'I had no idea that fashion could be so exciting and experimental'
Date: 15th Nov 2017
BTEC students enjoyed a taster day with Bucks New University’s resident fashion designers and lecturers Jane Bowler and David Hopwood and tried out their creative skills.
The students, from Coulsdon College; Blackheath High School, London; and Saint Cecilia's CE School, London, and aged between 16-19, experimented with heat bonding with recycled materials and worked on fashion design development to create a capsule collection.
Claire Platt, teacher of Fashion and Textiles at Coulsdon College, said: “The day was amazing. The students enjoyed being able to see the wonderful facilities available in the fashion department at the University.
“After receiving a tour they were thrilled to be able to utilise the equipment on offer to make a series of experimental samples using mixed media. They then used their samples to create a series of designs - the feedback they received from the staff at Bucks throughout was fantastic.”
The students are currently studying BTEC Fashion and BTEC Art and Design, and the purpose of the day was to experience the teaching and atmosphere in higher education to help them make informed decisions about life after college.
Claire added: “They have a much better understanding of what studying fashion at university entails now and were impressed by the industry links the university has.
“They loved the opportunity to create their own designs and have presented the work for their portfolios. Some students have continued developing the heat fusing technique in their current project. Our first year students said they had great tips for what to look for in a course when making university choices next year.”
Jane added: “The taster day was fantastic. The students were blown away by the facilities and studios here at Bucks, and it was great to make use of them during the workshop.
“The students were excited about the possibilities of studying fashion here, some students even said ‘I had no idea that fashion could be so exciting and experimental, it’s made me realise that a course like this is definitely for me’.
“The attending students made some beautiful work, it is great to hear that some of them have developed this further after the workshop and have even included it in their portfolios. Now we are looking forward to our next taster day on 29 November!”
For more information about possible taster days contact Sri-Kartini.Leet@bucks.ac.uk