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Art and Design (Fashion) BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Reigate College

Course description

This course encourages an experimental approach to art and design with a fashion emphasis. Students will undertake assignments in the first year that will explore different aspects of fashion and textiles. In the second year they will focus on a specialist area such as Fashion or Costume Design, Fashion Illustration and Photography, Fine Art with Fashion, or Surface Pattern Design. The qualification is a double award equivalent to two A Levels.

Course content

This is not a dress-making or textiles course. It is primarily about ideas, communication and design although students will be expected to construct garments and costumes as part of some assignments. Having access at home to a sewing machine and a digital camera will be an advantage and students will need a full range of art and design equipment and be prepared to buy consumables as necessary to fulfil the assignments.

The course covers the following areas:

  • being an experimental and open-minded artist
  • improving your drawing skills
  • working in both 2D and 3D media
  • learning new skills and working to set briefs and deadlines
  • experimenting with resources, media, techniques and processes while reviewing and refining your ideas
  • print making and digital design
  • fashion illustration
  • garment construction

Entry requirements

Students will need 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including Grade C or above in GCSE Art or Textiles or a BTEC at Merit or above in Art & Design.


This BTEC course in Art & Design (Fashion)  is assessed by coursework and external assessment, with an exhibition and fashion show at the end of the course.

Future opportunities

Many students go on to study at Art College or University and do courses including:

  • Fashion Design and design of specific closhing areas (e.g. Sportswear, Contour Design)
  • Theatre Design
  • Fashion Photography and Journalism
  • Textiles
  • Interior Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Fine Art
  • Foundation course in Art and Design
  • Fashion Styling and Promotion
  • New Media
  • Brand Management
  • Accessory Design

The opportunity to enter the Fashion industry at a starting level is also a viable option. Fashion is one of the most competitive of the creative industries – to gain employment you need to be highly qualified, talented, original and extraordinarily hard-working. This course will support students to develop these skills rapidly but the hard work has to be done by them. The course is work related and designed to help students develop a rich and varied portfolio to show to interviewers. Further education courses in this field change constantly and cover a huge area therefore advice is constantly revised and made available.

Further information

BTEC Art & Design students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • a life drawing class
  • live assignments working with other departments within the College
  • visits to various Galleries
  • a trip to New York

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 July 2016
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