  • You will gain valuable practice in dressmaking and tailoring techniques. This will support your development in designing and making garments.

How will I be assessed?

Your coursework will be continually assessed by completing a series of projects and exhibiting your work; there will also be some controlled assessments as part of the course.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English.

Alternative Requirement: a relevant Level 2 qualification may also be considered

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - Graphics, Web Design & Multimedia HNC or choose from a range of HNC/D, Foundation Degrees and professional qualifications
  • University - related degree, such as Fashion Design, Fashion Buying, Fashion Styling, Textiles, Fashion & Business, Fashion & Marketing, Costume Design, Surface Pattern and Interior Design
Retail Manager
Visual Merchandiser

Additional Information

You will need to bring a portfolio of your work to an interview.

You will participate in field trips to galleries and exhibitions.

Market research and shopping is also a requirement of the course.