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Fashion — Higher National Diploma (HND) Top Up

Fashion, Art and Design

Course ID: 166828

Course Year: 22/23

Course Details

  • Study on full-time or part-time basic with the flexibility that this course allows.
  • You'll experience guest lectures from respected industry professionals and have the opportunity to network with others in your field.
  • You'll be offered travel opportunities and take part in exciting educational visits to enrich your studies.
  • Outstanding support from teaching staff.
  • Learn in an inlcuisve, supportive and respectful environment here at the College.

What to expect from the course

The Higher National Diploma Top-up in Art and Design (Fashion) is a one-year course that builds on previous learning from the Level 4 Higher National Certificate. The course has a strong emphasis on developing practical skills alongside specialist knowledge and understanding that allows students to experience the breadth and depth of the sector and prepare for employment or further study on the Level 6 BA (Hons) Art and Design (Fashion) (Top-up) course.

Students will gain essential skills and techniques of their chosen specialism and develop higher level skills to meet shortages within the Fashion industry. The knowledge and skills acquired on the programme link directly to the vocational context and diversify into a range of practical and technical skills required by the specialist industries.

Our HE Fashion courses are highly creative and designed to equip students with the skills they will need to work within the many facets of the fashion and textile design industry. Strong links to the creative industries will facilitate industry-related briefs and real scenarios that provide an opportunity for students to acquire professional work ethics, time planning skills and working within a creative team.

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

HND Art and Design (Fashion) Programme Handbook (22-23)

This programme is delivered through in-person teaching. Should government guidance or public heath advice change in-year, students will be able to continue their studies with a blend of in-person and remote learning, supported by additional safety measures on campus.

Modules studied:

  • Professional Practice
  • Applied Practice Collaborative Project
  • Advance Fashion Studies
  • Branding and Identity
  • Material Selection and Specification
  • Trend Forecasting

How will I be taught?

Teaching and learning includes formal lectures which underpin the specialist subjects and technical style workshops with relevant historical and cultural references. Practical units take place in the studio environment with tutor support and guidance, and independent learning sessions which are timetabled to allow access to specialist equipment and resources.

Students will gain a deep understanding of the relationship between the designer, maker, and final outcome. They will be equipped with the skills necessary to translate a design and creative ideas into a finished and wearable garment. Design ideas will be presented evocatively, through appropriate visual material and practical outcomes - both 2D and 3D - demonstrating a high aesthetic, skilful manufacture and a strong theoretical understanding. Note: Students are expected to select and provide their own fabrics for garment making the for the fashion collection.

There will also be opportunity for students to attain a level of professional practice. Strong links to the creative industries will facilitate industry-related briefs and real scenarios that provide an opportunity for students to acquire professional work ethics, time planning skills and working within a creative team. Learning is supported through a series of guest lectures and contextual visits, where students have the opportunity to visit galleries, museums and exhibitions and have discussions with professional practitioners for advice and guidance.

How will I be assessed?

The programme is assessed through a combination of written essays, research portfolios, image presentations and evaluations, which support the practical assessments throughout the course. Formative and summative feedback supports student progression in both written and practical. Self and peer assessment in convener/critique situations is an essential element of all projects and the feedback from these will enhance student achievement and progression.

Who is the course intended for?

Our HE Fashion courses are highly creative and designed to equip you with the skills you will need to work within the many facets of the fashion and textile design industry. The course will immerse you in all aspects of the fashion industry and prepare you for any role that requires both a creative flair and a technical and business knowledge.

Additional Costs

Students may be required to purchase their own materials for any specialist projects they undertake as part of the course.

Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.


Qualifications

Higher National Diploma in Art and Design (Fashion)

Why study with us?

There will be opportunity for students to attain a level of professional practice. Strong links to the creative industries will facilitate industry-related briefs and real scenarios that provide an opportunity for students to acquire professional work ethics, time planning skills and working within a creative team. Learning is supported through a series of guest lectures and contextual visits, where students have the opportunity to visit galleries, museums and exhibitions and have discussions with professional practitioners for advice and guidance.

Educational trips also feature within the course and are an excellent opportunity for students to network with industry professionals.


Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.


Career pathways

Students who successfully complete this qualification may continue their studies at The City of Liverpool College University Centre and progress onto the level 6 BA (Hons) Art and Design (Fashion) (Top-up) course.

Alternatively, graduates may wish to progress directly into employment in their chosen career.

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000
 : enquiry@liv-coll.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements:
• Submission of a suitable portfolio of work
• Completed HNC in Fashion or equivalent Level 4 certificate of higher education
• GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above or equivalent
• We also welcome applications from those with relevant experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements.

All applicants are given the opportunity to attend one of our Open Event workshops.
Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email careersadvice@liv-coll.ac.uk or call 0151 252 3607.

Fees

This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at https://www.gov.uk/student-finance, or contact our HE team at HEoffice@liv-coll.ac.uk.

Fee for22/23 is 6568.00
In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).


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