Fashion – BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion & Textiles)

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The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion & Textiles) is equivalent to 1 A Level and encourages an experimental approach to Art and Design with an emphasis on Fashion.

Students will undertake assignments in the first year that will explore different aspects of fashion and textiles. In the second year students will focus on a specialist area such as fashion or costume design, fashion accessories or surface pattern design.

Students complete skills-based project work for three units in the first year, progressing on to three specialist units in the second year, some of which will be externally set.

Course Content

This is not a dress-making course. It is primarily about ideas, communication and design although students will be expected to construct garments and costumes as part of some assignments. Having access at home to a sewing machine and a digital camera will be an advantage and students will need a full range of art and design equipment and be prepared to buy consumables as necessary to fulfil the assignments.

The course covers areas such as:

  • Being an open-minded and experimental artist
  • Improving drawing skills
  • Working in both 2D and 3D
  • Learning new skills and working to set briefs and deadlines
  • Experimenting with resources, media, techniques and processes while reviewing and refining ideas
  • Printing and digital design
  • Constructing original outcomes

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips & Visits

The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable students to contextualise their learning. These experiences include trips to galleries, fashion shows, photoshoots and talks by visiting speakers, including a variety of local designers and artists.


Many students go on to study at Art College or university and do courses including:

  • Fashion design, styling and promotion
  • Theatre Design
  • Fashion Photography and Journalism
  • Foundation course in Art and Design

Fashion is one of the most competitive of the creative industries – to gain employment students need to be highly qualified, talented, original and extraordinarily hard-working. This course will support students to develop these skills rapidly but the hard work has to be done by them.

Entry Requirements & Assessment

Students wishing to do BTEC Level 3 courses, need to have (or expect to achieve) at least four GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above including English and Mathematics (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on a BTEC Level 3 Programme.

The course is assessed through coursework as well as an exhibition and fashion show.

The exam board for this course is Pearson BTEC.

What goes well with this course?

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Art (Fashion & Textiles) is a time consuming course. Students could combine this course with:

  • Photography;
  • Graphic Design or;
  • Art A Level

But are advised to only choose one of these subjects.

How To Apply

Applications for entry September 2018. The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy. Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

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Tel: 01737 551 176
Fax: 01737 551 282

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