Diploma in Fashion

Qualification: UAL Diploma
Level 3

About the course

The level 3 UAL Diploma in Fashion has lots of hands on workshops that will enable you to study a broad range of two and three dimensional disciplines representing the major career pathways in fashion and clothing. You will be drawing inspiration from contemporary and historical designers and techniques found throughout the world.  

This course is equivalent to three A-Levels and is a recognised route to degree level study. It can also lead to employment within the creative industries.

Most of the work is practical and studio/workshop based with some theory classes. Your course will include visit to galleries, exhibitions and museums. It will also include some written work including design annotation, presentations and essays. You will get to showcase your work to the public, local employers and higher education institutions at our end of year exhibition.

If you wish to continue your studies you can apply for the 2nd year (Extended Diploma in Fashion). You will then study more complex fashion skills and techniques. 


What you will learn

The skills learnt on this course are wide and diverse you will have the opportunity to learn and/or participate in:

  • Garment construction techniques
  • Pattern cutting
  • Design illustration
  • Fabric knowledge
  • Fashion styling (working with theatrical hair and media make-up)
  • End of year exhibition
  • Traditional and contemporary sewing techniques
  • Live Project
  • Presentations by guest speakers
  • Screen, Mono and Lino printing
  • Trend prediction
  • Costume Design
  • Corsetry
  • Draping on the stand
  • Fabric dying and distressing
  • Well equipped art studios
  • Large and fully equipped photography studio
  • Photography dark room
  • Suite of Apple Macs
  • Gallery exhibition space
Entry requirements
  • 5 GCSEs grades A*-C/9-4 (including English, maths and preferably in Art or Textiles), or
  • Level 2 in Art and Design (including Level 2 in Literacy)

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

What next?
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fashion (2nd year of study)
  • Pre-degree Foundation in Art and Design
  • Fashion degree at university
  • Work as a trainee fashion designer

There are numerous progression options available to you if you go on to complete the Level 3 Extended Diploma in fashion (2nd year of study). The most common are University courses such as:

  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Styling
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Textile Design
  • Costume Design
  • Millinery
  • Sportswear Design
  • Knitwear Design
  • Fashion Buying
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Interior Design
  • Fashion Forecasting
Additional information

Equipment Required

  • A good quality sewing machine – at college we use Bernina’s and Jenome’s
  • A fabric measuring tape
  • An un-picker
  • A set of sewing needles including a blunt tapestry needle
  • An A3 sketchbook for each project
  • Fabric scissors

A mannequin and overlocker would also be beneficial to have at home but not essential. You will be encouraged to upcycle and be as resourceful as possible in their use of found and salvaged materials to reduce costs.

The course has approximately 15 hours teacher contact time per week. You should expect to spend an additional 5 hours a week completing homework / assignment work in addition to your lessons. Normally, you should expect to spend an extra 5 hours a week on private study. Some of this can be at college using the open access facility with technician support. Your teacher will set you regular assessments and deadlines for you to hand them in. At other times we will expect you to be using a range of resources to reinforce and extend class work (e.g.) books, journals, CD ROMS, Internet and Intranet etc.