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FdA Fashion and Textiles

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East Coast College (Great Yarmouth)


Two years full-time.

Typical Offer: 

80 UCAS tariff points (or above)
CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC).



Well-equipped studio spaces and professional expertise give students the opportunity to develop creative and practical abilities within the field. Regular visits are organised to museums, galleries and fashion trade events. . Research can be undertaken using the excellent community learning resource centre with subscriptions to trade publications, online facilities and the networked learning environment.

Live projects are set by specialists, and work placements must be undertaken.  Graduates will have the skills to set up their own business, work freelance or gain employment through their work experience. Students can progress on to the BA (Hons) Arts Practice (Progression Year) at the University of Suffolk.

Student testimonial

"'Everyone is really friendly here. The staff support you in your work and the drop-in facilities are excellent."

Kylie Caldwell, 2nd Year


Course modules

Students are encouraged to experiment and explore ideas, as well as develop finished products from sketchbook ideas to final outcomes. They explore various areas of fashion and textiles including pattern construction, garment manufacture, printed, knitted, woven and embroidered textiles. Students have the opportunity to specialise and develop further practical skills to a personal conclusion. Work is presented in exhibitions and/or on the catwalk

Level 4: Introduction to Visual Communication; Introduction to Materials, Techniques and Processes; Historical and Contextual Referencing; Design Exploration and Textiles; Introduction to Design and Personal Development; Design Exploration and Fashion.

Level 5: Experimental Printed Textiles; Professional Practice and Skills in Research and Problem Solving; CAD Manufacture and Design; Drawing Techniques and Approaches.

Optional Modules at Level 5  (Students must take 2 of the following); Lens Based Imaging; Experimental Constructed Textiles; Pattern Construction; Garment Manufacture or Experimental Embroidered Textiles.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Introduction to Visual Communication (Requisite)
Introduction to Materials, Techniques and Processes (Requisite)
Historical and Contextual Referencing (Requisite)
Design Exploration and Textiles (Requisite)
Introduction to Design and Personal Development (Requisite)
Design Exploration and Fashion (Requisite)
Experimental Printed Textiles (Requisite)
Professional Practice & Skills in Research and Problem Solving (Mandatory)
CAAD Manufacture and Design (Requisite)
Drawing Technique and Approaches (Requisite)
Lens Based Imaging (Optional)
Experimental Constructed Textiles (Optional)
Pattern Construction (Optional)
Garment Manufacture (Optional)
Experimental Embroidered Textiles (Optional)

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £8,220 p.a.
  • International tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.

Further Information

  • Tuition Fees
  • Financial Support 
  • Loans and Grants
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. 

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

80 UCAS tariff points (or above), CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC).

All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

How to Apply

Non-Academic Requirements

Applicants will be expected to attend an interview with supporting portfolio as part of the application process

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

International and EU

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.