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L4 Garment Technology for Fashion

This exclusive one year course provides students with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of Garment Technology. It is taught two days per week and you will study the entire life-cycle of a garment, starting from the initial development with Designers and Buyers, through to the fitting and testing process, and then into mass production. This course is extremely hands-on, which will give you plenty of opportunities to get creative.

What is Garment Technology, and what does a Garment Technologist do?

A Garment Technologist is responsible for ensuring that garments make it from concept all the way through to the shop floor. This requires working closely with designers and buyers. A Garment Tech is in charge of making sure the selected garment fits perfectly and that details are consistent through all sizes to ensure they reach the stores to the quality standards set by the retailers. Fabrics selected by designers need to be suitable for the styling and wash care requirements set by the retailers so that the styles are fit for purpose.

A Garment Technologist makes important decisions during the creation of a garment and holds key responsibilities such as:

  • Advising on the right fabrics to use
  • Suggesting changes to patterns and designs
  • Making sure manufacturing of a garment remains in budget
  • Overseeing fabric testing and fit sessions
  • Working with samples to balance designer’s/buyer’s vision with budget, fit and manufacturing needs

Garment Techs must be aware of current trends, budget and any manufacturing constraints. To excel in this role, good communication skills are essential as well as an eye for detail. For example, small details such as embroidery, trims and zips can affect fit and therefore need to be scaled for different sizes.

Find out more about what Garment Technology is here. For Industry Tips, Tricks and Insights click here.

Why is the retail industry the way it is today? In this module, you will learn all about the history of fashion and the cultural factors which have shaped it through the years. Key influences, ideas and concepts will give you a well-rounded knowledge of fashion retail. Along the way, you will improve your critical thinking, analytical and academic writing skills.

Production techniques – This invaluable unit will introduce you to some of the most important production techniques used by Garment Technologists today. You will learn to recognise the characteristics of different methods, and monitor production stages. The relationship between the Garment Technologist and Designing, Buying and Merchandising teams is essential, so you will explore the functions and dynamics required.

In addition, you will learn all about fit requirements, construction techniques and production processes. You will also be given an insight into how factories reach mass production volumes, and just how important relationships with these manufacturing factories are.

Quality assurance – Quality assurance is essential for ensuring the consistency and integrity of every garment that goes into a store. In this unit, we will introduce you to quality assurance factors such as auditing and assessing factory skill sets, as well as the relationship between production and materials used for mass production. You will learn how to eliminate waste, and explore testing techniques. You will come to understand the unique characteristics of materials and the importance of product trials to create a smoother manufacturing process.

Design and CAD technology– You will improve your CAD skills in this essential unit, which also covers the relationship between initial drawings and samples, and how alterations can be made to result in an even better fit. During this unit you will also have the chance to develop your excel skills.

This course includes an invaluable three-week work placement with a high street brand where you will be able to work with garment technology teams analysing fit and understanding why decisions are made. This will provide graduates with the opportunity to develop on the job skills to go straight into the workplace with unrivalled hands on experience.

During your L4 Garment Technology course, you will have the privilege of sitting in on masterclasses by industry leaders.

You will also have the chance to get involved in a fashion retail project set by a leading fashion brand. This is your opportunity to put all of the skills and knowledge you’ve gained during your studies to the test. You will negotiate the project yourself, and also learn to evaluate your efforts and present your work to industry on completion. Previous projects have included evaluating petite and plus size markets for River Island including reviewing competitors and suggesting potential brand ambassadors.

A Garment Technologist has wide-ranging and varied responsibilities. On any given day, you will be exploring and participating in many different aspects of the Garment Technology role. You will learn a variety of skills, involving looking at fabrications, creating technical drawings and patterns through to assessing fabric faults. You will also study garment defects, stitching, modifying garments for fit, fabric testing, factory procedures and audits.

In the course of your working week, you could be analysing bulk fabrics for weight and quality or checking test reports to ensure the garment meets wash care and safety requirements. You might examine different garment types to find defects, and use CAD software to give fit comments to the factories. You might finish your week by visiting a factory to look at garments, manufacturing processes and ethical sourcing, or by inspecting finished products in a warehouse.

If you want to pursue a career in Garment Technology, this course will equip you with the skills required to do so. There is currently a shortage of Garment Technologists in the industry, meaning this course will provide you with great job prospects upon graduation.

This course is a direct route into industry.  On successful completion learners will develop the technical skills required to work as a Fabric Technologist, Assistant garment technologist, senior technologist or a Technical Assistant.
Previous graduating students have gone on to House of Fraser, New Look and ASOS.

Awarding Body: University Arts London

Age Requirement: 18+

Start date: Week commencing 11th September 2017 *Induction/enrolment will commence from the 22nd of August 2017.

Course duration: One year, two days per week

Entry Criteria:  1 A-Level or the equivalent grade C or above and 5 GCSE’s grade 4/5-9 including Maths and English or 5 GCSE's A*-C grade including Maths and English, or a BTEC National Diploma or NVQ level 3, or a one year one year foundation diploma in Art and Design plus 5 GCSE’s grade 4/5-9 including Maths and English or 5 GCSE's A*-C grade including Maths and English. Please provide us with a NARIC Statement of Comparability, if you have any non-UK qualifications. We will not be able to process your application without this information.

Applicant Guidance:  Interest in the world of fashion and retail, what’s on trend in the high street and which retailer or designer inspires you.  An interest in garment construction and fit and problem solving skills

Fees: If you are 16-18 as of 31st August in the academic year of which your course starts and are a UK resident you will be eligible for full fee remission and do not have to pay any tuition fees.

If you are 19 or over at the start of your course your fees are £4220 per annum. For a full list of course fees please visit our Fees page. Advanced Learning Loans will be available for anyone aged 19 or over. Click this link to find out more about course fees.

Disclaimer on fees: Tuition fees are subject to change - the fees due are effective at enrolment.

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Meet The Tutor

Meet The Tutor

Rachel Fernandes, Garment Technology Tutor.

 

"Although my career started in the Buying Office at Topshop, I was soon made aware of the Garment Technologists role and really loved being involved in the fitting process and the meticulous attention to detail needed to getting the product right.

 

Having gained qualifications in pattern-cutting and garment construction along with past experience helped me understand the process.

 

After working with several retailers my career path changed and I decided to use my skills within the Wedding Industry.

 

I have helped hundreds of brides find their perfect dress and take them through the whole process from concept to final fitting. Setting up a wedding dress fitting service allowed me to see them on their big day which was rewarding for me and stress relieving for them.

 

Teaching Garment Technology at the FRA over the past six years has allowed me to share my knowledge and help hundreds of students the majority of which are now in industry. Having an understanding of fibres, fabrics and garment construction is extremely beneficial when starting a career in the Fashion Industry."

 

 

 

Testimonial

Testimonial

Katherine Hyde, Graduated 2014, works at House of Fraser.

"The FRA has helped me by providing me with exciting opportunities such as meeting some of the key people within fashion retail, work placements and participating in industry projects. These experiences have allowed me to begin my career and have enabled me to work with companies that I love.
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Testimonial

Testimonial

Nicole Shears, Graduated 2015, works at ASOS.

"The FRA introduced me to a range of exciting opportunities such as work placements, industry projects and competitions linked to high-profile retailers throughout the year. This challenged me to think professionally and offered the chance to work with the companies I aspire to work for."

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Careers Advice

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Meet the Garment Technologist

Meet the Garment Technologist

Lucinda Hagan, Junior Garment Technologist, River Island.

 

"I love being a Garment Technologist as I love experimenting with different fabrics and cuts and enjoy working closely with our buying and design teams! Personally I feel a garment technologist must have clear communication skills and a keen eye to problem solve efficiently. Working in a fast paced environment teaches you how to meet deadlines, prioritise and build a professional etiquette with both internal and external colleagues. Working as a garment technologist alongside buyers and designers enables you to acquire a recognisable skill-set desired by most fashion retailers.

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