The Online Foundation Diploma in Fashion & Textiles Design is a three-stage, full-time or part-time programme designed for serious career-oriented students who wish to be fashion or textile designers, footwear designers, stylists, make-up artists, fashion photographers, buyers, journalists and managers. This exciting and transformative course gives students the skills they need, providing them with unique insights into the dynamics of this ever-evolving industry.
This stimulating course has a strong practical focus, developing not just skills, knowledge and understanding of cultures, design and design theory, but also the development of challenging ideas that provoke conventional fashion and create a dazzling and beautiful future today.
Successful graduates earn a Foundation Diploma qualification that is equal to 3 A Levels and is nationally accredited by the UK's largest vocational awarding body, ABC Awards.
Equaly valuable, graduates achieve a specialist portfolio that expresses their personal brand of fashion and textile design, enabling them to access top universities and employment as a professional qualified fashion or textile designer.
The Exploratory stage is the first stage of the course and as the title suggests it gives you the opportunity to understand at a deeper level what art and design is and to experience working in a number of disciplines. Within each discipline you will use a range of materials and processes and learn the value of drawing and photography as a starting point.
The Pathway stage is where you choose which pathway / discipline you wish to explore further and at a greater depth. Your tutors will review with you your work from the exploratory phase and this will inform your decision. The final decision is of course yours.
The Confirmatory stage is the final stage of the foundation diploma and the only stage that will decide your final grade. You will be asked to write a statement of intent with the support of your tutor. This document will outline your chosen final major project.Your final major project is practical and can be in any form you choose; show reel, a dress, a series of photographs, a painting, an animation, a design for an interior, architectural design, a video game etc.