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Fashion Design BTEC Higher National Diploma – C6849

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Course Overview

The HND in Fashion Design is a creative and vocationally relevant course equivalent to the first two years of a BA (Hons) degree. It prepares you for a design and manufacture career across the fashion industries. The course develops professional design and manufacturing skills as well as offering opportunities for research and analysis in related specialist subjects. The course team work closely with several leading fashion retailers which support the delivery of the programme. Networking and liaising with industry contacts is an integral part of the course. Design briefs offer creative challenges through developing illustration skills, graphic presentation and 3D, developing social media profiles and digital textiles printing. You will explore specialist garment production sector skills, gaining an insight into tailoring, garment construction and pattern cutting.
Based on full cohort recruitment, students can expect approximately 12 to 14 hours of timetabled sessions per week.

You will join a community of approx. 400 undergraduates. Staff have industry expertise and practice in the industry.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

As this course addresses the needs of today’s fashion industry, there is a strong focus on work-based learning and the course covers a broad spectrum of fashion industry-related topics. You will study the following modules in year one/level 4:
design briefs offering creative challenges through developing design and illustration skills, pattern cutting and making, graphic presentation and 3D, developing social media profiles and digital textiles printing.
You will also cover project management and working to a brief

Year 2

In year two/level 5 units are:
professional development,
contextual studies,
individual project (external set),
techniques and processes,
computer-aided design,
pattern cutting and garment making,
fashion and textile practices,
photographic practices.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry to this course requires a minimum of 32 UCAS points from a recognised level 3 qualification in a related subject (i.e. two A2s at grade D, extended diploma PPP, or an Access to HE). You are expected to hold GCSE English and maths at grade 4/C or equivalent. We welcome applicants who do not match standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate the ability to study this subject at university level and who can evidence relevant experience. You will need a portfolio of your work. Following receipt of this work, an interview by phone will be conducted.

A minimum IELTS score of 5.5 is required for non-native English speakers.

How you will be assessed

Modules are assessed through the completion of either practical or written assignments that are set in a contemporary, work-related context. The final stages of the course involve the production of a professional portfolio. The work you undertake is negotiable and will reflect your individual strengths and career aspirations.

Assessment is continuous throughout both years for each module. All assessment is summative and contributes to progression and achievement. Design assignments are coursework based, through sketchbooks, presentations, final garment production with accompanied evaluative evidence. Extended writing skills are assessed in Contextual Studies in addition to the creation of a personal fashion blog. An assessment submission schedule is issued when the course commences. Upon successful completion, HND students are awarded either pass, merit or distinction.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Total Fees: £6165.00

Additional Costs

If you have to complete a work placement involving working with children or vulnerable adults, you may need to apply for a DBS check. If you are 19 or over on 1 September on the year of entry, this will incur a cost to you of £40. Educational trips are not compulsory but encouraged as part of your experience. Previous students have paid up to £450 for an overseas trip. You should expect to spend approximately £100 per year on arts materials and printing costs for presentation of work.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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Course and Career progression

You can top up to a full degree by joining the final year of our BA (Hons) Professional Studies (Creative Industries) following successful completion of this course. You may also apply to other universities to top up on related degrees. Careers are varied and range from costume assistant for stage, TV, and film, to freelance designer, cutter and maker. Opportunities also exist in buying, marketing and retail sectors of the industry.

What Happens Next

Applications must be made through UCAS at using the course code WJ24, institution code L36. Due to the nature of this programme, you may also be invited to attend an interview or audition. Where necessary, other means of interview/audition (i.e. telephone, web-based, CD/DVD) can be arranged.

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