Fashion and Textiles

Fashion and Textiles FdA

When considering a specialist discipline of study at HE level in the Arts, the decision can be difficult.  This Foundation Degree contains the same level of taught material as the first two years of a Textiles or Fashion Degree, but allows students on this course to absorb and synthesise from three separate, yet ever-connected subject areas in the same two year course of study.  Upon graduation, students should be in a clear mind as to which of the three subject areas (Fashion Design / Fashion Promotion / Textile Design) they aim to pursue for creation of final Degree projects.  Alternatively, those graduates will have a new professional outlook on a world of art and design, and should be confident when talking to those in an industry environment, of their honed abilities following graduation from this Foundation Degree.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Two years - full time

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:


  • Status:

    Subject to approval

  • UCAS Code:

  • Campus:

    Burnley (Campus code: A)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

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Entry Requirements

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction - Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 106 - 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104 - 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

All applicants are invited to attend a Selection Day when they will be interviewed with a portfolio. You will be notified of your date for your Selection Day by our Admissions Office who will also update UCAS Track with details of your application.

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

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Course Overview

Year 1

  • DD1000 Historical Contextual Studies
  • TI1002 Fashion and Textile Design 1
  • FS1102 Fashion Illustration and Presentation Methods
  • CF1002 Digital Communication for Fashion
  • TI1012 Drawing for Textiles

Year 2

  • FQ2001 Dress, Style and Communication
  • TI2012 Surface Design
  • CF2004 Creative Digital Fashion Illustration
  • FS2401 Culture and Identity
  • FS2402 Self-Managed Careers in the Creative Industries

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Learning Environment and Assessment

Students will be inducted on various equipment required to complete module briefs.

Support is to be provided by course and technical staff for safe operation of this equipment.  A toolkit will be provided for each student, which allows for the independent manufacture of articles throughout the course of study.

Assessment is carried out throughout study, as the majority of briefs are coursework related.  Periodic tutorials, critique sessions, group work and presentations will take place.  Student feedback will be given in written and verbal form, during study and after submitted work is assessed.

Incorporated into the study will be visits and presentations from practitioners or businesses to campus, live industry projects will be undertaken by the students and experience in the industry will form an instrumental part of the overall study programme.

Steve Brindle has worked in the fabric manufacture, fashion and garment industry for 12 years and has 10 years HE teaching experience.  Carole Hunt (PhD) has extensive knowledge in research and continues her teaching in fashion and textiles areas.  Sam Grayer has extensive knowledge in fashion promotion and communication.  Femida Adams has spent a significant time teaching and supporting students in fashion design.


Students will be engaged with industry throughout the course of study, via live projects, observations on how the industry operates, work experience opportunities, discussions with, and presentations from UCLan Careers and Propeller Services and in students’ setting up and management of ventures themselves, as part of their study.


Steve Brindle directs a small business of his own, which provides students at UCLan with much to learn and utilise with regard to how to successfully set up and maintain a start-up business.

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Art, Design and Fashion
Telephone us for further information +44(0)1772 892400
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.


Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.

Further Information for students

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Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.