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A Level Fashion

Do you have a passion for fashion? Fashion is about telling stories and exploring ideas through clothing, creating spectacle, and meaning through a medium that we all consume daily. Channel your creativity into this course, and express yourself through your designs.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

Do you enjoy drawing and designing garments, alongside the challenge of bringing your ideas to life through making? The Fashion course encourages you to develop a creative approach to contemporary fashion and costume design. Learn how to develop innovative solutions to a fashion or costume brief through research, experimentation and sample making. Take your ideas from designs to final concepts, gaining skills in the processes needed to produce garments. You will also broaden your knowledge on various designers, taking inspiration from their work to use in your own creations.

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Start date: 09/09/2024

Course code
ALTXTFN24T
Level
Level 3
Location
Truro College
Duration
2 years
Qualification
A Level

TOP COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

Learn visually

Work sculpturally

Research Skills

Think creatively

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Explore shape and silhouette

Explore structure and shape in relation to the body, combining exciting fabrics and embellishment techniques

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specialist workshops

Specialist Fashion workshops develop skills and knowledge through playful exploration of processes harnessed in relation to your individual creative interests. Research how contemporary and historic designers have communicated their ideas.

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Friendly and knowledgeable staff

The art and design team are friendly, supportive, ambitious, and hardworking. Achievement relies on your attendance, punctuality, and commitment to learning, both independently and within lectures.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Year 1: Varied workshops explore the visual research processes used by fashion designers. Gain skills in fashion drawing and garment rendering, draping and patternmaking, garment construction and embellishment techniques. Research how historic and contemporary fashion designers communicate their ideas and how fashion is influenced by social and political events. Working in sketchbooks, you will evidence your evolving skills and knowledge, textiles samples and ideas, reflecting on your creative practice.

Year 2: Personal Investigation – 60%, personally negotiated coursework project. Externally Set Assignment – 40%, exam.

The second year of study offers the chance to develop a personal design brief for Fashion or Costume. In addition to designing and making, there is a written element of the course where your learning will be supported by group presentations and contextual lectures preparing you well for Higher Education.

Component 1: Personal Investigation

Internally Assessed

60% of A Level

The Personal Investigation is a focused practical, critical, and theoretical investigative project/theme-based portfolio. Learners will be required to carry out an extended critical and contextual analysis (1000-word minimum requirement).

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment

Internally Assessed

40% of A Level

Towards the end of the course, you are given eight weeks of guided lessons to prepare for a 15-hour exam and respond to your chosen theme. A final piece which resolves this component is made during the15-hour exam time.

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WHERE WILL IT TAKE ME?

You can progress directly from A Level Fashion to any Art and Design degree, these could include, Fashion Design, Costume Design, Fashion Photography, Contour Design, Fashion Communication, Marketing and Merchandising and Interior Design. Career opportunities in this field are varied depending on your other course choices.

Fashion, Costume or Textile designer are immediately related job roles, however more broadly related careers include Pattern Cutter and Grader, Garment technologist, Visual merchandizer, Fashion Illustrator, Stylist, Retail Buyer, Fashion Journalist, Make-Up Artist, Event Manager, PR, and Marketing.

 

Assessment Arrangements

Achievement relies heavily on your attendance, punctuality, and commitment to learning, both independently and within lectures.

You will be encouraged to try a broad range of approaches, which you will then refine into ways of working which suit your individual interests, acquiring and developing specialist skills in your chosen discipline.

Independent work is fundamental to the course; at least 50% of all work assessed should have happened outside the classroom.

Homework is set weekly. Initially it is set by lecturers and will be tightly specified and closely linked to class workshops; it will be monitored regularly. As the course develops you will be required to set your own homework/independent work based on agreed learning needs.

Your ongoing work will be assessed in lessons through focused 1:1 discussion. Sketchbook work will be assessed regularly for reflective, thoughtful, analytical critical evaluation and annotation. Emphasis is upon the development towards a final piece, through observation and technical, aesthetic, and conceptual refinement.

You will also be assessed against how your research of art, craft, design, media and technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures improves your own understanding and practice.

Discussions and presentations are a vital part of our assessment process and you will be expected to contribute to these during your lessons.

Entry Requirements

In addition to general A Level entry requirements a keen interest in drawing to develop your creativity, as a design stimulus and as a means of gathering creative ideas and making them visible is essential.

Information & Support

Independent practice will be supported through PowerPoints, worksheets, and other guides available through our Moodle course. We also provide further support through focused boards on Pinterest. College trips to visit museums and galleries will be offered and we encourage our students to visit galleries both locally and nationally to support their work.

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What you could earn

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Potential Salary

£50,364

Entry Level Salary

£14,159

Average Salary

£27,733

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£18,822

Average Salary

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Average Salary

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Potential Salary

£35,888

Entry Level Salary

£15,618

Average Salary

£24,705

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3

Potential Salary

£63,515

Entry Level Salary

£25,514

Average Salary

£36,890

Annual openings in Cornwall

10

Potential Salary

£73,902

Entry Level Salary

£25,802

Average Salary

£42,125

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2

Potential Salary

£39,626

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£15,119

Average Salary

£26,084

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15

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£43,579

Entry Level Salary

£16,697

Average Salary

£30,694

Annual openings in Cornwall

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