Course code: 20KFF10101
Dates: 7 Sep 2020 - 25 Jun 2021 (540 hours, 36 weeks)
Location: Online+ (Chelsea Centre)
Full fee: £5421 Student loan information

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Fashion illustration


This exciting and challenging one-year course will prepare you for applying to highly competitive degree courses.

The course is structured in three parts, each building upon your learning and experience.

Pathways in the following subjects can be selected in term 2:

  • fashion design
  • textile design
  • communications

You will be encouraged to learn through exploration and discovery and develop an understanding of a variety of processes and concepts.

The practical nature of the course is underpinned by:

  • historical and contextual studies
  • visits to museums and galleries
  • lectures and project work


The course is taught with a holistic approach to the subject of fashion as a specialism within the broader context of art & design practice. It is divided into 3 clear stages:

1 - Diagnostic Investigation into Creative Practice
During this stage of the course students will be introduced to a range of disciplines associated with the subject of fashion through project work and workshops. Students are encouraged to experiment with a range of materials and processes that will support the development of ideas within this field of practice. This includes drawing, research processes, idea development, textiles, communications and illustration. The practical nature of the course is under-pinned with historical and contextual studies through visits to museums and galleries to build contextual knowledge. Regular, personalised feedback and assessments will help you find the area of specialism that you are best suited to as you move onto stage 2 of the course.

2 - Developing Specialist Practice
The second stage of the course allows students to select a specialism from Fashion Design, Textiles and Fashion Communications. You will then work towards identifying suitable progression opportunities by developing an individual portfolio of work in preparation for university interviews that reflects your personal interests and aesthetic. You will be taken through the process of writing your personal statement and you will be fully supported throughout the application and interview period.

3 - Consolidating Practice
The final stage of the course is an opportunity to consolidate previous learning to create a self-proposed and directed project that allows further development within your chosen pathway. The outcomes of this project lead to your final grade for the foundation diploma and the work is exhibited in the end of year show at our Hortensia Road Campus.

Access to Fashion

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

  • Demonstrate awareness of the different perspectives, approaches and ethics within diverse creative practice.
  • Research, analyse and evaluate relevant information as part of their creative practice.
  • Understand, adapt and safely use appropriate practical methods and skills for creative practice and production.
  • Explore solutions to complex problems through the application of practical, theoretical and technical understanding.
  • Take responsibility for research, planning and time management to access and action progression opportunities.
  • Use critically evaluative and reflective skills in order to take responsibility for own learning, development and decision-making.
  • Effectively communicate and present ideas and creative practice to appropriate audiences.


Entry requirements

Students are also normally expected to have one of the following:

  • One A-level, Grade C or above in a relevant subject area
  • Or equivalent Level 3/EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Certificates – two at ‘Higher Level’ and one at ‘Standard Level’ - all Grade 4 or above.
  • Other relevant and equivalent qualifications are considered on an individual basis.

All students are requested to attend an interview with a portfolio of current work that demonstrates ability in research skills, drawing, creative thinking and problem-solving skills and an interest in art, design or related subjects including textiles or photography.

What you will need for your class

An equipment list is provided upon acceptance to the course.

What you can do next

Progression Opportunities On successful completion of the course, most students continue their studies on university degrees.

We have 100% success rate in placing students on the most prestigious courses in the UK and beyond, including Central Saint Martins, Westminster, Kingston, London College of Fashion and Royal Academy, Antwerp.

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