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Art & Design (Fashion) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Harlow College

Course description

This specialist diploma will introduce you to many areas of the fashion industry, such as fashion design, marketing, trend prediction, styling, textile design, manufacturing and fashion illustration.

During the course, all students will have the opportunity of working on live briefs with 2 prestigious fashion houses. These include the head of menswear design at Debenhams and the Managing Director of Diesel. These projects will introduce the students to specialist areas of the fashion industry as well as industry experience in working with practicing professionals.

Course content

Core modules
  • Visual Recording in Art and Design
  • Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design
  • Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design
  • Communication Through Art and Design
  • Contextual Influences in Art and Design Exploration
Optional modules
  • Application & Realisation
  • Design principles
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Computers in Art & Design
  • Exploring Textiles
  • Extended Textiles
  • Pattern Construction
  • Pattern Development
  • Production Techniques
  • Surface Pattern
  • Accessory Production
  • Garment Production

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs A*-C.Must include minimum grade C English Language and grade C Art, Textiles or design technology equivalent. Portfolio of art and design work.


Assessment is unit based through lectures, practical assignments, group discussions, essays and regular educational visits to galleries and museums. In addition there will be a final major project in year 2. You will take part in regular discussions about progress with your learner mentor.

Financial information

A materials fee of approximately £50 is payable at the beginning of each year to contribute towards some of the consumable materials such as paper, paint, some fabrics, printing ink etc. A list will be provided for any additional materials and equipment required. Fashion students need to buy a pattern cutting start-up kit approx £100. Educational visits take place termly and projects are based on them. Costs (approx £50) of visits need to be covered by the student.

Future opportunities

As part of your main course of study you will explore career opportunities within the creative industries and appropriate progression routes, in particular university courses

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harlow College directly.

Last updated date: 14 April 2016
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