Fashion & Textile Design offers a diverse and creative approach to fabric development!

During this course you will:

  • Gain an understanding of professional contexts including; fashion, interior and accessory design.
  • Explore surface, texture, colour, materials and construction methods.
  • Develop creative investigations into textiles and fashion.
  • Experiment with techniques and processes including; stitch, print, dye, knit and garment construction.
  • Develop an understanding of shape, form, pattern, texture and colour.

All practical work is critically analysed against awarding body assessment criteria. Throughout the duration of the course, students are encouraged to visit exhibitions and galleries. The research methods for this course include drawing or collecting inspiration which will be collated into mood boards which will be used to generate a wealth of ideas. Due to the diverse and individual approaches of students, a variety of outcomes including fine art textiles, fashion design, illustration and textile design can be generated.

What will this course prepare me for?

Many students go on to study the UAL Art Foundation Diploma and access Higher Education programmes. Some of our students have progressed onto universities such as; Central St Martins, London College of Fashion and Westminster University. There are many career opportunities within the fashion & textiles industry leading to specialisation in; Womenswear, Menswear, Styling, Fashion Buying, Fashion Promotion and Costume Design for theatre and television.

Enrichment Opportunities

The Fashion & Textile Design department visits Graduate Fashion Week annually to view university fashion shows, gala fashion shows and portfolios from a range of higher education courses. Students have the opportunity to enter competitions held by Clothes Show Live.  They also have the chance to participate and showcase their work 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.

Fashion and Textile Design Course Leaflet

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