|Location:||University Centre at Blackburn College|
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|Validated by:||Lancaster University|
|Study Mode:||Full Time, Part Time|
Full time: 2 academic years
Part time: 4 academic years
|Start Dates:||september 2020|
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This creative and intensive Contemporary Fashion Foundation Degree (FdA) programme is specifically designed to develop your ability to transform initial ideas and concepts in to innovative fashion garments. Modules are delivered by experts from a range of design disciplines as well as fashion specialists. The course focuses on exploring style awareness, contextual influences, design theory, and developing creative and design thinking. Some of the exciting topics covered on the programme include: trend awareness, drawing, fashion illustration, pattern drafting, fabric manipulation and garment construction.
As you progress on the course you will develop your expertise and gaining experience by working on live project briefs with industry based specialists. You are encouraged to undertake a range of practice based opportunities consisting of national/international competitions, and industry placements. This has been specifically designed to place all graduates in a strong position for a creative career. It is challenging both intellectually and practically. The course will prepare you for the ever-changing interdisciplinary nature of the wider design industry.
You will be based within the School of Art & Society at the University Centre at Blackburn College where the focus is on creativity and innovation, integrated with professional business practice as well as market awareness. This artistically challenging course will help you forge a vigorous role within the Fashion or wider Creative Industries. The Foundation Degree provides undergraduates with creative and technical skills whilst increasing industry and commercial awareness offering the best opportunities for employment security.
- What will I study?
You'll develop your understanding of fashion trends, pattern-making, manufacture and research methods. You will learn how to utilise Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator in your work and be encouraged to experiment with a variety of illustrative, print making and fabric manipulation techniques to develop your portfolio presentation.
You will also be encouraged to (and given support with) entering live competitions and industry briefs as well as securing potential industry placements. Throughout the programme you'll produce a range of creative samples and designs in response to a variety of exhibitions, visits and workshops.
Students are encouraged to undertake a work placement in industry or spend at least 240 hours over two years working in a relevant role. This can be your paid employment providing it is relevant to the course, or via a voluntary placement in a relevant role.
Former graduates from the programme have worked at Ted Baker, Deni Deni for Topshop Boutique, Wild Things children's wear, Emmerdale costume department and bridal studios or design studios for major high street retailers.
Whatever your work-based learning choice, you can be sure that you will not only gain experience in a specific area but also learn about the bigger systems that operate within fashion operations.
All students take a total of 120 credits per level.
Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:
- Contextual Studies
- Processes and Practices
- Drawing: Visual Enquiry
- Surface Innovation
- Construction and Visualisation - Fashion
Level 5 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:
- Critical Studies
- Experimental Research
- Creative Futures
- Refining Studio Practice
- Materials and Techniques - Fashion
- Entry Requirements
You’ll need 48 UCAS points to join this programme (formerly 120 UCAS points).
All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English.
Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.
All applicants will have to interview successfully and must show a portfolio of work indicating an awareness of what constitutes art and design theory and practice, competence in basic skills such as drawing and computing and enthusiasm for the subject.
In addition, for this programme, you will be required to have a GCSE (or equivalent qualification) at grade 4 (grade C) or above in Maths and English.
- How will I be assessed?
Throughout the course you will be assessed through a variety of methods. These include: final practical solutions to both given and self-initiated briefs, journals and personal sketch books, technical files, documentations of processes using digital technologies, presentations, critiques and project pitches, written essays, a dissertation, Project proposals and schedules, project reports, work-based projects, portfolios, evaluative statements, group presentations, projects, peer assessments and group asssessments
Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence. This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.
Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.
Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
- Teaching and Learning
We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.
We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;
- Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
- Written English
- Academic Writing (including referencing)
- Research Skills
During the course you are required to spend at least 240 hours working in a relevant role in order to improve your knowledge and practice of the subject. This may be through paid employment or via a voluntary work placement in a relevant role. Your work placement is expected to have a focus on applying the knowledge from your degree programme in an employment context.
Please note: work placements are subject to availability. You are also responsible for any costs in travelling to and from your work placements, for any accommodation costs and in some instances the cost of acquiring a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.
- What can I do next?
There are excellent and diverse career opportunities available in this sector from careers in design studios to working as an independent designer/design maker/maker in womenswear, children's, menswear, accessories designer, costume designer, garment technologist, pattern cutter, pattern drafter, sample machinist, fashion illustrator, stylist, merchandiser and fashion marketing. The Fashion industry is wide ranging and the course caters for different areas within this industry. Many graduates however choose to top-up their degrees to a full BA (Hons) Contemporary Fashion (Top Up) through studying an additional year at University Centre at Blackburn College. You will need a pass in your Foundation Degree in order to progress to this level.
- Supplementary Information
Download the Programme Specification for FdA Contemporary Fashion. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.
Work placements are subject to availability. You are also responsible for any costs in travelling to and from your work placements, for any accommodation costs and in some instances the cost of acquiring a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.