Fashion and Surface Pattern Design FD

About the course

Develop your creative and practical skills on this course, which offers you the opportunity for work placements in this exciting branch of the creative industries.

You will explore a range of making/manufacturing processes and design approaches, developing your awareness of the economic aspects of each, and then have an opportunity to combine study of fashion and surface patterns or to specialise in either as you work towards realising your own creative project.

Permanent and visiting lecturers and speakers with extensive industry expertise as practising designers and artists will keep you up-to-date with the latest developments.

Your work and study will link to your experience in the textile design or garment industry, ensuring you leave with the necessary skills for employment.

Fashion and Surface Pattern Design - FD - Central Bedfordshire College

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - WW27
  • Campus Location - Central Bedfordshire College
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 2 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

  • Learn the skills you need to work creatively in fashion and/or surface pattern design, drawing on the expertise of staff from two institutions
  • Study techniques including drawing and visualising, pattern-making, garment-making, computer-aided design and screen printing
  • Develop your knowledge of design for a particular market sector and audience, while building specialist knowledge/experience of the world of work within the fashion and textiles industry
  • Gain relevant technical expertise, in particular up-to-date knowledge of a range of manufacturing processes, materials and fabrics, and computer aided/software skills
  • Explore the creative industries with opportunities for work placements; and enjoy support as you develop your portfolio, CV and marketing materials

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

  • Design And Production Methods In Fashion And Surface Pattern Design
  • Key Ideas In Art And Design: Modernism
  • Studio Practice Key Skills And Concepts Fashion And Surface Pattern
  • Foundation Degree Art And Design Project
  • Foundation Degree Project Planning Development And Work Based Learning
  • Key Ideas In Art And Design: Globalisation

Discover the School of Art and Design

The School of Art and Design has gone from strength to strength over the last few years and this was reflected when we came in the top 15 for Art and Design courses in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS).

Studying in the School will give you personal access to a creative team of successful practitioners and academics who regularly publish, design and exhibit Nationally and Internationally, in art and design and, the creative industries. All are dedicated to teaching and the privileges this brings.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.

How will I be assessed?

A range of appropriate assessments will enable you to grow in confidence and demonstrate your acquisition of knowledge and skills. The assessment methods used across the course include:

  • Coursework to include examples of Fashion and Surface Pattern Design, use of computer applications, drawing, research portfolios, notebooks, research assignments, essays, contextual writing.
  • Assessments based on individual and group presentations.
  • Portfolio reviews are a key means of assessing but they are also important for collating work for a professional portfolio. This instils in students the right attitudes towards professional work whereby you can use your portfolio to promote yourself in professional contexts.
  • Essays and reports feature in developing students writing skills, helping you to express ideas in a variety of ways and styles and to develop academic writing skills. If progressing to the BA (Hons) Top-up at Level 6, after completion of your foundation degree, these skills will benefit in producing the final year contextual rationale for your major project.

Core art and design skills are embedded in the teaching and learning of the course and will be taken into account in all assessments.

The assessments will develop incrementally across the course and allow you to gain skills, confidence and knowledge, receive feedback and develop, thus allowing you to implement this knowledge and feedback into subsequent assessments.

At the end of the course completion of the assessments will demonstrate your ability to analyse current Fashion and Surface Pattern Design and communicate this, in both written and visual formats, as well as demonstrate a range of transferable skills relevant to your professional employability

Entry requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

2017/18 entry

UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

  • Portfolio review

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The foundation degree has an emphasis on strong vocational skills and academic relevance and will enable you to develop your creativity in order to gain relevant employment in the creative industries sector and/or the opportunity for further study in art and design at BA Level.

Employability skills are integrated into the course at both Level 4 and 5 and provide you with an awareness of the real-world context. As part of your course you will be helped to develop a strategy for obtaining appropriate work placements/employment/worked-related learning as part of your course. A Work-Based Learning unit at Level 5, will help you to become more focused on managing your career. You will be helped with the preparation of a professional portfolio; including a CV (curriculum vitae) and social media skills needed to promote yourself in a social mediated art and design world.

Typical graduate destinations for Fashion and Surface Pattern Design foundation degree students include direct work within contemporary Fashion and Surface Pattern Design. Some graduates of this course will work as full-time designers within design organisations. Others will engage with freelance design.

  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Textile Design for interiors and fashion industry.
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Designers for Print

Work in related areas to design practice such as:

  • publishing
  • advertising and marketing
  • media

Fees and Funding

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.


How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

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    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

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