Art & Design | UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma in Fashion and Textiles | Level 3
Why this course?
If you would like a career in fashion or textile design or a related area, then this is the course for you. You will be taught by industry practitioners and professional designers in excellent facilities, gaining advanced design and technical skills which will lead to an individual major project. With projects across fashion, textiles, styling, promotion and fashion business, you will discover your strengths and define your future path.
This course can be studied over two years; the UAL Diploma is completed in the first year and the UAL Extended Diploma in the second year.
In year one, projects cover a broad range of theoretical and practical skills relating to fashion and textile design including research skills, drawing and visual studies, design and concept development, fashion illustration, Photoshop, printed, knitted and embroidered textiles, pattern cutting and garment construction. These are supported by cultural and historical lectures, museum visits and study trips.
Year two is a continuation of your studies, taking them to an advanced level of skills and knowledge. Projects become more tailored to your individual specialism and you will undertake a major individual project.
To see examples of student work and further explore this course, we recommend following the Fashion Textiles department on social media:
To see some examples of professional work and what previous students have gone on to do in their careers, see the links below:
Stefan Cooke - Stefan graduated with an MA in Fashion & Textiles Central St Martins College of Art & Design 2015-2017 (Winner of L’Oreal Professional creative award).
Charlie Borrow - Charlie is a bag and accessories maker based in a small workshop in East London. His collections of products are expertly hand crafted one at a time.
To join this Level 3 course, you should have at least four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, preferably including English and maths, and evidence of your art/design work.
If you do not have the above grades, you can start on the Level 2 Art & Design course.
To progress to the Extended Diploma you must complete achieve the Diploma (year 1 of this level 3 course).
Year 1 (Diploma)
- Drawing and concept development
- Pattern cutting
- Garment construction
- Research skills
- Cultural and historical awareness
- Technical skills
Year 2 (Extended Diploma)
- Advanced design and technical skills
- Portfolio building
- Market and customer awareness
- Tailoring projects to individual specialism
- Industry-led briefs
- Major individual project
Why the MET?
- Facilities include: design studios, sewing and knitting workshops, Mac suite, large format printer, laser cutter, digital fabric printer, print workshops and dye lab
- Academic and technical tutors are practitioners and professional designers
- Opportunity to work alongside degree level students
- Internal progression opportunities onto Degree level
You will have the opportunity to work on real live projects commissioned by internal and external clients and be nominated for the competitive and highly regarded annual UAL Origins Exhibition.
The MET's vibrant arts department has a broad range of staff who are all practising artists and designers involved in the region's buzzing art and design scene. Our staff are here help you realise your potential.
Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.
You will work in artists’ studios with access to our 3D workshop, darkroom, printmaking studio, Mac suites and pattern cutting room.
Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Northbrook MET is the renowned creative facilities and atmosphere at our West Durrington Campus. The campus is a dedicated arts space, with the art & design courses running alongside theatre arts and music courses. You will collaborate with like-minded, passionate students and benefit from the various creative projects that take place, such as theatre shows, music gigs and art exhibitions. The campus is regularly used by professional creatives, which further highlights the quality of our industry-standard facilities.
On successful completion of the Diploma progress to the Extended Diploma.
Following completion of the Extended Diploma you can progress to university level, either at the MET or at universities throughout the UK.
Our West Durrington Campus is also our University Centre, a creative arts space with students studying at degree level in art & design disciplines as well as theatre arts and music. Degrees at Northbrook MET include Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Textile Design or Theatre/Set Design.
- Fashion designer
- Fashion illustrator
- Costume designer
- Textile designer
- Contour designer
- Accessories designer
- Fashion buyer
- Freelance designer
- Pattern cutter
- Museum curator
- Stylist media and promotion
UK and EU students do not have to pay fees if they are under 19 on 31 August in the year they are studying. More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here.
Some equipment and materials are provided by the college to enable you to complete each project. However, you will be required to purchase additional art kit and materials.
We also recommend you budget for £10 per week for any other consumable materials you may need appropriate to the development of your work.
There will be one trip in the year which will cost approximately £20.
alumni Views Karen Chan
“The tutors didn’t just teach us things we needed to know, they supported our journey through good and bad and pushed us to be the best versions of ourselves in whatever career path we chose. ”
alumni Views Stefan Cooke
“It was at Northbrook that I had my foundation of confidence and knowledge built for me to enter the Fashion industry.”
alumni Views Josh Read
“My time at Northbrook allowed me to extensively explore an eclectic range of design process and technique, along with ample personal time with tutors and technicians. Northbrook college surpasses any other college I have seen when it comes to its facilities.”
alumni Views Christopher Luke Watts
“Northbrook has a very special place in my heart, the relationships I made with my tutors and fellow students continue to this day and the knowledge I gained studying at Northbrook has enabled me to travel around the world pursuing a career that I truly love.”
alumni Views Charlie Barrow
“I was given close technical advice while studying the course, and by the second year I felt comfortable and confident in my abilities. Without the amazing time and introduction to the industry given to me by Northbrook, I wouldn’t be here today. So thank you to everyone at Northbrook!”
student Views Charlie
“Everyone is so lovely here, everyone's doing their own thing, everyone's different and they all want to be here. I've got so many opportunities from the MET. I'm so grateful for that.”