• CollegeLCF
  • Start dateSeptember 2017
  • Course length1 year (September to June)

Graduate Diploma Fashion Design Technology

This intensive one year programme allows you to develop your skills in creative fashion design technology, which will facilitate progression to MA study or into employment.

About this course

The Graduate Diploma Fashion Design Technology is a one-year intensive course designed for students who wish to further develop and consolidate the principles of a UK design process experience in order to prepare for relevant MA progression.

It explores varied research methods and design processes, with the opportunity for creative and negotiated traditional or non-traditional outcomes that support Masters progression, employment or enterprise routes.

Please note: This course will run at Level 6, which is equivalent to the final year of a BA Honours degree, and is a preparatory course for students who want to study at postgraduate level, but currently need further knowledge and skills before being eligible for postgraduate study. Ideal candidates will come from a background of fashion design or related degrees, exceptions will be made from other courses if a proficiency of the subject can be shown through portfolio evidence.

Male model standing, in blue garments

Peng Tai, 2015

Male model on floor in blue clothing

Chang Zhang, 2015

Double page shoot spread of menswear
Work by Pei Hsuan Lee

Pei Hsuan Lee, 2015

black and white image of a man's legs and suit trousers
Work by Halyn Kim

Halyn Kim, 2015

blue illustration

Yang Cheng, 2015

Facilities

Course detail

The Graduate Diploma Fashion Design Technology provides the opportunity to explore and develop ways of working within a fashion design practice.

Experimentation will be at the heart of the work you do whilst on the course, allowing you to contribute a greater sense of integrity in each project completed.  Within the Diagnostic and Development Project, time will be spent examining various ways of approaching design briefs and how different ways of researching can promote diversity within your work.  Through unpacking the traditional design process and considering new ways of conceptualising the journey applying sustainability, diversity and identity models you will be provided with the tools to uncover your own design aesthetic.  There is also a belief that combining studio practice with theory is a necessity and that they cannot be seen as two separate areas.  This will be applied through both the Fashion Practice and Critical Contexts unit and throughout the course as a whole. The final unit, Negotiated Major Project, will allow students to develop a specialist approach to their fashion practice and create a set of outputs that guide them towards the postgraduate course, industry or enterprise destination they wish to pursue.

The course applies a genderless approach to the design process, working with students to ensure they understand who they wish to design for as supposed to outdated binaries and that your time spent exploring experimental processes can be applied to any relevant muse or consumer.

As part of the LCF/UAL postgraduate network you will have the opportunity to meet likeminded designers from a wide range of backgrounds. Graduates will leave the course with an understanding and confidence in both conceptual and realistic fashion design outputs having studied in a city known for nurturing new talent.

Students will progress from the course with a portfolio and realised design work to support future development. Some students study on the Graduate Diploma to further their knowledge and skills before moving into industry. Other students use this study opportunity to prepare graduates for suitable MA courses within the Design and Technology programme at LCF, including MA Fashion Design Technology Menswear, MA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear, MA Fashion Futures and MA Pattern and Garment Technology. Some graduates of this course will be in a position to gain employment in varied roles within the international fashion industry in the area of design and technology.

Course structure

Block 1 (Weeks 1-15)

Diagnostic and Development Project (40 Credits)

Fashion Practice and Critical Contexts (20 Credits)

Block 2 (Weeks 16-30)

Negotiated Major Project (60 Credits)

Travelling across London

The renowned London College of Fashion library is at our John Prince’s Street site, and you will need to travel to this site, and possibly others, during your course to use the library, which is open seven days a week in term time, and for tuition and special events.

Course structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the course team.

Course units

The Fashion Analysis unit is designed to establish and develop your level of skills, as students will have differing levels of experience in the practical aspects of design and technology. Work will develop individually in response to your particular focus, whilst workshop sessions will introduce you to the full range of supporting facilities available.

You will use a variety of working methods in order to achieve a 3D end product. You will evaluate and improve technical and practical skills in the relevant areas of design and technology, womenswear or menswear and develop creative work through a personal project.

The Fashion Research in Context unit focuses on developing your ability to engage in independent academic research that will underpin your practice. You will develop your critical thinking and academic writing skills in preparation for Master’s level study. You will be introduced to a range of theoretical models and perspectives as relevant to your course.

You will extend your knowledge of research methodologies and techniques and apply them in the development of a written assignment. Through this unit you have the opportunity to enrich your own understanding by engaging in debates and exchanging ideas with peers.

In the Fashion Development unit you will begin to consolidate your area of specialism and deepen your research within fashion design and technology. You will be actively encouraged to research and develop your own professional links throughout the unit.

By designing for a specific market or client (whether large or small scale), you will experience professional constraints and a realistic brief. You will initiate this project from your own research as appropriate to your work.

In the Final Realisation unit you will draw together all of the teaching and learning in preceding units, and this will allow you to deliver a cohesive body of practice based work in the field of fashion design technology. It is an independent project which allows you the opportunity to negotiate your own contribution to fashion design.

The project will be underpinned by the previous unit which articulated a clear project proposal, the rationale of the intent, a production schedule and a clear idea of the proposed audience, market and potential output.

Your final realisation will reflect your own design, personal interests and career or artistic aspirations. The work will include a negotiated 3D outcome and portfolio and will need to be supported by visual notebooks and research objectives. The project is also an opportunity to prepare for the next stage of your design journey.

You will be expected to make industry links and market yourself to appropriate clients or business partners. This project also allows you the freedom to work with, or develop, live industry briefs, and to build on your presentational skills.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Briefings, tutorials and feedback
  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Studio sessions
  • Presentations
  • Research methods
  • Design processes
  • Group tutorials
  • Collaboration group work
  • Peer feedback
  • Open Access

Assessments methods

  • Portfolio of work
  • 3D realisation
  • Presentations
  • Academic writing
  • Negotiated outcomes
  • Peer reviews
  • Formative tutorials and fittings

Staff

 

James Pegg studied BA(hons) Textile Design at Glasgow School of Art before completing his MA Fashion at Central Saint Martins and the PGCert in Learning and Teaching at UAL. James has been teaching at London College of Fashion since 2008 as a Design Lecturer on the BA(hons) Fashion Design Technology Womenswear Course prior to becoming Course Leader on the Graduate Diploma in 2013. James’s interest in fashion education and research range from experimentation and challenging students’ understanding of their work to the importance of new gender roles in the design process. Outside of UAL, James has a ceramics practice that considers themes of dynamic colour and movement and how playfulness has an important role as a maker. He believes having a fashion practice should be seen as a fluid term, with trans-disciplinary processes at the heart of it.

Tarang Bharti (3D Realisation Tutor) studied BA(hons) Fashion Design Technology Womenswear at London College of Fashion as well as the PGCert in Learning and Teaching at UAL. Tarang worked for a number of fashion brands such as Claire Barrow and J.WON as a pattern cutter and product developer helping to develop creative responses to cut and shape. Tarang also has his own accessories brand which explores the idea of traditional luxury and innovative detailing.

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and seek to recruit students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. We are committed to supporting all our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

Home / EU and international applicants

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements and selection criteria.

Both Home/EU and international students can apply for this course using our online application form – the link to this is below. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide.

Application form

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history

Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.

Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will need to contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes links to where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

Personal statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and your suitability for the course that you intend to study.

Some key points to consider:

  • Make sure that personal statement is your own work and is about you.
  • Explain why you want to study the course you are applying to
  • Try to link your skills and experience required to the course.
  • Demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the course and link these with your personality.
  • Make sure it is organised and literate (grammar, spelling, punctuation check).

Essay

“Fashion cannot be fully understood without a knowledge and understanding of the culture which generates them”. Analyse one instance of the relationship between a fashion or dress and the culture in which it emerged.

The essay of 1500 words should be referenced and include a bibliography of works used in the essay.

Study proposal

Your study proposal should:

  • state briefly the background for the proposal;
  • determine the precise area of study;
  • set out clearly and concisely your aims and objectives for the period of study.

Your study proposal should have the following structure:

Introduction

Introduce the idea for your work. Briefly outline recent developments prior to application. Describe the anticipated programme of study in detail, demonstrating your knowledge of the historical and contemporary context of your area of study.

Focus on specific areas or issues that underpin and frame the proposal.

Programme of study

Outline the sequence of practical and theoretical steps that you intend to follow. This will be vital to your programme of study in the development of your Masters Project Plan that you will work on from Term one onwards.

Describe the methods and methodologies that you will follow and their significance for your research, i.e. how you will research this topic. Any supporting material should appear in appendices at the end of the proposal.

Research sources

Give details of libraries, exhibitions, museums, galleries and special archives that you have visited as part of your research towards the proposal, or that you intend to use in your research.

Bibliography

Keep a full record of all original and documentary material consulted. List appropriate material using the Harvard Referencing System.

Apply

Application form

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history

Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.

Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will need to contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes links to where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

Personal statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and your suitability for the course that you intend to study.

Some key points to consider:

  • Make sure that personal statement is your own work and is about you
  • Why you want to study the course you are applying to
  • Try to link your skills and experience required to the course
  • Demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the course and link these with your personality
  • Make sure it is organised and literate (grammar, spelling, punctuation check).

Portfolio

You will be required to submit a digital portfolio. You should include essential development work from sketchbooks to portfolio final presentations with photography of garments. If selected for interview, you will be asked to bring garments with you and additional portfolio work.

Please note, you can submit text and as many website links as you need to, but the portfolio form does not allow you to upload files.

Apply

Entry requirements

Admission policy

You will be required to submit an application form and digital portfolio. Successful applicants may then be required to have an interview where further visual work should be presented.

Entry requirements

An applicant will be considered for admission who has already achieved an educational level equivalent to an Honours Degree.

This educational level may be demonstrated by:

  • possession of the qualification named below;
  • possession of equivalent qualifications;
  • prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent
  • to formal qualifications otherwise required;

or

  • a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.

For International qualifications see the International Qualifications Guide [PDF - 913KB]

Students may have a background in fashion styling, promotion, art direction, hair and make up, or another relevant discipline within the creative industries as either professional experience or gained through an appropriate educational qualification.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the ability to research and source material across the fashion media spectrum, with an understanding of related cultural and historical contexts. Students should be conversant with the various formats with which fashion media styling is shown. For example still and moving image, editorial, catwalk, hair and make up.

 

Admissions procedure

Applications to the course are welcome from all suitably qualified individuals. The course seeks to recruit students from a wide range of backgrounds including:

  • An Honours degree or equivalent academic qualification; 
  • Professional qualifications recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree; 
  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required;

or 

  • A combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning, which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required; 
  • Have an IELTS level of 6.5 or equivalent if English is not your first language.

Student selection criteria

The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • the potential to develop their practical and critical abilities through academic study
  • critical knowledge of a subject area
  • a capacity for intellectual inquiry and reflective thought
  • an openness to new ideas and a willingness to participate actively in their own intellectual development
  • initiative and a developed and mature attitude to independent study

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill. For more information, read the University's English Language requirements page.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 

This applies for the 2017/18 academic year.

International fee

£17,920

This applies for the 2017/18 academic year.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Career paths

The Graduate Diploma in Fashion Design Technology is located within the Graduate School at LCF. This course prepares graduates for suitable MA courses within the Design and Technology programme at LCF, including MA Fashion Design Technology Menswear, MA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear, and MA Pattern and Garment Technology.

Graduates have previously secured places within UAL and LCF, CSM, Chelsea and Wimbledon in addition to the RCA, Westminster, Kingston, Goldsmiths, Aalto Helskinki.

Alternatively, graduates of this course will be in a position to gain employment in varied roles within the international fashion industry in the area of design and technology.