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Level 4 Fashion Garment Technology Diploma

This course will be accredited by the University of the Arts, London awarding body. All study is based at the Fashion Retail Academy.

The Level 4 Garment Technology for Fashion Retail Diploma course is for students who aspire to work in pre-production of fashion garments. You will work as part of a team which will develop design concept through to fashion products for mass production.

The course will prepare you to suggest modifications to garment designs, advise on suitable fabrics, ensure the most appropriate construction methods are used to keep production within budget, oversee fabric testing and fittings of first samples, respond to product queries, analyse product returns and faults.

You will develop team working skills and have an in depth understanding to prepare you to work and communicate effectively with designers, pattern cutters and graders, and buyers. You will understand the implications of globalization.

Awarding Body: UAL


Duration: 1 year


Selection Criteria

Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.

Be at least 18 by 1st September in the year of entry

- Have a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above (must include English Language and Maths)

- Have one ‘A’ level pass or an equivalent qualification such as:

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in a fashion related subject
NVQ Level 3 in a related subject
A one year Foundation Diploma in Art and Design plus GCSE requirements above
Access course in a relevant subject
Another equivalent qualification not listed here and the GCSE requirements above

This course requires a minimum 80 UCAS tariff points.

What We Look For

Interview Advice

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the following at interview: an understanding of the fashion retail industry and the related garment technologist role; relevant work experience in a related environment; the ability and motivation to succeed on the course; and a vocational focus towards fashion retail. This will allow us to gain a good idea of your self-motivation and commitment, as well as interest in garment technology. It will also give you an opportunity to ask questions about the course.

Units Include:

Work placement:

Yes, we organise work placements where students are able to gain a comprehensive view of the fashion retail industry, in addition to master classes, extended practical workshops and an industry led project.

What’s next?

This course leads to employment in the fashion retail or production sector in a junior role, such as technical assistant or assistant technologist in a garment technology department, with the aim to progress faster along your career path.

Garment Technologist

Garment technologists support the design and buying team through all stages of garment product development, from design to manufacture. Garment technologists can be employed by manufacturers or large, high-street retailers. The garment technologist would be involved in agreeing with the designer an appropriate fabric and design to meet the budget target. They would then work with the pattern making department to oversee the sizing, fitting and testing of the pre-production garments. A garment technologist would also analyse product returns and faults.

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