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Art & Design (Photography, Fashion & Graphics)
Art & Design (Photography, Fashion & Graphics)
Mode of study HE Full-time
Duration 2 Years
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 FLR5FAS001 (1921)
  • Who is it for?

    Course Specification

    Fashion in all its guises is one of the biggest industries both in the UK and globally. The HND in Fashion is a two-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.

    International Students: You will need to have reached a certain standard of speaking English, normally IELTS 6, First Certificate with A or B grade. If you do not have these language entry requirements, we recommend that you enrol on an English Language course first to prepare you for further study. Please see our ESOL course.

  • What does the course involve?

    This course is validated by Edexcel and is made up of 14 units. The first year of the course comprises the 8 units to award an HNC in Fashion and Textiles.

    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
    • Unit 32: Professional Practice
    • Unit 33: Applied Practice Collaborative Project (Pearson set)
    • Unit 36: Advanced Fashion Studies

    Specialist Units (*these may be subject to change):

    • Unit 8: Pattern Cutting and Garment Making
    • Unit 23: Fashion Collection
    • Unit 42: Styling*
    • Unit 46: Technical Drawing*
    • Unit 61: Creative Entrepreneurship*

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    The second year core and mandatory projects build on the skills and knowledge developed in year 1 and give each student more scope to explore and develop their own personal areas of interests in greater depth.   Specialist units are selected to enhance specific areas of knowledge to support these projects. 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.

    At Shrewsbury College we do our best to make HE study as easy as possible for you and that includes making living away from home for the first time an exciting prospect, rather than a cause for concern. If you’re planning on studying at a higher level at Shrewsbury College, student accommodation is now available in the centre of Shrewsbury. For more information please follow this link: http://www.shropshire.gov.uk/shire-services/mardol-house-student-accommodation/

  • Further Information

    Students may look to progress to the second or final year of 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. 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 www.ucas.com 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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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