Level 3 Fashion Design
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About the Provider
If you are looking for an apprenticeship but haven’t found one suitable, our courses offer an ideal alternative. You will study two days a week enabling you to work part-time alongside, gaining valuable retail experience at the same time. During our October progression week, our retail partners come in to look for temporary and permanent staff, helping you to find the perfect part-time job.
When you join The Fashion Retail Academy (Ofsted outstanding) you will get much more than just a fashion qualification – you will gain a unique, industry led college experience in the heart of central London. Founded by retail giants, we are dedicated to offering you a range of exclusive Fashion courses with unparalleled industry involvement to ensure you gain the skills and contacts needed to successfully progress into employment.
Our courses are 1-2 years in length and are aimed at mixing classroom learning with vocational experience, so you are job ready on completion. Most of our level 3 and all of our level 4 courses come with a guaranteed three week fashion work placement
Level 3 Fashion Design
This Fashion Design course is an excellent alternative to an apprenticeship, running over two full days per week enabling you to work part-time whilst you study. This course covers a range of design principles used in the fashion industry like illustration, design development, construction and presentation.
Some of the modules you will explore include visual language, contextual awareness in art and design, Introduction to materials, processes and technical skills in art and design, an integrated approach to 2D problem solving in art and design, and an integrated approach to 3D problem solving in art and design.
Projects combining theoretical elements and practical application processes will give you an invaluable set of skills demanded by universities and the fashion industry. In the first year, key formative units are covered to prepare you for a themed first year final major project. In your second year, four units are covered in preparation for progression. Students in their second year are selected to participate in an important end-of-course fashion show.
Focusing on Fashion Design and development, the wide reach of the course could reveal aspects students haven’t considered before, giving you different career options to pursue. FRA students have gone on to study women’s wear, menswear, creative direction, design with development, tailoring, fashion journalism, pattern design and textiles at prestigious universities like Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and Westminster. Some students decide to stay at the FRA to pursue a specialism further whilst others join industry apprenticeship schemes.
The structure of the L3 Fashion Design course aims to identify your strengths and give you a tighter focus to pursue in the fashion industry. This course is perfect for you if you’re a creative visual thinker and have a flair for drawing, textiles and concept design. You will have an aptitude for pattern-cutting and an affinity for textiles and construction processes. You will create bodies of visual work in sketchbooks, construction journals, concept pieces and fashion film to reflect your development. You will visit galleries and museums, watch film and explore books to develop your contextual awareness of the world around you. You will participate in college-wide industry projects. You will present professionally created seminars and expected to critique your peers.
Upon completion you will be in an ideal position for a specialist L4 course, a degree at a university or an apprenticeship with a fashion brand.
Age 16 +
5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including Maths and English.
2 years, 2 days a week
Start Date: September
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