The fashion business is worth £26 billion to the UK economy and two of its fastest growing niches are tailoring and streetwear. Tailoring is becoming more and more popular as many consumers continue to want individuality while looking smart and are again prepared to invest for this exclusivity. The streetwear consumer wants affordable, exclusivity and is prepared to spend up to 5 times more on streetwear items compared to non-street wear. Brands such as Offwhite, Stussy, Supreme, Palace and even Nike are recognised as key players and innovators in this space. This course is one of the few courses in London which focuses on contemporary tailoring and street wear trends. As a student, you will get a fusion of traditional and contemporary skills. As a close-knit community, we will support you in small class sizes. There is a strong focus on technical skills, delivered by experienced and highly qualified tutors, who are current industry experts and are highly experienced in these areas. The Higher National Certificate is a broad introduction to both areas (fashion and textiles) where you will be encouraged to explore, be expressive and experimental by drawing on a range of materials. You will develop a wide range of technical and creative skills preparing you for both industries. You will be taught the fundamentals of the fashion design process, giving you the skills to prepare you for the fast-moving professional world and to be self-reflecting individuals to meet the demands of employers in the creative industry and adapt to a constantly changing environment. By the end of the program you will be able to produce garments ranging from made to measure, to streetwear but also how to blend those differing styles together. You will also learn the importance of project management in terms of designing and producing a garment within a specific time frame paying close attention to the detail and its finish. Additionally, you will gain the wider experience of contextual awareness such as sustainable and ethical fashion and how this impacts manufacturing, designing clothes and the environment.
Units are subject to change but would typically cover:
- Professional Development
- Contextual Studies
- Individual Project
- Techniques and Processes
- Computer Aided Design
- Fashion and Textiles Processes
- Pattern Cutting & Garment Making
The course is structured around 8 core units taught through 7 projects designed to develop a broad and detailed fashion skill base. Each project focuses on a different area of fashion and builds familiarity with a different range of materials, skills, and industry knowledge. Each project gives the opportunity to follow the design process and work to the conditions of a brief, allowing students to build up a confidence and understanding of their own process and how it can best be developed in order to support progression into industry. Assessment methods are in the form of ● A portfolio of work that demonstrates the learning outcomes ● Written assignments ● Practical Tasks - Final 3D garments patterns and toiles ● Portfolio of computer aided designs and development ● Formative feedback ● Peer Feedback ● Summative Assessment
How to apply
This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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- Chelsea Centre for the Creative Industries
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Additional entry requirements
Mature students: if you do not meet the entry requirements as outlined above, we may still consider your application based on previous employment or previous study. We appreciate that mature students may have extensive relevant experience gained through paid or unpaid work, or through other types of professional training or sector-related opportunities and this experience may be used to support an application. Please contact the Programme Lead on [email protected] to discuss.
All applicants will be required to present a portfolio of work that demonstrates ability in research skills, drawing, creative thinking and problem-solving skills with an interest in art, design or related subjects including fashion.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||5.5||Students and prospective students require a minimum level of 5.5 IELTS (or equivalent) with no score lower than a 5 in listening and speaking and no score lower than a 5.5 in reading and writing.|
|PTE Academic||42||Pearson Test of English Academic|
Students undertaking higher level education need to have a commensurate level of understanding of the English language so as to be able to achieve their qualification. In the case of applicants for whom English is a second language, the interviewer and Central Admissions Team must assure themselves of the applicant’s ability to function at IELTS English Level 5.5 (or equivalent). This is in line with the requirements of the awarding and validating bodies. Where applicants do not hold an IELTS qualification at 5.5 or equivalent, the Central Admissions will ask the applicant to sit an online test (BKSB) to check the suitability of the applicant’s English level prior to interview. Photographic identification will be required. Applicants who have recently completed (i.e. in the last 2 years) a formal programme of study in English at an appropriate level (such as a level 3 BTEC or ‘A’ level) prior to starting their Higher National are considered to be at a suitable level of English without requiring additional evidence..
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£6165||Year 1|