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This one-year programme extends the skills you have developed during your HND or Foundation Degree in Fashion and Textiles (or a related subject) and focuses on the development and realisation of a final collection of fashion or textile work. The qualification is taught at West Kent College's University Centre in Tonbridge and is awarded and quality assured by the University of Kent.
Although it offers a natural progression route from the Foundation Degree in Fashion and Textiles at West Kent College, we also welcome and encourage applications from students who have achieved a HND or Foundation Degree in fashion, textiles or a related subject at another college or university. It will enable you to convert your Level 5 HND or Foundation Degree qualification into a Level 6 BA (Honours) Degree.
The programme has been designed to extend the skills of Foundation Degree/HND fashion and textile graduates, with a focus on the development and realisation of a final graduate collection of fashion or textile work. You will analyse the market and your workplace within it, creating a visual identity and employing professional communication methods including exhibiting in London as part of the New Designers event and the creation of a professional portfolio. You may progress to postgraduate study, such as a Masters or teacher training, or internships and employment in a range of fashion & textile or creative industry roles.
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Applicants should hold a Foundation Degree or HND in fashion, textiles or a related discipline at Merit or Distinction level.
The College will also consider applicants who have completed 240 credits in a degree programme in fashion, textiles or a related discipline with achievement equivalent to a Merit profile in a Foundation Degree or HND.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Some typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.
If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.
Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.
The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis.
If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
If you need to improve your English language standard as a condition of your offer, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes before starting your degree programme. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
Duration: 1 year full-time
You will study four modules, consisting of three core modules and one optional module from a choice of two.
A materials fee is payable for each year of the programme to cover the supply of basic materials, including calico, threads, pattern paper, printing inks and dyes. This fee is currently set at £70 per year. An additional fee for trips, currently set at £30 per year, is also payable for each year of the programme to cover admission fees for external visits organised by the College. This will enable the College to obtain group discounts where available and ensure that students can visit key exhibitions and shows during the year. Please note that this fee will not cover your travel costs. You will need to budget for the purchase of fabrics and other materials to carry out your project work. The scale of this cost may be significant as you will create a substantial body of work, but it will depend greatly on the nature of your work and your choice of style and materials. You will be encouraged to budget carefully, use recycled materials, seek sponsorship and conduct fundraising activities. As a guide, the College estimates a minimum cost of £450 across the year, although some students will spend more than this whilst others will spend less.
At the end of the year you will present your work as part of a group exhibition. This forms part of a module of study and you will be encouraged to work with your colleagues on the programme to raise funds to stage the exhibition and suggest possible venues. In recent years, students have exhibited at the New Designers show in London and this has provided an exciting opportunity to exhibit to thousands of visitors, including members of the industry. The cost of exhibiting at this event has been approximately £200 per student, although successful fundraising will significantly reduce the cost to students. The College will also seek to organise a group visit to the Première Vision show in Paris. This will be an optional trip. Subject to a minimum number of students signing up, you should budget for a cost of approximately £250 if you wish to attend this event.
Contact West Kent college for more information about accommodation and living costs.
For more information about funding, please see the West Kent College website.
Teaching is predominantly practical, utilising methods such as demonstrations, studio workshops, group lectures, seminars and individual tutorials.
Assessment is largely coursework-based, with a small percentage of certain modules ‘exam’ or presentation-based. This will usually include a digital presentation of images of work where you will develop communication and professional practice skills.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
The programme aims to:
You gain a knowledge and understanding of:
You gain the following intellectual skills:
You gain the following subject-specific skills:
You gain the following transferable skills:
All University of Kent courses are regulated by the Office for Students.
Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.
Graduates of this programme have progressed to a wide range of internships or employment in industry roles such as fashion designer, textile designer, independent designer maker, pattern cutter, fashion illustrator and digital print designer. Others have progressed to further study, including teacher training and Masters level programmes.
Following receipt of your application, the College will invite you to an interview and ask you to bring a portfolio of your work, including some examples of written work (eg an essay or proposal from your previous studies). The interview and your portfolio will help the College assess your suitability for the programme. They will also consider your UCAS application form, including your personal statement and reference, and the entry requirements when making a decision.Find out more about how to apply