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Fashion and Textiles Diploma Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    August 2020

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • August 2020, Full Time


Students work towards the Level 3 Diploma in their first year of study; progressing onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in their second year.

Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to show their work at a variety of fashion and performing arts events. Students will also have the opportunity to show work in a live selling exhibition and also at the end of year Creative Arts Exhibition. In addition, visiting lecturers and study visits, including trips both local, national and international enrich the overall learning experience and provide an opportunity for the students to enquire about their chose area of study.

During the course students will have the opportunity to show and sell their work.

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Why our college?

Industry standard facilities

At our college you will have access to industry-standard facilities and get to use top of the range equipment. On our campus you’ll find media suites, TV studios, design labs, workshops, hair & beauty salons, working kitchens and a live theatre.

Gain real experiences of work

All of our courses will provide you with outstanding experiences of work and prepare you for your future career. You will work with real employers and customers and build connections.

A unique student experience

This is what really sets us apart. At our college you will experience the freedom to be yourself. Being part of an active Students’ Union, having opportunities to travel and enjoying live entertainment are just a few of the amazing opportunities available to you.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 4 GCSEs A - C; 9 - 4 in GCSE English and GCSE Maths. A - C for GCSE Art and Design or art-related subject. Relevant Level 2 Diploma at minimum Merit, plus 9 - 4 in GCSE English and GCSE Maths and a portfolio of varied, good quality work. Selection is by interview.

Learning Outcomes

The Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree-level study in art and design, or into employment.

It provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in the visual arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from further to higher education


In year one of the course you will; Develop the basic principles of 3 dimensional methodology, developing drawing skills, both from the figure, environment and reportage Engage with spatial design, model making, sculptural processes, hand based craft, 2D and 3D visualization Develop a sound knowledge of design methodology, art and design history and its relevant conceptualization Work across selected workshops areas with an emphasis in off-site learning, exploring relevant work sites and significant architectural structures In year two you will select your preferred working methods and materials and apply those to develop a coherent portfolio of work. This portfolio will be driven by your progression choice i.e. either degree route, apprenticeships or full-time employment.


The Level 3 Diploma is assessed through a series of projects that are designed to broaden student’s skills, experience and expertise. The projects are multi-disciplinary and require students to work collaboratively and pro-actively with fellow students as well as external clients and stakeholders. A final end-point assessment (commonly referred to as the Final Major Project) decides the student’s overall grade for the year which is graded at: PASS/MERIT or DISTINCTION.


“My CCN journey was unforgettable, it gave me the confidence to be myself, speak up and make friends, and also to follow my dream of fashion that I never thought would be a reality.”

Alisha Kallarackal - Fashion Communications graduate (2018), currently studying Fashion Communication & Styling at De Montfort University


Successful completion the Level 3 Diploma will provide direct entry onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in the second year. The design and structure of the course allows students the opportunity to further extend their learning through working with local and national clients and Higher Education providers. We always adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to all aspects of our teaching and learning so that our students have a broad portfolio of work and are ready to enter higher level study or careers in the creative industries.

Career Progression

City College Norwich is a member of the University of the Arts London Progression Partnership to promote the recruitment of talented, creative students from high quality further education institutions to UAL higher education degree level courses. The course team also work with local and national higher education providers such as NUA, London School of Fashion and Central St Martins to ensure that our students are ready and prepared for their next step. We also work collaboratively with local, national and international artists and creative agencies to provide fantastic experience of work for our students and also to ensure that our courses prepare students well for their future careers in the industry. City College Norwich also has an outstanding Apprenticeship team who can provide advice and guidance for students wishing to follow an Apprenticeship route into the industry.
For those students who choose not to pursue careers within the creative industries the course provides fantastic opportunities to develop collaborative working skills, problem-solving, creative and the higher order evaluative skills demanded by universities and employers


All students will need to provide their own basic equipment, with a list provided during induction. Students pay for enrichment trips and educational visits during the academic year. International trips are optional and are at additional cost payable by the student.