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Art & Design | UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma in Fashion and Textiles | Level 3

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

Why this course?

If you would like a career in fashion or textile design or a related area, then this is the course for you. You will be taught by industry practitioners and professional designers in excellent facilities, gaining advanced design and technical skills which will lead to an individual major project. With projects across fashion, textiles, styling, promotion and fashion business, you will discover your strengths and define your future path.

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.

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.

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


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.



Start dates

September 2020 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.

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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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Entry Requirements

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

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

Extended Diploma

To progress to the Extended Diploma you must complete achieve the Diploma (year 1 of this level 3 course).

Course units

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.


On successful completion of the Diploma progress to the Extended Diploma.

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 also our University Centre, 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
  • Fashion illustrator
  • Costume designer
  • Textile designer
  • Contour designer
  • Accessories designer
  • Fashion buyer
  • Freelance designer
  • Journalist
  • Pattern cutter
  • Museum curator
  • Stylist media and promotion

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.

  • 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.”

  • Textiles chair
  • Shoe one
  • Charlie's design - clothes rail
  • Wow
  • Shoe two

Potential Careers

Product, clothing or related designer

Typical Tasks:

  • Liaises with client to determine the purpose, cost, technical specification and potential uses/users of product.
  • Undertakes research to determine market trends, production requirements, availability of resources and formulates design concepts.
  • Prepares sketches, designs, patterns or prototypes for textiles, clothing, footwear, jewellery, fashion accessories, set props, wigs, ceramics, plastics, motor vehicles, domestic appliances and engineering products.
  • Prepares sketches, designs, mock-ups and storyboards for consideration by theatre/film director or client.
  • Submits design to management, sales department or client for approval, communicates design rationale and makes any necessary alterations.
  • Specifies materials, production method and finish for aesthetic or functional effect, and oversees production of sample and/or finished product.
  • Observes and manages intellectual property issues.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 4% Rise in employment is expected by 2021 in the South East.

ENTRY £17,004

AVERAGE £23,790


Desired Skills:
  • Active Learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Monitoring
  • Writing
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Science

Tailor or dressmaker

Typical Tasks:

  • Takes customers' measurements and discusses required style and material.
  • Prepares individual or adapts stock pattern.
  • Examines fabrics or skins for flaws and prepares materials for cutting.
  • Arranges pattern on correct grain of fabric, marks position and cuts out garment parts with hand shears, electric knife or cutting machine.
  • Pins/tacks and fits garment on customer or dummy model and makes any necessary alterations.
  • Sews garment parts together by hand or machine, makes buttonholes and sews on fasteners and trimmings.
  • Shapes garment by pressing seams, pleats, etc.
  • Makes alterations to finished garments according to customer.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities -2.7% Rise in employment is expected by 2021 in the South East.

ENTRY £15,737

AVERAGE £20,358


Desired Skills:
  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Active Listening
  • Monitoring
  • Mathematics
  • Speaking
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