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Art, Design and Fashion

Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication (Fashion Design pathway) Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course commences in September and runs for two years.

Entry requirements

You will need five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Maths.

You will achieve

Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication (Fashion Design pathway) Full-time

Course overview

The fashion industry is a multi-billion pound industry, from high-street fashion to catwalk trends. The different areas of the industry are covered throughout this course such as pattern cutting, construction, designing, illustration, marketing and promotion, styling, textiles and digital elements.

Course content

The various different avenues will enable you to problem solve, create and present your fashion designs in response to client briefs. Learning and developing these key fundamentals and how to use our industrial sewing machines will start you off on your fashion journey.

Course themes:
The Diploma course units are:
• The creative process
• Developing creative practice in 2D, 3D and 4D
• Responding to a set brief

The Extended Diploma units are:
• Research a specialist industry practice
• Specialist technical skills development
• Specialist creative outcome

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 info@barnsley.ac.uk. 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 info@barnsley.ac.uk

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.

Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication (Fashion Design pathway) Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma Full-time

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