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Creative Craft: Level 2 Fashion

Course Description

This course will help to prepare you for employment in the fashion industry as a pattern cutter, garment tech or similar. You will develop skills such as designing, making patterns, sewing and fitting, so you can create garment specification sheets and illustrations to showcase your design work. Taught in our fashion studio, your tutors will share knowledge and skills honed as designers, pattern cutters and garment technicians.

Location: Online/Camden

Course Requirements

Previous experience and a strong interest for fashion, pattern cutting and garment making is required, you will ideally have completed the WMC Level 1 Award in Fashion, or similar. Entry onto the course is via an initial assessment and interview with portfolio or samples of your work. As there is a written element to the course, you will need to have evidence of a minimum of Level 1 English and maths, or higher. Be prepared to do at least 3-5 hours of homework a week, which includes visiting galleries and exhibitions, completing worksheets, writing up notes, filling and organising note/sketchbooks and doing research.

Course Content

During the course you will create a range of samples from block to design patterns, incorporating details like collars, closures and other specialist details; sewing examples from a variety of seam finishes to zips, pockets, cuffs, collars and facings, garment toiles and salesman samples. Additionally, you will analyse and evaluate your progress using a log/journal with reflections, written assignments, and workbooks. Your work will be collected in a digital portfolio for assessment, which can support job or university applications after completion of this certificate. This course covers the following 4 units: Use materials, tools, and equipment to develop craft techniques: You will explore different materials and develop an understanding of the visual and tactile qualities of them. Investigate creative enterprise and employment opportunities: You will research creative enterprises and understand what makes them successful. You will also explore employment opportunities, identify your own strengths and areas for development and devise an action plan to meet your career aspirations. Develop craft ideas: You will research and compare sources and contexts to inspire your Fashion project ideas. You will have to opportunity to present their ideas to others to gain feedback on which to adapt or improve your ideas. You will develop your ideas by researching, debating, and adapting before selecting and justifying your final choice. Create, present and evaluate final art and design item: You will plan, produce and evaluate your final Fashion project. You will have the opportunity to display your finished pieces in an appropriate way or setting for others to see. You will also evaluate the whole creative process and record any issues/challenges you faced and any areas for improvement.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The course consists of four units which will be taught in an active and student-centred way. Drawing instruction will give students practise in expressing design ideas on paper in the form of fashion illustrations and technical drawings. The design ideas will be translated into garments by students applying industry-relevant pattern cutting and sewing techniques to create toiles for fitting and toile samples with individual design details and professional finishes. 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, drawings and sewing work independently. Access to sufficient table space, equipment and a PC outside of the classroom is advantageous.

Assessment

There is a formal assessment framework with nationally set criteria which are delivered in the form of assignment briefs. You will need to present your portfolio of practical and written work and meet given deadlines. Work will be formally assessed by your tutor, on completion of each project, and you will be given feedback to help you improve. Students will be assessed on their final garments and portfolio of accumulated course work, reports and reflective log. The course culminates in a fashion exhibition in which students can present their designs. All coursework produced will need to be retained by the college for 6-8 weeks after completion of the course until External Verification by NCFE has taken place. On completion of this course, you will achieve a NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Creative Craft.

Next Steps and Progression

Successful completion of this programme will support you to progress onto higher study or employment in the creative industries.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat, phone on 020 7255 4700 or email learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk.

Additional Learning Support

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is available for this course and is subject to an assessment 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 also 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. Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all 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 for some course fees. You may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
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