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Fashion & Styling - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Harrow College

Course description

This course is for students wishing to study Fashion Design or Surface Design at a higher level. This course provides the learner with a comprehensive introduction to the world of fashion, styling and surface pattern.

Course content

The course will essentially develop your understanding of fashion design and related subjects, and help you to prepare a fashion portfolio for university. You will learn through practical and critical activities to express and gain knowledge of the different areas within fashion, styling, illustration and surface design by creating sketchbooks full of research, ideas and development. You will learn to design, illustrate and make garments and accessories, and develop your styling skills via photography.

Lessons will be mainly practical workshop sessions with some group activities. The aim is to improve your making skills and your understanding of fashion required to become a successful and creative designer. You will be invited to complete suitable research, design development, fabric manipulations, pattern cutting, and master the use of sewing machines and garment making. One of your lessons may be in a museum, visiting a fashion or textiles exhibition.

Entry requirements

4 GCSE grades A-C with an art subject, English or Maths, or Merit at level 2 BTEC Diploma in Art & Design.


Continuous assessment throughout the year. Your teachers will assess the work completed during lessons and the homework tasks that you have mounted in sketchbooks with annotation and evaluations. Some of the assessed work will be printed digital work, completed garments or accessories, design boards or photographs of your styling projects.

Financial information

Please see our information on fees and bursaries on the Young Learners (16+) pages of the website. Any fees paid for full time programmes are non refundable. Please contact Admissions if you would like further information or advice.

Future opportunities

Careers in fashion design, styling, fashion illustration, fashion promotion, buying and journalism, costume design for film or theatre, surface pattern or knitwear.

Further information

Equipment or materials:

You need to have some art materials at home to be able to complete your 2D artworks, fashion illustration and design development. It will also be useful to have access to a sewing machine and a computer with Photoshop.

Additional costs:

A materials levy for your sketchbooks, art materials, fashion materials to be used during the lessons.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 March 2016
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