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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 9 September 2019 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 (1920)
  • Who is it for?

    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?

    Complete the online application form at and click on the 'Apply' part of the site. You can then click 'Register/ Log in' to begin the registration process. Shrewsbury College students must register as 'a student at a college' and input our buzzword "Shrewsbury2019". At the course section, select your chosen subject and course provider is Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology.

    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.

Georgia Hudson

Georgia Hudson

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design
Previous Institution: Priory School

Art is the subject that I felt most passionate about and I wanted to study it as a vocational course because I felt A Levels were not for me. I work on art whenever I can, at College and at home. I especially love working with charcoal and I was given the freedom to use this medium often. 

For Vocational / HE FT / Apprenticeship course enquiries

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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