Fashion Courses in London

Fashion Courses

Whatever you interests or ambitions, we offer an exciting range of courses, in a dedicated Fashion Department, taught by specialist fashion professionals. Our excellent links with Higher Education fashion and textiles courses in the London Area can help you prepare for your fashion course application. Many of our students have progressed onto Higher Education, successfully set up small businesses, or gone on to work within the fashion industry. We have a reputation for the high standard of work produced, and entry to our courses is often competitive.

We cater for beginners through to the very experienced, aiming to be as flexible as possible to meet individual needs. Acceptance onto all FE fashion courses is by individual interview. Where appropriate you will be asked to bring examples of your work. At interview we can build a personal study programme taking into account your existing skills and time available.

We also offer Foundation course pathways in Fine Art and Art and Design

"My course has helped me to be more creative, to use my time doing creative things. If it wasn't for the college, I wouldn't be where I am today - I have learned a lot!"

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Courses and Fees

  • Higher National Certificate in Costume Level 4 ( 14KFF012 )

    Level 4

    Qualification

    ‘ This outstanding, specialist programme will develop your strong, existing sewing and pattern cutting skills for the Theatrical or Film Costume industry. Focusing on Period Costume, you will research a given period in history and interpret this research to develop a full costume, including all the undergarments and the mechanisms that create a specific silhouette and style – using highly specialised techniques and processes. This course will prepare you well for progression onto BA Costume programmes or employment in the industry. Work experience and projects with industry are part of the programme.’

    Application required
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14KFF012-01 Chelsea Centre 18 Sep 14 35 Thur/Fri 10:00-16:00 TBA
  • Foundation Diploma in Art & Design - Fashion Pathway ( 14KFF101 )

    Level 4

    Qualification

    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.

    Application required Level 3 Discount Available Level 3 Discount Available
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14KFF101-01 Chelsea Centre 10 Sep 14 35 Wed/Thu/Fri 10:00-16:00 K McIntyre

    Aged 24 or over? Take the financial stress out of study and be among the first to get a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan!

    If you're aged 24 or over and want to enrol for this course, from April 1 2013 you can apply for a Government funded loan to pay for your tuition fee.

    Find out more!

  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Fashion and Clothing (2 Years) ( 14KFF104 )

    Level 3

    Qualification

    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. This course requires basic skills in fashion and 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. The first year of the course is a 90 credit Diploma, with an optional further top-up year to an Extended Diploma. *This year over 95% of our students have been accepted onto BA courses by leading London universities.

    Application required Level 3 Discount Available Level 3 Discount Available
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14KFF104-01 Chelsea Centre 08 Sep 14 35 Mon/Tue/Wed 10:00-16:00 TBA

    Aged 24 or over? Take the financial stress out of study and be among the first to get a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan!

    If you're aged 24 or over and want to enrol for this course, from April 1 2013 you can apply for a Government funded loan to pay for your tuition fee.

    Find out more!

  • BTEC National Diploma in Fashion Promotion and Styling L3 ( 14KFF009 )

    Level 3

    Qualification

    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.

    Application required Level 3 Discount Available Level 3 Discount Available
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14KFF009-01 Chelsea Centre 08 Sep 14 36 Mon/Tue/Wed 10:00-16:00 C Deren

    Aged 24 or over? Take the financial stress out of study and be among the first to get a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan!

    If you're aged 24 or over and want to enrol for this course, from April 1 2013 you can apply for a Government funded loan to pay for your tuition fee.

    Find out more!

  • UAL First Diploma in Fashion ( 14KFF001 )

    Level 2

    Qualification

    This course covers the following: drawing, fashion illustration, research, design, textiles, fashion shoot, graphics and portfolio presentation, contextual studies, trips to galleries and museums, garment making, pattern construction and enterprise work.

    Application required Level 2 Discount Available Level 2 Discount Available
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14KFF001-01 Chelsea Centre 08 Sep 14 34 Mon/Tue/Wed Various Team
  • BTEC Level 1 Diploma: Introduction to Fashion ( 14KFF025 )

    Level 1

    Qualification

    This one year course provides a thorough introduction to all the fundamentals of Fashion and the key skills required to progress to higher level study, such as drawing and design processes, garment making and textiles techniques, using a variety of media, as well as study and self-management skills. An ideal course to those new to Fashion,  with limited Art and Design experience, who wish to build a portfolio of skills for progression.

    Application required
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14KFF025-01 Chelsea Centre 10 Sep 14 35 Wed-Fri 10:00-16:00 S Wright
  • Theatrical Costume Skills - Preparation for Certificate ( 14KAF600 )

    Preparatory course for students intending to study for the Certicate in Theatrical Costume. You will be introduced to the specialist skills that you will need for Costume Interpretation.

    Application required
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14KAF600-01 Chelsea Centre 18 Sep 14 2 Thu,Fri 10:00-16:00 C Porter
  • BTEC Certificate in Theatrical Costume (Part 1) ( 14KFF601 )

    Level 1

    Qualification

    You will research period costume, developing your own historical costume interpretation, before creating authentic looking foundation garments for the given period.

    Application required
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14KFF601-01 Chelsea Centre 02 Oct 14 16 Thu,Fri 10:00-16:00 C Porter
  • Theatrical Costume Skills - BTEC Certificate in Theatrical Costume (Part 2) ( 14KFF602 )

    Level 1

    Qualification

    Building upon work completed on the Theatrical Costume Certificate (Part 1), you will create authentic looking historic costumes, using pattern construction and garment making techniques, as well essential decorative processes.

    Application required
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14KFF602-01 Chelsea Centre 26 Feb 15 15 Thu,Fri 10:00-16:00 C Porter
  • Pattern Cutting: BTEC Certificate Level 1 ( 14KFF002 )

    Level 1

    Qualification

    On this 36 week course, you will receive a thorough introduction to a range of basic pattern cutting techniques that will enable you to cut patterns for garment production, including bodice blocks, skirt and trouser blocks and a series of style adaptations. Students will learn how the processes used for the production of Working Patterns and Full Production Patterns as well as the Time Efficiency Practice criteria required for today’s competitive fashion market place. Study is also supported by garment construction techniques. Students should have basic garment making, numeracy and literacy skills.

    Application required
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14KFF002-02 Chelsea Centre 18 Sep 14 35 Thu 18:00-21:30 F Augustine
  • Pattern Cutting: BTEC Certificate Level 2 ( 14KFF003 )

    Level 2

    Qualification

    On this 36 week 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 kimono and raglan sleeve blocks and style developments, advanced collars and a range style adaptations - as well as garment making techniques to support study - we aim to equip students with a thorough training in pattern cutting. 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 completed Level 1 Pattern Cutting.

    Application required
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14KFF003-02 Chelsea Centre 16 Sep 14 35 Tue 18:00-21:30 F Augustine
  • Pattern Cutting: BTEC Award Level 1 ( 14KFF004 )

    Level 1

    Qualification

    This structured programme is for students with basic sewing skills to learn and develop some essential sewing and pattern cutting techniques. Through exercises in class, you will learn how to construct some basic items of clothing. Homework each week will help to reinforce learning.

    Application required
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14KFF004-01 Chelsea Centre 15 Sep 14 12 Mon 10:00-16:00 F Augustine
    14KFF004-02 Chelsea Centre 05 Jan 15 12 Mon 10:00-16:00 F Augustine
  • Introduction to Garment Making and Pattern Construction ( 14KAF009 )

    Learn some of the key techniques and processes required to make garments. Whether you want to develop these skills for personal use or work towards a career in garment production, this course forms an ideal introduction. Some basic sewing experience is an advantage.

    Direct enrolment
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14KAF009-01 Chelsea Centre 24 Sep 14 10 Wed 18:00-21:00 F Augustine
  • Introduction to Fashion Illustration ( 14KAF017 )

    Learn how to illustrate your fashion design ideas. This course is ideal for relative beginners and will take you on your first steps to representing your ideas effectively. Ideal for thos who wish to develop more confidence in this area.

    Direct enrolment
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14KAF017-01 Chelsea Centre 19 Jan 15 4 Mon 18:15-21:15 TBC
  • Introduction to Photoshop for Fashion Design ( 14KAF015 )

    Adobe Photoshop is one of the most commonly used programs in the fashion industry. This course will introduce you to fashion design using both computer aided design as well as traditional manual skills. As part of the course, you will learn how to draw fashion sketches, professional looking illustrations, mood boards, collection boards and create and modify textiles. This course is suitable for all those who are interested in fashion and wish to build up a portfolio. Good as a standalone course, this can also support study in other design areas. You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to join this course.

    Direct enrolment
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14KAF015-01 Kensington Centre 02 Oct 14 4 Thu 10:00-17:00 Team
  • Sewing Machine Techniques ( 14KAV019 )

    A one evening introduction to using a sewing machine. You will learn how to thread up the maching and use a variety of stitches and techniques, as well as troubleshooting. Ideal for beginners and as preparation for one of our other fashion courses.

    Direct enrolment
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14KAV019-01 Chelsea Centre 15 Sep 14 1 Mon 18:15-21:15 A Brown
    14KAV019-02 Chelsea Centre 16 Feb 15 1 Mon 10:00-13:00 A Brown
  • Garment Making 1 ( 14KAF006 )

    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.

    Direct enrolment
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14KAF006-01 Chelsea Centre 22 Sep 14 10 Mon 18:15-21:15 A Brown
    14KAF006-02 Chelsea Centre 12 Jan 15 10 Mon 18:15-21:15 A Brown
    14KAF006-03 Chelsea Centre 20 Apr 15 9 Mon 18:15-21:15 A Brown
  • Higher National Certificate in Costume ( 15KFF012 )

    Level 4

    Qualification

    ‘ This outstanding, specialist programme will develop your strong, existing sewing and pattern cutting skills for the Theatrical or Film Costume industry. Focusing on Period Costume, you will research a given period in history and interpret this research to develop a full costume, including all the undergarments and the mechanisms that create a specific silhouette and style – using highly specialised techniques and processes. This course will prepare you well for progression onto BA Costume programmes or employment in the industry. Work experience and projects with industry are part of the programme.’

    Application required
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    15KFF012-01 Chelsea Centre 10 Sep 15 35 Thur/Fri 10:00-16:00 TBA
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Fashion and Clothing (2 Years) ( 15KFF104 )

    Level 3

    Qualification

    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. This course requires basic skills in fashion and 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. The first year of the course is a 90 credit Diploma, with an optional further top-up year to an Extended Diploma. *This year over 95% of our students have been accepted onto BA courses by leading London universities.

    Application required Level 3 Discount Available Level 3 Discount Available
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    15KFF104-01 Chelsea Centre 07 Sep 15 35 Mon/Tue/Wed 10:00-16:00 TBA

    Aged 24 or over? Take the financial stress out of study and be among the first to get a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan!

    If you're aged 24 or over and want to enrol for this course, from April 1 2013 you can apply for a Government funded loan to pay for your tuition fee.

    Find out more!

  • UAL First Diploma in Fashion ( 15KFF001 )

    Level 2

    Qualification

    This course covers the following: drawing, fashion illustration, research, design, textiles, fashion shoot, graphics and portfolio presentation, contextual studies, trips to galleries and museums, garment making, pattern construction and enterprise work.

    Application required Level 2 Discount Available Level 2 Discount Available
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    15KFF001-01 Chelsea Centre 07 Sep 15 34 Mon/Tue/Wed Various Team
  • BTEC Level 1 Diploma: Introduction to Fashion ( 15KFF025 )

    Level 1

    Qualification

    This one year course provides a thorough introduction to all the fundamentals of Fashion and the key skills required to progress to higher level study, such as drawing and design processes, garment making and textiles techniques, using a variety of media, as well as study and self-management skills. An ideal course to those new to Fashion,  with limited Art and Design experience, who wish to build a portfolio of skills for progression.

    Application required
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    15KFF025-01 Chelsea Centre 09 Sep 15 35 Wed-Fri 10:00-16:00 S Wright
  • BTEC National Diploma in Fashion Promotion and Styling L3 ( 15KFF009 )

    Level 3

    Qualification

    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.

    Application required Level 3 Discount Available Level 3 Discount Available
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    15KFF009-01 Chelsea Centre 07 Sep 15 36 Mon/Tue/Wed 10:00-16:00 C Deren

    Aged 24 or over? Take the financial stress out of study and be among the first to get a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan!

    If you're aged 24 or over and want to enrol for this course, from April 1 2013 you can apply for a Government funded loan to pay for your tuition fee.

    Find out more!

  • Foundation Diploma in Art & Design - Fashion Pathway ( 15KFF101 )

    Level 4

    Qualification

    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.

    Application required Level 3 Discount Available Level 3 Discount Available
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    15KFF101-01 Chelsea Centre 09 Sep 15 35 Wed/Thu/Fri 10:00-16:00 K McIntyre

    Aged 24 or over? Take the financial stress out of study and be among the first to get a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan!

    If you're aged 24 or over and want to enrol for this course, from April 1 2013 you can apply for a Government funded loan to pay for your tuition fee.

    Find out more!

  • BTEC Award: Photoshop for Fashion Design ( 14KFF015 )

    Level 1

    Qualification

    Computer Aided Design has become an essential skill for those who are studying or looking for work in fashion. In this course you will develop your design and presentation skills using Photoshop. As part of the course, you will learn how to create a fashion magazine cover, fashion illustrations, textile ideas, collection boards and mood boards. This course is suitable for all those who are interested in fashion and wish to build up a portfolio. Good as a stand alone course, this can also support study in other design areas. You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to join this course.

    Application required
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14KFF015-01 Chelsea Centre 08 Jan 15 10 Thu 10:00-17:00 Team
  • Specialist Fashion Techniques: Creative Pattern Cutting ( 14KAF007 )

    For those with previous sewing experience, an opportunity to advance your pattern cutting skills by learning how to develop patterns for contemporary garments from work on the stand. Please bring a basic sewing kit, pencils, paper and scissors.

    Direct enrolment
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14KAF007-01 Chelsea Centre 20 Jan 15 8 Tue 18:15-21:15 TBA
    14KAF007-02 Chelsea Centre 28 Apr 15 8 Tue 18:15-21:15 TBA
  • BTEC Introduction to Garment Making and Pattern Cutting ( 14KFF007 )

    Level 1

    Qualification

    This structured programme is for students with basic sewing skills to learn and develop some essential sewing and pattern cutting techniques. Through exercises in class, you will learn how to construct some basic items of clothing. Homework each week will help to reinforce learning.

    Application required
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14KFF007-01 Chelsea Centre 07 Jan 15 17 Wed 18:15-21:30 F Augustine
  • BTEC Award: Design for Fashion Publishing ( 14KFF016 )

    Level 1

    Qualification

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

    Application required
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14KFF016-01 Chelsea Centre 30 Apr 15 10 Thu 10:00-17:00 TBA

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