If you are a student interested in a career in fashion, get ready for some exciting news! A new fashion A-level will be available for UK’s schools to teach from September 2017.
According to The Independent, sixth-form students will have the opportunity to study the history of fashion, especially design styles and movements like Pop Art, alongside analysing socio-economic influences of fashion, such as the impact of social media, and commercial aspects like marketing. They will be taught how to create their own designs and how to use new design technology. Maths and science will also be included; students will examine industry practice, learning, for example, how to calculate how much material is needed for a specific design.
Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles will be launched by examination board AQA, and will replace current textiles courses, which are part of the Product Design A-level.
‘The UK’s thriving fashion industry makes a huge contribution to the economy,’ said Ben Galvin, the AQA Qualifications Developer. ‘It employs hundreds of thousands of people and is one of our most sought-after exports. It’s important that we support the growth of this industry by developing young people with a solid understanding of the commercial, creative and technical sides of the trade. This new A-level will enable students to learn about some of the most influential and iconic designers and movements to demonstrate the history of the industry and its importance within our society.’
In addition, Vogue announced that the Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design has been awarded a Tier 4 sponsor licence, meaning that overseas students will be able to study on the year-long Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma, and the two-year BA (Hons) Fashion Communication Degree. The degree is validated by the University of Buckingham, one of UK’s private universities. Shorter courses will still be available.
Susie Forbes, principal of the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design, said :’We have already had students from over 60 different countries enroll on our shorter courses, but gaining this licence now means that we can welcome students from all over the world.’
For more information about the courses: condenastcollege.co.uk