What is it?
This Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma aims to provide a firm foundation in core fashion & design practice, and to encourage personal development and expression. Professional practice in garment construction, fashion illustration, fashion design, fashionphotography, wearable art, fashion promotion, advertising and branding. You will develop a personal and exciting approach as you progress.
Why study this subject at Blackpool Sixth?
The course covers many elements of professional practice needed to be successful within the design industry including: garment construction, fashion illustration, surface pattern design, fashion design, fashion photography, fashion promotion, visual merchandising, advertising and branding. Projects include client-led briefs and working within the local community. The course helps learners to find out what they enjoy, what they are good at and allows them to develop a set of valuable skills for future study and work.
What skills will I develop?
Learners are given a range of projects that challenge them to explore different areas of creative practice. Sewing machine stitch, free machine stitch, pattern cutting, garment construction, surface pattern, portfolio development, fashion illustration, Photoshop rendering, illustration, fashion photography, graphic design, logo design, visual merchandising, magazine design
How will I be taught?
- Independently, as a whole class or small groups, pairs
- Lots of 1:1 discussions
- Past example projects
- Sharing of ideas with peers
- Year one learners tackle given project briefs covering core skills within areas of garment construction and fashioncommunication
- Year two learners tackle more challenging and specific creative assignments specialising in their selected area
How will I be assessed?
The course is made up of 9 units in year one and a further 4 larger units in year two.
In this qualification learners engage with study through project work. Development is progressive taking learners through workshops, and practical assignments at the beginning. All assignments are pass or fail only up until the end of year one, were an interim grade assesses progress and year two in the unit, Project Proposal and Realisation in which each learner specialises. Here the learner is at the pinnacle of their learning when they are awarded their overall grade, Pass, Merit or Distinction.
Each side of the course is taught by specialists in that area. The staff all have design backgrounds and develop their work as freelancers in their own time.
Field trips, projects and employability opportunities
We are always completing live briefs throughout the year as a rule of thumb and good practice. We have had past visits to New York, Paris, Rome, Venice, Morocco. We also encourage local trips for photography e.g. Edinburgh and London. There are also exhibition and fashion show opportunities each year.
Where does it lead?
Students progress on to a wide variety of fashion and design related study and careers including: fashion design, fashion promotion, fashion marketing and advertising, fashion management, fashion buying, retail, visual merchandising, graphic design, fashion branding, costume design, fashion journalism, stylist, fashion fabric design, fashion accessory design, window dresser, interior design and textiles design and fashion photography.
Sketchbooks, needles, thread, spools, scissors, fabric for garments, glossy photo printing, objects/props for visual merchandising. First Year £50 approx ( fabric costs will vary).
University of the Arts, London Awarding Body (UAL)
UAL qualifications are recognised and highly regarded across the country and are designed by some of the best art, design and media educators in the world.
What will I study?
Year one – learners tackle given project briefs covering core skills within areas of garment construction and fashion communication including:
- 2D, 3D and Time-based problem solving
- photography and digital graphics
- exploration of practical materials, media and techniques
- contextual awareness
Year two – learners tackle more personalised, challenging and specific creative assignments specialising in their selected area:
- Students research into career paths, opportunities for progression in art and design and Portfolio building
- Ideally you will have a grade 4 in any GCSE art or textiles subject. If not then you’ll need creative flair, enthusiasm and willingness to learn.