Fashion & Textiles | UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma in Creative Practice | Level 3

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Course Code: FE0326-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: West Durrington Campus Qualification: UAL Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication

Why this course?

Fashion textiles

If you would like a career in fashion or textile design or a related area, then this is the course for you. Based within the exciting and vibrant creative industries department, our fashion & textiles course provides you with the opportunity to build your skills in a variety of areas including design, printing, garment construction and styling.

  • Design studios
  • Specialist print and sewing workshops (with digital printer, laser cutter, industrial and domestic sewing machines)
  • Live projects commissioned by internal and external clients
  • An impressive alumni profile

This course can be studied over two years; the UAL Diploma is completed in the first year and the UAL Extended Diploma in the second year.

To see examples of student work and further explore this course, we recommend following the Fashion Textiles department on social media:

Start dates

September 2020 Apply
September 2021 Apply

Open events

Come along to one our open events to find out more about studying at the MET. You will be able to tour our facilities, meet our tutors, watch demonstrations and speak to current students.

These events take place in October and November from 5-7pm.

Find out more and register

Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

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To join this Level 3 course, you should have at least four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and maths, or a Level 2 qualification. You should also have a portfolio of your art/design work.

If you do not have the above grades, you can start on the Level 2 Art & Design course.




About this course

This course provides you with the opportunity to build your skills in a variety of areas including design, printing, garment construction and styling. With projects across fashion, textiles, styling, promotion and fashion business, you will discover your strengths and define your future path. Industry-based projects and work experience opportunities are part of each course curriculum, enabling you to further develop the skills to progress to a career in the creative fashion & textiles industries with the energy and confidence to thrive.

In year one, projects cover a broad range of theoretical and practical skills relating to fashion and textile design including research skills, drawing and visual studies, design and concept development, fashion illustration, Photoshop, printed, knitted and embroidered textiles, pattern cutting and garment construction. These are supported by cultural and historical lectures, museum visits and study trips.

Year two is a continuation of your studies, taking them to an advanced level of skills and knowledge. Projects become more tailored to your individual specialism and you will undertake a major individual project.

Topics and course units include

Year 1 (Diploma):

  • Drawing and concept development
  • Pattern cutting
  • Garment construction
  • Photoshop
  • Textiles
  • Research skills
  • Cultural and historical awareness
  • Technical skills 

Year 2 (Extended Diploma):

  • Advanced design and technical skills
  • Portfolio building
  • Progression
  • Market and customer awareness
  • Tailoring projects to individual specialism
  • Industry-led briefs
  • Major individual project

Why the MET?

  • Facilities include: design studios, sewing and knitting workshops, Mac suite, large format printer, laser cutter, digital fabric printer, print workshops and dye lab
  • Academic and technical tutors are practitioners and professional designers
  • Opportunity to work alongside degree level students
  • Internal progression opportunities onto Degree level

You will have the opportunity to work on real live projects commissioned by internal and external clients and be nominated for the competitive and highly regarded annual UAL Origins Exhibition.

The MET's vibrant arts department has a broad range of staff who are all practising artists and designers involved in the region's buzzing art and design scene. Our staff are here help you realise your potential.   

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.  

You will work in artists’ studios with access to our 3D workshop, darkroom, printmaking studio, Mac suites and pattern cutting room.  

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Northbrook MET is the renowned creative facilities and atmosphere at our West Durrington Campus. The campus is a dedicated arts space, with the art & design courses running alongside theatre arts and music courses. You will collaborate with like-minded, passionate students and benefit from the various creative projects that take place, such as theatre shows, music gigs and art exhibitions. The campus is regularly used by professional creatives, which further highlights the quality of our industry-standard facilities.

After this course

Further study

On successful completion of the Diploma (Year 1), you can progress to the Extended Diploma course (Year 2).

Following completion of the Extended Diploma you can progress to university level, either at the MET or at universities throughout the UK.

Our West Durrington Campus is a creative arts space with students studying at degree level in art & design disciplines as well as theatre arts and music. Degrees at Northbrook MET include Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Textile Design or Theatre/Set Design.

Future careers

  • Fashion designer
  • Textile designer
  • Costume designer
  • Accessories designer
  • Retail buyer
  • Retail merchandiser
  • Stylist
  • Content creator
  • Fashion/style/lifestyle blogger or influencer
  • Educator
  • Creative entrepreneur

Past students' career stories

To see some examples of professional work and what previous students have gone on to do in their careers, see the links below:

Stefan Cooke - Stefan graduated with an MA in Fashion & Textiles Central St Martins College of Art & Design 2015-2017 (Winner of L’Oreal Professional creative award).

Charlie Borrow - Charlie is a bag and accessories maker based in a small workshop in East London. His collections of products are expertly hand crafted one at a time.

Past students' career stories

Course costs

UK and EU students do not have to pay fees if they are under 19 on 31 August in the year they are studying. More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here.

Additional costs

Some equipment and materials are provided by the college to enable you to complete each project. However, you will be required to purchase additional art kit and materials.

We also recommend you budget for £10 per week for any other consumable materials you may need appropriate to the development of your work. 

There will be one trip in the year which will cost approximately £20.

  • alumni Views Karen Chan Fashion and Textiles
    The tutors didn’t just teach us things we needed to know, they supported our journey through good and bad and pushed us to be the best versions of ourselves in whatever career path we chose. 
  • alumni Views Stefan Cooke Fashion and Textiles
    It was at Northbrook that I had my foundation of confidence and knowledge built for me to enter the Fashion industry.
  • alumni Views Josh Read Fashion and Textiles
    My time at Northbrook allowed me to extensively explore an eclectic range of design process and technique, along with ample personal time with tutors and technicians. Northbrook college surpasses any other college I have seen when it comes to its facilities.
  • alumni Views Christopher Luke Watts Fashion and Textiles
    Northbrook has a very special place in my heart, the relationships I made with my tutors and fellow students continue to this day and the knowledge I gained studying at Northbrook has enabled me to travel around the world pursuing a career that I truly love.
  • alumni Views Charlie Barrow Fashion and Textiles
    I was given close technical advice while studying the course, and by the second year I felt comfortable and confident in my abilities. Without the amazing time and introduction to the industry given to me by Northbrook, I wouldn’t be here today. So thank you to everyone at Northbrook!
  • student Views Charlie Fashion and Textiles
    Everyone is so lovely here, everyone's doing their own thing, everyone's different and they all want to be here. I've got so many opportunities from the MET. I'm so grateful for that.
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  • Charlie's design - clothes rail
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