When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Course Code W23FASG02A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

To recognise and to foster talent; these are the founding principles at the heart of the undergraduate fashion courses at Morley College London’s Waterloo Centre. Our courses have a strongly demonstrated ethos of inclusivity and collaboration, creating a rich learning environment in which to realise your vision and provide you with the core skills needed to navigate the challenging, fluctuating landscape of fashion NOW. The HNC Art & Design (Fashion) will enable you to employ your creativity through innovative pathways in research and experimentation, underpinned by a solid foundation of core technical skills. We encourage a wide interpretation of the briefs and projects set, from women’s ready to wear and luxury to avant-garde and couture, costume design and textiles, menswear and styling. Course structure allows for transferability and adaptation in support of each student’s individual vision. Guided by industry-based tutors with demonstrated experience, you will work on a range of projects throughout the year which will stretch and challenge you creatively. A focus is placed upon building key transferrable skills in order to provide you with a vehicle to realise your ideas. Research and development, pattern cutting, draping on the stand, textile experimentation, and CAD design taught alongside contextualisation gained from career and industry knowledge will enable you to develop a robust framework to draw from in your future career. The industry is in flux – in order to navigate it, we need to be adaptive and create designers that are flexible and imaginative within their practice. Can’t wait to get started? See what our current students are up to by following us on Instagram @morleyfashionundergrad

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Research, design and develop a designer collaboration collection
  • Complete a production board for your designer collaboration collection using CAD techniques such as technical drawings and 3D rendering
  • Create your own textile designs in Morley’s renowned Textiles Studio
  • Research the cultural, social and historical influences of fashion within the 20th and 21st centuries and debate your findings on fashion and identity
  • Complete a personal design project through research, experimentation, illustration and garment construction
  • Translate your design concepts into a mini-collection of fully realised garments through pattern cutting, garment construction and draping on the stand
  • Participate in our annual Catwalk Show, showcasing the work of students across our Access to HE Fashion Studies, HNC and HND Art and Design (Fashion), and BA (Hons) Top-Up in Fashion (accredited by Ravensbourne University)

On successful completion of the course, you will achieve the following qualification: BTEC Higher National Certificate in Art and Design [EDEXCEL]

Class format and activities

Our Blended Delivery model provides the flexibility required for small class sizes onsite and robust access to college facilities while embedding vital transferable skills through online virtual learning. Your progress towards achieving the learning outcomes is reviewed throughout the course, with a focus on attendance and engagement. Our team of expert practitioners will guide you in your learning through demonstrations, lectures, feedback and discussion. Visits from guest lecturers and industry contacts provide context for the real-life application of learning in professional settings. Achievement on your course will be measured by completion of assignments to set deadlines reflecting real world scenarios in a diverse range of formats, including: • Academic and visual research files• Sketchbook and portfolio• Written assignments• Finished garments• Patterns, and toiles• Textiles• Computer aided design• Digital and live presentations• Critiques

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from anyone who feels that they are capable of reaching the standards required by this qualification. We offer places based on portfolio and all students are expected to have a good standard of computer literacy. All applicants are invited to participate in one of our signature Virtual Taster Days. You will have the opportunity to experience a range of practice sessions and to present your portfolio during a personal interview. Please download a copy of the Programme Specification for additional information.

What you need to know before you enrol

The HNC is a one-year full time course in a Blended Delivery model. Excellent attendance and punctuality of over 90% is required from all students. In addition to scheduled class sessions, this course requires the completion of self-directed research alongside academic and practical assignments. You will also have access to computers, scanners and printers for independent study in the College’s learning centre. Attendance at Technician led weekly workshops is required to support your independent work. Our dedicated ‘Fashion Lab’ workrooms are fully equipped with industry standard equipment needed for your course. Each student has access to individual work areas with Juki industrial sewing machine, K&L Stand, half scale stand, cutting tables, and ironing station. Our Fashion Lab is also equipped with a range of textiles equipment: sublimation printer, button hole machine, embellisher machine, princess pleater, table top looms, and heat press. Our Digital Lab provides access to Apple Mac and PC workstations, full Adobe software package, Gerber Technologies digital pattern cutting software (HND Year 2 only), photography studio and Makerbot 3D Printer (Product Design Studio).

What you need

There is a Materials Fee of £150 to be paid at the start of each academic year for materials packs of consumable supplies relating to your coursework. Support may be available for qualified applicants. A list of required textbooks, tools and equipment required for use in college and at home will be provided at the start of the course. You will also need the following equipment at home for online classes and independent study: sewing machine, desktop or laptop computer with camera and microphone/headset, access to internet data/Wi-Fi, and camera or camera phone.

What you can do next

HN qualifications in fashion are nationally recognised qualifications to support you in your continued progression. If you complete the first year of study, you will achieve an HNC in Fashion and Textiles, equivalent to the first year on university study. If you stay on to complete the full 2-year HND Art & Design (Fashion) course, you will achieve the equivalent of the first 2 years of a university degree. An HND qualification can be applied to a BA (Hons) Top-Up application or help you succeed in taking the next step in your fashion career. All Morley College London HND Art & Design (Fashion) graduates who meet our standards for attendance and assessment are guaranteed a place on our BA (Hons) Top-Up in Fashion, validated by Ravensbourne University.


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