Course: Fashion & Textiles Level 3

Study Level

Level 3

Course Code



Great Yarmouth Campus

Lowestoft Campus


2 Years



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.  There will also be opportunities to visit galleries and museums in order to contextualise your studies.

The course will allow you to build a 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.

The Diploma is a one year course but the expectation is students’ progress onto the Extended Diploma in year two. Once you have completed both years you will be in a position to apply for University or enter the industry at assistant or junior level.

Entry is by interview and portfolio inspection. You will be required to have gained at least 4 GCSEs (C grade or above) normally including English and at least one Art / Design subject. In exceptional circumstances, particularly for mature students, a relaxation of formal qualifications may be possible.

The first year (UAL Diploma in Fashion & Textiles) consists of the following units;

  • Introduction to Visual Language
  • Introduction to Research Skills
  • Introduction to Critical and Contextual Awareness
  • Introduction to Materials, Processes and Technical Skills
  • An Integrated Approach to 2D Problem Solving
  • An Integrated Approach to 3D Problem Solving
  • An Integrated Approach to Time-Based Problem Solving
  • Developing an Art and Design Project
  • Opportunities for Progression


Four GCSEs at grades 9- 4 ideally including maths and English, plus a portfolio of varied textile work.

Or you will have completed the BTEC, UAL or OCR Level 2 in Art & Design at merit grade, also Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths, plus a portfolio of varied textile work.


Work is project based and presented in sketchbooks and a portfolio which is showcased in an end-of-year static exhibition and fashion catwalk show. Students are assessed and supported throughout the two year course with regular reviews, formative and final assessment on each of the 18 units gaining a PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION.


Study a foundation degree here at University of Suffolk at East Coast College or go into employment or self-employment.

FdA Fashion and Textiles

FdA Commercial Arts Practice

BA (Hons) Arts Practice (Progression Route)

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