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UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design Level 4 – Fashion Pathway

This exciting and challenging one-year course will prepare you for applying to highly competitive degree courses. The course is structured in three parts, each building upon your learning and experience: art and design practice, fashion and textiles practice, and then your personal pathway development in a final fashion or textiles project. In this way you are able to learn through exploration and discovery and develop an understanding of a variety of processes and concepts. The practical nature of the course is under-pinned with historical and contextual studies, visits to museums and galleries, lectures and project work.

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Fashion & Textiles pathway)

This year 100% of our students have been accepted onto BA courses at leading London universities.

Probably one of the most creative and inspirational courses of its kind, we aim to develop students’ ability as fashion designers through exploration of the design process, underpinned by good technical skills. Working through an exciting series of fashion project briefs, students learn how diverse and individual concepts can be developed to inspire fashion and textile design ideas. Students who apply for this course are normally studying for GCSE’s in textiles or art and have good drawing skills. Applicants must have at least 5 GCSE’s (including English and Maths Grade C, or equivalent, or ESOL Level 5). Applicants must also demonstrate a genuine enthusiasm for fashion design and a commitment to study. With a strong emphasis on illustration and design development, this course also comprises historical and contextual studies, pattern cutting, garment construction, costume and textiles.

We have excellent links with leading universities, including UAL- London College of Fashion, Central Saint Martins and the University of Westminster.

At the end of the first year you will gain a Level 3 diploma, you will then progress onto the second year and complete the full Extended Diploma.

To register your interest in this course and be notified of upcoming open days and exhibitions of student work, please contact:

Yvette Blundell Course Director:
Susan Bly First year tutor:


UAL Level 1 Diploma in Art, Design and Media- Introduction to Fashion

This course provides an exciting introduction to fashion and textiles techniques.

You will build core skills and learn how to develop ideas to create fashion and textile work as you are guided through a range of interesting and challenging projects.

Through carefully constructed lessons and projects, you will also develop research, communication and personal development skills.  

This inspiring and varied programme will enable you to make informed choices about future study and provide you with a diverse body of work that will build into an excellent portfolio ready for progression to the next appropriate level of study.

See how this course led to a prestigious award for one of our students.

Entry Requirements

Candidates will be required to demonstrate their suitability for the course through interview with a selection of work or, should this not be available, an interview project.

What Books And Equipment Do I Need?

Basic art materials (list provided prior to enrolment).

Where will I Study ?


What will I learn?

You will develop and test your creativity within a structure that will provide a sound base of skills and knowledge, while enhancing self-confidence and revealing the potential career demands and opportunities within the sector.  You will develop a broad base of skills including; drawing, mark making, photography and styling, research, textiles techniques, introductory sewing and fashion techniques, fashion illustration, 3D and sketchbook presentation .

Functional Skills in English and Maths or GCSE retakes for students with Grade D.

The course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to progress to the next level of education and training.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a range of classroom based activities and workshops, complimented with a range of external trips and visits.  You will apply your knowledge and develop skills through a series of projects covering a range of fashion disciplines. This will lead to the creation of a portfolio, garment pieces, and a final exhibition. 

How will I be assessed?

Continual assessment is by coursework and is internally assessed and verified. This assessment is aimed at supporting your development through constructive feedback. 

The final project unit allows you to demonstrate all the learning that has taken place so far and is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.  This unit determines the overall qualification grade and is externally moderated by the awarding body UAL.

What can I do next?

– Further study: The level 1 course will help you to develop a portfolio of work to support progression into a range of Art and Design qualifications, usually at Level 2.

– Apprenticeship: you could apply for level 2 apprenticeships with employers in the local area subject to availability.

– Employment: The creative thinking skills and practical art skills you gain could help you to progress into the world of employment or to start your own business.

BTEC Diploma in Art and Design Level 3 – Fashion Promotion and Styling

The exciting new course is designed to give students essential skills and knowledge to enter the world of fashion promotion, create a fashion portfolio and gain experience in areas such as: Styling, Fashion Forecasting & Trends, Visual Merchandising and Fashion Promotion.

Students who successfully complete this course may progress to University courses in Fashion Marketing, Styling, Photography or Business or employment in the industry. The course includes enterprise activities to prepare them for work in the Fashion Industry. Trips include visits to the Tate Modern/Britain, Somerset House, Textile Museum and to meet fashion industry professionals at the Pure Fashion London event.

Introduction to Design for Fashion Publishing

This course will give you an introduction to magazine design. The course includes studying and applying corporate image as well as creating a variety of illustration styles and layout for magazine covers and articles. These will help you to develop the creative skills you need to bring your ideas to life. You do not need any previous experience

Garment Making

Students are introduced to sewing and to using commercial patterns to make a simple garment.

This useful course includes measuring, cutting, sewing techniques, fitting and pressing.

Pattern Cutting: Award Level 1

This structured programme is for students with basic sewing skills to learn and develop some pattern cutting techniques.

C&G Certificate in Pattern Cutting Level 2

On this course, you will build upon existing pattern cutting skills (e.g. from prior Level 1 study or other relevant experience) to learn a range of the specialist pattern cutting techniques – such as block-making and fitting – used in contemporary fashion.

Covering some of the more advanced pattern developments, such as blocks, style developments, collars and a range of style adaptations – as well as garment-making techniques- we aim to equip students with a thorough training in pattern cutting. You will be taught design development to support you in developing your own garments. Students consistently produce work of the highest standard on this course and leave with a strong portfolio to support job applications.

Students should have basic garment making, numeracy and literacy skills, as well as having Pattern Cutting experience.