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The Norwood School

Fashion & Textiles

Name of subject: BTEC Fashion & Clothing (Art & Design)

Examination board: Edexcel

Qualification – BTEC Level 3 Diploma

Entry requirements: Minimum of C grades at GCSE in English and at least one Art based subject such as Graphics, Photography, Fine Art or Textiles.

Description of the course (Overview): 

BTEC Fashion & Clothing is a two-year course in which students study 12 units. 5 units cover the core skills required in all Art & Design BTEC courses plus 7 individually tailored units specifically targeted towards careers in Fashion & Textiles.

What topics will students cover?  Over the two-year course students will get the chance to explore a range of exciting units that will equip them with the skills needed to follow a career in Fashion/Textile Design.  Students will design, make patterns for, and manufacture a number of garments in each year of the course culminating in the annual fashion show. Themes of projects change each year and have previously included ‘Urban Decay’ inspired scarves, ‘The Red Dress Collection’, sculptural textiles based on body armour and ‘Icons – Little Black Dress’ project. Students will also explore various innovative illustration and presentation techniques in the process of communicating their design ideas.

What skills will they particularly develop 

Students will gain essential experience in garment and accessory design, pattern drafting, lay planning and clothing manufacture. All of these skills are fundamental for a future working in the Fashion / Textiles Industry or moving onto Fashion/Textile based courses within Higher Education.

Careers – progression:

On completion, students can progress onto a variety of Art Foundation courses with the opportunity of specialising in Textiles, Fashion and/or Design. Students may subsequently choose to specialise in fashion or textile design, fashion marketing or fashion styling. Students may also choose to pursue employment or an apprenticeship in the industry. During the course students will have access to a range of career and further/higher education opportunities through which to support them in developing both their skills and routes for progression. Students are advised and supported in preparing their UCAS/College applications identifying appropriate routes and portfolio preparation.

Enrichment activities:

Students will experience a variety of trips around London designed to link the themes they are studying in each unit. In recent years visits have included; The V&A Museum, The Horniman Museum, The Fashion and Textile Museum and Carnaby Street.

Students will also experience ‘Challenge Days’ where they take part in single day projects to design and make garments out of unusual materials under strict time constraints. Students will also work closely with a number of visiting designers and artists in workshop based lessons throughout the two-year course.