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Do you love leafing through the fashion pages of the latest magazines or cooing over the newest catwalk trends? Our Foundation Degree in Fashion (FdA) could be for you. The programme combines creativity with commercial understanding, and introduces you to the core knowledge, practices and disciplines of today’s fashion industry.
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The Foundation Degree in Fashion (FdA) course is designed to introduce you to a range of aspects of the fashion industry. It provides the chance to enhance your employment prospects in a range of fashion careers, including fashion design, buying and retail, merchandising, forecasting, and styling. You could also opt to complete the BA (Hons) Fashion (Top-up) programme after successfully completing the FdA.
During your FdA, you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and understanding of forecasted trends, fashion design history, commercial design and manufacturing processes, and material understanding.
Our experienced and dedicated staff will support you as you develop skills in pattern cutting, garment manufacture, fashion illustration and visualisation techniques, and the application of surface design and embellishment. We’ll encourage you to balance your individual creative expression with industry awareness for the production of innovative fashion outcomes, including womenswear, menswear, childrenswear and accessories.
You’ll also have the chance to use the latest reports from the Worth Global Style Network, and benefit from the University’s extensive industry links, for live project briefs. Support will also be offered to develop your appreciation of the design timeline, the trend prediction industry, and consumer research.
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Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.
If you love the idea of a career which shows off your creative flair and passion for design our FdA Fashion could be the perfect stepping stone for you. This course is a great way to prepare yourself to work in the world of fashion. It offers a firm foundation in the knowledge and skills required such as communication, team work and organisation and planning. This course has the potential to lead to various fashion and design related roles in a wide range of settings and offers a great start to your career.
There are a range of interesting and creative careers where your FdA Fashion course could be useful. The course aims to help you develop the foundation skills and knowledge that will enable you to begin your career and lead to roles such as a designer, where you would work on the design of clothing and fashion ranges; retail buyer, where you would be responsible for planning and selecting a range of products to sell in retail outlets; retail manager where you would be responsible for the day-to-day running of stores or departments; and visual merchandiser where you would create visual concepts to promote products. Once you have successfully completed the Foundation Degree you’ll be able to apply for the BA (Hons) Fashion (Top-up) degree, allowing you to complete your studies up to Honours level.
Graduates can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:
The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.
The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/2020.
We use a blended approach to teaching and learning – you’ll have face-to-face sessions and take part in online learning. Studio and computer suite-based activities are important features of the programme, alongside lectures, seminars and practical-based workshops. We encourage you to participate in visits to locations such as galleries and museums, to attend presentations by our visiting speakers, and to go on location for drawing and visual research. You’ll also engage in self-directed study, with support from a range of staff including technicians and library/learning resources staff.
Module briefs include a wide range of activities such as commercially-based design projects, live briefs, competitions and commissions, and self-initiated projects. In addition, there are opportunities for collaborative design briefs that involve working with students from other areas of art and design. The sharing of ideas and practices across disciplines helps you to gain a broader understanding of the position of fashion in the wider creative and global art and design based industries.
In terms of assessment, you’ll have formative assessment to help you learn and develop your knowledge and skills, and summative assessment on which you are graded. You’ll receive individual help and advice on your personal work in one-to-one tutorials. Peer reviews, where you present your work to a small group of your fellow students for their comment, also provide useful feedback.
Formal assessment is by coursework. This may involve you presenting your portfolio of drawings/design work, samples or practical outcomes, along with a supporting sketchbook of developmental ideas, technical note files, and a written research journal. It can also take the form of essays, reports, verbal presentations, assignments, projects and other written work.
The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.
|Level one||Coursework 100%|
|Level two||Coursework 100%|
|Level one||Guided independent study 53%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 47%|
|Level two||Guided independent study 53%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 47%|
The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.
Programme leader of BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design, BA (Hons) Fashion and Academic Co-ordinator (Student Recruitment and Retention) for Bolton School of the Arts
The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.
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