When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Course Code W23FASG03A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Success is about thinking differently. The industry is in flux and in order to navigate it, fashion needs to be adaptive. Here at the Waterloo Centre, we create designers that are flexible and imaginative within their practice, looking not only at the present but also at the future of fashion. We empower the next generation of designers to survive this rough terrain. Our inter-disciplinary course structure encourages generosity of ideas to foster collaboration and creative innovation in a rich learning environment to provide you with the skills needed to navigate the challenging, fluctuating landscape of fashion. You will cultivate your professional practice and expand your industry knowledge through research and development, technical drawings and spec sheets, Gerber technologies and 3D printing, business planning, styling, and promotion. We will enable you to hone your existing skills, developing your signature aesthetic through a focus on conceptual 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:

  • Create a signature portfolio of designs relevant to your fashion identity
  • Complete a capsule collection of your designs through research, experimentation and making
  • Develop your own industry standard technical drawings and specifications suitable for production and marketing
  • Explore specialist resources, such as Gerber Technologies and 3D Printing, in the development of your work
  • Explore to role of styling in fashion communication
  • Analyse your “brand DNA” to develop a range of planning and marketing materials

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

Class format and activities

Classes for this course are delivered in person at our Waterloo Centre and online. This provides the flexibility required for small class sizes onsite and robust access to college facilities while embedding vital transferable skills through digital engagement. 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 Your progress towards achieving the learning outcomes is reviewed throughout the course, with a focus on attendance and engagement. Industry-based tutors with demonstrated experience will guide you, and you will receive career guidance from those in the know.

Entry Requirements

We offer places based on the strength of your portfolio and your performance at interview. All applicants will be invited to participate in one of our signature Taster Days where 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. All students are expected to have a good standard of computer literacy, including confidence in using Microsoft Word and PowerPoint programmes. Applicants joining directly in year 2 will need to present a Pearson HNC certificate in Fashion and Textiles and be able to demonstrate the applicable skills.

Before you enrol

The HND is a two-year full time course taught in college and online. 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. Attendance at weekly workshops is also required. Our dedicated ‘Fashion Lab’ is fully equipped with the industry standard equipment needed for your course. Individual work areas include Juki industrial sewing machine, K&L Stand, half scale stand, cutting tables, and ironing station. Our Fashion Lab also provides access to a range of textiles equipment: sublimation printer, buttonhole machine, embellisher machine, princess pleater, tabletop looms, and heat press. Our ‘Digital Fashion Lab’ provides access to Apple Mac and PC workstations, full Adobe software package, Gerber Technologies digital pattern cutting software, and photography studio. You will also have access to computers, scanners and printers for independent study in the College’s learning centre.

What you need

There is a mandatory Materials Fee of £150 to be paid at the start of each academic year for materials packs of consumable supplies relating to your coursework. This covers basic materials such as sketchbooks, drawing and pattern paper, calico and sublimation prints. In addition to the items listed here, you should ensure you have access funds for additional tools, equipment and materials as needed for your course. A list of required supplies 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 beginning at the start of term:• A sewing machine• A desktop or laptop Windows compatible computer with camera and microphone or headset and adequate storage space / processing speeds for art & design applications• Access to internet data / Wi-Fi with sufficient strength for video calls• A camera or camera phone

What you can do next

Completion of the full 2-year HND Art & Design (Fashion) course will provide you with a nationally recognised fashion qualification equivalent to the first 2 years of a university degree. The majority of our HND alumni have successfully progressed directly onto our BA (Hons) Top-Up in Fashion, validated by Ravensbourne University, while others have succeeded in securing places to complete their degrees at Ravensbourne University and London College of Fashion.