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Graduate Diploma: Fashion and Textiles Portfolio (Pre-Masters)

Graduate Diploma: Fashion and Textiles Portfolio (Pre-Masters)

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Graduate Diploma

Subject areas

Fashion Design Art

Course type


Course Summary


This course is for graduates who want to undertake masters’ level study but who have not yet met the required standard for admission to their chosen course. Through the course, we aim to help you to enhance your creative portfolio, knowledge and skills to a point that you will be eligible to join one of the MA courses within the School of Fashion and Textiles.

We acknowledge that students will begin the course with very different development needs; perhaps you need some support with your written or spoken English; or perhaps your portfolio would benefit from the world-class facilities available at Birmingham City University and the input of our experienced academic staff? Whether your development needs are creative or academic, this course will help you achieve your goals.


Your course begins with a diagnostic tutorial during which we will assess the support you need to develop your creative portfolio, knowledge and skills. This will result in a personalised plan to help you achieve your goals. The Academic Skills modules will allow you to improve those all-important skills needed for successful masters’ level study, such as understanding and communicating theories and arguments relevant to your practice. Through the Academic Skills modules, we aim to provide specialist support for students with English as a second language.

On successful completion of the course, you are guaranteed access to one of the following MA courses in the in the School of Fashion and Textiles.

MA Fashion Design
MA Textile and Surface Design


While the main purpose of this course is to prepare you for Masters level study, the following transferable skills are embedded throughout the curriculum to help you become more employable:

  • Time management
  • Project management
  • Effective communication through a variety of methods, including presentations
  • Group working
  • Problem solving
  • Digital literacy

You will learn of range of skills which will be key to enhancing your future employability.

You will also learn technical and practical skills relevant to your discipline in a range of workshops in relation to your individual development.

Professional practice guidance will teach you how to present yourself and your work in a professional framework using a range of appropriate communication skills.

You will be able to express your knowledge and understanding of the principal contextual areas relevant to your discipline, and will develop the ability to critically reflect on the work of others relevant to your discipline.


This module recognises the importance of advanced discipline-based academic literacies, speaking, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to enter a creative Masters course at BCU. We will build from your existing experience, English language and academic competences to strengthen the communication, subject related vocabulary and academic knowledge that you will need to demonstrate in your portfolio of work.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

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International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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Entry requirements

Good Undergraduate Degree relevant to the discipline, 2:2 or above or equivalent experience.