What is the course about?
The Level 1 Diploma is for those who want to understand the fundamentals of the creative process in fashion and textile design. The course will help nurture your creative talents by teaching you how to experiment, take risks and produce new fashion or textile-based ideas.The course allows you to explore your own creative strengths, what inspires you, and how to effectively communicate your ideas. You will use your everyday environments, and the wealth of places of interest, such as museums and galleries, both virtual and real, to collect and research ideas, which will inform your design work.
Is a pre-enrolment interview or assessment required for this course?
Yes, please contact our customer services before enrolling.
What level is the course and do I require particular skills, experience or prior qualifications?
This course is for beginners who are interested in the creative process of fashion, to develop and create initial fashion product and textile-based ideas.
Entry level or above English and Maths, and basic computer skills and digital platform knowledge, or willingness to learn how to use them, are required for this course.
What topics does the course cover?
The course is practical and theory based. You will learn about the fundamental materials, processes and skills used to creative fashion and textiles samples or basic garments, how to research and communicate ideas. You will use fabric experimentation and manipulation techniques to realise fashion design ideas. You will be introduced to the sewing machine and associated equipment and how to create and construct basic garments.
How will I be taught and assessed?
This course is delivered 1 day per week for one year with a combination of face-to-face, studio practical skills, plus directed study time. You will be taught by a fashion specialist, with targeted tutor and technician support, feedback, and supervision. As the course progresses, and your creative awareness and skills increase, you will be able to work in a self-directed and independent way on your final major project, the outcome of which will be displayed at the end of the year showcase.
You will work in both digital and non-digital formats and be expected to digitally record your work, upload it online and produce a digital or e-portfolio of work for assessment. The tutor will use observation, discussion, individual tutorials, and targeted tasks with feedback. Formal assessment will take place at stages throughout the course, and you will receive written and oral feedback.
There is no formal examination: you will be assessed on the Final Major Project and the course work you produce which will be externally moderated by UAL.
Are there any other costs or equipment I need to get?
The materials fee covers some materials such as card, pattern paper, and a sketchbook. You will be required to provide your own fabric for your garments and for your experimentation activities. Calico will be charged at £2 per metre. For your self-directed study a basic sewing kit is required e.g. fabric scissors, pencils, masking tape, sewing threads, needles, unpick, paper, pattern-cutting paper, tape measure. Your own basic art and drawing materials would also be useful to have.
Other costs include an investment in your time to complete self-directed study outside of the tutor led activities, around 4-6 hours per week.
By the end of the course what should I be able to do?
By the end of the Level 1 you will have gained a thorough introduction into fashion creative practices and will have established systematic recording techniques, which will help with future development. You will be able to work independently with confidence.
What are the progression opportunities following this course?
You will have the knowledge and skills to progress to Level 2 UAL Diploma in Fashion Design, to broaden your skills, or pursue entry-level employment in the creative industries.