Fashion and Textiles - Foundation Degree (FdA)


Approved by:
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
Start:
September
Location:
University Centre and Balliol Building
Level:
4-5
Institution code:
H65
UCAS code:
4XQ5

Course Details

This course has been written in close collaboration with both students and industry professionals to develop an unique and exciting course. The qualification is designed to provide you with opportunities to develop skills in your specialist chosen pathway in fashion and textiles.

In Year One, the main focus will be developing your knowledge and understanding of fashion and textiles design with emphasis on demonstrating your ability to work independently improving your drawing and constructive skills. A range of print, stitch, knit, weaves and felt constructed textile workshops will be delivered in order for you to become familiar with experimental techniques using traditional processes. Digital workshops will allow you to become familiar with the use of Photoshop and Illustrator enabling you to scan and manipulate your fashion and textile designs. Basic pattern cutting skills will be addressed and you will develop your knowledge of garment construction techniques.

In Year Two, you will further develop your knowledge and understanding of combining traditional techniques with contemporary processes. You will have the opportunity to learn design repeat and construct garments using fabric manipulation techniques. Advanced research methods will allow you to recognise trending forecasts supporting you to produce innovative and original bespoke designs.

Workshops will include the use of fashion styling and promotion. Visiting lecturers and guest speakers will support you in recognising industry standards and allow you to showcase your collection of work imaginatively.

Throughout the course you will have the chance to engage in local and national competitions and showcase events, offering you the chance to build industry contacts and work experience opportunities. In addition, you will be able to learn the core functions of marketing and operations within a business organisation allowing you the opportunity to run your own business venture.

Teaching and learning on the course will be delivered through a range of lectures, practical workshops, research seminars, group work, analysis of live fashion events and textile craft fairs.

Guest speakers from different areas of the fashion and textiles industry will facilitate professional workshops and Q&A sessions. Students will be involved in local and national showcasing events, competitions and freelance work.

You will study a range of core modules, including:

FdA Year 1:

  • Fashion and Textiles (Traditional Techniques)
  • Historical Contextual Studies
  • Drawing for Textiles
  • Digital Communication for Fashion
  • Fashion Illustration and Presentation Methods

FdA Year 2:

  • Fashion and Textiles (Culture and Identity)
  • Self-managed careers in the creative industries
  • Contextual Studies - Contemporary
  • Creative Digital Fashion Illustration
  • Surface Design
  • Pattern Cutting and Construction
For full entry criteria, please see the Programme Specification.
Two years, full time or three years, part time.
Students who successfully complete this Foundation Degree may choose to complete a further one year of study to gain a full honours degree and will be offered a guaranteed interview for any relevant Honours Top up programme at the Hugh Baird University Centre. Alternatively, they may wish to apply for a top up year at another higher education institution or progress directly into their chosen career path.

On successful completion of this qualification, potential career paths may include:

  • Freelance Designer
  • Junior Designer
  • Pattern Cutter
  • Sewing Machinist
  • Textile Technician
  • Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Weaver
  • Printmaker
  • Retail Manager
  • Felt-maker
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Knitter
  • Customer Service Assistant

Primary contact:
Angela O'Brien
Email: angela.obrien@hughbaird.ac.uk

Other contact:
Delyth Coles
Email: delyth.coles@hughbaird.ac.uk

How much will this course cost me?

Tuition fee loans cover university/college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university/college by Student Finance England, so you don’t need a pot of money up front.

They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn and not how much you owe and you won’t need to start paying them back until you are earning more than a certain amount.

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It’s never too late to learn

We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 years or above). Even if you don't have the entry requirements, you may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience, so we would consider your application on an individual basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

We want to make your university education as flexible and affordable as possible. We offer a number of financial support options to help you go further by staying local. You don’t need to pay for your tuition fees up front - Tuition Fee Loans cover university or college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England.

They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn. You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help support your living costs. For more information, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance

Yes. We have a dedicated team of staff on hand to help guide you through the admissions process, from selecting the right course, to completing your UCAS application and applying for financial support.

If you have any questions, or need help at any stage, call the Retention and Progression Team on 0151 353 4444, or email careers@hughbaird.ac.uk.

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