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Programme Description


UCAS Code: C22

Course Code: CAFC

A recent addition to our portfolio of university level programmes is the Certificate of Higher Education.

This is a Level 4 stand alone qualification that covers the first year of our Degree Programme. The course can be studied on a full time basis over one academic year, or part time over two years and will enable those students who are unable to commit to studying for a full BA Honours degree to have an understanding of, and learn the basic skills required in Fashion: Design and Construction.

The programme aims to develop students’ abilities and confidence in designing and constructing garments through practice-led experience and processes that foster the development of individual design identity. At Carmarthen School of Art, class sizes are small and tutor contact is second to none.

At a Glance

  Full Time / Part Time

  1 year full time, 2 years part time

 Jobs Well Campus 

Programme Features


You can expect a varied programme of assignments that highlight the importance of technical skills within the industry. The course is a member college of the prestigious British Fashion Council which gives colleges and students access to esteemed industry projects and internships.


Programme Content


A skills based year delivered through a series of workshops. The year comprises seven modules including Design Production Processes, Design & Garment Construction, Developing Visual Language, Digital Processes, Creative Digital Practice (used within fashion), Learning in the Digital Era and Creative Project

Progression & Employment


Once you have successfully completed the Certificate of Higher Education, you could progress to level 5 of the full degree if you choses to do so.

Upon completing the full BA (Hons) Degree (years 2 & 3) Jobs available are fashion design, fashion illustration, fashion buying, trend prediction, styling, visual merchandising, film/television costume design, pattern cutting, garment technology, sampling assistant, teacher/lecturer and postgraduate study (MA, PhD.) Graduate success is high, with many students developing their own fashion labels, while others have found employment designing within larger design houses or within the wider fashion sector.


Method of Assessment


Assessment is on-going through workshop plenary sessions, critiques, formative and summative assessment with aural and written feedback.

Entry Requirements


Tariff score points accepted: A minimum of 96 points or equivalent portfolio ability for mature applicants.

All full time applicants need to apply online through UCAS.

Part time students apply through the college application system https://www.colegsirgar.ac.uk/index.php/en/application-form 

Programme Directors interview every applicant and discuss your portfolio of artwork and ambitions with you. This is a vital part of our selection process to ensure that the course is right for you and you are right for the course. 

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Additional Costs


There is no additional Studio fee. However, it is likely that you will incur additional costs for specialist materials, printing and for course related excursions.