A pathway into top fashion-related bachelor's degree programmes
This structured foundation programme provides essential preparation for entry to degree courses in fashion and textiles. You will carry out a wide variety of fashion design activities in the studio and on study visits. During the course you will identify your strengths and interests and ultimately choose your specialist pathway.
All universities require applicants to fashion degree programmes to submit a portfolio of their work, and it is on this portfolio that their application will mainly be judged. On this foundation programme you will put together a portfolio of your best work under the guidance of experienced tutors.
You will have a dedicated studio space, access to IT, a virtual learning environment and a library. Our Central London location will give you easy access to some of the finest museums, art galleries and fashion houses, from which to draw your inspiration. The culmination of the course is a fashion show where you will be able to show your designs on the catwalk.
University and career opportunities
The Foundation Diploma is recognised by universities throughout the UK, notably by the University of the Arts London's own institutions such as the London College of Fashion (LCF) and Central St.Martins. It will also enable students to pursue careers in Fashion Design, Fashion Contour Textile Design, Fashion Promotion & Imaging, Fashion Styling & Photography, Fashion Business and Textile Design.
Stage 1: Research - The first phase will introduce you to research and design. You will experiment with mixed media and explore new techniques, developing your ideas both
2 dimensionally and 3 dimensionally. This is a structured programme of drawing and visual studies which will help you identify your skills, strengths and interests. You will create fashion illustrations and portfolio sheets. You will pick up practical skills in hand stitching, machine sewing and experiment with the manipulation of fabric on the stand. You will acquire contextual awareness through class visits to the Tate Modern, Tate Britain, V&A, Fashion & Textiles Museum, Wallace Collection, Barbican and the Saatchi Gallery. A broad range of
art and design activities including lectures, discussions, workshops, demonstrations and educational activities will take place. You will learn how to evaluate your creative work and reflect on your progress.
Stage 2: Pathway - You will develop skills through building a portfolio of work. You will chose from one of the following pathways
to study at degree level: Fashion Design Technology, Pattern Cutting, Womenswear, Menswear, Fashion Atelier, Fashion Illustration, Fashion Styling & Photography, Fashion Global Business Management, Fashion Marketing
& Retailing, Fashion Promotion & Imaging, Fashion Futures, Fashion Contour, Fashion Journalism and in Textile Design, Knitwear, Jewellery, Embroidery, Weaving, Costume Design, Print and Surface Design.
Stage 3: Project - In the final stage you will use the creative skills you have learned in the first two stages to carry out a major fashion or design project based on your chosen theme. The course concludes with a fashion show and exhibition.
10 pieces of artwork, which will be assessed by Admissions
13 January 2016
(Late enrolment deadline: 1st Feb 2016)
29 September 2016
University of the Arts London Awarding Body (Level 3/4) Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
The standard course fee for UK/EU/EEA students is £9,000 ★☆
This fee also applies to students of other nationalities with indefinite or indirect permission to remain in the UK. e.g. Indefinite Leave To Remain, Dependant, Family Member of an EEA national, etc.,
The College has a limited number of places with a reduced course fee for UK/EU/EEA resident students, awarded on a merit basis by the WLC Awards Panel. There are three categories;
18 years of age on 31 August 2016: If you will still be 18 years of age on 31 August 2016 and you receive an award from the WLC Awards Panel, the course will be free except for the £300 course materials charge.
19 and over with A Levels or a Level 3 qualification: If you will be 19 years of age or older on the first day of the course and you receive an award from the WLC Awards Panel, the course fee will be £5,421 plus the £300 course materials charge. The course fee of £5,421 can either be paid from private means or with a student loan from the UK government, known as the Advanced Learning Loan
Between 19 and 23 without A Levels or a Level 3 qualification: If you will be between 19 and 23 years of age on the first day of the course and you receive an award from the WLC Awards Panel, the course fee will be free except for the 300 course materials charge.
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The course fee for international students (Tier 4) is £11,500.