An exploration of surface, texture, colour, materials and construction, Fashion & Textile Design offers a diverse and creative approach to fabric development framed by an understanding of professional contexts including fashion, interior and accessory design.

Students explore visual information to develop creative investigations into textiles and fashion. Experimentation into techniques and processes includes stitch, print, dye, knit and garment construction, to develop understanding of shape, form, pattern, texture and colour. All practical work is underpinned by critical analysis of appropriate sources. Students are encouraged to visit exhibitions and galleries.

Research methods including drawing, collecting, and mood boards will be used to generate a wealth of ideas. Students’ diverse and individual approaches can be realised in a variety of outcomes including fine art textiles, fashion design, illustration and textile design.

What will this course prepare me for?

Many students go on to study the UAL Art Foundation Diploma and then access Higher Education progressing onto universities that include Central St Martins, London College of Fashion and Westminster University. There are many career opportunities within the area of fashion and textiles with universities offering courses in Textile Design, Womenswear, Menswear, Styling, Fashion Buying, Fashion Promotion and Costume Design for theatre and television.

Enrichment opportunites

The Fashion & Textile Design department visits Graduate Fashion Week annually to view university and gala fashion shows and portfolios from a range of higher education courses. Students have the opportunity to enter competitions held by Clothes Show Live and to participate in the production of their own fashion show for Carmel’s Creative Arts Evening each year.

Course Entry Requirements

Any Art & Design GCSE Grade 4 or a Technology GCSE Grade 4 including Resistant Materials, Product Design, Graphic Products, Textiles or equivalent. If you haven’t studied Art, no problem, just come and speak to one of the tutors.

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