Are you interested in fashion? Would you like to develop skills for working in the fashion industry? This hands-on course introduces you to the techniques and processes you need to be successful in fashion design and garment production for fashion and costumes.
The course is very practical, and you will be learning many aspects used widely in the fashion and textiles industry such as fashion illustration, print making, and garment design, basic stitching and construction. You will be set briefs to work to within which you will need to complete initial observational studies in the form of drawings and photographs to inspire your fashion and textiles outcomes. You will explore the concept of trend prediction, and identify the varying the job roles within the fashion industry, such as marketing, buying, design and so on.
There will be opportunities to visit galleries, exhibitions and fashion shows to provide further insight into the industry.
During this 2 year course, you will study the core disciplines of all creative practice: Ideas Generation, Visual Communication and Contextual Studies. You will have the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of creative thinking; investigating contemporary and historical artist’s and designer’s work, in order to inspire your own practice. Many of the skills will be gained through a series of workshops, which will allow you to experiment with a wide range of materials and techniques. Alongside these activities you will explore a range of specialist subject areas including: fashion illustration, fashion design, pattern cutting, surface print, craft, and investigation into the fashion market environment. You will also have the opportunity to take part in, or help produce clothing for fashion shows.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion & Clothing) course consists of five mandatory units and 13 optional units. All units are selected and tailored to the student’s desired fashion career path. There is no exam for this qualification.
Each project will cover specific units; over the two years of the course you will cover many units. Each unit is assessed at Pass, Merit or Distinction grade attributing to a final overall grade at the end of the course. Those wanting to continue onto higher education will need to receive a merit grade or above to obtain the required amount of UCAS points
In order to really appreciate Fashion and Textiles, numerous trips are planned. These can vary from shop profiling at the Trafford Centre in Manchester to attending The Clothes Show Live at the NEC in Birmingham. The course also encourages theatre trips in order for budding designers to understand how costumes are made. Students also have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and discuss costume designing with designers at the Royal Exchange.
Mrs L. Smith
Subject Leader Technology
I had one of those inspirational teachers who could see I had a talent in Art. When I was choosing my options to study, I really wanted to focus on Fashion and was given the opportunity to do this. This was the first time I had ever used a sewing machine! I can still remember the 3D flowers escaping from a hat I had made and a bright red jacket that I had painstakingly put together and then embellished to within an inch of its life. I had finally found my vocation.
I went on to study at Blackburn College of Art and Design where I chose fashion and textiles. I then chose to study Fashion at De Montfort University in Leicester. This course really opened my eyes to the fashion industry. I was able to learn about footwear, contour, eveningwear and costume. I eventually graduate with a BA (Hons) 1st class.
After working in the fashion industry for several years, I realised that there was a gap and a need for young, talented and skilled designers. I decided to go and complete a PGCE in secondary education at Edge Hill University. I was so excited to be able to teach fashion and textiles as a new subject at Moorhead High School.
I have been teaching now for 14 years and still have that same passion for the subject that I did when I was 14. To see students create their own fashion garments, then go on to study the subject at university is what first encouraged me to become a teacher. I have taught a range of subjects whilst at Accrington Academy – from GCSE Expressive Arts to GAT yr 9 students to BTEC Fashion and Clothing at Post 16.
When I am not scouring the pages of Vogue, I do like to watch sci-fi (so happy The X Files has returned!) or the latest Real Housewives series.
Miss K. Cavanagh
Teacher of Technology
My favourite part about Technology is the Graphics and Design side of the topic. I love being able to teach a concept to pupils and they always surprise me with the creative interpretations. Design Technology was always my favourite subject at school and I use to enjoy designing and making in my spare time. I have designed jewellery for different shops in Lancashire and during my degree was fortunate enough to design for brand names such as Abercrombie and Fitch and Marks and Spencer’s. I am interested in fitness and nutrition and enjoy keeping fit. I am fortunate enough to be able to teach this interest in cooking and nutrition in the department of technology too!
Students achieving Distinction
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