UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fashion & Textiles
We are excited to welcome you onto our fast paced explorative course in September! The Extended Diploma in Fashion & Textiles is all about finding your voice as a maker/designer and being open to exploring different materials and techniques. In your first week we have a range of activities planned for you, all we ask is that you come with an open mind and ready to learn!
Here are some info and dates you need to know:
- Please read all the information, including your summer project!
Registration: Your registration date is Thursday 31 August at 9am. Please come directly to Palace Court campus to get started. You will be with us for approximately 3 hours. You will need to bring copies of your previous qualifications/grades. For more info, please check your Summer Letter.
First day: Your first day is Monday 4 September! Induction will kick off at 9am so please make sure you are in the studio by 8.50am ready to go!
Induction week: Induction week runs from Monday 4 September through to Thursday 7 September, 9am - 4.30pm each day. You will need a black or white T-shirt or vest top that fits you to be used for a project during induction week.
Timetable: You will be timetabled in each week according to your enrolment. ED Fashion and Textiles first year is run Monday (9am - 4.30pm), Tuesday (9am - 4.30pm) and Wednesday (9am - 12.30pm). If you are undertaking a Maths or English qualification alongside Fashion & Textiles, please note this will be timetabled between Weds afternoon and Friday.
Trips: This year the college is running a range of trips including London, Berlin and New York! Please visit the trips banner menu for more information. Alongside the cross course trips - Fashion and Textiles will be offering their very own trip to London during November! The team will fill you in on more information during induction week.
Summer Project: Each year we like our students to work through a summer project to help them understand their own style, their interests and their passions before they join us for the course. Your Summer Project is outlined below, please make sure you have this completed and with you on your first day, Monday 4 September.
- Purchase a small, cheap notebook (A6 sort of size) or equivalent. You need to add the title on the front cover of the notebook in a creative and interesting way.
- Fill the notebook with a collection of things which represent aspects of you in some way, e.g. a photo, drawing or paw print of your pet dog or cat, a train ticket, a postcard or leaflet of an exhibition you visit in the summer, a shell or a button, magazine cutting etc.
- Alternate each page with an image / object on one page (which can be anything from a drawing or photo or actual object) then on the next page some form of text (words) e.g. a quote or poem, a written postcard, one word which may have been typed, word processed or stencilled, a newspaper, magazine or comic cutting etc.
- Consider how you put things in the notebook e.g. glued; stitched, stuck in with masking tape or clear sellotape, stapled etc - try and be creative!
- There is no right or wrong way of filling the notebook. The only requirements are that it reflects you and uses your creativity.
Materials: In addition to what is provided for you at college, it is always helpful to be prepared and build up your own ‘kit’ as part of professional practice. If looked after, this kit will last you a long while! Most items can be bought on the high street and it is worth looking around for haberdashery sales, and sales of art/stationary equipment.
If your budget stretches to this, we would also like you to buy and read a high end fashion magazine you would not normally read such as: ID, Dazed & Confused, Elle Collections, Pop, Another magazine, Nylon and so on. You will find these in a large WHSmiths, or Waterstones book shop as well as other places.
Highly recommended equipment:
Fabric shears (scissors)- you only need a basic pair (even paper scissors) as long as you only use them on fabric and nothing else
Paper shears (normal everyday scissors)
Hand sewing needles
A technical pencil- one of those pencils that you never have to sharpen but just push the end to release more pencil lead
An A4 ring binder folder, plastic wallets and dividers (to keep samples and handouts in)
A sketchbook of any size or shape or type
Pritt stick, or a cheaper version of this type of glue
A range of drawing and painting equipment such as drawing pencils, paints (acrylic or gouache – avoid oil paint), quality paintbrushes of different sizes, inks etc
Please don’t worry if you can’t afford all of the above, it is just a guide to support your skills on the course. Please talk to us about it if you have concerns! Depending on your circumstances and family income, you may be entitled to a bursary, which may support you with the costs of the above. Please contact Student Finance for more details (firstname.lastname@example.org)