Art Enterprise (Fashion and Textiles) - Foundation Degree

Art Enterprise (Fashion and Textiles) - Foundation Degree

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This course is validated by The Open University.


The fashion industry is growing and worth £32 Billion to the UK economy. This programme equips you with the creative and enterprising skills necessary to enter this competitive and rewarding industry.

During the Fashion & Textiles programme you will spend your time making creative fashion and textiles whilst building your portfolio by participating in exhibitions, collaborative projects and live briefs.

You will explore a variety of commercial practices as you develop specialist fashion and textile skills including design, contemporary and traditional printmaking, and material manipulation. You will experience a range of traditional and contemporary production processes as well as developing an appreciation of colour, pattern, image, form and tactility.

You will be encouraged to develop creative and experimental responses to briefs and decide the direction of your portfolio of work; whether that is working on fine art pieces, designing and making garments, or creating textile products.




Duration 2 years
Study mode Full time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus Quarry Hill Campus
Course code 72670-10
Fee £7,250 Full Time (per academic year)

What you learn

Modules may include:

  • Fashion and Textiles Practice
  • Realisation Skills
  • Fashion and Textiles 101
  • The Creative Entrepreneur
  • Art and Media
  • Art and Commerce
  • Public Exhibition and Events
  • Creative Enterprise

Benefits / Skills you will develop

This programme will develop your creative identity and a fashion and textile designer, supporting you to creatively develop your own style and collections whilst equipping you with the skills necessary to succeed in the creative industries, such as:

  •         Creating fashion and textiles work
  •         Developing your creative practice
  •         Fashion and textiles skills development
  •         Development of Entrepreneurial skills
  •         Developing a professional network and industry links.
  •         Marketing and promotion skills development
  •         Mentoring by industry professionals.
  •         The opportunity to work collaboratively on ideas and creative projects.
  •         To gain experience working on live work-based projects.
  •         Understanding the mechanics of the creative industry

How you will be assessed

Assessment is through a variety of forms linked to industry standards and professional practice which can include the production of a portfolio of practical work, diarised logs, pitches, presentations, delivery of workshops and written essays.

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

Quarry Hill Campus.

Entry requirements

A typical offer would normally be made up of appropriate creative level 3 qualifications, such as full A levels or BTEC L3 Diploma. This could be translated as 2 x D at A level, or a Merit profile in a relevant BTEC National Diploma/Certificate, together with 5 of GCSE grades at C or above including English (Maths isn’t required). However, factors such as previous experience and performance at interview can support the application.

All students are to present a specialist creative portfolio and supporting academic text. This is undertaken during an interview or correspondence for distance applicants.

Non Standard Entry

We welcome applications from mature candidates who may not have met the academic criteria, but can demonstrate experience in their chosen field of art practice. Candidates in this category and otherwise are will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application. In the absence of formal learning qualifications applications are welcomed from persons who can demonstrate relevant work experience, including work in a voluntary capacity.  The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APL).

International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Speakers of other languages will need to possess an IELTS band score of 6.0 (with no-less than 5.5 in any one element) or a recognised English Level 2 qualification

Additional Costs

There are additional costs associated with the practical elements of this programme, which may include:

  • Materials
  • Display of work
  • Optional trips and visits

These costs will be led by the nature of the work that you produce, which will vary depending on the nature of the work you produce.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of the Leeds City College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2019 entry, (unless otherwise stated) please do so via UCAS at

The UCAS code for this course is 8N67 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21.

What's next

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree, students may wish to apply for a top up year to achieve a full BA (Hons) Art Enterprise (Fashion & Textiles) either at Leeds City College or with another institution.

Alternatively, following graduation from the Foundation Degree students may also wish to go on to a career in fashion or textiles industry.

Job opportunities include:

  • Freelance fashion designer
  • Retail maker
  • Retail merchandiser
  • Stylist
  • Textile designer
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Clothing/textile technologist
  • Jewelry designer
  • Textile artist

Campus Locations

Quarry Hill Campus

Playhouse Square
West Yorkshire
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.9 MilesWebsite

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