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 2021
You will be taught by a team of experienced tutors –

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.

Janet Stanway:

Nichola McManus:

• 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
You’ll need to attend an interview and bring a portfolio of work that demonstrates a range of creative thinking and technical skills applied to fashion design, art or other design related projects.

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.

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 4 Techniques & Processes (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)
You could be asessed via a number of methods, including:

• 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.
With your skills and knowledge, and our strong links with the fashion industry, you can follow an exciting, rewarding career in a wide range of roles, across all areas of fashion. You could become a designer, assistant designer and pattern cutter with design studios and manufacturers, working with high street brands, evening, bridal, couture, lingerie, children’s, corporate, performance sports and menswear.

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.
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 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.

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As with all creative visual arts / fashion students, you will be expected to contribute to the resource costs of your study including fabrics, print, and general art materials.

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

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

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