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Psychology is a very broad area and I would encourage people to reflect on the field that would suit them best. If you study pharmacy, you will graduate as a pharmacist. It is different in psychology. The role of a Clinical Psychologist differs significantly from the role of an Educational Psychologist, a Forensic Psychologist or a Sports Psychologist. A post graduate qualification will be required to practice in any of these fields. Regardless of the area of psychology that interests you, respect for and an interest in people is a key value that is required. Once you have qualifications, networks and professional bodies are a good way to meet prospective employers.

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Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Fashion with Promotion

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Students on this new course will explore their own creative strengths. The first year will focus on investigating and generating ideas through a wide range of drawing and mark-making methods. Students will also explore fashion trends and will be taught how to assemble mood boards and product boards. A sketchbook will be required at all times and will be assessed as part of the students’ personal development.

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Students on this new course will explore their own creative strengths. The first year will focus on investigating and generating ideas through a wide range of drawing and mark-making methods. Students will also explore fashion trends and will be taught how to assemble mood boards and product boards. A sketchbook will be required at all times and will be assessed as part of the students’ personal development. 

There is a fashion design project in each of the three years, which is very much concept-driven. In the first year, this project involves the making of a prototype through paper or the re-design of an existing garment. In the second year the emphasis will be on designing a marketable fashion product – this may be a garment or a fashion accessory, it could be a range of fabrics / wallpapers / soft furnishings. At this stage the student will have defined their own niche in the fashion market and will focus on strengthening their chosen career path with the guidance of expert staff into their third and final year. Fashion history and culture supports and contextualises the studio practice throughout the programme.

Photography and moving image will be taught as it is used and required by the fashion industry and to promote the students individual products through media channels. Photography is taught in first year and in addition to formal projects, students are expected to treat the camera as an extension to their sketchbook, gathering inspiration and generating ideas throughout the three years. Moving image is taught from second year and will add to an exciting range of skills through which the student can pitch their product.

The visual identity, branding and packaging of the product along with expertise in retailing and marketing, will ensure that the student takes their product to market in the most professional, cost effective and contemporary manner.

Essential skills in business management including how to&

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LY447 - Fashion with Promotion
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AACDX  5M1984  Art, Craft and Design
ACXXX  5M1981  Creative Craft
ACADX  5M1940  Computer Aided Design
AAXXX  5M1985  Art
AGDXX  5M1995  Graphic Design
EPXXX  5M2094  Photography
BROXX  5M2105  Retail Practice
ADESX  5M2208  Design
AIDXX  5M5054  Interior Design
  5M5048  Creative Media
ETFPX  5M5158  Film and Television Production
EMMPX  5M2146  Multimedia Production
EMMWD    Multimedia and Web Development
BROXX  5M2105  Retail Practice

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Successful graduates will be equipped with a versatile and unique blend of design and promotional skills to prepare them for a career path in fashion related design, fashion advertising and marketing, fashion PR and retail, fashion styling, fashion photography or film promotion. They may wish to set up their own small business or engage with larger organisations.

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