L4 Garment Technology for Fashion
• Only specialist Level 4 Garment Technology course in the country
• Huge demand for Garment Technologists in the fashion industry
• 90% of graduating Garment Technology students go straight into jobs from the FRA
This one year full time course delivered two days per week focuses on product development for mass production. It will teach the range of skills required for the role, including how to suggest modifications to garment designs, advising on fabric suitability, how and where to source new technology fabrics, ensuring the most appropriate construction methods are used to keep production within budget and how to oversee fabric testing and fit sessions.
You will develop team working and negotiation skills to gain an in-depth understanding of how to communicate effectively with factories, pattern cutters, graders, buyers and design teams.
This course includes a three week work placement with a major fashion brand to cement your knowledge with on the job experience to secure your future in fashion retail.
This course content is constantly evolving to include the continual changes and challenges within the garment technologist role and is ideal for those interested in the technical development of clothing. Students enjoying this course will be passionate about fashion, clothing and how retailers clothing fit differently. The programme covers the life of a garment from design to manufacture and this is completed through practical exploration and theoretical reasoning.
The focus of the course will be investigating how clothes fit against customer profiling. There are industry projects set by fashion brands to provide students with the opportunity to come up with new fit suggestions and analyse their current collection.
You will be invited to attend a range of masterclasses from some of retails biggest names. Previous speakers have included ASOS; Chloe Miles – Fashion Blogger; Zalando; FRA Alumni Sorcha Kelly, Junior Merchandiser - Accessories at NET-A-PORTER; TK Maxx & New Look. During these sessions held in our state of the art lecture theatre, fashion retail experts advise and inform about a range of subjects affecting the industry with an interactive Q&A session at the end to enable students to have their say.
This course includes a three week internship with a High Street brand where you will be able to work with a garment technology teams analysing fit and understanding why decisions are made. This will provide graduates with the opportunity to develop on the job skills to go straight into the workplace with unrivalled hands on experience
This course includes a project set by a fashion brand. Students on this course have previously worked with M&S to review the fit requirements of a man’s tailored jacket, taking into consideration fabric and design requirements for commercial production.
Lucy Gillian, ex garment technology student working at New Look stated;
“It was such a valuable experience to see the jacket through all the production process. Being able to see a factory and all of the technology involved provided such an insight into the tailoring industry and to see a Best of British factory that is still going strong gave me a sense of pride. We learnt a lot about the production techniques used and as tech’s this will helps us to understand the process and make it possible to visualise the faults that could occur in this industry. It gave us an understanding of the people behind the product and some of the technologies that are being introduced to this factory. To see the FRA jacket in production, we were all so proud to see how far it has come and seeing it in production made it feel so real. We wouldn’t have had an opportunity like this”
A day on this course can vary from visiting retailers and trying on clothes to comparing how the same size differs against customer profiles to measuring garments for consistency to discover why the same size from the same retailer can fit differently.
You will analyse fabrics properties and product defects and review product test reports using CAD software. Students will go to exhibitions and Investigate new trends, seeing how these filter into product development, reviewing the capabilities of factories and the need for ethical sourcing as part of this process.
This course is a direct route into industry. On successful completion learners will develop the technical skills required to work as a Fabric Technologist, Assistant garment technologist, senior technologist or a Technical Assistant.
Previous graduating students have gone on to House of Fraser, New Look and ASOS.
Awarding Body: University Arts London
Age Requirement: 18+
Start date: September 2017 *Enrolment will commence from the 17th of August.
Term dates: Autumn Term, 5th September -16th December 2016. Spring Term, 3rd January - 7th April 2017. Summer Term, 24th April – 9th June 2017.
Half Term Dates 2016/17: 30th May - 5th June, 24th - 30th October, 21st - 28th December, 13th - 19th February, 27th March - 12th April
Course duration: One year, two days per week
Entry Criteria: 1 A-Level or the equivalent grade C or above and 5 GCSE’s grade 4/5-9 including Maths and English or 5 GCSE's A*-C grade including Maths and English, or a BTEC National Diploma or NVQ level 3, or a one year one year foundation diploma in Art and Design plus 5 GCSE’s grade 4/5-9 including Maths and English or 5 GCSE's A*-C grade including Maths and English. Please provide us with a NARIC Statement of Comparability, if you have any non-UK qualifications. We will not be able to process your application without this information.
Applicant Guidance: Interest in the world of fashion and retail, what’s on trend in the high street and which retailer or designer inspires you. An interest in garment construction and fit and problem solving skills
Fees: If you are 16-18 as of 31st August in the academic year of which your course starts and are a UK resident you will be eligible for full fee remission and do not have to pay any tuition fees.
If you are 19 or over at the start of your course your fees are £4220 per annum. For a full list of course fees please visit our Fees page. Advanced Learning Loans will be available for anyone aged 19 or over. Click this link to find out more about course fees.
Disclaimer on fees: Tuition fees are subject to change - the fees due are effective at enrolment.