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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.

Find out more about what Garment Technology is here. For Industry Tips, Tricks and Insights click here.

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: Week commencing 11th September 2017 *Induction will commence from the 4th of September 2017.

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.

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Meet The Tutor

Meet The Tutor

Rachel Fernandes, Garment Technology Tutor.


"Although my career started in the Buying Office at Topshop, I was soon made aware of the Garment Technologists role and really loved being involved in the fitting process and the meticulous attention to detail needed to getting the product right.


Having gained qualifications in pattern-cutting and garment construction along with past experience helped me understand the process.


After working with several retailers my career path changed and I decided to use my skills within the Wedding Industry.


I have helped hundreds of brides find their perfect dress and take them through the whole process from concept to final fitting. Setting up a wedding dress fitting service allowed me to see them on their big day which was rewarding for me and stress relieving for them.


Teaching Garment Technology at the FRA over the past six years has allowed me to share my knowledge and help hundreds of students the majority of which are now in industry. Having an understanding of fibres, fabrics and garment construction is extremely beneficial when starting a career in the Fashion Industry."






Katherine Hyde, Graduated 2014, works at House of Fraser.

"The FRA has helped me by providing me with exciting opportunities such as meeting some of the key people within fashion retail, work placements and participating in industry projects. These experiences have allowed me to begin my career and have enabled me to work with companies that I love.



Nicole Shears, Graduated 2015, works at ASOS.

"The FRA introduced me to a range of exciting opportunities such as work placements, industry projects and competitions linked to high-profile retailers throughout the year. This challenged me to think professionally and offered the chance to work with the companies I aspire to work for."

Careers Advice

Careers Advice

Meet the Garment Technologist

Meet the Garment Technologist

Lucinda Hagan, Junior Garment Technologist, River Island.


"I love being a Garment Technologist as I love experimenting with different fabrics and cuts and enjoy working closely with our buying and design teams! Personally I feel a garment technologist must have clear communication skills and a keen eye to problem solve efficiently. Working in a fast paced environment teaches you how to meet deadlines, prioritise and build a professional etiquette with both internal and external colleagues. Working as a garment technologist alongside buyers and designers enables you to acquire a recognisable skill-set desired by most fashion retailers.

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