Fashion - FdA (Full-Time)

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

Subject Area Art, Design & Media

School Creative Industries

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  W230


This programme has worked with a number of local, national and international companies on live briefs.

Local companies such as John Lewis, Be Be Clothing, Tyne Way Trading, Anh Mao have all worked with our previous graduates. This along with national and international companies such as, A Bureau LTD, Dot Keedy Designs, Jersey Lemollina (Italy). Visiting speakers and practitioners facilitate these projects through interaction with the delivery and assessment of the work produced.

Full time employment has been generated from the work placement experience for a number of graduates.

The course continues to map national occupational standards to ensure the curriculum meets recognised industry benchmarks for skills delivery.

Attention has been given to technical roles, in particular those connected with sampling, garment construction and pattern cutting. Greater emphasis of these areas continues to be implemented within the curriculum along with the established programme of work.

The course provides you with the opportunity to develop your own personal professional development, academic study and subject specialism. The curriculum is implemented though studio and workshop based delivery, with tutorials playing a vital role in your learning both pastoral and academic.

The fashion industry increasingly requires a workforce with a wide ranging skill set, from subject specific to more generic personal development skills, combining technical knowledge with creativity, visual awareness and business acumen.

Research has been undertaken for Sector Skills Councils e.g. Skillset, through surveys, highlighting skills shortages that are prevalent across a range of fashion occupations at all levels, in particular technical skills.

These include technicians, fabric technologists, pattern cutters and sewers. Employers also cited a need to find colleges or training providers that can deliver relevant training and technical skills.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2016. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Mandela Building, Rye Hill Campus

Start Date: September 2016. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Mandela Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is for anyone wishing to pursue a career within the Fashion industry.

Qualification Gained

If you successfully complete the course, you will gain a Foundation Degree (FdA) 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


You can only apply electronically using the web-based on-line application system

When you apply, you will need the UCAS code for your chosen course (see the course listing in the prospectus). You will also need Newcastle College’s institution name and code.

The institution name is NCAST.
The institution code is N23.

If you have any problems with the online application, contact UCAS by phone: 0870 11 222 11 or email:

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email


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

Course Content

Year One

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

Year Two

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

Work placements are an integral part of this course and are supported through our dedicated work placement team.

Learning Methods

We aim to provide high quality learning opportunities using a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies. Methods vary from classroom 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.

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

You may also decide to progress onto the one year BA (Hons) Creative Practice (Top-Up) degree at Newcastle College and its four pathway areas of design, retail, arts and digital.

You may also decide to progress to the final year of a BA (Hons) degree in Fashion Marketing related programmes.

Career Opportunities

Career paths range from designers, visual merchandisers and buyers, brand managers and range planners.

Opportunities for employment exist within a range of in house design companies specialising in men’s and women’s wear and emerging retail outlets with online stores. Our previous graduates have gone on to work as designers, pattern cutters, machinists, merchandising, CAD and in buying, retail and management.

In addition to this a number of our previous graduates have gone onto progress into postgraduate study.

Entry Requirements

You should have achieved at least one of the following

  • A BTEC National Diploma in an appropriate subject
  • A full advanced GNVQ in Art & Design
  • A Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design)
  • One full A Level in an appropriate subject
  • At least two A level passes with a minimum of 120 credits

Students with alternative experience or qualifications may also apply and may be credited with prior learning. As part of the selection process places on the course are offered on the basis of an interview and portfolio of work.

If English is not your first language you will also need an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher.

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.

Student Service and the telephone enquiry service is open:

During College term time:
8.30am–5.15pm Monday - Thursday,
8.30am–4.30pm Friday.

During College holidays:
8.30am–5.00pm Monday - Thursday,
8.30am–4.30pm Friday.

You can contact us:

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,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp).


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Course Costs

Please note that for HE programmes that run over 2 years or more, the fees charged each academic year may include a small increase which has been approved by The Office for Fair Access (OFFA)

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.