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UAL Fashion, Clothing & Textile Design Diploma / Extended Diploma Level 3

On the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma Art and Design (Fashion & Clothing) course at Birmingham Metropolitan College we encourage our students to look further than the surface. We place an enormous emphasis on the development of ideas and concepts. All students are encouraged to challenge the limitations of both the design process and construction in all projects. We aim to bring together high quality ideas, first-class teaching, and outstanding support and careers advice to provide a valuable learning experience.

We aim to develop all students into engaging, dedicated and enthusiastic learners, with a good knowledge of the practical side of garment construction as well as an exceptional knowledge of the conceptual design process. We follow the design process imaginatively, building ideas on a firm foundation of independently sourced research. Students are encouraged to develop ideas, allowing research and the experimental process to guide them. We work with 2D and 3D experimentation, working on the stand and using traditional pattern cutting techniques. We develop a range of textile samples using different materials and techniques to broaden each students’ repertoire of skills to draw upon in each project. We encourage the use of non-traditional materials and approaches to explore new ideas for surface, shape and form.

Throughout the course students will be set a series of exciting project briefs which will enable them to explore and develop ideas in the many areas of Fashion.

Course Info

Level 3 - Advanced
Subject Area
Fashion & Retail
Course Type
16-19 Full-Time
Matthew Boulton College
Next Start Date
Course Length
35 weeks

Entry Requirements

You will be required to have either a full level 2 qualification in Fashion & Clothing at a Merit or 4 GCSE's grade A-C (9-4), including Textiles and/or Art. You must have, or be working towards a level 1 qualification or GCSE's grade C/4 or above in maths and English.

Delivery and Assessment

All assessment is via coursework based projects. A variety of in-class teaching and assessment methods will be used such as observations, presentations, the assessment of: sketchbooks and mood boards. The course is mostly visual and practical but does include some theory based written work. You will also complete an element of 'real' working experience through work placements and/or 'live' project briefs.


You can progress to a level 4 course. This can then lead to a degree course/ HND in Fashion or into industry as an apprentice or junior fashion assistant.

Career Opportunities

  • Fashion Designer
  • Design Room Assistant
  • Assistant Designer
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Pattern Cutter/Grader
  • Fashion Buyer
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Fashion Journalist
  • Textile Designer
  • Visual Merchandiser