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Fashion and Clothing BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Art and Design at Congleton High School

Course description

You can choose to take Fashion & Clothing to further a career in the textiles and fashion industry, to support your other choices of A Level, or as an enjoyable and practical learning experience.

Educational visits include opportunities to attend annual trips to the Clothes Show in Birmingham, as well as local fashion stores and museums. An ex-student has been invited to speak to students and share her experiences and knowledge as she has attended Manchester University to study Fashion and now runs her own fashion business.

You experiment and learn to present your ideas using a wide variety of

media, materials and techniques.

You will learn to research designers’ work and artistic periods and use this information to influence your own work.

Your practical skills will be developed to cover an enormous range of Textiles techniques and processes which will enable you to discover which techniques suit you best and help you create your own style.

You will design and make your own garment and accessory, with originality being the only limitation to your designs.

You will learn about the industrial aspects of fashion: the marketing, promotion and sales side of the industry.

You will devise reports that demonstrate your understanding, for example, how important visual communication is within the Art industry.

All of these skills will help towards producing a varied portfolio which will help support you through future pathways in the fashion industry and University applications.

Course content

Unit 1 – Visual Recording and Communication.
You will learn about the variety of techniques that are used to present fashion ideas by investigating the role of the fashion illustrator. Using mixed media you will develop your own style of presenting your fashion and your ideas. This is a mandatory unit and involves an examination board set task.

Unit 2 – Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design
You will develop contextual research and critical analysis skills, you will investigate influences on practitioners that drive and underpin their work. This unit is a mandatory unit and involves a supervised assessment.

Unit 3 – The creative Process.
You will experiment with ideas generation techniques and contextual research activities. You will develop ideas through the use of materials, techniques and processes refining your ideas to produce garments.

Unit 14 - Textile Materials, Techniques and Processes.
You will work with woven and constructed textiles, surface pattern design and the development and manufacture of these through traditional methods and digital applications.

Unit 15 – Fashion Material, Techniques and Processes.
You will be introduced to the key techniques and processes in fashion. You will develop your own designs and translate them into a garment. You will look at methods used to create markets and promote fashion.

Educational visits include opportunities to attend annual trips to the Clothes Show in Birmingham, as well as local fashion stores and museums. An ex-student has been invited to speak to students and share her experiences and knowledge as she has attended Manchester University to study Fashion and now runs her own fashion business.

Entry requirements

It would not be necessary but it would obviously be beneficial for you to have some previous experience in GCSE Textiles, Design Technology, EPQ Artefact in Fashion and Clothing, Art, Languages, Business, Science or English.

Assessment

This course is assessed with a mixture of portfolio evidence, written submissions and creative making. You will creatively display your samples and learning in A3 sketchbooks. You will be assessed on each subsection of the curriculum. You will be regularly made aware of your progress and set targets for further success. The grading system is Distinction * (140 credits), Distinction (120 credits), Merit (80 credits) and Pass (40 credits).

Future opportunities

Fashion and Clothing could lead you to further studies or a career in an enormous range of occupations. Here are just a few suggestions, but it is a creative industry and anything is possible:

- Fashion Design
- Interior Design
- Graphic Design
- Weaving
- Marketing
- Fashion Buyer
- Fashion Illustration
- Printmaking
- Fashion Photography
- Homeware Design
- Garment Technician
- Running your own business!

Further information

This course can be taken in conjunction with other vocational or academic courses at Congleton High School Sixth Form or The Congleton College. English, Business, Art, ICT, Product Design, Science and Languages can be a crucial part of the Textiles business as there are often opportunities for travelling the world within this industry. It may be possible to combine this qualification with the BTEC Studies in Art and Design to accrue a larger award such as a Foundation Diploma or Diploma. This course could also be combined with a substantial component of training which is delivered by The Congleton College in the work place.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Congleton High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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