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Fashion & Textiles Diploma 3 at The Manchester College

Course description

Are you passionate about fashion, clothes and the latest looks? Do you want to design high street collections, bespoke, high-end couture, or style others for magazines and photoshoots? Can you see yourself working behind the scenes of retail fashion with the army of creative people who drive the UK fashion industry? If you can, this is the course to help start your journey. On this Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Fashion & Textiles, you’ll explore, develop and test your creativity across a range of units, from design concepts to printmaking, drawing and illustrations to using photography for self-promotion. You’ll focus on textiles techniques – including embroidery and pattern repeat - and look at experimental craft techniques and methods too. As well as expanding your creative abilities, you’ll also learn a range of transferable skills to help you succeed in a number of different roles in the fashion and textiles industry. You’ll work to project or fashion show deadlines & requirements, complete collaborative teamwork assignments, and develop your problem solving and communication expertise. As with nearly all of our creative qualifications this diploma and extended diploma is awarded by University of the Arts London Awarding Body - the only specialist creative arts awarding body in the UK.

Entry requirements

To enrol on this Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Fashion & Textiles Design, you’ll need to have four GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths or English. You can also progress from the Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design with a merit grade profile.Adult learners may also gain entry to the course without these qualifications providing they can demonstrate an ability to cope with the demands of study based on their previous experience, commitment, interest and ability which will be assessed at interview.Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements.


In the early part of the course, you will build your skills in all areas of study and will receive assessment feedback, both part way through and at the end of each project. This will give you constructive advice to help you improve your performance. Your final grade will be assessed through a final major project.As part of the continuous assessment, you’ll be expected to study outside of designated art and design studio sessions, attend exhibitions and galleries and do further contextual reading, all of which requires an additional commitment outside of normal course hours.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

When you have completed this UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Fashion & Textiles, you’ll have the necessary skills and expertise to advance onto a higher, degree-level course and specialise even further into your chosen discipline. You could progress onto the HND in Fashion Design with us at The Manchester College, or move onto a Foundation Degree in Contemporary Art Practice or Contemporary Photographic Practice. You’ll find a huge range of fashion related roles and careers will be open to you, including design, buying, styling and photography.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 April 2018
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    • Northenden Campus is a large, welcoming campus, offering a wide range of courses for school leavers, apprentices, adults and university-level students. We’ve invested £2 million in the campus to make it a great place to study vocational and academic courses. We’ve created a wildlife haven within the grounds and wildlife corridors connecting the site to the beautiful Wythenshawe Park nearby. Some of the facilities at Northenden are open to the public, including beauty salons.

      Facilities at Northenden Campus include:

      • fitness suite
      • football pitch
      • games area
      • large library resource centre (LRC)
      • SkillZone with extensive IT tools
      • art and design workshops
      • canteen and coffee bar
      • purpose built kitchen for catering courses
      • woodwork, ceramics and jewellery workshops
      • photography studios
      • salons (open to the public)
      • wildlife corridors to Wythenshawe Park
      • wildflower meadows
      • habitats for wildlife
      • birdboxes

      Local area

      Northenden is a suburb of south Manchester. There are shops, a supermarket, restaurants and takeaways 15 minutes’ walk from the campus in central Northenden. There are also a small supermarket and shops closer to the campus. Northenden is surrounded by green space. The campus is minutes away from Gib Lane Wood and Wythenshawe Park which includes a community farm. It is also close to the Mersey Valley nature reserve; a riverside walk through miles of countryside and parkland.