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

  • Pattern Cutting: BTEC Award Level 1 ( 15KFF004 )

    Level 1

    Qualification

    This well-structured programme is designed for students with basic sewing skills to learn and develop some essential sewing and pattern cutting techniques to prepare them for employment or self-employment in the fashion industry. Through exercises in class, you will learn how to construct a skirt block and a variety of stylistic variations, as well as some key garment making techniques and processes. Homework each week will help to reinforce learning. Students wishing to further develop their skills in this area are able to build upon this learning by continuing their studies on the follow on certificate programme.

    Application required
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    15KFF004-01 Chelsea Centre 14 Sep 15 12 Mon 10:00-16:00 F Augustine
    15KFF004-02 Chelsea Centre 04 Jan 16 12 Mon 10:00-16:00 F Augustine
  • Specialist Fashion Techniques: Creative Pattern Cutting ( 15KAF007 )

    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.
    15KAF007-01 Chelsea Centre 26 Apr 16 8 Tue 18:15-21:15 TBA
  • Introduction to Garment Making and Pattern Construction ( 15KAF009 )

    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.
    15KAF009-01 Chelsea Centre 23 Sep 15 10 Wed 18:00-21:00 F Augustine
  • Pattern Cutting: BTEC Certificate Level 2 ( 15KFF003 )

    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.
    15KFF003-01 Chelsea Centre 15 Sep 15 36 Tue 18:00-21:30 F Augustine
  • Garment Making ( 15KAF006 )

    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.
    15KAF006-01 Chelsea Centre 21 Sep 15 10 Mon 18:15-21:15 A Brown
    15KAF006-02 Chelsea Centre 11 Jan 16 10 Mon 18:15-21:15 A Brown
    15KAF006-03 Chelsea Centre 18 Apr 16 10 Mon 18:15-21:15 A Brown
  • Introduction to Fashion Illustration ( 15KAF017 )

    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.
    15KAF017-01 Chelsea Centre 25 Jan 16 4 Mon 18:15-21:15 E Laird
  • BTEC Level 1 Diploma: Introduction to Fashion Under 19yrs ( 15KFF026 )

    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. This course code is specifically for learners aged under 19.

    Application required
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    15KFF026-01 Chelsea Centre 09 Sep 15 28 Wed - Fri 10:00-16:00 Team
  • 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.’ Download Student Funding for HNC / HND courses as a pdf document (58KB)

    Application required
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    15KFF012-01 Chelsea Centre 17 Sep 15 35 Thu/Fri 10:00-16:00 TBA
  • UAL Level 3 Diploma in Fashion/Extended Diploma (QCF) (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 - 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.

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  • 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 19+yrs ( 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. This course code is specifically for learners aged 19 and over.

    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 35 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.

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  • 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!

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