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Mar­cus — Part-time Foun­da­tion Degree in Fashion

Marcus Bearder

My work would not be what it is today with­out the foun­da­tions I learned on the FdA in Fash­ion at Not­ting­ham College! 

Mar­cus — Foun­da­tion Degree Fashion — 

Talented fashion designer, Marcus Bearder, 25, studied the part-time Foundation Degree in Fashion at Nottingham College. Now, he is studying a Masters Degree in Contour Fashion Innovation at De Montfort University, alongside his busy role as Head of Product Development within the contour industry.

Not long into his first pat­tern-cut­ting job, Mar­cus decid­ed he want­ed to broad­en his options and boost his skills with a degree-lev­el course. 

Why choose College over university?

Not­ting­ham Col­lege offered a part-time route with flex­i­ble entry require­ments which suit­ed me per­fect­ly. Expe­ri­ence in the indus­try is just as impor­tant as the qual­i­fi­ca­tions — so hav­ing the option to study part-time was a real ben­e­fit because it meant that I could gain both!”

What did you enjoy about the course?

I loved how much I learnt! I was con­tin­u­al­ly pushed, chal­lenged, and was always sup­port­ed to be the best design­er I could be.

The Foun­da­tion Degree had a more tech­ni­cal focus and I feel like the tutors were more pas­sion­ate about the sub­ject they were teach­ing com­pared to oth­er col­leges and unis I’d vis­it­ed. It was also a much more cost-effec­tive option than study­ing at uni­ver­si­ty, which was a bonus too.” 

What is it about the Fashion industry that interests you?

I enjoy the 2D to 3D process. Tak­ing a sketch and real­is­ing it into a 3D gar­ment, using cre­ative pat­tern-cut­ting and prob­lem solving.”

What are your plans?

I hope to launch my own line of men’s inti­mate appar­el in the future.”

Would you recommend the College to others hoping to pursue a fashion career?

Def­i­nite­ly! The course offered me so many oppor­tu­ni­ties to explore my aes­thet­ic, devel­op my tech­ni­cal skills and refine my portfolio.

My work would not be what it is today with­out the foun­da­tions I learned on the FdA in Fash­ion at Not­ting­ham Col­lege! My lec­tur­er, Kathy, was the best teacher I could have asked for, and she still sup­ports me to this day!” 

Interested in a creative career like Marcus?