4 Sep 2023

Study mode

Full Time


Framwellgate Moor Campus


2 Years


Level 3

Course code


Fee Information

Standard Fees of £4291.50 for the first year

Advanced Learner Loan Fees of £8583.00

Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college, please see our Fees and funding page for more information.

Age 16-18

FREE (If meet residency criteria and not enrolled at another educational institution).

If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, not enrolled at another educational institution and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years, your course will be FREE. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips.

Age 19+

If you are aged 19 or older on 31 August in the year you begin your course, not enrolled at another educational institution and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years, your course could be free dependant on the level of the course and your eligibility criteria. The rules regarding fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to contact our Advice, Support and Careers Team on 0191 375 4400, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or connect on live chat (bottom right of your screen).

Student Finance

If you are aged 19 or over and not eligible to get your course free, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from the Student Loans Company to help towards the cost of some, or all, of your fees. If the amount of Advanced Learner Loan available to you is less than the Advanced Learner Loan Fee for your course, you would need to pay the difference. See our Funding Your Study page for more information or visit the Student Loans Company website to find out more.

Course details may be subject to change.

Develop the fundamental skills needed for a career within the fashion industry with our Fashion Styling and Promotion course.

Gain fashion retail, promotion, marketing, visual merchandising and styling skills in practical sessions, as well as Adobe workshops.

You will submit a digital sketchbook as evidence for each module, documenting research, development and the final outcomes.

Entry Criteria

You will hold a minimum of four GCSEs at grades 4 (or above).

This will include maths and English, as well as an art & design and/or design & technology qualification.

Additional Costs

You will be asked to contribute £20 to fund trips, visits and activities.

What are the next steps?

You will be invited to meet the tutor to discuss the course. Please bring your predicted grades and a portfolio of your creative work.

Modules Studied

You will study the following modules:

Year 1 Shop Report

  • Investigation into quality, materials and prices used in Low to Highstreet stores.
  • Market Levels
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Research skills
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Customer Profiling

Range Planning, Merchandising and Distribution

  • Trend Research
  • Designing and Creating ranges
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Stock rotation
  • Key pieces / core ranges for fashion

Collaboration [[[Promotion ~ Branding ~ Marketing ~ Packaging design ~ Mock-ups]

Year 2 Visual Merchandising (Live Project)

  • Research Skills
  • Stock maximising and rotation
  • Styling


  • Trend Research
  • Contextual research into Photographers, stylists, and fashion designers.

You will showcase the key skills you have developed over the past two years to inform your own personal project; this should specialise in an area of your choice. You will write your own creative brief and conduct primary and secondary research, develop a concept, and produce an outcome fit for industry.

Teaching and Assessment

You will attend lectures and practical workshops and you will be assessed by:

  • Creative digital portfolio/sketchbook
  • Demonstrations
  • Practical workshops
  • Group tasks
  • Research skills

You will not be required to sit any exams - you will be assessed on coursework.


We work collaboratively with industry professionals to provide you with valuable work experience.

Placement opportunities and live client briefs will provide you with an insight into how the industry operates and how your skills will be applied in the world of work.

Where can it take me?

Artists £35,880 Potential salary

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Graphic designers £31,200 Potential salary

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