Garment Technology

Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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The BA (Hons) in Garment Technology has been developed to reflect and respond to contemporary practice within the global fashion industry. You will be encouraged to develop a professional, enquiring attitude within technical aspects of clothing production and an ability to become confident and self-motivated in your chosen practice. You will gain experience and insight into this sector of the industry studying topics including; advanced pattern cutting, design management and realisation, garment fittings, grading and sizing. You will also study; production planning, costings and quality control. You will gain primary knowledge from technical specialists, both within the teaching team and through guest visits to and from industry. This specialist course provides opportunities to work on live projects throughout, including an individual final year collaboration. Previous students have worked with fashion brands such Burberry, Hackett, Amanda Wakeley, Karen Millen, Monsoon and Topshop. Also technical sportswear companies sportswear companies including Adidas and Rab. Within this course you will use industry standard Gerber software and gain an insight into garment production both in the UK and overseas.

Course details

Modules

In your first year, introduction to a wide range of fashion subjects helps develop a good foundation of fashion knowledge and skills in both design and technical areas. Your second year helps to build advanced fashion skills and knowledge, and strengthens your personal and professional development in relation to your own career goals, through a choice of options, business planning and a four-week work placement. Opportunities to take part in the international Erasmus exchange programme exists during this year. You will have the opportunity to follow our four-year sandwich option, which provides the opportunity for a one-year internship in industry. In the final year, you have the chance to specialise in Fashion Design, Fashion Communication, Garment Technology, Design for Performance, or Fashion Accessories.


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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points Contextualised reduced tariff offer: 96 tariff points or equivalent e.g. A-level CCC, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.
A level BBC minimum of 2 A Levels required although Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one A-level subjects. Applicants with 2 A Level qualifications or equivalent can combine with AS levels to achieve required points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3. Arts, Media and Publishing subjects preferred but other subjects also considered.
Scottish Higher CC CC Advanced Higher CC Highers
AS AA - EE Must be considered along with a minimum of 2 of the following qualifications: A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diplomas. Can also be considered in combination with a BTEC Extended Diploma, Art and Design Foundation Diploma or UAL Extended Diploma to obtain 112 pts.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D*
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Must be combined with A level, AS level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma to achieve a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Must be combined with A level, AS level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma to achieve a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Must be combined with A level, AS level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma to achieve a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 14 points or above from three higher level subjects and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Pass plus grades CC at A-Level (or equivalent qualifications) Must be offered along with either A-levels,AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL extended diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points
Extended Project Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for. Can be considered along with a minimum of 2 of the following qualifications: A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diplomas. Can also be considered in combination with a BTEC extended diploma, art and design foundation diploma or UAL extended diploma to obtain 112 pts
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 English Language & Maths Grade 4/C or above Must have been achieved at the point of application. Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subject are covered. Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy Key Skills level 2
HNC (BTEC) P overall Must be in a course related to the degree subject being applied for.
HND (BTEC) P overall Must be in a course related to the degree subject being applied for.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D* Can be considered in combination with either A-levels, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Must be offered along with either A-levels, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Must be offered along with either A-levels, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate Must be offered along with either A-levels, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Must be offered along with either A-levels, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.

Additional entry requirements

Portfolio

If your application is progressed, you will be invited to bring in a portolio of your creative work for review. Your portfolio is your opportunity to show examples of your work and creative interests to support your application. Guidance on how to put your portfolio together will be provided once you have made your application.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in the remaining three skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Garment Technology at Birmingham City University - UCAS