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 hone your design and make skills and inspire higher levels of professionalism. Initially the focus is on 'live' design projects and creative commerciality, you will answer briefs for industry figures such as Christopher Raeburn, Palmer Harding and Superdry. In the second semester you will start to develop an individual design identity with projects to inspire creativity, experimentation and innovation. This will assist in preparation for your final year.
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.
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