FASHION COURSE

Why study Fashion?

This course is designed for young people with a passion for clothes, design, fabrics and style. Learn about the workings of the Fashion industry and discover what makes this international multi billion pound industry work so well. Our industry professional tutors will teach you valuable design processes using the same computer technology as the top fashion houses and introduce you to the techniques involved in the creation of fashion & clothing. Exploring technical skills such as pattern cutting, garment construction and costume design, you will discover your own creativities through exciting projects and practical design skills to begin your fashion and styling career.

You will also develop styling skills, including catwalk make-up and will finish the year with a fashion show that you will design and produce on your own and as part of a team. You will leave us with a professional, digitalised portfolio of your coursework. Your tutors will help you craft this essential tool to help you move to the next stage of your creative career or learning.

Open Events
Wed 21st March 2018
Wed 25th April 2018
Wed 16th May 2018
Wed 20th June 2018
Wed 11th July 2018

Age Requirements
All BCE courses are for learners aged 16-18 as of 31 August 2018.

However, if you have a learning difficulty and/or disability with a valid Education and Healthcare Plan, you can study with us up to the age of 25.

Level 2

The course is aimed at budding young designers who are interested in taking up the challenge of working within the industry. Fashion is big business in the UK from the high street brands to designer labels within the world of Music & Entertainment. You will be working on fashion designs and garment making as well as develop your skills in digital photography and Photoshop. Your created designs and customized clothes will be presented to an industry guest and be featured at the IAMBCE Fashion show event. You will also organize and participate in a photo shoot which includes photography, make up, styling and modelling.

What you will learn:

  • Introduction to Specialist Pathways in Art and Design
  • Creative Project in Art and Design
  • Investigating Contextual References in Art and Design
  • Recording for Creative Intentions in Art and Design
  • Fashion Briefs
  • Textile Briefs
Course entry requirements:

3 GCSEs at grade D or above (including English) or equivalent

Applicants who do not have a D in GCSE English must have Functional Skills English at Level 1.

Course duration and start date:

The course will begin in September 2018 and lasts for one year

What qualification(s) will I receive?

  • BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design (Fashion Pathway)

Learners with a grade D in GCSE English and/or Maths will complete a GCSE re-sit alongside their course.

Learners with a grade E or below in English and/or Maths will work towards achieving their Functional Skill qualification alongside their course.

Progression Opportunities

We would actively encourage you to progress onto one of our Level 3 programmes at Big Creative Academy. This will allow you to further develop your creative skills and continue to focus on your English and/or Maths.

Alternatively, if you have five GCSEs at grade C or above (including English and Maths) then you can progress onto one of our BCE Apprenticeship programmes.

You also have the option to progress into employment.

Level 3

Level 3 
Are you the next Vivienne Westwood or Jimmy Choo? This course is designed for young people with a passion for clothes, design, fabrics and style. Learn about the workings of the Fashion industry and discover what makes this international multi billion pound industry work so well. Our industry professional tutors will teach you valuable design processes using the same computer technology as the top fashion houses and introduce you to the techniques involved in the creation of fashion clothing. 
What you will learn:  Year One:  

  • Introduction to visual language in art and design 
  • Introduction to research skills in art and design 
  • Introduction to critical and contextual awareness in art and design 
  • Introduction to materials, processes and technical skills in art and design 
  • An integrated approach to 2D and 3D problem solving in art and design. 
  • An integrated approach to time based problem solving 
  • Developing an art and design project 
  • Opportunities for progression in art and design  

This course is included in the UCAS tariff and attracts the following points for each final grade as shown below. 

PASS-36 

MERIT- 60 

DISTINCTION-84 

Year Two: 

  • Characteristics and contexts in art and design 
  • Preparation for progression in art and design 
  • Engaging with an audience in art and design 
  • Project proposal and realisation in art and design 

fashion students specialise in designing and making garments with a particular focus on producing a portfolio of work that will propel them into university or a career in Fashion Design/Fashion Marketing/Fashion & Styling. You will produce a final collection suitable for the catwalk.   

This course is included in the UCAS tariff and attracts the following points for each final grade as shown below. 

PASS- 72 

MERIT- 120  

DISTINCTION-168 

The Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art & Design UAL Awarding Body has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree-level study in art and design, or into employment. 

It provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in the visual arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from further to higher education or employment. 

Course entry requirements:  Applicants must have 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (including English) or equivalent  
Course duration and start date:  The course will begin in September 2018 and lasts for two years. 
What qualification(s) will I receive 
  • UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design (1 year) 
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in in Art and Design (2 years) 

Learners who already have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above will also work towards the Bronze Arts Award (Enterprise Qualification). 

Learners with a grade D in GCSE English and/or Maths will complete a GCSE re-sit alongside their course. 

Learners with a grade E or below in Maths will work towards achieving their Functional Skill qualification alongside their course. 

Progression Opportunities  If you are keen to move into employment but wish to continue training in the creative industries and have five GCSEs at grade C or above (including English and Maths), then you can progress onto one of our BCE Apprenticeship programmes. 

Those of you who wish to continue your learning in an education environment, have the option to progress into Higher Education either at a University or studying for a HNC/HND programme. 

If you are not keen on continuing to study further, you can progress directly into employment. 

Will I receive support throughout my course?

At Big Creative Education, we pride ourselves on offering support to all of our young people throughout their programme.

We have a number of learners who have a range of support needs from specific learning difficulties, or autistic spectrum disorders to mental health conditions, amongst others. If you currently have a valid Education and Health Care Plan or a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA), you will be entitled to government funded support from your local authority to ensure we help you achieve the best from your learning.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of learning support, please do not hesitate to contact Lauren (Entry Level to Level 2) or Shayne (Level 3) on 020 8498 3300.

For more information about the support we offer to learners please click here

How will I be taught and assessed?

All of our courses are vocational which means they are designed to compliment learners with a visual and kinaesthetic learning style.

As a result, you will be assessed via a range of both practical and written assignments.

What happens after I submit an Application?

Once you have submitted your application online, you will be contacted via post and email with an interview appointment. Our interview evenings happen on a monthly basis so you will never wait more than 30 days for an appointment.

Your interview is an opportunity for you to showcase and discuss your creative skill set with our industry professional tutors. We actively encourage applicants to attend their interviews with either a portfolio of work (if you have it) or an audition piece (if you’re applying for Music Performance or Performing Arts).

At the end of your interview you will receive a conditional offer for September subject to achieving the entry criteria. This will also be confirmed in writing so you have something to keep as a reminder.