Course details may be subject to change.
This Fashion, Textiles and Surface Design programme had been developed to ensure the technical skills needed to work on garment design, styling, marketing and individualised garment ranges are at the forefront of your skill development. You will learn how to use industry standard tools and software to help make your designs come to life, such as Photoshop and Illustrator.
The course contains practical sessions and exciting projects for you to explore and express your creativity and individual style. You will use industrial sewing machines, traditional pattern cutting techniques as well as a European city visit to experience first hand the impact fashion design has on the world to inspire your own creative flare.
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.
You will be asked to make a contribution of £30 at the beginning of the academic year to help cover equipment, resources, trips and visits.
What are the next steps?
You will meet with one of the course team who will discuss the course in detail with you and answer any queries you may have to ensure this is the right course for you; please bring a current portfolio of your creative art and design work to discuss.
Times of Delivery
You will be timetabled for taught lectures, workshops and course related activities for 2.5 days per week, we will aim to condense these days to allow you to have the flexibility for external commitments. However, it is expected that you complete any tasks set at tome outside of timetabled hours.
Any times indicated are based on current courses and may be subject to change in future years. Full timetables will be confirmed at the start of each course.
Teaching and Assessment
You will be fully supported throughout the programme. Teaching and assessment will consist of practical work, creative workshops, studio practice, live projects, research skills, personal development , lectures and trips/visits.
You will be assessed through completion of a portfolio, presentations, team work activities, tutorials and written assignments.
Your tutors will have first-hand experience of the industry and will continue to build links with other industry professionals. We already hold strong links which will be introduced to you throughout the duration of the course for live briefs, guest speakers and placements.
We work collaboratively with industry and have a dedicated Work Experience team who will support you to find work experience opportunities and placements. We will also support you to source your own placements.
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.
You could progress to FdA Visual Arts or Design degree at New College Durham or a relevant degree at university. You could also choose to secure a job in the industry, go freelance or apply for a Higher Level Apprenticeship.