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UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Fashion

If you are interested in fashion and textiles, this course is for you. You will develop creative skills through fashion design, pattern cutting, illustration, garment construction, ideas, and concepts.

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  • Course Description

    Many of our fashion students have gained national and international recognition through success in competitions. Projects that you will be working on will give you a broad range of experiences including womenswear, menswear, sportswear, theatrical costume and accessories.

    You will learn how to take a design from concept through to a completed garment. At the end of each year your final project will give you the chance to design your own creation which will be displayed at the end of Year Art Show.

    The course has the equivalent value of 3 full A-levels and is recognised by universities and employers. You can achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction for your overall final grade. The course is taught through combined core and specialist teaching that builds on a wide range of creative skills dealing with materials techniques and processes to equip students to progress to either higher education degree programmes in their specialism or to apprenticeships and employment in the creative industries.

    You will study:

    • Research Skills & Design Development
    • Pattern Cutting & Garment Construction
    • Fashion Illustration
    • Materials, Processes & Technical Skills
    • Preparation for Progression

    At the end of both Year One and Year Two, work is exhibited at the annual Art Show where your creative work is viewed by the public, press, family and friends.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will need:

    • 5 or more GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or higher, including English, Maths and a creative-based subject


    • A relevant Level 2 qualification GCSE English or Maths at Grade 4 (C) or higher

    If you are aged 19 or older, relevant industry experience may be accepted.

    Please note that applicants do not need to have any previous experience of sewing or Fashion/Textiles to apply.
    You will be invited to an interview to help us ensure the course is right for you. You will need to bring a portfolio of your creative work for the course team to look at.

  • Course Length

    How long is this course?

    2 years

    When does this course start?


    How many hours / days per week is this course?

    Full-time courses at the college are generally 3-4 days per week (you may be in an extra day if you are resitting English and/or Maths). All students are expected to complete study hours in the Learning Resource Centre and at least 30 hours work experience on top of their college hours.

  • Course Fees
    Age Cost
    16-18 Free*
    Course fee £8,350

    * Certain courses may have additional costs to cover trips or DBS checks, and for some courses you will be expected to purchase additional items such as uniform or equipment.

    Fee information

    Though this course is free for those aged 16-18, there may be additional fees related to the programme, such as additional equipment or uniform, trips, DBS checks and work placement costs. Further information will be sent to all applicants before enrolment.

    If you are aged 19 and over, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of this course. For more information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please click here. Alternatively, if you are aged 19-23 and have not yet completed a level 3 or above qualification, you may be able to receive this course for free. For further information and to complete our fee calculator, click here.

    Find all the information you need about course fees and financial help below.

    Information on Fees and Financial Help

    Please note the information on this page was correct at the time of publication but is subject to change due to factors beyond our control.
  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    University of the Arts London (UAL) Diploma in Fashion (Level 3)

    This qualification is awarded by University of the Arts London (UAL), the only specialist creative arts awarding organisation in England.

    Students aged 16 to 18 who do not already have GCSE qualifications in maths and/or English at grades 4 (C) - 9 (A) will take qualifications in English and/or maths as part of their vocational study programme - this is a government requirement.

    How is my course assessed?

    The work on the course is project/assignment based, and assessment is continuous throughout the course. Some units will be subject to external assessment. The units in the first two terms are assessed at pass grade only. The final unit is awarded a grade of pass, merit or distinction. This unit is achieved through a personal proposal and exhibition and decides the overall grade for the qualification. This is a two-year programme and has two achievement points. You will work towards the Diploma qualification in the first year of the course and the Extended Diploma in the second year.

Starting 06/09/2021

King's Lynn


Duration 2 years


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Sarah Carter

Creative Practice: Fashion

“I chose to study fashion for several reasons; having aspired to work in fashion since I was young, I felt confident this was the industry that I wanted to work in and therefore the option of studying A-level wasn’t the best option for me, personally. The course had been recommended to me by someone, after attending the open day I had no doubt that this was the course I wanted to study.”



Abby Mia Rose

Fashion and Clothing Level 3

“Since finishing at CWA, I attended university at Bath where I achieved BA (Hons) Fashion Design. I now work for River Island as Assistant Designer for Kidswear Bags and Footwear. My products are now finally in store and online and it’s an incredible feeling to see this is available to the public.”

Read her story


Emma Pegrum

Art and Design Level 3 (Extended Diploma)

Emma chose to study at CWA as she knew the college has a very strong art & design department.

“I learnt so much while at CWA, from being in the print studio to photography and graphic design. I will always remember how encouraging the tutors were and how they would push you to do your best.

Studying at CWA had benefited me a lot when moving on to the next stage in my life. The grade I achieved and the stills I learnt at CWA helped me get into university, as they were looking for someone with a wide understanding of art processes and techniques.”

Emma now works for a small family run, interior design company, making curtains and blinds along with smaller accessories such as cushions, bed runners and curtain tie backs.

Emma says "I love my job as it is creative, I am always making things and it is never boring.

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