Got an eye for design, a unique creative style and a commercial vision? Join us on this HND in Fashion Design and develop your technical and creative skills to thrive in the ever-changing, dynamic world of garment design, pattern and construction.
• Explore a range of design techniques and processes from print, digital design creation through to fashion illustration, technical garment construction, pattern cutting and garment manufacture.
• Examine a variety of contextual perspectives on how fashion design is influenced by and influences the creative and wider world, looking at cultural relationships with fashion.
• And develop your own creative thinking, flair, and design potential with exciting practical opportunities.
Push your sense of experimentation, try new things, and benefit from excellent industry connection in Manchester and beyond, as you expand your creative potential and skillset and prepare to enter the world of fashion as an innovator with a keen commercial sense.
- Northenden Campus
- Full Time
- 2 years
- September 2020
Deborah Smailes has 20 years’ experience within the fashion industry after completing a BA (hons) Degree in Fashion Design and working within different company departments from design, technical to product development, for national and international companies in areas of women’s wear tailoring to sportswear project management. She continued her education after many years in industry, completing a (PGDE) in Art & Design, and is currently course leader, lecturing here and freelancing for a variety of companies within the fashion industry.
Academic Entry requirements
• 64 UCAS Tariff Points
• Pass in Access to HE with at least 45 credits at level 3. You must also be operating at level 2 in both literacy and numeracy.
• BTEC/A-Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification in Fashion, Textiles, Art and Design, Graphics or Photography
Non-academic entry Requirements
Interviews typically last about half an hour.
Your portfolio may be submitted electronically in a Blog / website or through digital transfer.
Availability for Skype interviews – for overseas/applicants who have to travel
Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.
What will I be studying?
Year 1: Unit 1 Professional Development (15 credits)
Year 1: Unit 2 Contextual Studies (15 credits)
Year 1: Unit 23 Fashion Collection (15 credits)
Year 1: Unit 3 Individual Project (15 credits)
Year 1: Unit 32 Professional Practice (15 credits)
Year 1: Unit 33 Applied Practice Collaborative Project (30 credits)
Year 1: Unit 36 Advanced Fashion Studies (30 credits)
Year 1: Unit 4 Techniques & Processes (15 credits)
Year 1: Unit 46 Technical Drawing (15 credits)
Year 1: Unit 50 Material Selection & Specification (15 credits)
Year 1: Unit 58 Creative Industries Placement (15 credits)
Year 1: Unit 7 Computer Aided Design (CAD) (15 credits)
Year 1: Unit 8 Pattern Cutting & Garment Making (15 credits)
Year 1: Unit 9 Fashion & Textiles Practices (15 credits)
How will I be assessed?
• Portfolio related practical course work
• Written work
• Assignments related to industry work experience
• Final garment catwalk collection
Assessment methods are carried out within one to one tutorials, sessions where formative and summative feedback are delivered relating to your progress.
What are the careers that this will lead to?
Other career opportunities include fashion writing, fashion marketing buyer, designing and making costumes for wardrobe, theatre, film, television and dance.
The average salary for fashion industry professionals is in the region of £28,000 to £52,000.
Fees, Finance and Funding
Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.
You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.
Course Associated Costs
All of the books required for the course are available from the library. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course. Students will also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £200 each year for fabrics, sketchbooks, lay out boards and printing.
• There is a voluntary trip in year 1/2 with an estimated contribution of £90
• You are required to buy an A3 professional portfolio estimated cost is £30 each.
• You are required to buy sketchbooks and drawing layout pads, cost £4.50 or £6 each.
• You will need to purchase a digital storage device up to 1TB at an approximate cost of £30