Fashion - FdA (Full-Time)

Level 5 - Foundation Degree or HNCs/HNDs or NVQ Level 5 or Equivalent

Subject Area Art and Design

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  W230


The Foundation Degree in Fashion will give you an understanding of the principles and requirements of the fashion sector. It will also allow you to develop a solid foundation of design processes investigating research, design development, fashion illustration, styling and portfolio presentation. You will also realise your own concepts and ideas by producing garments using experimental pattern cutting, flat paper pattern, cut and construction. This will be facilitated through skills sessions, industry briefs and competitions.
The fashion industry increasingly requires a workforce with a wide ranging skill set, from subject specific to more generic personal development skills. You will combine your technical knowledge with creativity and apply visual awareness with business acumen.
The first year of the programme allows you to develop creative and technical knowledge in the design studio and sewing workshop. You will be introduced to a range of skills applying a mix of techniques suitable for your own research, design, development and garment manufacture. Practical and academic work is approached through flexible delivery including combinations of studio work, demonstrations, seminars, presentations, tutorials, critiques, group work and team work.
Progressing into the second year you will be encouraged to further develop your skills through a range of project work, live briefs and competitions. You will also undertake a work placement locally or nationally within design studios, manufacturing and retail. Full time employment has been generated from the placement experience for a number of graduates who have worked with designers, technicians, pattern cutters and stylists.
The course has collaborated with local, national and international companies on project briefs which are delivered by visiting industry practitioners and specialist tutors. This has enabled students to gain first-hand knowledge and expertise preparing them to progress into industry or onto a level 6 programme of study.


Annual field trips are optional but extremely beneficial to students and are viewed as an important aspect of the course. Recent trips have included Paris, Florence, London and New York. This experience has given students the opportunity to visit national and international trade fairs and studios gaining invaluable knowledge and experience in the work place.
NE1 Newcastle Fashion Week is a great supporter of the course and has given students the opportunity to host their own end of year Fashion shows at Newcastle’s Monument Mall and Eldon Garden.


This course runs on the following dates:

If you wish to apply for a January 2017 start you will need to complete a short application form . A member of our admissions team will then be in touch regarding your application.

Start Date: 18/09/2017
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Mandela Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

The Foundation Degree in Fashion is ideally suited to those who would like to learn the fundamental principals of Fashion Design whilst developing their business skills.

Qualification Gained

On successfully completing the course, you will gain a Foundation Degree in Fashion.

“I have completed two work placements, firstly I worked in a classroom environment and then I worked with internationally renowned fashion designer Wayne Hemmingway who owns Red or Dead. This involved designing and manufacturing a six piece clothing collection, giving me a great chance to gain industry experience."

Kay Bowey
FdA Fashion (Full Time)

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector:

Junior Level Role

Fashion Designer - £14,000-£20,000

Middle Level Role

Experienced Fashion Designer - £25,000-£45,000

Senior Level Role

Lead Fashion Designer - £45,000-£85,000

How to Apply

If you wish to apply for a January 2017 start you will need to complete a short application form. A member of our admissions team will then be in touch regarding your application.

Applications received for Art and Design and Digital Arts courses will require an interview and portfolio check.

Course Content

Year 1 

• Personal Development
• Academic Study Skills
• Work Related Learning
• Contextual Studies 1
• Practice Enrichment 1
• Skills for Making 1
• Fashion Drawing and Communication
• Pattern Cutting and Workshop Skills

Year 2

• Professional Development
• Work-Based Learning
• Alternative Techniques
• Contextual Studies 2
• Skills for Making 2
• Portfolio Development
• Garment Development


Learning Methods

We aim to provide high quality learning opportunities using a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies. Methods vary from practical studio delivery to seminar, case-studies, work-based learning and team learning. Underlying this is a philosophy of initial support leading to greater independence in your skills acquisition and use.
Work experience opportunities and industry-led projects and collaborations are features of the course.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through the outcomes of the modules you will study. A range of practical and theoretical activities will determine your final grades.

Progression Opportunities

Academic progression is available through a specialist subject pathway of our BA (Hons) Creative Enterprise (Top-Up). You could also pursue a career in teaching and progress to study onto a Masters or PGCE qualification.


Career Opportunities

Successful students have progressed onto a variety of BA (Hons) top up programmes nationally and internationally including The Paris Fashion Institute at the Cite Universitaire. On completion of the Foundation Degree in Fashion students can progress on to the BA (Hons) Creative Enterprise (Fashion and Textiles) (Top Up) programme at Newcastle College.


Entry Requirements

A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Pass in Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) .
Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 6.0 or the nationally recognised equivalent.


Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Rye Hill House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Learner Gateway

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Telephone Contact Centre

Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Rye Hill House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.

By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304

By e-mail:

By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road,
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Course Costs

There will be additional costs throughout the programme from the purchase of specific equipment for this discipline. A basic equipment list will be given to you at the start of the course outlining what is needed to successfully complete your studies.

Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.