Fashion & Textiles | UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma in Creative Practice | Level 3

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Course type Full Time


If you would like a career in fashion or textile design or a related area, then this is the course for you. Based within the exciting and vibrant creative industries department, our fashion & textiles course provides you with the opportunity to build your skills in a variety of areas including design, printing, garment construction and styling.

  • Design studios
  • Specialist print and sewing workshops (with digital printer, laser cutter, industrial and domestic sewing machines)
  • Live projects commissioned by internal and external clients
  • An impressive alumni profile

This course can be studied over two years; the UAL Diploma is completed in the first year and the UAL Extended Diploma in the second year.


About this course

This course provides you with the opportunity to build your skills in a variety of areas including design, printing, garment construction and styling. With projects across fashion, textiles, styling, promotion and fashion business, you will discover your strengths and define your future path. Industry-based projects and work experience opportunities are part of each course curriculum, enabling you to further develop the skills to progress to a career in the creative fashion & textiles industries with the energy and confidence to thrive.

In year one, projects cover a broad range of theoretical and practical skills relating to fashion and textile design including research skills, drawing and visual studies, design and concept development, fashion illustration, Photoshop, printed, knitted and embroidered textiles, pattern cutting and garment construction. These are supported by cultural and historical lectures, museum visits and study trips.

Year two is a continuation of your studies, taking them to an advanced level of skills and knowledge. Projects become more tailored to your individual specialism and you will undertake a major individual project.

Topics and course units include

Year 1 (Diploma):

  • Drawing and concept development
  • Pattern cutting
  • Garment construction
  • Photoshop
  • Textiles
  • Research skills
  • Cultural and historical awareness
  • Technical skills

Year 2 (Extended Diploma):

  • Advanced design and technical skills
  • Portfolio building
  • Progression
  • Market and customer awareness
  • Tailoring projects to individual specialism
  • Industry-led briefs
  • Major individual project

Entry requirements

To join this Level 3 course, you should have at least four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and maths, or a Level 2 qualification. You should also have a portfolio of your art/design work.

If you do not have the above grades, you can start on the Level 2 Art & Design course.

Your next steps...

After this course

Further study

On successful completion of the Diploma (Year 1), you can progress to the Extended Diploma course (Year 2).

Following completion of the Extended Diploma you can progress to university level, either at the MET or at universities throughout the UK.

Our West Durrington Campus is a creative arts space with students studying at degree level in art & design disciplines as well as theatre arts and music. Degrees at Northbrook MET include Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Textile Design or Theatre/Set Design.

Future careers

  • Fashion designer
  • Textile designer
  • Costume designer
  • Accessories designer
  • Retail buyer
  • Retail merchandiser
  • Stylist
  • Content creator
  • Fashion/style/lifestyle blogger or influencer
  • Educator
  • Creative entrepreneur