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Fashion Design Level 3 Diploma at Fashion Retail Academy

Course description

This exciting two year course, equivalent to 3 A-Levels, gives you an in-depth insight into the many elements of garment design for the fashion. It will cover areas such as clothing construction, use of textiles and leading technological developments such as digital print for fabrics.  You will be introduced to 2D and 3D problem solving in art and design

Including both theory and practical elements, this course will arm you with relevant current practices in the industry to enable your progression to a more specialist Level 4 course at the Fashion Retail Academy, University or entry level positions in the fashion industry.

The course culminates by pulling together all that you have learnt to produce an end of year Fashion Show where you get the chance to explore the boundaries of your creativity to showcase designs you have created and produced in front of the public.  

Course content

During the course you will be taught visual language skills used in fashion design across various mediums including mood boards, sketches & drawings and film.  You will be introduced to different methods of research used to gather inspiration for fashion design including gallery, museum and exhibition visits and desk based primary and secondary research.  You will explore 2D and 3D techniques such as illustration, computer design, textile manipulation, hand and machine stitching and draping.  You will have the opportunity to embrace new technical fashion skills such as digital printing as well as learning more traditional methods of making clothes. In the second year you will conclude your studies with a final major fashion and design project where you can explore your own creative interests. 

The course includes theoretical and practical elements relevant to current practice in the fashion industry and a variety of fashion related subjects such as:

  • Fashion Design 

  • Garment Construction

  • Drawing
  • Textiles

  • Graphics 

  • Visual Communication 

  • Design History


You will be invited to attend a range of masterclasses from a variety of Senior Fashion Retail Executives. 

Previous speakers have included Carolyn Springett from Jaeger, Belinda Earl from Marks and Spencer, David Walker-Smith of Fenwick and Hilary Riva, formerly of the British Fashion Council.

During these sessions held in our state of the art lecture theatre, fashion retail experts advise and inform about a range of subjects affecting the industry with an interactive Q&A session at the end to enable students to have their say.

Entry requirements

 5 GCSEs grade C and above including both English and Maths and an art subject

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the course students will have a broad overview of the fashion design industry. Some students choose to go directly into employment in the fashion industry in junior positions or as assistants in design, sample and production departments. Alternatively students may go onto an FRA Level 4 course or Higher Education.

Further information


You will take part in your own project set by industry professionals. Previous L3 Fashion Design students have taken part in a Topman menswear project, giving them an opportunity to work in small design teams to create a menswear collection. Students were asked to consider the Topman brand, it’s ethos and price point but also encouraged to consider digital marketing strategies and new media such as augmented reality. 
Students presented their collections and marketing strategies to the senior design team at Topman and one group were selected as prize winners.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Fashion Retail Academy directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016
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