What is the course about?
The Level 2 Diploma is for those who want to build on their skills and knowledge to further develop and explore their creativity in the area of creative fashion design. You will refine and continue to enhance your skills in a way that will enable you to respond to today’s challenges in the creative fashion and textiles sector. You will develop practical skills related to garment construction and realisation and understand the variety of media in which to present and communicate your work. Working creatively as a team you will engage in final show curation and production.
Visits to museums, galleries and exhibitions will strengthen your research skills and inform your practice.
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?
You should have some experience of practical fashion or textile design: for example through work experience, or have completed a Level 1 qualification in Fashion.
Level one 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 materials used in fashion products and about the fashion world in terms of creativity, design and realisation of ideas. You will further develop your research skills, looking at how to use research and how to test ideas to problem solve creative issues and align your ideas to a concept or brief. You will hone your 2D drawing and 3D fashion making skills and learn how to effectively optimise and present your work in visual and time-based format using different media.
You will gain a practical understanding of the fundamentals of fashion design, illustration, pattern construction and garment realisation and visual communication. You will also develop skills in general art design communication processes.
How will I be taught and assessed?
This course is delivered over 1.5 days 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, calico, a sketchbook and full use of all the equipment. You will be required to provide your own fabric for your final garment and for your experimentation activities. 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 (this list is not exhaustive). 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 6-8 hours per week.
By the end of the course what should I be able to do?
By the end of the Level 2 you will have developed further understanding of the fashion creative practices and how to step out of your comfort zone whilst satisfying the requirements of a brief. You will be able to demonstrate how you are developing your own personal creative identify as a fashion practitioner by producing your own portfolio of work which will demonstrate your personal creative response to solving 2D and 3D fashion ideas. You will be able to work independently and build the confidence to start exploring and developing your own signature .
What are the progression opportunities following this course?
You will have the knowledge and skills to progress to the Level 3 UAL Diploma in Fashion to broaden your skills, or pursue entry level employment in the fashion and/or creative industries, whether for an employer of freelance.