Art and Design (Fashion and Textiles) Bradford College


Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

  • This Higher National Certificate has been designed to meet the needs of the contemporary creative industries. This dynamic and rapidly changing sector of the global economy covers a wide range of subjects, including those of art and design. Students will have the opportunity to explore the creative industries through a focused curriculum that will prepare them for further degree-level studies or working in the industry.

The course is characterised by a strong emphasis on visual presentation, which is backed up by the wealth of subject specialist knowledge and technical expertise on offer from the staff team of lecturers and technicians. This well-resourced programme is also characterised by its commitment to independent, student-centred and deep learning and to widening participation. This commitment is evidenced by our teaching and learning strategies and by the diversity, flexibility and broad based provision offered by the programme. We are committed to, and recognised for, the ‘distance travelled’ by our students and the development of confident, diverse, critically aware and reflective creative practitioners.

The programme and wider School offers a supportive, friendly and constructive environment, within which students are challenged and enabled to take responsibility for their own learning, to develop their individual profiles and interests, to realise their potential and to achieve their personal, creative, professional and academic goals. The distinctive features of our course are both necessitated by, and reinforce, our commitment to widening participation. This is evidenced by our student body, many of whom come from non-traditional learning backgrounds. We have a large number of mature students as well as 18-25 year olds and our students come from a range of social and ethnic backgrounds. This makes for a rich, diverse and dynamic student body, each member of which brings something different and valuable to the collective student experience. The course and the school also has access to, and productive relationships with, a number of important cultural institutions in the region, including The Bradford Textile Society, The National Media Museum, Cartwright Hall, The Yorkshire Craft Centre, South Square Gallery, Impressions Gallery and Fabric (all in Bradford), Dean Clough in Halifax and The City Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds. We also have links with regional textile industry and designer makers. The Unique Bradford Textile Archive / Ulita Textile Archive give opportunities to study Textile Heritage and Industry designs/Trends and Techniques in detail. There is the opportunity for students completing the course to show work alongside BA graduates both in Bradford and at the New Designers Graduate showcase, at the Business Design Centre, London. The course is enriched by guest lecturers as well as the opportunity to go on European study trips to Paris, Venice and Milan. More local trips include visits to local textile manufacturers including Abraham Moon and Sons.

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