This University of the Arts London Level 3 Diploma course will give you an understanding of the employment and further educational opportunities available in the Fashion and Textiles sector. It`s designed to support you to progress into a specific area of work or specialist study working within fully-equipped Fashion and Textiles studios.
The Diploma will give you the opportunity to build a portfolio that demonstrates the independent capacity to self-initiate research analyse organise reflect and evaluate commensurate with study in higher education. The course will allow you to develop the skills you need to progress onto our HND Textiles programme. You will be introduced to the essential skills and knowledge you need to pursue an exciting career in the fashion and textile industry including working as a designer an artist or crafts person. Read our blog post Why Invest in an Art and Design course at Edinburgh College.
The course is also the perfect platform to prepare you for a wealth of opportunities in related industries such as marketing, PR, retail or manufacture. The essential elements of the course give you a strong understanding of the fundamentals of Fashion and Textile Design - techniques and materials, concepts and influences, visual recording and communication. You will also gain essential vocational skills for future employment and study by responding to challenging assignments and meeting deadlines.
You`ll have regular opportunities to visit galleries museums university and college open days in order to contextualise your studies in a vocational setting. There`s also the exciting opportunity to widen your understanding of contemporary and historical Fashion and Textiles during study trips for example London. The course will allow you to build a specialist portfolio which will include practical projects and contextual studies in the form of sketch and notebook work. An end of year show provides you with the rewarding opportunity to exhibit your work.
- Develop a critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches within Fashion and Textile design or related subjects of study or work
- Learn how to research analyse and evaluate relevant information and ideas in order to develop creative solutions
- Be able to understand adapt and safely use appropriate and practical methods and skills for creative production
- Solve complex problems through the application of art design or related practical theoretical and technical understanding
- Critically review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods actions and results
- Use evaluative and reflective skills in order to take responsibility for own learning development and decision making
- Take responsibility for the research planning time management and actions to access progression opportunities
- Effectively present your ideas and artwork to appropriate audiences
- London Study trip
- Present personal project work in the end of year Diploma Exhibition
How Course Is Assessed:
- This is a practical studio based course based on continual assessment of Fashion and Textile work
- Student can gain an overall final grade of Pass Merit or Distinction
Number of Days per week:
- A minimum of four N5 or above including Art and Design and English (or equivalent)
- UAL Level 2 Diploma or NC SCQF Level 5 in a related subject
- Successful portfolio submission
- A good general understanding of the creative process from either school college or previous study and experience
- Students can enter this specialist area at a junior level
English Proficiency Requirements:
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements:
- The Btec Level 3 Fashion and Clothing course is exciting and engaging Design course at the College and we are keen to meet candidates on submission days to learn about you as an individual
- You will need to consider that we may ask you questions at interview about your knowledge of Artists and Designers work and what areas of Art and Design you are interested in and why
- Essentially we want to know more about you and what makes you ‘tick’ creatively. In order to fully gauge your creativity we will not only offer you an interview but will ask you to make a Portfolio submission of your recent practical and contextual Art and Design work
- All applicants must submit a portfolio that demonstrates sound drawing skills and an understanding of the creative process in sketchbooks and larger scale imagery. Potential applicants should take note that the selection decision and emphasis is based on the portfolio assessment and interview rather than specific qualification grades.
- Portfolios for the above courses could include loose drawings prints paintings design work or photographs drop mounted on A1 white cartridge paper. 3D or larger scale work can either be photographed and drop mounted on A1 white cartridge or if a suitable scale brought to interview. Try to include a variety of work that shows creative potential and imagination as well as sound drawing skills
- Strong portfolios usually include Sketchbooks showing visual research and development using a wide variety of media and approaches. We encourage candidates to include Historical and contextual references in the form of notebooks and formal essays. Please ensure all Bookwork and essays are clearly labelled with your name and contact details.
- Potential candidates studying school qualifications in Art and Design (Int2 Highers A level etc) are strongly advised to either scan or photograph their course work before it is submitted for external examination as we can only offer places after seeing candidate’s practical artwork at interview. Candidates who have also applied through UCAS are also advised to include their UCAS personal statement to enhance their folio submission this can be either attached to the application form or handed in with the portfolio at interview.
- Candidates should present their work in a suitable A1 portfolio case clearly labelled with their name and address on the outside. Simple A1 folios can be made out of card please do not submit work rolled up. If candidates do not have a portfolio of work from either school or personal study the Btec level 3 Fashion and Clothing course is an ideal course to build up a portfolio that is suitable for the HND Textiles and Foundation courses the following year. However we still need to be able to judge your Art and Design ability and potential therefore all candidates without a portfolio should undertake the tasks bellow and bring the drawings to interview
- No places on BTEC level 3 will be offered without either a portfolio or completion of the Drawing Project.
DRAWING PROJECT Research and Investigation: Consider a variety of different objects-
- Natural Form e.g. - shells - plants (botanic gardens) - fruits/vegetables
- Man-made e.g.- kitchen utensils - musical instruments - shoes/boots - clothing
- Your research should be a record of primary source material (drawing from the actual object(s)). The aim is to make a variety of drawings on the same theme using different kinds of drawing materials. Pencil, pen, charcoal, crayon/pastel
- You will try to recreate in as realistic a way as possible the same form structure texture colour of the object(s) using line tone and colour (where relevant).
- Candidates without a portfolio applying for the Btec level 2 course should complete a minimum of 6 drawings as above and bring them on the interview date
Download our progression route map here
- Year 1 at Scottish art colleges
- UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
- HND Textiles
- Specialist HND in Art and Design
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