Bradford College

Art and Design (Fashion and Textiles) Bradford College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd


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Course summary

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  • 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.

Course details


The course is mainly studio-based with teaching and learning taking place through a range of methods including studio practice, group work, workshop demonstrations, seminars, tutorials, lectures, group critiques, external live briefs, visits, trips, independent research and experimental practice. You will study core, specialist and centre-selected units to achieve a total of 120 credits. Units studied: Professional Development; Contextual Studies; Individual Project (Pearson-set); Techniques and Processes; Computer Aided Design (CAD); Pattern Cutting and Garment Making; Fashion and Textiles Practices; Surface Design.

Assessment method

Assessment methods include: Portfolio of technical experiments and sampling; Personal Development Plan; Exhibition; Proposals; Presentation of strategies and proposals; Critical evaluation; Peer assessment; Business planning; Research journal; Sketchbooks.

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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Application codes

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Course code W2W6
Institution code B60
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points A BTEC or UAL Level 3 qualification in Art and Design or an A level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent). Alternatively, other related Level 3 qualifications, an Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved Further Education institution, a BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or related work experience.

Non-standard applicants will be required to produce evidence of their ability to study at the Higher Education level. Short-course and relevant work experience may be taken into account. Non-standard applicants may be interviewed and may be required to complete a piece of written work as part of their application. Claims for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are welcomed by the College. Candidates should consult the admissions tutor if they wish to claim such recognition.

Additional entry requirements


Candidates will be invited to attend for interview and be given an initial assessment.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8,750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,750 Year 1
Scotland £8,750 Year 1
Wales £8,750 Year 1

Additional fee information

Bradford College is committed to delivering quality, affordable degrees. We work hard to cut the cost and not the corners on our undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. The tuition fee rate per year is fixed for the duration of the course providing there is no break in study. You will not be asked to pay these fees up front, as you should be eligible for loans to cover the tuition fees and assist with living expenses from Student Finance England. However, please ensure that you have made your application and secured funding for your course prior to registration.

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