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Fashion Business HNC (Level 4) - Full-time

Art Design 2

Course outline

This new course has been developed in consultation with local and national fashion businesses, and covers the creative development of fashion brands and labels for local, national and international trade.

All aspects of the global fashion business are investigated, from identifying a market, forecasting, developing a label, promotion, dealing with wholesalers and online trading.

You will investigate the methods and processes that make up contemporary fashion business, developing creative responses to the high energy world of online and high street trading environments. You will identify markets that will allow you to pursue your passion for design and clothing, and find out how to engage with the major players as well as sell directly to your target audience.

Modules may include:

  • Communication in art and design
  • Professional development
  • Techniques and processes
  • Visual merchandising
  • Fashion collection

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: FAB1

Use the UCAS code above when applying through the UCAS website.

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Location Date Fees / reductions
The Lace Market

Start: 27th September 2021

Tuition fee: £8,250

Course code: C031525 / Q031526


Higher National Certificate in Art and Design (Fashion)


1 year

Level Level 4
Entry requirements

You’ll need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • At least two A Levels at A2
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE Diploma

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

We would expect students to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and maths/numeracy.

As part of the admissions process, you’ll be asked to provide an online portfolio (such as a moodboard).

Mature applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications are welcome to apply.


Assessment is continuous, being a combination of individual and group presentations, compiling research portfolios and online journals. There are no examinations.


After the HNC course, students can progress to the HND Fashion Business course (to be offered from September 2021).

From the HND, graduates could progress to one of our range of top-up courses, such as BA (Hons) Art and Design (Fashion) or BA (Hons) Business and Enterprise Management, depending on their particular interests.

Alternatively, they may wish to seek employment in the global fashion retail sector, with career opportunities including brand development, fashion marketing, retail buying, visual merchandising and retail management.

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