This exciting, challenging and intensive one year course will prepare you for applying to highly competitive fashion and textiles degree courses. The course is designed to enable students to learn through exploration and discovery, through engagement with projects, lectures and study visits.
Structured in 3 parts, each part builds upon your learning and experience:
Part 1: An introduction to those aspects of art and design practise in order to establish a sound working methodology. You will be asked to explore a wide variety of abstract ideas and principles and to challenge your own pre-conceptions as you develop an independent approach to study. Drawing underpins all idea development – why and how we draw and its value as a creative tool in expressing ideas. You will also learn research skills, media, material and design development, as well as how to effectively evaluate your own work.
Part 2: Fashion and Textiles comprise a bewildering range of specialist disciplines from which you can build a rewarding career. This part of the course will help you to diagnose where you sit within this world, through a variety of briefs. You will be encouraged to generate ideas in a creative and independent way, supported by tutor-led advice. You will have opportunities to work with fabric, dyeing techniquies, fabric manipulation, pattern cutting, photography and computer software, as well as life drawing.
Part 3: The final stage of the course allows you to write your own personal project proposal. The emphasis at this stage of the course is on building those skills in independent study and idea development that will stand you in good stead for university progression. This project forms the basis of your final assessment and the end of year exhibition. Throughout the course you will have a personal tutor who will see you on a regular basis, ensuring that you have appropriate guidance to prepare for Higher Education.
The course is also underpinned by Historical and Contextual studies, in order to understand Fashion and Textiles within the broader context of Art and Design. This will support your knowledge and may help with interviews for degree courses. Study visits to some of the best museums and galleries in the world, a short distance from the bustling west end of London with shops and theatres.
What background and qualifications do you need to join? (Entry Requirements)
Maths and English GCSE at grades A-C.
3 A levels at grade C or above, with at least one in an art-based subject.
What does it lead to?
The majority of students will apply for Higher Education courses
Where will I study?
Situated at our brand new Hortensia Road site in Chelsea, we are ideally situated for access to some of the best museums and galleries in the world, as well as the West End’s shops and theatres.
What are the equipment and facilities like?
New, spacious, purpose built design studio with stunning views across the London skyline
How much should I study outside class time?
You will need work as much as you can outside class time to progress your coursework and develop your skills. Like most things in life: you get out what you put in! We expect full attendance.
How is the course assessed?
Your work will be assessed at the end of each of the three main stages of the course: Exploratory, Pathway and Confirmatory. Alongside this, you will get regular feedback on your progress in class, as well as in individual and in group tutorials.
Are any course materials online?
What books and equipment do students need?
Art materials, papers, pads, portfolio later in the course. An equipment list will be provided on application.
What else do I need to buy? / Are there any additional costs?
£50 materials fee payable in class in first session, to cover costs of materials in Exploratory stage
What do I need to bring to the interview?
A portfolio of current work that can include sketchbooks, drawings, photographs, paintings or 3D work, textiles samples and designs, fashion design work, garments.