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Fashion Design
Fashion Design

Fashion and Textiles Design

Level 3

Course Overview

Full Time

Ideal if: you have an eye for colour, texture and shape, can spot and develop trends, and want to develop your understanding of fabrics and learn technical skills including pattern cutting, styling and garment construction.

You’ll learn: fashion research and design, illustration, pattern and garment manufacture and methods for promoting your designs and concepts.

Expect: to develop an excellent portfolio of work and take part in catwalk shows and exhibitions.

You’ll love: excellent tuition from industry-experienced staff and loads of opportunities to get involved with local events.

The fashion industry is an exciting and fast-paced place.  Over £56 million is spent in the UK on clothing every year.  Around 555,000 people at employed in fashion, textiles and fashion retail in the UK.

The course includes:

  • Fashion research, design
  • Illustration pattern and garment manufacture
  • Methods to promote your designs and concepts
  • Completing a portfolio of work and the famous catwalk show

To become a fashion designer, you will need to have:

  • a good eye for colour, texture and shape 
  • an understanding of the characteristics of fabrics and how they can be used
  • technical skills such as pattern cutting and sewing
  • the ability to spot and develop trends
  • drawing skills
  • the ability to use computer design packages
  • an understanding of production processes
  • the ability to solve problems
  • commercial awareness
  • the ability to work as part of a team

You will take part in live assignment briefs and have opportunities to attend high profile events such as London, New York, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks.  You will showcase your work in fashion shows and forge strong links with local designers and retailers.

  • Typical Entry Criteria

    • Five GCSE subjects at Grade 4 and above including:

      • GCSE English Language or Literature at Grade 4 and above or GCSE Maths at Grade 4 and above
      • Four other GCSE subjects at Grade 4 and above

    Gloucestershire College welcome any other/combinations of relevant qualifications that are comparable and/or equivalent to the typical course entry requirements.

    For 19+ applicants that do not have recognised qualifications may still meet course entry requirements through alternative methods of assessment at the College’s discretion.

    All queries regarding course entry criteria including the equivalency of qualifications and exceptional extenuating circumstances should be directed by email to the Admissions Department through applications@gloscol.ac.uk.

  • The general progression route for our Fashion and Textiles Design (Level 3) programme is:

    Fashion and Textiles (Level 4 and 5) Higher National Certificate/Diploma 


    Employment in industry

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What You Will Pay

Please contact Student Services on 0345 155 2020 for pricing information.

The UK fashion industry is one of the most vibrant and creative business sectors in the country. Fashion has visually defined the various periods in our history across centuries.

Whether you want to design and construct garments, learn how to style and promote fashion or create a range of accessories, Fashion and Textiles can help you develop your skills.

Launched in 2012, Fashion and Textiles at Gloucestershire College has gone from strength to strength, with light and spacious, dedicated workshops; a full enrichment programme and industry-experienced lecturers and guest speakers – it’s an exciting place to study!

Student Stories

Alex Tuffley

I have always wanted to work in fashion and GC was a great place to learn because we got to work in a real studio environment and get work experience as dressers at events in London. Apart from the course itself, the studio space, photography studios and various software available helped me further my education in fashion. Having all of these components at my disposal meant I was always learning new skills, which were beneficial for my higher education."

Alex Tuffley

Diploma Level 3 – Fashion Design Extended – Cheltenham Campus

Olivia Simpson

I tried university and it simply wasn’t for me. I much prefer the atmosphere at College, because the classes are smaller I have a much closer relationship with the lecturers. They know where my skillset lies and what exactly I need to work on. They can offer me support where I need it. The facilities within the fashion department were second to none. I feel prepared for the real world of work and hope that I can be a stylist/designer one day.”

Olivia Simpson

HNC/HND - Fashion and Textiles – Cheltenham

Crystal Francis

I started studying my A Levels but didn’t enjoy it, so decided to study fashion at GC instead. I feel much more motivated on this course as it’s something I really enjoy and I get a lot of direction from lecturers. On the course we are given a brief but have lots of freedom to do our own thing, and I really enjoy elements such as trend forecasting and marketing. I would say as long as you’re applying to something you really want to do; you’ll get what you need from studying at GC."

Crystal Francis

Extended Diploma Level 3 – Fashion

Cheltenham Campus

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