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.

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


Course Leader

James Pegg

Course Location

Mare Street

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length1 year
Home/EU Fee


International Fee


Autumn Term Dates26 Sept - 09 Dec 2016
Spring Term Dates09 Jan - 17 Mar 2017
Summer Term Dates18 Apr - 23 Jun 2017
Application Route

Direct to College

Application DeadlineApplications are accepted, and offers made, throughout the year. Early application is advised.

Content and structure

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 or industry progression. 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.

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.

Encompassing men’s and women’s fashion design, this is a concentrated course that encourages in depth creative thinking alongside innovative design approaches. The course will offer you a synthesis of concept and research development, design process, 3D creative production and academic grounding, all required to become an independent, ambitious and experimental designer who is willing to take risks.

Independence will provide a framework for the whole course, from being directional and unique in the choice of your research paths to being eloquent in the dissemination of your ideas for potential MA applications and proposals. This will be supported through the four units delivered during the year by engaging with new modes of working, peer discussions and using the invaluable resources that both LCF, UAL and London have to offer you. Throughout your time at London College of Fashion you will have access to a plethora of specialist staff and facilities that will give you the opportunity to design and manufacture to professional levels. Within your design work you will be expected to consider a continuous development of aesthetic awareness and understanding to present a portfolio of work that can be used to promote yourself as a cutting edge creative designer to the world.

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

One Year level 6 120 credits

Term One: Fashion Analysis (40 credits)

Term Two: Fashion Research in Context (20 credits)

Term Two: Fashion Development (20 credits)

Term Three: Final Realisation (40 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.

Additional costs

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

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.


James Pegg is the Course Leader for the Graduate Diploma Fashion Design Technology course and has considerable industry and teaching experience.

He trained in fashion and textiles at Glasgow School of Art and Central Saint Martins, and has consulted for brands as well as designing/freelancing in womenswear, menswear, printed and surface textiles, colour and illustration. His teaching experience includes part time and full time posts at Kingston University and London College of Fashion in both fashion and textiles. His current research interests are around the use of experimentation and risk taking within contemporary design practices and in the development of aesthetic.


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.

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.

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Entry requirements

Course entry requirements

  • An Honours degree or equivalent academic qualification

Please refer to the UCAS International Qualifications Guide (PDF, 1.1MB)


  • 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


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

Exceptionally, applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.

It is anticipated that the majority of applicants will come from overseas and this is indicated in target numbers for the course.

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one skill.

For more information, read the University's English Language requirements page. Read carefully and look at the relevant documents.

Student selection criteria

What we look for

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

Portfolio and interview advice

All applications must be accompanied by visual evidence of creative work and a study proposal (see Guidance Notes under the Apply tab). If you are invited for interview you will need to bring your portfolio with you. This should contain additional work to that submitted with your application.

How to apply

You 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.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

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
  • Referee details (this course requires two references, one of which should be academic). 

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).


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.

Applications for 2017 will open shortly.

Course units

Terms One and Two:

Fashion Research in Context 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.

Term One

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.

Term Two

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.

Term Three

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.

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