Fashion and Retail Level 3
What is this course about?
Students on this course experience a wide range of disciplines related to the Fashion and Retail industry including drawing, pattern making and cutting, garment construction and retail theory. This course is aimed at students who want to work in the fashion and clothing retail industry or want to progress to university to complete a degree in a related subject.
4 GCSEs grade A*-C/grade 4 and above, Level 2 Diploma, appropriate NVQ Level 2 or Intermediate qualification. You will have an interview/assessment to make sure this is the right level for you.
How is it taught
The course is taught by a team of specialist lecturers including working professionals, who aim to help you to gain the most from the course. You are also allocated a personal tutor who will guide you through the course and offer any support that you may need. The course is delivered through a mixture of practical workshops, lectures and self-directed study.
How will I be assessed?
This course is assessed by continual assessment, rather than exams. Students are required to research, plan and produce practical work. All assignments have assessment stages, when the lecturer will help the student to improve their grades. Students requiring any support in producing written work, organising themselves or managing their time have the support of our academic mentors. All student work is moderated by the awarding body.
What else do I need to know?
The Media and Performing Arts Department is equipped with a variety of specialist facilities and equipment including photography studios, art and design studios, Apple Mac suites and multimedia workshops. The LRCs are designed to help students by offering IT facilities, workshops and library facilities. You will also continue to study maths and English Functional Skills or GCSE in order to improve your employability and progression.
What could I do next?
With an Extended Diploma in Fashion and Retail you can progress into employment or on to a range of university courses including craft production, surface pattern, graphic design or fashion design courses.
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Product, clothing and related designers
Product, clothing and related designers plan, direct and undertake the creation of designs for new industrial and commercial products, clothing and related fashion accessories, costumes and wigs, and for building interiors and stage sets.
- Observes and manages intellectual property issues.
- Specifies materials, production method and finish for aesthetic or functional effect, and oversees production of sample and/or finished product.
- Submits design to management, sales department or client for approval, communicates design rationale and makes any necessary alterations.
- Prepares sketches, designs, mock-ups and storyboards for consideration by theatre/film director or client.
- Prepares sketches, designs, patterns or prototypes for textiles, clothing, footwear, jewellery, fashion accessories, set props, wigs, ceramics, plastics, motor vehicles, domestic appliances and engineering products.
- Undertakes research to determine market trends, production requirements, availability of resources and formulates design concepts.
- Liaises with client to determine the purpose, cost, technical specification and potential uses/users of product.
20 new openings per year
|Level 4-5 (Higher Education)||10.44%|
|Level 6 (Bachelors)||50.98%|
|Level 7 (Masters or equivalent)||6.7%|
|Level 8 (Doctorate)||1.08%|
Tailors and dressmakers
Tailors and dressmakers prepare patterns and make, fit and alter tailored garments, dresses and other articles of clothing.
- Makes alterations to finished garments according to customer.
- Shapes garment by pressing seams, pleats, etc..
- Sews garment parts together by hand or machine, makes buttonholes and sews on fasteners and trimmings.
- Pins/tacks and fits garment on customer or dummy model and makes any necessary alterations.
- Arranges pattern on correct grain of fabric, marks position and cuts out garment parts with hand shears, electric knife or cutting machine.
- Examines fabrics or skins for flaws and prepares materials for cutting.
- Prepares individual or adapts stock pattern.
- Takes customer.
9 new openings per year
|Level 4-5 (Higher Education)||10.64%|
|Level 6 (Bachelors)||22.9%|