You’ll develop key design skills such as research, concept, contextual awareness and methods of design development. You’ll also learn how to realise your designs from idea to garment through a mixture of classes and workshops including sewing, pattern cutting, digital skills, illustration, surface design and presentation skills. High-calibre visiting industry practitioners will also hone and inspire your design and make skills with a focus on improving levels of professionalism.
Your individual design interests will be explored and articulated through the presentation of a final collection. This may involve menswear, womenswear, surface decoration and digital print. You'll also take ownership of your portfolio, learning how to present it to a professional level and developing a self-promotional perspective. Final year students have the opportunity to participate in a high-profile Graduate Show in London.
Initially the focus is on industry design projects and creative commerciality and you will answer briefs for practising designers and brands. In the second semester you will start to develop an individual design identity with projects to inspire experimentation and innovation. Typically, you’ll explore embellishment, print, surface decoration, tailoring and creative silhouette development, this will assist in preparation for your final year.