Whatever your interests or ambitions, we offer an exciting range of fashion courses in our dedicated department, taught by specialist fashion professionals.
Our excellent links with Higher Education fashion and textiles courses in the London Area means that we can help you prepare a successful fashion course application.
Many of our students have progressed onto Higher Education, successfully set up small businesses, or gone on to work within the fashion industry. We have a reputation for the high standard of work produced, and entry to our courses is often competitive.
We cater for beginners through to the very experienced, aiming to be as flexible as possible to meet individual needs. Acceptance onto all our fashion courses is by individual interview. Where appropriate you will be asked to bring examples of your work. At interview we can build a personal study programme taking into account your existing skills and time available.
Probably one of the most creative and inspirational courses of its kind, we aim to develop students’ ability as fashion designers through exploration of the design process, underpinned by good technical skills. Working through an exciting series of fashion project briefs, students learn how diverse and individual concepts can be developed to inspire fashion and textile design ideas. This course requires basic skills in fashion and good drawing skills.
Applicants must have at least 5 GCSE’s (including English and Maths Grade C, or equivalent, or ESOL Level 5).
Applicants must also demonstrate a genuine enthusiasm for fashion design and a commitment to study. With a strong emphasis on illustration and design development, this course also comprises historical and contextual studies, pattern cutting, garment construction, costume and textiles. The first year of the course is a 90 credit Diploma, with an optional further top-up year to an Extended Diploma.
We have excellent links with leading universities, including UAL – London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins.
This year 100% of our students have been accepted onto a range of prestigious and highly competitive degree courses.
At the end of the first year you will gain a Level 3 Diploma, with the option to progress onto the second year and complete the full Extended Diploma.
What background and qualifications do you need to join?
You will need 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grades A-C or an equivalent Level 2 Art and Design related course at (Merit/Distinction).
Your sketchbooks/portfolios will be assessed at interview or if you have no formal design background we will set you a design based task to complete.
What does the course lead to?
The majority of students progress onto a range of prestigious and highly competitive fashion degree courses.
Some students decide to seek work directly within the fashion industry.
Where will I study?
Situated at our Hortensia Road site in Chelsea, we are ideally situated within walking distance of some of the best museums and galleries in London.
What are the facilities and equipment like?
Design studios with access to sewing machines, a range of specialist fashion equipment and ICT suite for Photoshop classes.
How much will I need to study outside class?
You will need to work as much as you can outside of class time to develop your coursework and portfolio.
We expect students to be punctual and have full attendance.
Each learner should be fully committed to developing their fashion skills as our students progress onto some of the most competitive courses at university level.
How is the course assessed?
Your work will be assessed at the end of each project; you will get regular feedback on your progress in class, as well as in individual and group tutorials throughout the three terms. At the end of each year you will complete a final major project, which will be moderated by UAL which will result in a grade for the year.
The Extended Diploma attracts the following UCAS tariff points:
- Pass 180
- Merit 280
- Distinction 420
Are any of the course materials on line?
What books and equipment do I need?
A range of art materials, papers, sketchbooks and a portfolio for later in the course.
An equipment list will be provided to successful candidates.
What do I need to bring to the interview?
Your sketchbooks/portfolios will be assessed at interview or if you have no formal design background we will set you a small written and/or design based task to complete and bring to your interview. You will also need proof of ID and your most recent exam certificates/predicted grades.
- Campus: Chelsea Centre
- Times: Mon-Wed 10:00 - 16:00