Course Overview

This foundation degree is a practical exploration of creative fashion and textiles design, where you will develop skills relating to art, fashion, design, visualisation, pattern construction, texture, surface and printed textiles.

During this course you will produce a wide-ranging body of work, which will evidence your professional capabilities and prepare you for employment. Using the skills you have developed, you will have the opportunity to create high-quality personal and individual collections.

The course has a strong focus on employability, and ensures that you gain the essential skills required to work in the fashion and textiles industry upon completion. You will be encouraged to work independently, and by exploring the potential of small businesses and self-employment, you will have a broad range of career opportunities when you graduate.

Level 4 (Year 1 for full-time students) you will learn through a series of fashion and textiles workshops, design processes and theories. In addition to this, you will also focus on areas of drawing, visual communication and contextual studies. This will enable you to begin creating an experimental and diverse body of work during your studies.

Level 5 (year 2 for full-time students) you will begin to work more independently, as you grow in confidence and discover your professional voice and style. You will focus your own areas of interest and expertise, and work towards creating unique, individual collections that are underpinned by a high level of skill and quality. There is also the opportunity to showcase your final collection of work through exhibitions and a runway performance.

The full-time and part-time course has one start point in September.

Course Details

Key Information

Course Code
Mode of Study
Full-time, part-time and modular study available
2 years (full-time) 3 years (part-time)
Academic Year
September 2021 - June 2023 (full-time) September 2021 - June 2024 (part-time)

The full time fees for the academic year 2020-21 are:
BA and BSc (Hons) – £8400 (per year)
Foundation Degree (FdA and FdSc) – £8400 (per year)
Higher National Certificate (HNC)- £8400 (per year)

Tuition fees for part-time courses commencing September 2020 are £1400 per 20 credits.

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Initially, I didn’t think that it would be possible to study for a Foundation Degree, however after discovering South Devon College at an Open Day I realised that I could achieve my goals there.

I held Level 3 equivalent qualifications, however the teaching jobs that I was interested in required some form of Higher Education. I decided to enrol on the FdA Fashion with Textiles course so that I could be considered for these roles, and it has exceeded all of my expectations.

The tutors are incredible; the way they teach is inspirational and really makes you dig deep inside of yourself to achieve things you didn’t think were possible. I intend to complete a top-up year, and whilst I had initially planned to apply for teaching roles again, I’m now considering potentially becoming a designer with my new career prospects.

Kristina Coles