Art, Design and Fashion

Fashion Design Diploma Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course commences in September and runs for two years.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English
  • GCSE in art or textiles will be an advantage
  • You will normally take part in an interview prior to being enrolled on the programme

You will achieve

  • Level 3 Art and Design (Fashion and Clothing) Diploma on completion of Year 1
  • Level 3 Art and Design (Fashion and Clothing) Extended Diploma on completion of Year 2

Course overview

The Fashion and Clothing Extended Diploma is a practical, work related course. You will produce work which investigates and develops both your creativity and theoretical knowledge of fashion design and clothing.

By the end of the second year you will produce a portfolio of practical fashion and clothing projects which you will showcase in our end of year exhibition.

Course content

You will produce a portfolio of design work including a sample folder of techniques, pattern cutting work and a small catwalk collection. You will also get the chance to go on educational and gallery visits.

Units of study may include:

  • Drawing development and design method
  • Historical and contextual studies
  • Pattern cutting and development
  • Fashion marketing
  • Computers in art and design
  • Design realisation

Your work will be assessed throughout the course, both internally and by an external moderator. At the end of each studio module you will present a folder of work for discussion and grading.

The final major project is exhibited as part of the Arts Festival in June/July which is open to the public. In order to gain a full Extended Diploma you must pass all the course units.

You will require a basic personal and portable kit of materials and equipment at the cost of approximately £125. You will need to buy a kit for both the first year and the second year. Your tutor will advise you on these.

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

Employment – This course can form the foundations for a range of creative occupations including fashion designer and entrepreneur.

Education – You could progress to study a variety of Fashion and Textiles, Art, Design and Crafts disciplines at either Degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) Level.

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Fashion Design Diploma Level 3 Full-time

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