• CollegeCSM
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length1 year - full time

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design | Curriculum Area: Fashion & Textiles

The Fashion and Textiles curriculum area encompasses a broad range of activities and disciplines. The two pathways are closely related, allowing students a range of options for developing skills in specific areas. We encourage students to develop their individual strengths and support them in creating a personal and creative portfolio.

Starting in 2017/18, all Foundation Diploma in Art and Design students who successfully complete the year will be guaranteed a place on an undergraduate course at UAL. View the 'Guaranteed undergraduate offer' section for more details.

UAL offers two foundation courses, you can apply to only one of them. Find out more on the UAL foundation page.

Great reasons to apply

  • You can apply directly to any of the four curriculum areas; Fashion and Textiles; Fine Art; Graphic Communication Design; Three Dimensional Design and Architecture
  • If you want to explore your options, there’s a diagnostic pathway option where you can explore all four curriculum areas before diagnosis into specialist curriculum areas
  • Most of our students go on to study at degree level at Central Saint Martins or other UAL colleges
  • You’ll take part in an exhibition at the end of the course, open to the public, family and friends
  • You'll be introduced to a range of materials and methods of working to research and develop your ideas and learn how to evaluate and reflect on your progress. We’ll help you to build a portfolio and prepare you for interviews to enter higher education and employment.

Missed the open day? Find out more about studying on our Foundation courses. 

Ying-Cheng Lai

Ying-Cheng Lai - Textiles pathway

Leni Piech

Giovanni Segantini - Fashion pathway

Course description

The Foundation course at Central Saint Martins is based over two sites: Archway and Kings Cross. From September 2017 all studio teaching sessions and technical workshop access will be at the Archway site. Use of library, learning zones, lecture theatres and digital print facilities will continue to be via the Kings Cross campus.

This course is part of the Access to HE and Progression programme.

There are two modes of study:

  • The diagnostic mode allows you to spend time within each of the four curriculum areas before specialisation.  This mode is best suited to students who are not yet certain of a particular subject.
  • The specialist mode is for students who are confident of their future direction.  This mode allows you to apply directly to one of the four curriculum areas.

The four curriculum areas are:

Each curriculum area is sub-divided into pathways.  Please see curriculum area pages for further information about the curriculum areas and their pathway options.

Whichever mode you choose, over the first 10 weeks (Part One of the course) you will rotate through a series of projects that will ask you to experiment with a range of materials and processes that support ideas development within art and design. After this initial period of investigation and experimentation you will be guided, through tutorials and assessment, to the specialist pathway that best suits your interests and abilities.

Fashion and Textiles Curriculum Area

Fashion and Textiles encompasses a broad range of activities and disciplines. These include fashion illustration; draping on the body; design development; investigation into research and an introduction to print, stitch and knit using our workshops. Our two different pathways are closely related, allowing students a range of options for developing skills in specific areas. We encourage students to develop their individual strengths and support them in creating a personal and creative portfolio. Students primarily progress onto BA courses in Fashion and Textiles.

Pathways

Fashion

Fashion design combines visual language communicated through images and structures for the body. We teach fashion design that is created within the cultural, social or political influences of a specific time. Fashion has the power to reveal, hide, extend, or define the identity of an individual or a group.

Our studio approach on Foundation is experimental use of sketchbooks to develop ideas, themes or concepts which will include illustrative imagery using drawing, painting, collage, photomontage and mixed media. We encourage ‘draping’ on the figure or stand & documentation through drawing and photography. Awareness of the importance of the ‘silhouette’ and sculptural form related to the body is important as well as the understanding the difference between ‘designing for fashion’ and simply ‘buying and wearing’ it. 

Our applied processes and workshops include some access to print (at Archway) and stitch workshops (Kings Cross). This includes machine and hand stitch, print processes including heat transfer press. Electives in hand & machine knit, weave and use of digital media for design solutions. We explore the translation of 2D imagery into 3D structures for the body.

Fashion Groups one and two are divided alphabetically and share the same projects as the two Textiles Pathways throughout units 1-6 with varying outcomes.

Student Destinations: Higher education courses in Womenswear, Menswear, Fashion Print, Fashion Knit, Fashion Design and Marketing and Textiles Design.

Textiles

Textile designcombines traditional handmade skills with contemporary technology. This can be functional, decorative, symbolic, or conceptual and has varied use and context, for example: as design for industry, as art in a gallery, or as designer-maker crafts (categories which are continuously blending and cross referring).

Our studio approach on Foundation is experimental use of sketchbooks to develop ideas, themes or concepts which will include drawing, painting, collage, photomontage, mixed media, for both figurative and abstract imagery.

We look at colour, texture, surface and form through observed subject matter and tactile manipulation and experimental samples in stitch, print and knit relating to observed images.

Our applied processes and workshops include some access to print (at Archway) and stitch workshops (Kings Cross). This includes machine and hand stitch, print processes including heat transfer press. Electives in hand & machine knit, weave and use of digital media for design solutions.

Textiles Groups one and two are divided alphabetically and share the same projects as the two Fashion Pathways throughout units 1-6 with varying outcomes. Textiles can have certain crossovers with Fashion and can also be seen as an entirely separate study.

Student Destinations: Higher education courses in Textile Design, Surface Design, Textiles for Fashion  

Textile BA Courses offer pathways which include combinations of Print, Knit, Weave, Stitch.

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design runs for 32 weeks full time over one year and is divided into three parts.

Each part is made up of units and each unit has a credit value. Units are the basic building blocks of your course and can be described as a self-contained package of learning defined in terms of learning time. This includes taught time, independent study, access to resources, and assessment.

Each part is made up of 40 credits. Part One consists of 40 Level Three credits and Parts Two and Three consist of 40 Level Four credits each.

To progress to Part Two you're expected to complete the units of Part One successfully.

To progress to Part Three (i.e. Unit Seven) you're expected to complete all previous units successfully. To be awarded a Foundation Diploma you must accumulate 120 credits in total. This means you'll need to complete all units of the course in order to gain the Foundation Diploma.

You're expected to attend Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10.30am - 4.30pm, and occasionally on a Wednesday or Friday for workshop inductions and additional classes.

Course outline

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is designed to enable you to learn through discovery and exploration by engaging with projects, lectures and study visits. The foundation course is essentially a transitional experience in art, design and communication, preparing you for a place in higher education or for employment.

The wide range of specialist options reflects the progression opportunities available at degree level within the college and the university. The foundation course's pathways allow you to build a subject-specific portfolio in readiness for degree course applications.

Part One - Learning Skills and Content

Through studio and workshop projects you'll be introduced to a range of materials and methods of working. You'll learn how to research and develop your ideas and how to evaluate and reflect on your progress.

Part Two - Development and Progression

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is designed to help you build a portfolio and to prepare you for interview to enter higher education and subsequent employment. Building on skills from Part One you'll integrate your research, ideas and methods of working to produce a body of work that allows you to analyse your interests and ambitions and to investigate directions to pursue.

Part Three - Project Proposal and Realisation

The focus of Part Three is on further development of your individuality and independence as you propose and realise your final major project integrating planning, research, ideas, methods, evaluation and reflection. Your project is displayed in the foundation exhibition - open to the public, family and friends.

Developing your skills

Throughout The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design you'll learn new skills to enable you to progress successfully. These skills, which are also appropriate to higher education and employment, include the use of machinery and materials, presentation skills for articulating your ideas to your peers or at interview, and presenting your work in a portfolio or at an exhibition. Most importantly you'll gain study skills in order to 'learn how to learn'. This kind of independent learning builds the self-motivation, commitment and initiative that allows you to develop your projects independently, guided by a supportive tutorial structure.

Guaranteed undergraduate offer

Starting in 2017/18, all Foundation Diploma in Art and Design students who successfully complete the year will be guaranteed a place on an undergraduate course at UAL. 

This means that as long as you pass, you will have the opportunity to continue your studies at one of the six colleges, the following year.

Which undergraduate course will I be offered a place on?

The offer will depend on your work and the interests you develop during your foundation year. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that you will be made an offer for a specific course of your choosing, but if you successfully complete the diploma, you’ll be offered a place on a relevant course at UAL.

How does it work?

To be guaranteed progression onto an undergraduate course, you must:

  • Have made your application through The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
  • Successfully pass the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • Be able to meet any other additional entry criteria for the undergraduate course you’re offered a place on.

Staff

Curriculum Leaders 
Oonagh O’Hagan
Jo Simpson

Curriculum Coordinator
Gail Evans

 

Tutors by pathway

Fashion 
Peter Bailey
John Booth
Sophie Gorton
Chris Kelly

Textiles
Pusia Chatfield
Gail Evans
Katie Sellers
Patricia Williams

How to apply

When to apply

The deadline for all Home and EU applications is 31 January 2018. Please note this course does not consider late applications.

You may choose either the Diagnostic option or ONE of the Specialist pathways on the online application. Please note, in some cases we may offer you a place on the course but on a different pathway to the one you have originally applied for.

Application Steps

  • All applications are given equal consideration
  • You can apply to one of the Foundation courses at UAL (CSM or CCW)
  • You will need to write a personal statement in support of your application
  • To complete your application you must submit a digital portfolio via UAL’s online portfolio review system
  • Following an initial review against five selection criteria (listed below) of your digital portfolio you will either be invited to an interview/ full portfolio review or be informed your application is unsuccessful
  • At the interview/ full portfolio review staff will first look at your portfolio before asking you talk about one project – please note that all interviews are conducted in groups

You will be informed of the decision by the UAL Applicant Portal by 11th April at the latest 

Required information for Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items when completing the online application form:

General Information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses);
  • Current English language level;
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details;
  • Employment history (if applicable);

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should:

  • Be a maximum of 500 words
  • Tell us why you have chosen the course and how it will help with your future plans
  • Describe aspects of your current work that support your mode of study choice
  • Talk about the type of work you want to make whilst on the course 

If you do not complete all the required information or upload the necessary documents, we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

Applying and how your application is considered

You will need to apply through a direct application.

You can only apply to Central Saint Martins (CSM) Foundation Diploma OR the Camberwell Chelsea Wimbledon (CCW) Foundation Diploma.

You cannot apply for both courses, any duplicate application will be withdrawn.

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

What happens next

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system.  You must complete the digital portfolio submission within 7 days of receiving the instructions on how to upload your digital portfolio.

Digital Portfolio Guidance

Prior to being selected for interview for a place on the Foundation Diploma course we ask that you submit 20 pages of your work for consideration against our entry criteria.

Please note that these can include photographs of worksheets or sketchbook pages and that you might lay out multiple works in one page as long as they are clearly visible (for example: presentation boards). Please read the following advice carefully:

Visualisation skills

  • Include evidence in the form of drawings you've made from observation of the world around you such as landscapes, cityscapes, interiors, people and objects. (Don't rely on drawings from photographs.)
  • Do include experimental drawings, developmental designs, storyboards, technical design drawings, photographs, details of materials you have used. 

Successful applicants demonstrate this through their sketchbook pages, worksheets, drawing, photography, textural or 3D work etc. and there is no prescribed way to submit the evidence.

Research and investigative skills

  • Include evidence of the primary and secondary research sources which have informed the projects in your portfolio.  Your research should be annotated with critical analysis which demonstrates your engagement with the sources you have identified.
  • This can be in the form of scanned pages or photographs from a sketchbook, notebook or blog. It is important for us to see how research informs your practice as an artist or designer.
  • It is also important for us to see where you gather your research from; site visits, gallery visits, books, magazines, websites etc.

Successful applicants demonstrate this in a variety of ways and there is no prescribed way to submit the evidence.

Creative thinking and problem solving abilities

  • Show us that you have considered a wide range of ideas for your projects. This could be shown in sketchbooks where initial ideas are recorded, selected and developed.
  • We are particularly interested in the development of ideas and the process you have gone through, the problem you have identified and solved in order to arrive at a final outcome.
  • Organise your work so that all stages of the development and decision making processes are evident, including your reflections and evaluations.

Successful applicants demonstrate this through sketchbook pages, worksheets, drawing, photography, model making etc. and there is no prescribed way to submit the evidence.

The use of a range of materials and processes

  • Show us that you have explored a range of methods. These could include drawing and collage techniques, model making, photography, printing techniques, fabric manipulation or any others.
  • We do not expect your portfolio to contain all the above items. Your range of materials and method investigation will largely be determined by your current course of study.

Successful applicants demonstrate this through sketchbook pages, worksheets, drawing, photography, textural or 3D work etc. and there is no prescribed way to submit the evidence. 

An interest in art, design or related subjects

  • This will largely be covered by your personal statement but also Include evidence of your interest in culture and society and show how your interest informs your art and design work.
  • This could take many forms such as an interest in politics, the media, history, religion, philosophy, music, theatre, cinema, literature or new technologies.

Successful applicants can demonstrate this through their personal statement, in sketchbook pages and notebooks and there is no prescribed way to submit the evidence.

Following a review on your online portfolio, you will either be invited for a full portfolio review or your application will be rejected via the UAL Application Portal.

Full portfolio review

  • If you have been successful with the review of your digital portfolio, we will invite you to attend a full portfolio review at college between February and March.
  • Please note that we do not accept portfolios by post.

Preparing for your full portfolio review at college

If you are successfully selected for interview you should read the following advice carefully - we will ask you to talk about one project in the interview so please be prepared for that.

  • Make sure you allow enough time to prepare your portfolio properly. A well-presented portfolio takes a lot of time to organise, so don't disadvantage yourself by leaving it to the last minute.
  • Your portfolio can be organised chronologically or thematically, with sketchbooks linked to final outcomes. Arrange your work so that the admissions tutor can easily follow the way you've developed an idea from initial research to the finished piece (thematic).
  • Mount work on plain white cartridge paper. Avoid using black paper for mounting and don't use card as it's heavy and expensive. This may mean remounting schoolwork.
  • Labelling of work should be unobtrusive. You could add small titles or captions to bottom of images if you feel it helps explain your work or is providing dimensions.
  • Take clear photographs of your large, heavy and/or three-dimensional work, include close up images of details, and label with information about scale, materials and technical processes
  • Time restraints mean we can't view films, videos or DVDs. Please present this work in the form of storyboards and/or stills.
  • Make sure you've removed everything from the portfolio that isn't intended for review.
  • The quality of the work is more important than the quantity.
  • Include your sketchbooks and reflective journals. We are particularly interested in seeing work or research that you have carried out in your own time, this could be documented in a small sketchbook or notebook.
  • If you've studied design and technology subjects, don't forget to include this work too.

Having prepared your portfolio, check it against these recommendations. Please remember that a poorly prepared portfolio makes it difficult for the admissions tutors to judge your suitability for the course.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal.  We aim to release final decisions by 11th April at the latest. 

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry. 

When to apply

The application deadline for the Fashion & Textiles curriculum area is 31 January 2018. Please note this pathway does not consider late applications.

You may choose either the Diagnostic option or ONE of the Specialist pathways on the online application. Please note, in some cases we may offer you a place on the course but on a different pathway to the one you have originally applied for.

We reserve the right to close applications before end of March subject to spaces available.

Required information for Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items when completing the online application form:

General Information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses);
  • Current English language level;
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details;
  • Employment history (if applicable); 

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should:

  • Be a maximum of 500 words
  • Tell us why you have chosen the course and how it will help with your future plans
  • Describe aspects of your current work that support your mode of study choice
  • Talk about the type of work you want to make whilst on the course

Please note: If you do not complete all the required information or upload the supporting documents, we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

Applying and how your application is considered

There are two ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at CSM:

You can only apply to the same course once per year whether you are applying via a UAL Representative or using the UAL online application system. Any duplicate applications will be withdrawn.

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application. 

Immigration History Check (for International Applications only)

Whether you are applying online or through a UAL representative you will need to complete an Immigration History check.

Please note: If you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

What happens next

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to attend a full portfolio review or submit a full portfolio digitally. 

  • If you currently live in the UK, you will be invited to attend a full portfolio review at college, normally taking place between January and March.
  • If you currently live outside the UK or are unable to attend the full portfolio review in person, you will be asked to submit a FULL digital portfolio (up to 30 pages) through UAL’s online portfolio review system.
  • Please note that we do not accept portfolios by post

Full Portfolio Review

The full portfolio should comprise of your best work showing your skills and thinking. It should include:

  • Primary and secondary research, ideas development and experimentation with a different range of materials, techniques and media as well as finished pieces.
  • Your work could be the result of set projects and self-initiated work. We like to see images in sketchbooks or notebooks, working drawings, life-drawing, photography and media manipulation, 2D or 3D work.
  • Demonstrate your ability to tackle visual problems and find inventive and creative solutions. 
  • It is useful to organize your portfolio into categories to make it easier to view. Avoid repetition and demonstrate a wide range of your skills. Include brief (one-sentence) explanatory captions. 

Please remember:

  • Make sure you allow enough time to prepare your portfolio properly.  A well- presented portfolio takes a long time to organise, so don’t disadvantage yourself by leaving to the last minute.
  • The quality of the work is more important than the quantity.
  • Where possible, large or 3-dimensional work should be photographed and scanned.
  • Please organise your work by project, with supporting work presented alongside final outcomes.
  • Do include your sketchbooks and reflective journals.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry.

Study Abroad applicants

International undergraduate students may apply to join a BA course for a period of up to three terms as a study abroad student.

Please visit the UAL Study Abroad for details of how to apply to one of our courses or contact the UAL Study Abroad Team central offices for more information:

T: +44 (0)20 7514 2249
E: studyabroad@arts.ac.uk
W: UAL Study Abroad

Entry requirements

Selection is determined by the quality of the application, indicated primarily in your portfolio and written statements.

Applicants are normally expected to have achieved, or be expected to achieve, the course entry requirements details below:

  • 1 GCE A Level  grade C or above (preferably in Art & Design related subjects)
  • GCSEs in Mathematics and English at Grace C or above (for Home & EU applicants only)

OR

  • Pass at BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/ other Level 3 Diploma

OR

  • International Baccalaureate; students need to achieve at least 3 certificates - 2 at Higher Level and 1 at Standard Level - with a minimum grade 4 in each certificate

OR

  • An equivalent high school qualification from an EU or non-EU institution

You can also demonstrate this educational level by:

  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required
  • A combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning that, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to apply for a visa, enrol, and start your course. The English language requirement for entry for this course is: 

IELTS Academic 5.0 with a minimum of 4.0 in each of the 4 skills (on one single test)

For further information visit the English Language requirements page. 

Applicants who require a Tier 4 General Student Visa must take IELTS Academic Test for UKVI which is approved by the UK government for your UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application. No other test can be accepted.

Please check the Visa and Immigration page which provides important information about UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) requirements. 

Maths and English GCSEs

If you are a UK or EU student who has been accepted onto the Foundation Diploma, but did not achieve a grade C or above in GCSE English or Maths, you will be given the opportunity to retake the exams as part of your Foundation Diploma course. 

When you enrol, you’ll need to provide evidence of your qualifications. If you have not achieved minimum C grade in GCSE English and GCSE Maths, we will automatically enrol you onto a compulsory GCSE study programme. This will be closely tied to the Foundation Diploma course, so you’ll be studying things that are relevant and interesting to you.

Please note:

  • We will keep a record of your attendance in accordance with the Further Education Attendance Policy. If you fail to turn up to your GCSE classes regularly and on time, your progress towards your Foundation Diploma could be affected.
  • You must re-sit your GCSE English and / or Maths exams as part of the study programme, but failure to achieve a C grade or higher will not affect your achievements on the Foundation Diploma
  • It is highly likely that a degree-level course will require you to have a C grade or higher in English and Maths

What we look for

Selection criteria

We select applicants according to their potential and current ability in the following criteria:

  • Visualisation skills (e.g. drawing, photography, 3D works)
  • Research and investigative skills
  • Creative thinking and problem solving abilities
  • The use of a range of materials and processes
  • An interest in art, design or related subjects

Include evidence that demonstrates your commitment to, and enthusiasm for, art and design as well as your potential to achieve the Foundation Diploma. Evidence may be in the form of ideas, notes, research, photographs or sketches, including work you've made outside of your school course work.

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

2017/18:

Under 19
£0

Age 19+
£5,290 tuition fees plus £130 registration fee. 

It is expected that Home/EU students aged 19 and over on this course who satisfy the relevant criteria will be able to take out a loan to cover the cost of their fees. 

International fee

2017/18 £14,320  plus registration fee £130.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Equal and lower qualification information (PDF 58KB)

Careers and alumni

Most students go on to study at degree level at Central Saint Martins or at other UAL colleges.

Some go on to study at colleges nationally or internationally. Others choose postgraduate study or enter the world of work directly.

For details of the wide range of careers support provided for students, please visit our Careers support page.