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Fashion and Clothing National Extended Diploma Level 3 at Sunderland College

Course description

This course is ideal if you enjoy art and design and, in particular, fashion and textile related projects and are looking for a pathway to higher level courses and a range of potential future careers in textiles, surface pattern and fashion.

Course content

You will explore a range of subjects over the two years including:

  • Fashion design
  • Pattern cutting
  • Prof portfolio development
  • Experimental textiles
  • Printed, embroidered and constructed textiles


Entry requirements

You’’ll need a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above, one of which needs to be in an art and design subject. You can also join the course with a BTEC level 2 Diploma in Art and Design providing you have a merit or distinction grade.


You will be taught to develop practical skills and knowledge in all fashion and textile areas through lessons taught in specialist studios. The course will involve visits to regional and national exhibitions shows and galleries where you will study and record the work of  various fashion designers, craftspeople, artists and designers

Future opportunities

After successfully completing the course you’’ll have a wide range of choices to take your passion further. You could continue your studies at university and specialise in a specific subject area of fashion and textiles or you could find employment in fashion or textile related industries.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 February 2016
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    • Bede Campus is located just outside Sunderland city centre on Durham Road.

      It provides an excellent learning environment for academic and vocational courses including new state of the art science labs and a dedicated learning resource centre with internet café, helping ensure the quality of our education is matched by our facilities.

      As the dedicated campus for our sports provision the Sports Academy building spans some 30,000 sq.ft and features a includes a multi-use sports hall, sports science performance lab, sports massage treatment areas, exercise studio and fully equipped gym with TechnoGym cardiovascular machines. The campus also features the multi million pound Goals Soccer Centrecomprising of 10 floodlit all weather synthetic pitches. These facilities are used extensively for lessons and are also available free of charge for any of our students.

      Spanning 50,000 square feet, the Visual and Performing Arts building features a theatre; film screening room; media/TV, drama, dance, art, and fashion and clothing studio; two industry standard recording studios; a music technology suite; photography studio; dark room and film processing facilities. Take a look at the Visual and Performing Arts tumblr pageto see some of our students and tutors work.

      Bede Campus also features three on-site cafe including the brand new refectory and a Starbucks in the new Visual and Performing Arts building for all students.