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UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion & Textiles) — Overview

This is a fast-paced and practical route, giving you the skills to develop ideas and design for a range of areas in the fashion and textiles industries.

This course is for the makers and the designers. 

With projects across fashion, textiles, styling, promotion and fashion business, you will discover your strengths and define your future path.

You’ll sample extensively across a variety of techniques and processes, developing an innovative approach. 

Learning is supported by industry standard facilities including industrial sewing machines, textile printing, photography and film equipment, Adobe creative software, and trend forecasting tools such as WGSN – with access to facilities at our undergraduate campus, such as 3D printing, laser cutting and more. 

You will have the chance to market your finished products in pop-up shops, such as our student led annual Design to Sell event.

We also have an established work placement offer, providing opportunities to work with companies such as Matches.com and Hunger magazine.

Students take their designs to the catwalk in their self-curated show.

We guarantee our Extended Diploma students a place on one of our BA (Hons) programmes if they achieve a Merit or higher in their final assessment and meet any additional entry criteria.

Students tell us that they are treated as adults in a professionally stimulating and enjoyable learning community. Our students regularly curate public catwalk shows, drawing in large crowds with their fashion-forward designs. This is a great opportunity for them to develop their professional practice and showcase their work to the public.

 

Many of our students choose to continue their studies with us on degree programmes across art, design and media.

Future careers could include: fashion designer, interior designer, stylist, textile designer, print designer, costumier, or milliner.

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Students showcase their work to the public at our annual Design to Sell event.

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion & Textiles) — Modules

Unit 1: Introduction to visual language - This unit will develop your knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for the confident application of visual language in a range of art and design activities.

Unit 2: Introduction to research skills - This unit will provide you with an introduction to a range of research activities and related skills appropriate to the support of art and design. The unit will also develop an understanding of the vital role that research plays in informing and developing ideas.

Unit 3: Introduction to critical and contextual awareness - This unit will provide you with an awareness of the critical perspectives and contextual frameworks that support practical activity in art and design.

Unit 4: Introduction to materials, processes and technical skills - This unit will provide you with an introduction to a range of materials and processes used in art and design, their particular characteristics, and the related technical skills necessary to record experiences and articulate ideas.

Unit 5: An integrated approach to 2D problem solving - This unit will develop your ability to critically analyse and integrate research, contextual understanding, materials, methods and skills to solve 2 dimensional problems in art and design.

Unit 6: An integrated approach to 3D problem solving - This unit will develop your ability to critically analyse and integrate research, contextual understanding, materials, methods and skills to solve 3 dimensional problems in art and design.

Unit 7: An integrated approach to time based problem solving - This unit will develop your ability to critically analyse and integrate research, contextual understanding, materials, methods and skills to solve time-based problems in art and design.

Unit 8: Developing an art & design project - This unit will require you to make use of the skills, knowledge and understanding developed in previous units to complete an art and design project. This unit will also provide an opportunity for you to explore in greater depth an art and design activity of your choice.

Unit 9: Opportunities for progression - To introduce you to the range of progression opportunities within art and design education and the related employment market. To support informed application to art and design education or art and design related employment.

Unit 10: Characteristics and contexts - To develop a greater self-awareness and understanding of your creative abilities through an exploration of the characteristics and context of an art and design activity.

Unit 11: Preparation for progression - To develop your knowledge and understanding of progression routes and related application processes within art and design. To prepare you for entry and application to higher education or employment within art and design.

Unit 12: Engaging with an audience - To develop your knowledge of, and responsiveness to, the distinctive and individual audiences for specific art and design activities. To use this knowledge and understanding to develop more focused and enhanced creative solutions to art and design problems.

Unit 13: Project proposal and realisation (Level 3) - To enable you to take responsibility for your own learning by demonstrating your achievement in proposing and realising a project which integrates contextual perspective, research, problem solving, planning and organization, evaluation and reflection, and practical, technical and presentational skills.

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Unit 14: Project proposal and realisation (Level 4) - To enable you to take responsibility for your own learning by demonstrating your achievement in proposing and realising a project which integrates contextual perspective, research, problem solving, planning and organisation, evaluation and reflection, and practical, technical and presentational skills.

To find out more about studying on our Extended Diplomas, view our presentation put together by Curriculum Manager Tim Dickinson here.

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion & Textiles) — Staff

Julia Stean

Julia Stean
Course Leader

Julia Stean’s own work crosses both the visual arts and performance with installations exhibited across the South from Reading to Devon, as well as in Manchester. She also ran her own crafts business creating bespoke home furnishings.

Julia has 12 years of teaching practice across many levels and varieties of students from Level 2 Art and Design to Foundation Diploma, Degree students to Adult Education. Julia started teaching at PCA in 2001 following teaching on Foundation Diploma at Exeter College. She became Course Leader of the ED Fashion and Textiles in 2005 and has developed an original and exciting course, which gives students varied, opportunities and challenges and prepares them well for professional working life.

Liz Jakowyszyn

Liz Jakowyszyn
Lecturer

Liz Jakowyszyn is a textile designer who has a passion for Art and Design, and is always broadening her subject knowledge through private practice and research.

Liz graduated from Winchester School of Art with a BA(Hons) in Textile Design, where she specialized in woven textiles.  After finishing university Liz moved to London where she worked for a menswear company designing woven and printed textiles as well as graphics for a variety of customers that included Fat Face, Topman, French Connection and many more.  By the time Liz left she was Senior Designer.  This role had involved her training new members of staff, which highlighted an interest that she decided to explore, teaching.

Alongside this Liz worked as a freelance womenswear textile designer selling work internationally through an agent.  She also had a small textile stationary business, selling in London Markets on Brick Lane.

After relocating back to the South West, Liz joined Plymouth College of Art in 2011 as a teaching assistant, and in 2012 started studying for the Post Graduate Certificate in Education for the Lifelong Learning Sector at Plymouth University, continuing to work with the BTEC Fashion and Textiles team and students as part of her placement.

Liz maintains industry links which she is keen to use in order to help students develop.

The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion & Textiles) — Student Work

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion & Textiles) — Students Say

Joslin Rashleigh

“I’ve only been here a few weeks but already I feel I belong – much more than I did in secondary school. There’s so much more freedom – and the staff care about you. It’s much more pastoral. I did textiles at Bodmin to acquire some basic skills. I checked out Falmouth but Plymouth seemed the better of the two. Already I feel so much further on. Eventually I want to do avant garde high fashion – sculpture – fashion as the art of the body. There’s nothing here to hold me back.”

Lewis Jones 

“I did the First Diploma here before getting on to this course, and that gave me a chance to try lots of different areas of art and design. Before that I’d done GCSEs at school and got the grades I needed. The friends I’ve made started the course at the same time. I’ve got more in common with them. They’re more like-minded. There’s no way I wanted to stay on at school. I’m enjoying every minute of it here. I love the busy-ness, I couldn’t wait to get started. Contextual studies helps me see how a designer can get inspiration from different things, and that kind of historical research is really useful. I’m really happy. I can’t imagine doing anything else, and I can come in on extra days to use the facilities.”

Emma-Louise Thompson

"I used to come to Saturday Arts Club here when I was 13 and it opened my eyes to genres and media I’d no access to at school. I gained a Bronze Art Award and was a ‘buddy’ for an Arts Club friend. I did my GCSEs in partnership with the College as I didn’t like the school environment. I’ve learned a lot already about sewing, designing, even life drawing and pattern cutting. I’m enjoying fashion promotion and marketing, too. We’ve done several trips to research retail environments and concepts, for example in Exeter and London. It also helps us to get to know one another and we really get on well."

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion & Textiles) — Careers & Alumni

When you successfully complete this two-year course you’ll gain a Level 3 Extended Diploma – equivalent to three full A-levels, or a maximum of 168 UCAS points. 

In both years you’ll have the chance to work on live projects, making the most of our strong connections with industry professionals such as FotoPlus collective.

You’ll also take part in a lively programme of workshops and lectures involving established artists and designers, meaning that by the time you move on you’ll have a portfolio of high-quality work, relevant to your chosen career.

In previous years, students have had the chance to dress and merchandise shop windows throughout Plymouth as part of the city-wide Fashion in The City event.

Taking place in their first week of study, this opportunity encouraged them to think of themselves as practitioners from the very start. 

This course will equip you to study on our BA (Hons) Fashion, BA (Hons) Fashion Media & Marketing, BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern, BA (Hons) Costume Production & Associated Crafts, BA (Hons) Textile Practices and BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts programmes at Plymouth College of Art, or to gain a place on degree-level courses at other colleges and universities.

Alternatively, you may choose to look for employment; former student Anna Barnett was offered a work placement at Matches Fashion PR office in London while studying Fashion & Textiles with us, which lined her up a full-time job with them once she completed her studies.

In addition to the ongoing advice, guidance and support you’ll receive from your course team, the college has a specialist careers service that will help you make the right decision for your future.

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion & Textiles) — Entry Requirements

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion & Textiles) — Resources

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion & Textiles) — Interview

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