You will gain a thorough knowledge in fashion design, history and innovation – learning the skills that enable you to design your own clothing, as you grow in confidence, you will be encouraged to explore, create and innovate – helping you to stand out from the crowd in fashion design.
In the generous cutting, sewing and design rooms and studios, you will learn how to take your designs from 2D sketches to the 3D final product - ensuring you are ‘work-ready’!
What to expect when you join us
You will be provided with full training in the design process, trend prediction and textiles along with traditional and contemporary pattern-cutting techniques. Industry-standard garment construction skills will be developed as well as an understanding of the technology and materials used in the fashion, design and clothing industry, including the use of industry-standard virtual prototyping systems for pattern cutting, grading, fabric print development and 3D modelling, as well as use of 3D printing, CAD laser cutting and printing.
Introduction to Body Contour Fashion, Sketching for Body Contour Fashion, Creative Technical (pattern-making, draping, cutting, sewing & construction, production-ready pattern drafting design & software, creation of ‘tech packs’ for manufacturers), Textiles Techniques, History of Body Contour Fashion, Design Studio (understanding target markets, 2D & 3D design), Digital Design & Communication (use of CAD, Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign), Industry Project with a ‘Live’ Brief, Research, Final Major Project, Show & Portfolio.
The programme is delivered within dedicated studio and workshop spaces that provide an excellent range of industry-standard resources - you will have a generous space allocation of cutting table, industry sewing machines, mannequins and technical and software resources.
Experienced academic and technical staff and a programme of visiting designers and professionals in a highly creative and collaborative community will support your development of your own creative identity and skills and help you to establish your individual career aspirations as you progress through each level of the programme.
In your final year, you will produce a collection for your final year show with a design portfolio for showcasing to industry specialists.
Dr Carol Harris heads up this new course, which began in winter 2017. Dr Harris was specifically chosen for the position due to her highly prestigious career at Savannah College of Art and Design, US, where she was Professor of Fashion. Carol’s academic profile spans almost twenty years and includes producing work on a freelance basis for Calvin Klein and Oscar De La Renta.