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Creative Craft: Fashion - Level 1

Course Description

This is a fashion design and pattern cutting award for students keen to progress beyond the personal use of pattern making. Taught in our fashion studio, this course helps you to develop practical, fashion-related skills like designing, drafting patterns and sewing garments. It also focuses on improving your study skills for effective research, note-taking, reflective writing, problem-solving and presenting information. Includes written work and developing and submitting digital portfolios.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

Entry onto the course is via an initial assessment and interview with portfolio or samples of your work. You will need to have evidence of a minimum of Entry 3 level English and Maths or higher. You should also be able to use a computer and the Internet, as all course work is submitted digitally on Teams. Be prepared to do at least 3 hours of homework a week, which includes visiting galleries and exhibitions, completing worksheets, writing up notes, filling and organising course work on PowerPoints and conducting research.

Course Content

The course is an award in Creative Craft L1, to learn basic design and sewing skills in pattern cutting. You study three units on the course. Unit 1 - Explore Craft Resources; you learn professional sewing techniques, health and safety and research and design skills. Unit 2 - Explore Craft Ideas; you plan your design and pattern for a top. Unit 3 - Create, Present and Review Final Craft Item; you sew a toile of your top and reflect on your results.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The course consists of three units which will be taught in an active and student-centered way. Students will create their own pattern blocks from scratch and learn to cut and sew their garments. Fashion design work supports students in creating contemporary garments designs. Students will also develop their study and writing skills guided by a literacy tutor with fashion industry experience. Resources used within each lesson are available for learners on our online learning platform, Teams. In addition to the classes, you will be expected to complete patterns, design research and sewing work in independent learning. Access to sufficient table space, equipment, and a PC outside of the classroom is advantageous.


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which will outline the learning objectives for the course. You will also be invited to set your own goals. You will receive feedback against the achievement of these outcomes during the course from your tutor, and in written form at the end of the course. The college has an exciting programme of events, exhibitions and competitions throughout the year. Your tutor will make you aware of these and your participation is welcomed and encouraged.?

Next Steps and Progression

Once you have completed the course, you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject in the Creative Arts department. For Art and Design courses, once you have developed a portfolio of work, you could consider applying to the accreditted courses including L1, L2 Fashion or Illustration, or L3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design as a pathway into higher education. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or on: 020 7255 4700 or email:

Additional Learning Support

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is available for this course and is subject to an interview with a member of our support staff. ALS may include one or more of the following: support in classes, out of class in small groups, workshops or 1:1 with a specialist tutor. Reasonable adjustments including assistive equipment and access support can be made available through our Disability Officer. Please let us know as soon as possible about your learning needs and/or disabilities so we can arrange support at the earliest opportunity. Tutors are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet learners’ needs. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers and employability advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support with course fees and you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or on benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, go to the Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572