Foundation Degree (FdA) Fashion Design with Enterprise

Course Overview

Duration: Two years

The course aims to provide students with a high level of technical, creative, intellectual, and communication skills (visual, written and verbal) and provides the opportunity to develop the expertise necessary to pursue a career within the fashion and textile industries through either establishing your own enterprise, or gaining employment.

Design and production skills, coupled with market awareness and professional practice will be at the core of all projects. Learners will be encouraged to express a personal design style whilst developing a wide range of skills. These include; illustrative and technical drawing, design development, digital design skills, pattern cutting, garment construction alongside textile processes using both traditional and contemporary methods; digital printing, embroidery and laser cutting. Practical skills are underpinned with contextual studies to develop an understanding of the historical, cultural and social contexts that inform fashion and textile design.

Understanding the industry and the opportunities within it are a key focus of the course, and a great deal of support is offered to those wanting to establish their own fashion enterprise upon graduation

The course is run from our state of the art Fashion and Textiles Centre based at our Llwyn Bryn campus in the heart of the Uplands. We have invested over £150,000 in the Centre bringing in industrial standard technology and equipment which includes large format digital textiles printer, large format laser cutter, industrial embroidery machine, extensive range of industrial production machinery, as well as specialist fashion industry software packages; Gerber pattern cutting software suite, and Lectradesignsuite.

Visit our Facebook: @FdAFashionGCS  and Instagram: @fashionGCS to see a taster of what happens on this exciting course


Updated October 2021

Entry Requirements

Entry Criteria:

UCAS Tariff - 48 points

A level - DD/EEE

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma - PPP 

Access to HE Diploma - Pass

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma - MP

Additional Entry Requirements - Interview and submission of Portfolio 

Course Delivery

The course is delivered through lectures, practical demonstrations, workshops, tutorials and live briefs. Assessment is through practical experimentation and write-ups, practical outcomes, reports, presentations, observation, portfolio of work.

In year one, students will be introduced to a broad range of design processes, as well as subject specific fashion and textiles techniques and processes; including surface pattern design, pattern cutting, garment construction, textiles printing, fashion illustration and presentation etc., exploring both traditional and new digital media methods, through workshop activities which will focus on the development of practical as well as cognitive skills.   

Students will be encouraged to underpin their developing practice through the exploration and discussion of ideas with peers, professionals and industry experts. Within workshops there will also be opportunities to experiment with a wide-range of core design processes and practices, including laser cutting, screen-printing, illustration and drawing, creative blogging, marketing, website building etc..   

By the end of year one, students will have built core technical skills and knowledge, and begun to develop an individual creative identity. This identity will be built upon in the subject specialist modules of year two which will encourage increasingly autonomous and individually focused learning.   

Students will refine their skills, and identify an area of the industry within which they will focus a major final body of work. This work will be professionally presented to a selected audience. The emphasis in the second year will be on identifying progression opportunities either setting up your own business, entering the workplace or further higher education study. Throughout the final year, students will generate materials which will form the basis of their professional portfolio, including digital marketing e.g. blog and website and self-promotion material e.g. branding, swing label, business cards etc.   

Year 1 Level 4 modules:

  • Research, Design Creativity and Realisation
  • Sustainable and Ethical Design and Make
  • Contextual Studies 1: History of Fashion
  • Contextual Studies 2: The Fashion Industry
  • Textile Design
  • Digital Design for Fashion and Textiles

Year 2 Level 5 modules:

  • Creative and Sustainable Design Process and Realisation for Industry
  • Advanced Commercial Design and Realisation 
  • Contextual Studies 3: Subculture and Identity
  • Fashion Enterprise
  • Professional Practice
  • Portfolio Preparation

Progression Opportunities

Students can complete a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design by studying for an extra year at the University of Gloucestershire in addition to the FdA Fashion and Textiles design.

Explore some of the careers you could pursue on completion of this course, and their related salaries.

More opportunities can be found on the Prospects website

Additional Information

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Students may be able to apply for recognition of certificated or experiential learning which they have previously undertaken.  More information is available at

Fees for this course are £7,500 per year. Further information for Wales:

There will be a studio fee payable for this course - for 2022/23 it is £200

There are other costs associated with this course including 

  • Optional international trip - £350
  • UK trip - at least £50
  • Materials - £20 - £200 per year
  • Research and fabrics £15 - £25 per year
  • Workbooks - £20 per practical module, £80 per year
  • Printing costs - £50 - £100
  • Degree show - £200

There may be additional costs associated with this course i.e:

  • travel to and from college, or placement
  • photocopying, stationery and equipment costs (e.g. USB sticks)
  • printing and binding
  • gowns for graduation ceremonies

Receive a £1000 College bursary per year (subject to satisfactory progression)

The UCAS code for this course is W231 (you must apply via the University of Gloucestershire UCAS institution code - G50)

*Please note that the tuition fees stated are for the 2021-22 academic year and are subject to increase for future years of study. Please see the university’s website for further information.

Llwyn y Bryn
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