The College of West Anglia

Fashion and Textiles

If you love drawing, working with fabrics and textures and making clothes, your creative and artistic skills can be put to good use in the fashion industry.

The UK has a long-established reputation for fashion, with iconic designers such as Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Zandra Rhodes, Philip Treacy, Stella McCartney, Victoria Beckham and John Galliano having been educated here. Whilst a lot of mass manufacturing takes place overseas, there are still plenty of career opportunities in the UK, including in pattern cutting, fashion design, textile design and print.

Success Story

Emma Griffin

Art and Design: Fashion Pathway

Emma successfully completed the level 3 art and design (fashion pathway) course at the College of West Anglia before gaining a BA (Hons) in Fashion Illustration from the London College of Fashion. She now works as an assistant at Agi & Sam, fashion designers based in London who previously worked for Alexander McQueen.

“The course at CWA was so broad and in depth that I could have easily progressed on to any degree within the fashion environment. My strong portfolio of pattern cutting skills enabled me to gain places at all of my university choices. The knowledge I gained at college allowed me to understand the variety of fabrics available and their different usages. I was taught to be a rounded fashion creative and feel this has been crucial throughout my professional life as I need to be able to understand every process involved when creating a successful collection.”