Creative Arts and Digital Media

Art and Design Fashion

Leaflet Code: CR28840FT


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.

  • City Campus Manchester
  • Full Time
  • 2 years
  • September 2024

Supported by industry experience, our staff are all exceptionally dedicated to their subject related field, highly qualified and industry trained.

Rachel Delooze -
Rachel teaches on the HND Fashion course at UCEN Manchester’s School of Creative Arts and Digital Media.
On top of twenty years’ teaching experience, Rachel has recently completed an MA in Fashion Textiles Practice.
Before getting into teaching, she spent five years gaining fashion design experience in the high street sector, as a ladies casualwear designer at various companies including Boohoo, Matalan and Topshop.
Rachel also has three years’ experience in luxury textiles and has developed her own brand to sell at artisan markets.

Pauline Woodbine -
Pauline is a lecturer on the Technical Fashion Design course at UCEN Manchester’s School of Creative Arts and Digital Media, with a focus on pattern development, manufacturing and IT.
After joining the world of teaching for the challenge of supporting young people to achieve their goals in life, Pauline has been a lecturer for 39 years.
Her extensive industry experience includes having sole responsibility for the implementation of new designs, from inception to production, for major high street retail companies and she has travelled to the top fashion cities of the world, such as Paris and New York, to gain an insight into new trends.

• 64 UCAS tariff points from A2 or BTEC diploma in a relevant subject

• Full level 3 qualification

• We strongly recommend that all applicants have GCSE English Language and Mathematics grades A*-C or level 9-4.

• If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

Applicants are invited 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.

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.

UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

Year 1: A1: Concept & Development (85 credits)

Year 1: A2: Creative Process (35 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.

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.

• You are required to buy an A3 professional portfolio
• You are required to buy sketchbooks and drawing layout pads
• You will need to purchase a digital storage device up to 1TB

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