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Bespoke Tailoring Pre-Apprenticeship – level 1 | starts Sept and Feb
Bespoke Tailoring Diploma – level 2 | starts Sept
Advanced Tailoring and Garment Production – level 3 | starts Sept

The UK has a proud heritage of fine tailoring, and British companies are renowned throughout the world for their bespoke tailored garments and customer service – and the demand for quality clothing continues to grow. Bespoke means hand crafted and individually made. Bespoke tailoring entails the personal attention of a cutter who measures the customer, creates and then cuts a pattern, and directly supervises the
making and fitting of the garment.

Our Bespoke Tailoring programme will develop the knowledge and skills towards a career in bespoke and general tailoring, costume, or other garment production.  Industry research is integral to study at each level, equipping students with the knowledge and professional attitude needed for successful job search.

There are now more than 50 ex-Newham College students employed in Savile Row companies, and hundreds more working in tailoring, costume and fashion production companies elsewhere.

Newham College is always keen to work with employers, and we support apprenticeship training across London and the region, working with the Royal Opera House and The National Theatre, and smaller companies such as Thom Sweeney, Prangsta, and Holloway Smith Noir.


Sew Fantastic level 1 / level 2 | starts Sept and other times

If you love clothes and fashion and want to learn how to develop your sewing and garment making skills, this part-time day or evening programme will develop your knowledge and technical skills in sewing and garment making, enabling you to make a range of personal garments. Good sewing and machining skills are in high demand, and Sew Fantastic could provide the first stepping-stone towards employment in garment
production or another career in the fashion industry.

Making it in Fashion – level 1 | starts Sept and Feb

This programme introduces the creative and practical processes involved in designing and making clothes. It also explores how the fashion industry operates and helps anyone interested in working in the sector find out if it is for them by gaining basic skills and an understanding of the careers available in the industry.

Creative Design for Fashion and Textiles – level 2 | starts Sept

This programme is designed to develop young people’s creative abilities and prepare them for a career in the fashion, costume and textiles sector – in design, production, styling, marketing or another employment role. Students learn from industry experts how to develop a design portfolio with creative drawing and visual research, fashion/textiles projects, photography and digital design. Designed especially for students who are 16-18, the programme involves four days a week of study with work
experience and enrichment opportunities.

Skills For The Fashion Industries level 2 | starts Sept

With a focus on garment making skills, this programme explores the technical and practical processes involved in the development of fashion and clothing. It includes the study of fashion design, colour and texture, fabrics and materials, sewing skills, pattern cutting, garment construction, computer software for fashion, and presentation techniques. It also examines how the fashion industries operate, including production,
branding, retailing and the markets for fashion products.

The London Fashion Foundation Diploma – level 3 | starts Sept

This one year intensive programme involves four full days a week of study for 36 weeks, and teaching is in small groups with each student encouraged to develop their individual creativity and reach their potential. The Fashion Foundation Diploma has a fantastic record of success, with a high number of students achieving the Diploma and progressing to degree level study at their chosen university.
Partly taught at the Fashion and Textile Museum, the programme includes exciting fashion projects taught by industry professionals, and allows participants to build a substantial portfolio of fashion work reflecting their personal career ambitions. Students specialise in Menswear, Womenswear, Fashion Textiles, Accessories, Costume, Fashion Promotion or other areas of the industry.

Students receive expert advice and guidance for UCAS application, and support to prepare them for degree level interview and study. The programme culminates with an exhibition of students’ work and a celebration of their achievements.
Short courses and one-off workshops Newham College and The Fashion and Textile Museum offer a range of short courses and one-off workshops – for further details please visit