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Our exciting courses provide you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and practical skills in a variety of fashion disciplines. You will be based at our fully equipped studio in Shrewsbury where you will be encouraged to develop your creativity and technical skills as the course progresses. On each course you will explore areas including garment construction and pattern cutting, design development for fashion and textiles, computer aided design, marketing and business, surface and constructed textiles as well as associated areas such as photography, contextual studies and drawing techniques.
All students will have the opportunity to showcase their designs at the annual fashion show and end of year exhibition in June.
Our Level 3 Fashion and Textile course offers one or two year options and is structured to raise awareness of the breadth and diversity of the fashion and textiles industry from Haute Couture to the mass market, considering all the key influencers on the current fashion industry. Many of our students who complete the Level 3 course gain employment within the fashion industry, establish their own business or progress to university studying a range of subjects such as Fashion Design, Textiles, Pattern Cutting or Fashion Management.
We offer university level provision with our HNC and HND courses. You will study varied units to develop skills applicable to design and manufacture which will develop professional practice for the fashion industry.
If fashion is a hobby and you want to develop your skills, our part-time courses will introduce you to the necessary knowledge and techniques such as using sewing machines and garment construction to create your own designs.
My main goal is to be a fashion designer and friends recommended this course. It was a little scary to start with and a bit more challenging than I thought, but it also gave me a lot of creative freedom. So far my favourite part of the course has been the end of year fashion show, as it was good to take part in a live show and to experience the fast paced, sometimes hectic, environment.
This year two first year students won prizes at the Shrewsbury Drapers Guild Awards for their carnival themed dresses. Students hosted a successful annual end of year fashion show to highlight their amazing creations with a full length catwalk and 200 guests. Students have also arranged popular events such as pop up shops, exhibitions and taken on live briefs from local businesses and the community.
Fashion students who have studied here have secured positions with prestigious fashion houses such as Ralph Lauren and Vogue Magazine; others have become freelance designers. University progression often includes fashion buying, fashion marketing, fashion design, fashion and textiles and fashion technology. Careers are varied including fashion design, retail buyer, retail manager, merchandiser, textile designer and journalism.
Career options and national starting averages include:
- Fashion Design Assistant £13,000+
- Garment Technologist £16,000+
You could move on to be a:
- Fashion Designer £25,000+
- Retail Buyer £35,000+
Source: National Careers Service
I feel that my industry experience provides an in depth knowledge of the skills and attributes required to be successful in today's global fashion industry. I have always been fascinated by the many aspects of fashion from research, design and making to business and textiles and hope that I can use my enthusiasm, knowledge and enquiring mind to inspire and motivate students to succeed in a fast paced and innovative industry.