Textiles, Fashion and Design (UAL) Level 3 Extended Diploma

Course Information

  • Course Code: WEB011
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Study mode: Full Time
Overview

This Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma in Fashion, Textiles and Design aims to provide a firm foundation in core fashion & textile practice and to encourage personal development and expression. The course helps students to find out what you enjoy, what you are good at and allows you to develop a set of valuable skills for future study and work. University of the Arts, London Awarding Body (UAL) qualifications are recognised and highly regarded across the country and designed by some of the best art, design and media educators in the world. Blackburn College is one of only 10 Colleges in the country to have a UAL progression agreement, which means that our students will benefit from:

  • A guaranteed interview with a UAL College/University
  • Industry specialised lecturers
  • Advice & guidance from a UAL representative
  • Help with mock interviews, specific to UAL criteria
  • UAL set assignments

As part of the UAL agreement, Blackburn College tutors meet and share good practice with the other 9 UAL approved colleges around the country, to make sure our students are receiving the best learning experience possible We have a first class record in placing talented students on the best degree course at institutions such as Ravensbourne, Chelsea School of Art & Design, Ruskin School at Cambridge, Leeds College of Art, Goldsmiths, London College of Communication, The Slade, Wimbledon, Camberwell College of Art, Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion.

What will I study?

The course is made up of 9 units in year one and a further 4 larger units in year two. Ou will be given a range of projects that challenge you to explore different areas of fashion and textiles practice including core drawing skills (visual studies to fashion illustration), printmaking, surface pattern design, garment construction, weave and embroidery, supported by contextual studies throughout.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 including English Language or completion of a Level 2 course.

How will I be assessed?

In this qualification you will engage with study through a range of creative assignments, all of which help build confidence, knowledge and skills in preparation for your final Project Proposal and Realisation at the end of year 2 in which you will specialise. 

What can I do next?

This qualification is mapped to the Level 3/4 UAL Pre-Degree Foundation Diploma  at Blackburn College. Many students wish to complete this varied, higher level course before they progress onto University or employment.

Students can also progress to Fashion & Textiles related degree courses at the University Centre at Blackburn College, or to a whole range of other Fashion & Textiles related degree courses at leading institutions in the United Kingdom. In additional students also progress directly to employment within the creative industries.

The Fashion & Textiles related degree courses available at University Centre at Blackburn College include:

  • Contemporary Textiles Foundation Degree FdA
  • Contemporary Fashion Foundation Degree FdA

These courses are all validated by UK Top 10 Lancaster University. 

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Career Options

Fashion Designer

  • £
    18,000
    + starting salary
  • Variable hours per week

Fashion designers design clothing and fashion ranges. As a fashion designer, you could work in high fashion or designer ready-to-wear fashion. You could also work in high street fashion. You would often specialise in particular types of clothing - for example in men’s, children’s or sportswear. If you love being creative and you are passionate about fashion, this job could be perfect for you.

To be a fashion designer, you will need to have a good eye for colour and shape. You’ll need skills like pattern cutting and sewing. You’ll also need to able to spot trends.

You will usually need a relevant degree to do this job. A course that teaches both design and technical skills will give you the knowledge you need to work in the industry.

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Fashion Design Assistant

  • £
    13,000
    + starting salary
  • Variable hours per week

If you've got creative flair and would like to work in fashion, this job could be ideal for you.

Fashion design assistants support designers by helping them create new materials, styles, colours and patterns for fashion brands and labels.

In this job you would need to have an eye for pattern and colour. You would need to manage your time well and prioritise your work. You should also know what's coming in and going out of fashion.

To get into this job you can work your way up through a company or take a higher education course before joining a fashion business. Getting work experience, paid or unpaid, is especially important for this job.

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Textile Operative

  • £
    12,500
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

As a textile operative you would work in the production process that turns raw fibres into yarns and fabrics. You would also work on the colouring of textiles and apply finishing treatments.

You will need good practical skills and the ability to concentrate on repetitive tasks.

To get into this career you could contact companies directly about possible vacancies or start by taking an apprenticeship scheme. Previous experience on a production line may be helpful but is not essential.

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Textiles Production Manager

  • £
    22,000
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

Textiles production managers are in charge of all stages of the textiles manufacturing process. They make sure that the process runs smoothly, is profitable, and delivers products to the right standard and on time.

If you’re interested in fabrics, and improving quality while reducing waste, this job could be ideal for you.

In this job you’ll need to be a strong leader with a good understanding of modern manufacturing methods.

To get into this job you’ll usually need to have a foundation degree or degree, although you may be able to work your way up while taking further qualifications or an Apprenticeship.

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Textile Machinery Technician

  • £
    18,000
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

Textile machinery technicians maintain, service and repair mechanical and computer-controlled machinery used in textiles manufacturing.

If you have good practical skills and enjoy solving problems, this may be a career for you. You'll need the ability to follow engineering instructions, and be happy working as part of a team or alone.

A common way to start is through an apprenticeship scheme. Another route in is to take a mechanical or electrical engineering qualification at college.

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Textile Operative

  • £
    12,500
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

As a textile operative you would work in the production process that turns raw fibres into yarns and fabrics. You would also work on the colouring of textiles and apply finishing treatments.

You will need good practical skills and the ability to concentrate on repetitive tasks.

To get into this career you could contact companies directly about possible vacancies or start by taking an apprenticeship scheme. Previous experience on a production line may be helpful but is not essential.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire