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 technical skills needed to work on garment design, styling, marketing and individualised garment ranges. 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.

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 make a contribution of £30 to cover resources, trips and visits.

What are the next steps?

You will meet with a course tutor; please bring a current portfolio of your creative artwork to discuss.

Study Aims

This fashion communication and design course aims to prepare you with the practical skills and knowledge to work in the sector.

The course will cover:

  • Materials, Techniques and Processes
  • Branding, Visual Merchandising, Styling and Marketing
  • Ideas, Concepts and Process Development
  • Visual Recording in Art and Design
  • Workshop Skills - such as print making, sewing techniques and surface pattern
  • Adobe Photoshop Skills

Modules Studied

Year 1:

  • Skills Development
  • Creative Project
  • Personal and Professional Development

Year 2:

  • Personal Progression
  • Creative Industry Response
  • Final Major Project

Teaching and Assessment

You will be fully supported throughout the programme. Teaching will be a combination of the following:

  • Practical work
  • Creative workshops
  • Studio practice
  • Live projects
  • Research skills
  • Personal development
  • Lectures

You will be assessed through completion of a portfolio, as well as assignments and exams.

Industry Links

Your tutors will have first-hand experience of the industry and will continue to build links with professionals. You will benefit from industry professionals sharing their expertise in the sector as guest speakers and to deliver bespoke workshops.


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.

Where can it take me?

Artists £35,880 Potential salary

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Graphic designers £31,200 Potential salary

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