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Art & Design (Photography, Fashion & Graphics)

Art & Design (Photography, Fashion & Graphics)

Mode of study HE Full-time
Duration 1 Year
Campus English Bridge Campus
Start date 7 September 2020 Please note that day of week is just an indication at this stage and could be subject to change
Tuition Fee £6,500 Tuition fees stated are the annual cost
Course code FLR4FAS001 (2020)
  • Who is it for?

    Course Specification

    Fashion in all its guises is one of the biggest industries both in the UK and globally. The HNC in Fashion and Textiles is a one-year programme designed to develop knowledge and practical skills to help you realise your creative intentions. It is suitable for students progressing from level 3 or foundation courses, or those looking to develop a longstanding interest in fashion, textiles or dressmaking.

  • Entry Requirements

    The course provides opportunities for learners to apply their developing knowledge and practical skills in a creative environment. Learners will have the opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and processes relating to making and design as well as contextual studies, allowing them to demonstrate their ideas through the production of a variety of garments and other outputs, including showing at the annual Fashion Show.

    There will be a range of trips available both nationally and internationally to support and enhance the learning experience (these will be funded by students). In 2018 HE students visited Milan and in 2017 they travelled to Barcelona. Day trips will be planned to visit relevant exhibitions, seminars and galleries across the country.

  • What does the course involve?

    This course is validated by Edexcel and is made up of eight units.

    Core & Mandatory Units:

    • Unit 1: Professional Development
    • Unit 2: Contextual Studies
    • Unit 3: Individual Project (Pearson set)
    • Unit 4: Techniques and Processes
    • Unit 7: Computer Aided Design
    • Unit 9: Fashion and Textiles Practices

    Specialist Units:

    • Unit 8: Pattern Cutting and Garment Making
    • Unit 23: Fashion Collection


  • How is the course assessed?

    Your work will be continually assessed throughout the course. The assessment will depend upon the particular module being studied however typical assessment methods include critiques, assignments, presentations and practical work.

    Attendance and additional study hours: This is a full time programme, usually timetabled so students attend classes over 2 days per week. Students are encouraged to access the fashion studios, HE Centre and library outside of taught sessions to realise their projects fully. Classes are usually between the hours of 8.50am- 4:10pm. Full attendance and punctuality are a fundamental requirement. Study hours are made up from taught hours and independent study hours.

    Students will be encouraged to undertake work experience within the Fashion and Textile route they wish to pursue.

  • How much does it cost?

    Basic sewing and art equipment is required which should cost approx £50. As an HE student you will be required to purchase all materials for projects including sampling and final fabrics as well as art materials. Depending on the direction of your projects and types of fabrics used these costs can vary - generally a final garment will incur costs of between £20 - £100. Trips within the UK and abroad are recommended to support your studies which may also incur a cost. Some students find it helpful to purchase CAD programmes such as Adobe Photoshop which is around £7.50 per month for a student package.

  • Additional Notes

    You will study and apply a wide range of skills relevant to today's fashion and textiles industries. This will include fashion studies, design processes and design development; the translation of 2D to 3D through pattern cutting and construction techniques; textiles techniques; and Computer Aided Design (CAD) using industry standard programmes.

    This qualification has a strong emphasis on the vocational nature of fashion and textiles, providing you with the ability to create, present and exhibit your work. You will participate in projects to develop your own professional practice and industry awareness ready for a career in the industry.

  • Further Information

    If you wish to continue your studies after completing the HNC there is the option of a top-up year at Shrewsbury Colleges Group to achieve an HND Fashion qualification.

    Students may also look to progress to a BA (hons) Fashion or Textiles course at an external university; this would be subject to individual entry requirements.

    Career paths are diverse and depend on your interests.  You may decide to work as a Fashion Design Assistant within a company (earning £15,000-£22,000 pa), rising to a Fashion Designer (£25,000-£40,000) or Senior Designer (£60,000+). Garment Technology and Buying and Merchandising routes offer the same progression and similar salaries.  Many companies offer graduate placements and work experience will help you in securing your first role.

    Alternatively you may prefer to start your own business as a designer/maker, alterations specialist or dressmaker.  Earnings are likely to be more variable if you are self-employed (£12,000-£20,000+).   There are also specialist routes such as costume or textiles.   All figures from National Careers Service /Creative Skillset.

  • What do I do next?

    To join this course you will first have to register with UCAS at and then apply through UCAS. (Choose: Sign In–Students–Undergraduate–Apply–Register and follow the instructions.) You will then receive a confirmation email from UCAS and the College will be in contact with an interview date. Current Shrewsbury Colleges Group students should seek support from their tutor before applying.

    If after reading this fact sheet, you are still undecided about the programme most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring Course Advice on 01743 342333 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Megan Butler

Megan Butler

A Level Fine Art (Graphic Communication, Spanish)
Previous Institution: Bishop's Castle Community College

The A Level course is so much more in-depth than GCSE – which is great. I will be taking a gap year and travelling, then I would like to explore Interior Design as a career. My final pieces focused on architecture and windows using stencils and digital art. Digital art is something that I really appreciated learning about.

Samantha Shoulder

Samantha Shoulder

HNC in Fashion and Textiles

The course has given me great opportunities to explore different fashion and textile techniques with support from experienced tutors. It has helped me advance both my skills and confidence in current industry standards.

Rhianne Stubbs

Rhianne Stubbs

A Level Fine Art (Biology and English Literature)
Previous Institution: Priory School

Art at Shrewsbury Colleges Group is so expansive, it’s not just all about portraiture. Your ideas can be endless and the teachers allow you to explore all forms. I really enjoy A Level Art, it’s something I do at College and a hobby for me at home.

Amy Smith

Amy Smith

Printmaking Workshop

I have learnt many new techniques whilst on the printmaking course with Jay. We have been able to explore individual ideas with just the right amount of support and guidance in a relaxed and creative environment. I am excited to continue printing at home, having discovered a process I love.

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Career Options

  • Product, clothing and related designers

    Up to £34,000

  • Textiles, garments and related trades n.e.c.

    Up to £31,000


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