What You Study
Year 1 (Level 4):
- Academic Skills Development
- Fashion Fundamentals Drawing and Illustration
- Fashion Fundamentals Pattern Cutting and Construction
- Studio Practice
- Creative Context Research and Development
- Creative Context Design Realisation
Year 2 (Level 5):
- Fashion Fundamentals Visual Communication
- Critical Study
- Industry Practice
- Creative Context Exploration and Application
- Negotiated Project
- Applicants will have a minimum of 80 UCAS points, which may be from qualifications such as A Levels, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas, amongst others. Please use the UCAS Tariff points calculator to determine the UCAS points value of your qualification.
- Applicants need GCSE English Language at grade C / 4 or above, or an equivalent qualification.
- Applicants need an appropriate academic reference.
- Life and / or experience of non-traditional students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.
- If your first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C / 4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing.
- Students with an appropriate HNC can apply for direct entry to Year 2.
- Applicants require a portfolio.
For each 20 credit module you will receive approximately 54 hours of class / contact time with your tutor. Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study in addition to contact time (146 hours per module). Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week.
Work ExperienceStudio Practice at level 4 enables students to develop their entrepreneurial skills through participating in small business development, competitions and live projects initiated by the fashion industry. Level 5 sees the students progress within the Industry Practice module through exploring opportunities for external placements within the industry.
Learning and Teaching Approach
This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches to include all students learning styles and preferences. Tutor demonstrations and workshops are delivered in studio spaces with seminars delivering core content and provide the underpinning knowledge.
The teaching methods focus on facilitating a student centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom. Individual feedback is ongoing throughout the module delivery empowering progression and development for module outcomes.
Teaching will take place within the creative studios at our Bishop Burton campus in East Yorkshire, UK.
How You're Assessed
Students are assessed through a variety of methods including sketchbook development, research, case studies, essays, final collections or garments, presentations and portfolios of work. Students also participate in critiques enabling them to explain their design ideas along with methods and techniques of manufacture or realisation, this useful formative assessment strategy informs the development of work in progress.
Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support student development and achievement. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) in order that students can most benefit from their feedback.
Students who successfully complete this Foundation Degree are guaranteed a place on the BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Manufacture (Top Up) 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.
Equipment Required / Additional Costs
Students are required to have a range of drawing equipment such as drawing pens and pencils, paints, marker pens, scotch tape, glue, pattern masters, ¼ scale pattern masters, paper and fabric scissors, pins, needles etc.
You will also require a portfolio / presentation folders, sketchbooks and a range of papers.
Where possible fabric sponsorship is gained however fabrics, threads and trims will be required to complete the garments for various modules.
You may wish to utilise your own laptop so investment in current design software will be essential.
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.
On successful completion of the programme, students have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.
How To Apply
Application for the full-time course is through UCAS 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 programme remains open.
Download Programme Guide
Download our programme guide to find out more about the FdA Fashion and Clothing Design programme.
Caitlin studies the FdA Fashion and Clothing Design and won the national Marks and Spencer’s Future Need Competition by designing garments that adapt to women’s changing bodies during pregnancy.