If you are unsure which subject area within Fashion and Textiles is best for you or you just want to learn at a slower pace and level, then this Foundation in Fashion and Textiles - Level 6 is for you. It is both a creative and technical based course which provides basic knowledge and an understanding of the skills required to progress to further study in the following subject areas: Fashion Design, Fashion Textiles and Fashion Technology. It allows you to build a creative portfolio and experience the exciting opportunities that a career within Fashion and Textiles can offer you.
You will be taught by a team of dedicated professionals with a depth of industry experience and expertise in a wide range of fashion disciplines.
What will I learn?
You will have the opportunity to work through the design process from research and design development to creating basic garments through step by step pattern cutting and garment construction. You will then have the opportunity to develop your own designs, produce patterns and manufacture your designs from skills learned. You will also develop skills in textiles through drawing, surface design and fabric manipulation.
You will be based in our studios and workshops and will be taught with the emphasis on learning practical skills.
- How to develop and research ideas through drawing, photography, and design development
- Textile skills including print, knit, weave and embroidery
- Basic pattern cutting
- Industrial methods for sewing skirts, trousers, and bodices
- How to present ideas using Computer Aided Design (CAD), and multimedia techniques
- Creating patterns to my own design
- Manufacturing garments to my own design
If you are interested in this course and would like to know more, please view the course presentation before making your application.
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Entry requirements (minimum)
Although we do not ask for formal qualifications, you will be given priority if you have:
- National 4/5 which should include two of the following - Art and Design, English, Maths or equivalent
If you do not meet the academic requirements but have experience in Art and Design or the Fashion/Textile industry, we will consider your application. Please give full details in your personal statement.
If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.
Employer and industry links
The college regularly engage with industry and work on live projects as part of their studies. This is usually at the HND level but can sometimes be with the Foundation level.
Jobs and further study
Progression from the Foundation course to HNC/HND is not guaranteed and is dependent on suitable progression through course work as well as satisfactory attendance, timekeeping and commitment.
- HNC/HND Fashion Design
- HNC/HND Fashion Technology
- HNC/HND Fashion Textiles.
If you choose not to move on to HND, you will be able to look for jobs in the fashion industry.
Making an application
For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.
Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.
When you apply
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your junk folder if you have not heard from us).
An information/interview session
You will then be invited to an Information Session from February 2022 onwards. All applicants will be shown a presentation on the course and will get the opportunity to ask questions.
You will be informed by email within two weeks of the Information Session whether you have been successful in achieving a place on the course.
Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 days or risk losing your place.
Successful applicants will be asked to attend an Information Session in June 2022 where you will get further information on student funding, joining instructions, induction dates and meet other students coming onto the course.
Once an offer is received you must reply within 14 days or risk losing your place.