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Bradford College

Fashion

UCAS Code: W232

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D

Preferably including an Arts or Media subject.

Award of a full Access Certificate (Art & Design) by a licensed Access Validating Agency.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/4 minimum. Level 2 qualifications in Literacy and Numeracy accepted as equivalent.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP

Preferably in an Arts or Media subject.

Scottish Higher

C,D

Preferably including an Arts or Media subject.

UCAS Tariff

80

Three A levels or BTEC Extended Diploma usually in an Arts or Media subject, or Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design and Art, Design & Media).

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

6.0 years | Part-time day | 2020

Subject

Fashion design

Designed to place Art School graduates in a strong position for a career in Fashion, this creatively demanding course enables you to become well placed to forge a dynamic role in the Fashion and wider Creative Industries. The course is specifically designed to develop expertise in design and creativity. It focuses on exploring your personal style awareness and developing independent creative thinking. It is challenging intellectually and practically and prepares you for the interdisciplinary nature of the design industry.

Areas of Study may include: Fashion Communication; Promotion and Styling; Pattern Cutting; Fashion Photography; Accessory Design; Illustration; Computer Aided Design; Drawing. The overall aims of the course are: to provide a broad-based education in fashion design; to develop an awareness and understanding of the creative potential of practices in the fashion sector; to develop an understanding of the different cultural, historical and commercial contexts which affect how fashion design professionals operate today; to develop skills in pattern cutting and garment production, and to establish a personal design style. We offer an innovative and unique study programme in fashion design. You will realise your creative, practical and intellectual potential, enabling you to forge a dynamic role in the fashion industry. You will develop and explore fashion communication in 2D formats through research skills, media experimentation, sourcing, fashion illustration and presentation with the freedom to express your creativity. A thorough understanding of pattern cutting and garment manufacture will promote and ensure that you are able to conceive and explore your ideas. Throughout the course the development of a personal style and awareness is seen as an important aspect with an increased emphasis on independent thinking. Options offered within the course allow you to tailor your studies to reflect your personal interests and career ambitions, promotion and styling, fashion photography, multimedia, accessory design, illustration and CAD. The broad nature of the course ensures graduates maintain a high employment level within the fashion industry. The college offers excellent studio spaces with well-equipped workshops, which include both industrial and domestic sewing machines as well as other specialised equipment including CAD /CAM sty stems for both design and manufacture. The Fashion tutors are supportive and enthusiastic. They have a wide range of expertise, close involvement with the industry and the desire to see you fulfil your creative ambitions. You will progress through three levels on the course; each level corresponds to one year of full-time study, and there are two semesters in each academic year. You will be expected to connect, and where appropriate, integrate aspects of the course to enhance your own personal take on fashion design. As an Arts and Media student you will have the opportunity to learn from both practitioners and experienced professionals. You will work with artists and designers as well as local and national galleries, museums and exhibitions. You will develop your creative ability within a well-resourced learning environment which offers excellent studio and workshop facilities. At the end of each year there is a fashion show which promotes your work. Final year students may also have the opportunity to participate in Graduate Fashion Week. The course provides you with routes into a wide range of creative employment opportunities in the Fashion and Clothing industry. These may include designing, buying and merchandising, retailing, styling and promotion, pattern production and garment manufacture. Alternatively you may wish to progress onto a postgraduate course.

Modules

Within BA (Hons) Fashion, you will develop and explore drawing, media, research skills, fashion illustration, design trends, presentation and Computer Aided Design (CAD) with the freedom to express your creativity. Pattern cutting, garment manufacture, moulage, toile creation, CAM and fabric appreciation will ensure you are able to conceive your designs from the platform of a solid technical and aesthetic understanding. Contextual studies and marketing units will allow you to explore cultural and contemporary fashion issues, providing you with a rich knowledge and insight to underpin your design philosophy and commercial awareness. Level 4 Modules will include: Studio Practice; Introduction to Pattern & Garment Production; Design contexts; Level 5 Modules will include Advanced Studio Practice; Advanced Pattern & Garment Construction; Studio Technologies; Advanced Design Matters - Business of Design; Historical and Contemporary Issues.
Level 6 Modules will include: Portfolio; Final Major Project; Professional Practice; Fashion Styling and Promotion; Design Focus (Dissertation).

Assessment methods

Our teaching methods focus on meeting your professional, creative and conceptual development needs. Teaching and learning is directed towards meeting your individual needs and is centred on supporting you in developing your own solutions to design and communication problems. As the course progresses, we place an increasing emphasis on independent learning and critical self-awareness, culminating in the production of a personal and professionally executed final collection and accompanying portfolio, which demonstrates creativity and a range of appropriate professional skills. Over the duration of the course, a number of assessment techniques will be used, reflecting the nature of the combined practical and theoretical elements of the programme. A range of formative and summative assignments will be used to ensure that you develop your skills accordingly. The most common method of assessment for the practical aspect of the course is the presentation of a body of work, in a portfolio or exhibition form, whilst written work is typically assessed through essays, reports or journals.

Tuition fees

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England
£8,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£8,750
per year
Scotland
£8,750
per year
Wales
£8,750
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bradford College

Department:

School of Arts and Creative Industries

TEF rating:

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