As a BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Product Innovation student, you will be a part of the Art and Design department which is one of the biggest and most active departments at York College. The teaching facilities include state-of-the-art classrooms and specialised workshops equipped with industrial machinery to provide the relevant support for pattern cutting and garment manufacture to ensure you get the finest learning experience. The programme fully explores the core disciplines of fashion, research, design development and garment production. You’ll learn how to design inspiring original collections through live projects, combining an experimental, innovative approach to study through project-based activity. The ability to solve problems and an understanding of form, function and design principles is developed through direct involvement with fabrics and the design process. Throughout the programme you will learn to negotiate with employers, develop confidence in your technical and creative abilities and develop professional and interpersonal skills. You will embrace emerging technologies to investigate fashion issues and identify areas of research and development in context of current social and cultural issues. The traditional methods of creating garments through prototype making are as important as Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided pattern cutting and manufacture.A real working atmosphere is enriched by regular external visits to reflect the annual fashion calendar. Links with potential employers and industry partners, including the Company of Cordwainers and the Company of Merchant Taylors, ensures the professional direction of the award, making it highly distinctive. You will see your designs come to life in the end-of-year Fashion Show held each year, providing a high profile platform for your work to be seen. Competitions and fashion events provide essential networking opportunities, giving a valuable taste of industry practices. The course has a modular structure taught over three years and attendance will usually be timetabled across three days per week to allow time to participate in a work environment. Modules include Fashion Presentation, Pattern Cutting and Garment Construction, Collaborated Work Related Learning, Contextual Studies, Commercial Viability, Professional Practice, Professional Product Development, Fashion Development, Fashion Realisation and Design Research Proposal. Learners are expected to set aside additional time for private study and all modules are compulsory and must be passed in order to progress to the next level. The BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Product and Innovation programme at York College provides students with the right environment and skills to enter the fashion industry. This exciting, dynamic and creative industry is one of the largest employers in the UK offering a diverse range of employment opportunities for trained graduates. Future career destinations include design, pattern cutting, garment production, fashion concept, CAD/ CAM for fashion, fashion design history and textile design and some students choose to go on and study at Masters Level or apply for internships within these areas.