The aim of the FdA Fashion & Clothing Design programme is to meet the needs of students wanting to pursue a career in fashion. Its emphasis is on supporting the development of inspired, inventive and innovative designers with the breadth and depth of knowledge and practical skills to succeed in this challenging and competitive area.
Students will develop creative design ability and technical skills utilising a range of vocationally relevant visual, written and verbal techniques to communicate and present their ideas including areas such as illustration and drawing, visual research, 2D and 3D experimentation, technical skills and professional attitudes, via creative experimentation, skills development, work experience and portfolio development.
There is a strong emphasis on developing the student as an individual, who will be able to work towards a defined career or further higher education pathway by the end of the programme.
- Academic skills development
- Fashion fundmentals
- Drawing and illustration
- Pattern cutting and construction
- Visual communication
- Studio / industry practice
- Creative context
- Negotiated project.
Application for the full-time course is through UCAS, using code W232, and application to the part-time programme is through our online application form.
Applications for the year you wish to study open in September the year before. Whilst UCAS advertise a January deadline, we continue to accept applications through to the September you wish to start with us, provided we have spaces available and the course remains open.
Two years full-time or three years part-time.
Students who successfully complete this Foundation Degree are guaranteed a place on the BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Manufacture Final Year programme to gain a full Honours Degree.
You will be able to pursue an exciting career as a fashion and clothing designer, specialising in your preferred area, such as menswear, womenswear, children’s clothing or costume, plus many more.
Students are required to have a range of A3 sketchbooks, dot and cross pattern paper, A3 cartridge paper, A3 tracing paper, plus good quality A3 paper for printing work.
You will also need a sewing box including dressmaking pins, hand sewing needles, fabric shears and / or rotary cutter tape measure, un-picker and pin cushion, pattern master and tailors chalk, Masking tape and / or sellotape / glue stick, art materials – technical pens (0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7) technical pencil, pencil crayons, watercolours, paint brushes, pro-markers, sketching pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener, paper scissors.
You will also require calico, fabrics and other haberdashery materials. The amount spent on these is a reflection of the student's work and decisions made by the student when selecting elements such as fabric for production of their coursework
You may wish to utilise your own laptop so investment in current design software will be essential. Fashion design students also invest in good quality printing and publishing of their work – prices for this vary according to size.
There may also be additional costs for educational visits / trips.
Upon registering to become a student of Bishop Burton College on a programme validated by the University of Hull, each student agrees to comply with the following:
- University of Hull Complaint Regulations (so far as it applies to Collaborative Provision students)
- University of Hull Academic Appeal & Queries Regulations (so far as it applies to Collaborative Provision students)
- Guide for Collaborative Provision Students
- University of Hull Library and ICT Regulations and Guidelines
- Any other University of Hull policy, procedure, regulation or requirement as may be communicated from time to time. Find out more about the University of Hull's Quality and Standards.
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Applicants should have 80 UCAS points at A-Level, or a Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent, plus a portfolio.
Life experience of mature students will be taken into account when considering applications.
If your first language is not English, or you require a Tier 4 student visa to study and do not hold GCSE grade C English or equivalent, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill).
FdA Fashion and Clothing Design
Hannah has honed her fashion design skills during her two years at the College and is now following her dream of opening her own shop, specialising in menswear.
She says her time at Bishop Burton has allowed her to develop a particular talent for designing men’s clothing and hopes to turn this into a successful
Hannah said: “I have specifically focused on menswear, designing suits. I’ve particularly enjoyed the deconstructive module – learning to turn trousers into shorts and shirts into T-shirts.
“I’ve learned a lot about making clothes. I’ve learned a lot of textile work and I’ve learned how to knit. We’ve had really good support from the tutors
and I’ve enjoyed it.
“Now I want to work in men’s tailoring. I’d like to work for myself and have my own shop.”