The course normally lasts three years when studied full-time, starting in September. Students successfully completing the first two years of the course can opt to take a sandwich year, spending a year out between the second and third years on placement or study abroad.
Your course will be primarily based on the development of your studio practice, but you will also have lectures, seminars and workshops. Teaching will be informed by research, by staff with expertise in ergonomics, creative pattern cutting, smart fabrics, the sustainability of materials and manufacturing processes and impact of end user activity (washing and drying).
At all levels, we focus on developing practical skills using some of the latest cutting-edge technology developed for the fashion and creative industries, such as digital printing, sublimation printing, laser cutting, sonic welders, gluing, CAD, 3D video, bullet moulding and rapid prototyping.
You will be encouraged to experiment, acquire new skills and go on to develop new manufacturing techniques, methodologies and products, by taking part in IT workshops in Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design, Dreamweaver and Rhino, as well as developing insight using the industry version of WGSN and Stylesight, the leading online trend analysis and research service for the apparel, accessories, style, design and retail industries.
Throughout the course, there are opportunities to engage with various external catwalk shows and exhibitions. The events vary each year and offer an exciting unique experience for each year group of students, previously including: Clothes Show Live, Coventry Lifestyle Event, Severn Trent Water Aid, Birmingham International Fashion Week, Midlands Business Awards, Coventry Christmas Lights Switch-on, Mad UK, London Fashion Week, Charity Fashion Event in aid of the Princess Royal Riding for the Disabled Trust, Russian Elle and the British Council in St Petersburg and Made in Liege, a celebration of Belgian Fashion.
We organise a programme of optional study visits, here in the UK, for example, to The Future Laboratory in London, one of the world’s most renowned futures consultancies, or overseas to Paris to attend Premiere Vision, the world’s premiere textile trade fair, or Berlin Fashion Week. To stay abreast of the latest developments in the industry, you have the chance to attend specialist trade fashion fairs such as Pure, Premium, See, Bright, The London Show, Moda, London Fashion Week, Packaging and Print, Printwear and Promotion, Textile Forum and Fashion Fringe.
Thanks to our strong industry links, we have been fortunate to offer an exciting series of guest lectures from industry experts, which has previously included a top 100 British fashion designer, accessories designer, global sourcing consultant, the co-founder of the Future Laboratory and managing director of the Trend Boutique.