On this one year course (delivered over two days per week) you will work as part of a team focusing on product development for mass production. It will guide you on how to suggest modifications to garment designs, advise on fabric suitability, source new technology fabrics, ensure the most appropriate construction methods are used to keep production within budget, oversee fabric testing and fit sessions. You will develop team working and negotiation skills and have an in-depth understanding to prepare you to work and communicate effectively with factories, pattern cutters, graders, buyers and design teams. You will study the implications of globalisation and the effect this has on how retailers operate. You will take part in extended practical workshops and projects combined with work placement to gain invaluable industry experience. The course content is constantly evolving with the changes and challenges within Garment Technologist role and is ideal for those interested in the technical development of clothing and product.
Your day may include researching different retail markets and clothing products to look at how their designs and fit differ, going to trade shows to source new fabrics and visiting factories to understand capabilities, limitations and the ethical issues surrounding production methods.
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.
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.
"The FRA's relationship with the fashion industry and the specialised nature of the courses on offer make it different to other colleges. The enthusiasm of the staff reflects the vibrancy of the FRA and the students that go through its doors." - Alex Murray, Former FRA Student
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