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Art and Design Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (Fashion and Textiles) at Bedford College

Course description

The Fashion & Textile Design course at Bedford College allows you to develop creative, innovative and industry relevant design knowledge and skills. The course offers a unique, blended learning experience that equally promotes the teaching of both Fashion & Textile design practices to a high standard. The course covers a range of disciplines that include, Fashion Design and Illustration, Pattern Cutting & Production, Textile Design (Surface Pattern, Constructed Textiles and Printed Textiles) and Fashion Marketing & Promotion. 

Within a purpose built Arts Centre our bright and modern design studios offer access to industry standard and subject specific equipment. Here you will be taught by experienced and enthusiastic Fashion & Textile tutors who have up to date industry involvement. Tutors will work hard to ensure you confidently develop the skills that allow you to produce an extensive portfolio of design work.  There will be regular opportunities to visit galleries, museums and exhibition, as well as the chance to take part in national competitions and become involved in community projects. Students will work towards developing a collection of garments that will be part of a professional end of year catwalk show.

Course content

You will study five core units and twelve specialist units. The core units are:

  • Visual Recording in Art and Design
  • Materials, Techniques and Processes
  • Ideas and Concepts
  • Communication through Art and Design
  • Contextual Investigation in Art and Design.


Specialist subjects may include:

  • Fashion Visualisation
  • Fashion Presentation Techniques
  • Pattern Construction for Fashion & Clothing
  • Production Techniques for fashion & Clothing
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Fabric Manipulation
  • Surface Pattern
  • Printed Textiles
  • Paper Making and Printmaking
  • 3D Sculptural Textiles.


During the course there will be cultural trips that relate specifically to fashion and textiles. In recent years, second year students have had the opportunity to visit a major cultural capital such as Berlin. You will get the chance to experience industry equipment such as, industrial and domestic sewing machines, overlockers, heat transfer press, silk screen printing methods, 3D laser cutters and more.

Entry requirements

To begin this course you will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language; or alternatively, a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design (merit grade or above) with Functional Skills.

Entry is also subject to a successful interview, where you will need to show a portfolio of your existing work. This may include GCSE art/design work, personal self-initiated work and/or any other creative work you have undertaken such a photography or sketching.


You will be assessed on a continual basis throughout the course. This is through the use of sketchbooks either digital or traditional. At the end of your second year, you get the chance to work on your own self-directed project. There will also be an examination for Functional Skills or GCSE, depending on your grades.

Financial information

This course could be free! You will be eligible if you are aged 19-24 on the 31st August of the year you are starting your course and are actively seeking employment and in receipt of a means tested benefit (such as job seekers, housing benefit, council tax benefit). Please note you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course you can progress on to a Higher National Diploma in Fashion & Textiles. Alternatively, you could consider applying for a university degree or seek employment or an apprenticeship in a field related to your specialism.

Further information

To take part in the course you will be required to pay an additional fee of £45 to cover the cost of trips/visits to galleries and/or exhibitions. You will also be encouraged to buy books related to your specialism and appropriate equipment such as pens, pencils, USB sticks/external hard drives.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 February 2016
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