BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development

Places available 2016/17

This course has places available for UK and EU applicants. View the How to apply section on this page for more details. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2016/17 entry, including others available at London College of Fashion, visit the Places available page.

Prepare yourself for a successful career as a fashion product designer and developer able to explore and exploit cutting edge technology and aesthetics for clothing.

Menswear by Noah Wilcox

Noah Wilzox, 2014 - view Showtime profile

A model in voluminous monochrome Japanese-style outfits

Grace Smitham, 2013 - view Showtime profile

Work by BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development student Rebecca Morter

Rebecca Morter, 2013 - view Showtime profile

Work by BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development student Randolph Turpin

Randolph Turpin, 2013 - view Showtime profile

Work by BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development student Shanna Bent

Shanna Bent, 2013 - view Showtime profile

Work by BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development student Robert Ventura-Gibson

Robert Ventura-Gibson, 2012 - view Showtime profile

Sophie Hallette lace project student work

View industry project

La Maison du Sophie Hallette challenged students to turn lace into wearable pieces and couture.

Student work for the Sony Xperia industry project

View industry project

Sony Ericsson challenged students to help them develop fashion-forward, technologically enhanced garments incorporating LiveView™.

Funding opportunities

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Facts

Course Leader

James Hamilton Butler

Course Location

Curtain Road

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years / 4 years (with placement year in industry)
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year.

International Fee

£17,230 per year.

Autumn Term Dates26 Sep - 9 Dec 2016
Spring Term Dates9 Jan - 17 Mar 2017
Summer Term Dates18 April - 23 June 2017
Application Route

UCAS

Application DeadlineOpen for UK and EU applicants for 2016/17 entry. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.
UCAS CodeW241
University CodeU65

Content and structure

The BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development course is situated in the School of Design and Technology, and is concerned with the design, development and realisation of fashion products for the fashion clothing industry. You will learn the skills of research, how to produce initial design ideas, and how to develop designs through to a finished 3D prototype. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the fashion industry, its markets, and the particular role of the fashion product designer and developer within the industry.  Fashion Design and Development is one of a group of fashion product courses, all of which are designed and delivered with employment in the relevant industry in mind. To this end you will study a range of units that will equip you with the relevant professional, communication and business skills, and undertake live projects set by industry where there will be presentations to and from the companies involved. You will have the option of doing a placement year in the industry between the second and final year of the course. Successful completion of this year will give you an additional qualification, and you will have the opportunity to make contacts and build valuable relationships for your future career before the end of your studies. This course focuses on producing graduates who are encouraged to make an innovative and visionary contribution to product development within the fashion industry.

BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development is based at Curtain Road in Shoreditch, on the edge of the City of London and very near to Hoxton. The area is rich in creative studios, fashion PR companies, magazine head offices, art galleries and hip restaurants, bars and clubs. Specialist markets nearby include Spitalfields and Columbia Road, the White Cube Gallery is just down the road in Hoxton Square and the Geffrye Museum is a short walk away at the bottom end of Kingsland Road.

Course Structure

Year One  -  Stage One  -  level 4  -  120 credits 

Term One: Introduction to Study in Higher Education (20 credits); Product Technologies (20 credits)

Term Two: Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies Option (20 credits); Product Creativity and Communication (20 credits)

Term Three: Product Design and Development (40 credits)

 

Year Two  -  Stage Two  -  level 5  -  120 credits

Term One: Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits); Creative Professional Practice (20 credits)

Term Two: Research Methods (20 credits); Creative Industry Practice (20 credits)

Term Three: Industry Project (40 credits)

 

Professional Placement Year (optional)

Diploma in Professional Studies

 

Final Year  -  Stage Three  -  level 6  -  120 credits

Term One: Concept Development (40 credits)

Terms One Two and Three: Contextualising Your Practice (20 credits)

Terms Two and Three: Product Design and Realisation (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.

Additional Costs

All courses will require you to spend money on necessary materials during the course, (stationery, and variables according to your subject) and, in some cases, equipment so that you start the course with what you need. Details of approximate additional costs for this course will be available as a download shortly. Please note that prices may change and we cannot guarantee that costs quoted will be exact.

Staff

Resources

Our excellent resources for educating our students are two-fold: people and premises. People includes everyone at the College who contributes directly in some way to your education, whether as a subject tutor, a technician, an Open Access officer, a librarian or a study support tutor. Premises include the buildings and the facilities contained in them, such as specialist machinery, design studios and workshops, lecture and seminar rooms, and the library.

The Curtain Road site contains three floors of industrial machinery and equipment that can be used to make any type of garment in any appropriate fabric. This gives students a real opportunity to experiment. Specialised machinery particularly useful for product includes the jetted pocket machine, the walking foot machine and the binding machines.

James Hamilton Butler is the Course Leader and has extensive professional experience in a variety of roles with a number of global companies including Swarovski, Vogue, TANK Magazine, PUMA, Firetrap, Li-Ning, and Blow PR, as well as having produced his own fashion brand in the womenswear and menswear markets. He has worked for the University for some years and has represented UAL in Turkey and Uzbekistan. He has also had solo exhibitions of his work and has worked on special projects, including one at the Barbican Centre.

Julie Wilson is the Programme Director for Fashion Product and brings a wide range of industrial experience to the College. She has worked as an International Production Manager, both in the UK and overseas, for a number of global brands and their suppliers. These include Gap. Ellesse, Ted Baker and Debenhams, and she has maintained links with the industry through research consultancy, most notably with Puma on the world cup football kit for the winning Italian team. Julie’s work through the National Council for Work Experience has included championing student employability and promoting the benefits of work experience to employers.

Rob Phillips is the Creative Director for the School of Design and Technology. Trained in fashion womenswear, surface textiles: print, menswear and illustration Rob went on to become the Fashion Editor for International Textiles magazine and consultant for fashion brands. Rob's broad skill set of fashion design, process, graphics, presentation, typography, advertising and communication led to his appointment as Creative Director of Fashion Forecast magazine, where his progressive work promoting young fashion talent garnered him much acclaim from industry. Rob continues to nurture talent at LCF across all courses within the School, teaching holistically about fashion, developing the students’ full potential so they can make their unique contribution to the fashion industry. He furthers the work of the College through many routes, including industry projects, collaborations and competitions. He also curates and directs the School’s events including fashion shows, films, photoshoots, publications and exhibitions. Rob continues to contribute to industry as a fashion commentator (BBC, The Guardian, SHOWstudio and more) and as creative consultant for fashion brands.

Careers

Developing your skills

All our undergraduate courses are concerned with the development of your personal and professional skills. On your course you will evolve from learning basic skills in your discipline through to a position where you are an independent creative thinker capable of making an effective contribution to the relevant sector of the fashion industry. Personal and Professional Development (PPD) skills are embedded in all units on every course. Speaker programmes with contributions from alumni, members of industry and others are a part of many courses, as are work placement opportunities in industry. Where relevant, students have the chance to attend trade fairs, enter industry competitions, visit exhibitions and go on field trips and visits. The central position of our John Prince’s Street site in the West End affords students easy access to all sectors of the fashion retail market. In addition, our position as a constituent College in the University of the Arts London means that our students have access to the wide range of activities and events that occur in all the Colleges and at the University’s centre. Last but not least, being in London gives every student opportunities to explore and be inspired by the cultural, intellectual and social life of one of the great capital cities of the world.

Future Careers and Graduate Prospects

Graduates who wish to continue their education at postgraduate level are encouraged to progress to suitable courses within the College, the University or elsewhere.

Many graduates prefer to seek employment as soon as they have completed their undergraduate studies. Recent graduates have found employment with Hussein Chalayan for Puma, Marks and Spencer, Burberry, Jaeger, Mothercare, Jasper Conran and Matthew Williamson. Last year the following companies have employed graduates from this course: Mulberry, IT Boutique, Suitcase Magazine, Victoria Beckham, Richard Nicoll, Roksanda Illinic, White Stuff, Topshop, Karen Millen, Browns and Massimo Dutti.

LCF Careers

LCF Careers provides a comprehensive career management service supporting our students to become informed and self-reliant individuals able to plan and manage their own careers.

Entry requirements

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.

Course Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.

Two ‘A’ level passes at grade C or above PLUS passes in three GCSE subjects at grade C or above

OR equivalent awards

Preferred subjects include English, Maths, Art, Design, Textiles and Science.

This course requires a minimum 160 UCAS tariff points.

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.

This course requires portfolio evidence, and you will be asked to complete a short written answer to a question relating to issues in the fashion industry if you are selected to attend a portfolio review. 

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 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one skill.

Please visit the UAL 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:

  • A current awareness of fashion for product in terms of material developments, new designers and fashion trends
  • A potential to achieve a high standard of technical manufacture
  • An ability to record and develop design ideas through the vehicle of drawing
  • The ability to work as a member of a team
  • The ability to work independently to develop your own knowledge and skills acquired on the course

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.

Portfolio and Interview Advice

For this course you will be required to upload a mini portfolio. Further instructions will be sent by the course administrator after application submission. International students should contact the International Office to find out about the portfolio application process.

For this course your portfolio should show evidence of: ability to present ideas through visual communication; a level of research, experimentation and development; technical and practical abilities; and effective presentation techniques.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the following at interview: an awareness of contemporary fashion and culture; an understanding of research, design, design development and product realisation; a motivation for working in the fashion product industry; and a motivation to succeed on the course.

Please note that the majority of interviews for Home/EU applicants will take place in the week Monday 22 February to Friday 26 February.

International applicants should contact the International Office about portfolio requirements (if applicable), interview times and dates.

How to apply

Home EU Applicants

You can apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS home page, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form.

You will need the University code, the UCAS code for this course, and the deadline date for your application. You will find these on the Facts tab.

Contact us on: 

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7973 / 7582 / 7344

Or you can use the UAL Course Enquiry Form

International Applicants

For advice about how to apply as an international applicant please visit the UAL International Application Advice page.

To apply, visit the Undergraduate section of LCF's Support for International Students page.

The International Recruitment Office at London College of Fashion will help to guide you through the application process and answer any specific questions that you may have regarding our courses. This may include portfolio advice, the application process and fee advice. We offer a ‘drop-in’ facility for applicants who may be in London and wish to obtain further course and admissions information. Please contact us for further information on this facility. We can also arrange a tour of our facilities if we are given prior notice. 

Our contact details are:

International Recruitment Office, London College of Fashion, 20 John Prince’s Street, London W1G 0BJ

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7656 / 7678 / 7629 / 7940

Or you can use the UAL Course Enquiry Form

Deferred Entry

Deferred Entry is normally only allowed in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us before you submit your application if you are considering applying for deferred entry.

What Happens Next?

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed on the Entry Requirements tab, under What We Look For. Depending on the quality of your application, you may be asked to submit a number of images of your  work. If the course team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to an interview where you will be asked to complete a short written answer to a question relating to issues in the fashion industry. After this the course team will look at your portfolio and ask you questions to establish your suitability for the course. If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Applicants are not guaranteed to be asked to upload work, nor are they guaranteed an interview.

Please note that if you are unable to attend the College may not be able to re-schedule.

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through ucastrack. You will only receive further communication directly from the College if your application has been successful. This will be in the form of a full offer pack including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.

Showing your Work

All final year students are given the opportunity to profile their work online via Showtime. London College of Fashion can make no guarantee that your work (either in sum or in part) will be shown, exhibited or profiled in any way as part of your course. All student work appearing in College organised events, catwalk shows, exhibitions and other forms of showcase, is selected by a panel of senior staff and, in some instances, external industry judges.

Course units

Year One

In the first term you will study two units.

Introduction to Study in Higher Education gives you an understanding of your personal and professional development at university, with three core purposes: to introduce you to the necessary learning skills for undergraduate study; to show you where you are situated within the College and the University; and to help you understand what you will learn on your course and how you will develop your skills.

Product Technologies will introduce you to the essential skills of pattern cutting, construction methods, production techniques and prototyping skills required for the development and realisation of fashion garments. This will be through both workshop demonstrations and your own practice. You will start to develop your knowledge of different fabrics, as well as the essential knowledge regarding health and safety requirements.

In the second term you will study two units.

Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies introduces you to key concepts and ways of thinking about fashion and its context in society and culture. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops, and do a significant amount of reading of academic texts in order to complete a formal academic essay for assessment.  Completion of this unit will allow you to make an informed choice of subject for study in the second year Cultural and Historical Studies unit.

Product Creativity and Communication explores the creative design process and introduces a series of practical skills including research, finding inspiration, initial ideas, design development, design finalisation and presentation skills. will learn the essential skills of visually and verbally communicating your work to others.   

In the third term you will bring all your learning and developed skills so far to answering a complete research, design, development and realisation brief for fashion product. Through the Product Design and Development unit you will begin to develop your understanding of the industry, fashion trends, fabrics for fashion, market level, consumer behaviour, competitors, and ethical and sustainable fashion issues. Some of your research will be undertaken in small groups, as successful team working skills are essential for working in industry. You will individually develop your research and design ideas, culminating in a final range plan and presentation sheets. From within your range you will pattern cut and develop a 2D design into a 3D final product prototype.

Year Two

In the first term you will be able to study a Cultural and Historical Studies Option of your choice that will broaden or deepen your learning of areas relating to your interests in your chosen field. You will have the opportunity to participate in lectures, seminars and workshops with students from other courses within your School, and will read relevant academic texts and complete a formal academic essay for assessment.

The Creative Professional Practice unit introduces you to the wider context of the fashion industry and the study of design and development for a specified market. You will explore areas that will affect the development of a product, such as sustainable and ethical sourcing, costing and the environments in which the product will be consumed. You will have the opportunity to engage within an industrial context through forward thinking creative responses to the project brief.

In the second term the Research Methods unit allows you to explore and experiment with different critical and methodological approaches to research, as well as looking at the range of established research methods and research within design and technology. You will learn more about primary and secondary sources and how they relate, ways of originating and developing research, and appropriate methodologies for your discipline. You will also become aware of any limitations, and this will enable you to choose the most appropriate research method for a particular project. This prepares you for later projects where research skills are needed by helping you explore what research you need to do, how you will be doing it and how you will manage and evaluate the process.

The Creative Industry Practice unit tests your critical thinking and broadens your professional skills set. You will develop your creative, strategic and practical skills through traditional and IT based development with visual and written work. Your critical judgement will be used to develop appropriate solutions to the brief and you will be expected to evaluate and justify your decisions as you develop your outcomes.

In the third term the Industry Project unit gives you the opportunity to consolidate your understanding of the research methods you have learnt by responding to live or simulated industry-set challenges. Your knowledge and professional understanding of the product design and development process will be enhanced, and you will combine creative, practical, intellectual and entrepreneurial skills within an industrial context to answer the brief.

The work throughout the second year is focussed on live projects with national and international companies and brands, and you may have the opportunity to participate in suitable competitions.

Professional Placement Year

This year is optional. If you take up this opportunity you will undertake a 30-week industrial placement, where you get to experience the atmosphere, pace and discipline of working within the fashion industry by total involvement in the day to day activities of a company. You will be required to write a report on your placement, which will develop your study skills and allow you to demonstrate your research, analytical and evaluative skills. Successful completion of the year will give you the additional qualification of a Diploma in Professional Studies. LCF Careers will run a preparatory programme before your placement, and you will be expected to be involved in securing a suitable placement for your own personal development, skill set and career aspirations.

Final Year

In the first term you will undertake the Concept Development unit which provides the foundation from which you will be able to formulate your own innovative and enterprising project and strategy for the major piece of fashion product design and development work that you will do in the final two terms. This work will be industrially relevant and informed by appropriate research. This unit allows you to explore and justify the means by which this work can be realised, and will demonstrate to the industry your direction and potential career path.

Contextualising Your Practice in the first and second term affords you the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the critical and analytical perspectives developed within cultural and historical theory and your ability to apply these in a specific study. You will research the topic you identified in the Research Methods unit, which will lead to the production of an extended essay. It is the opportunity for you to undertake a substantial piece of structured research that examines in depth practical and theoretical issues related to your field of practice; it will build on the critical debates and concerns raised throughout your course.

In terms two and three the Product Design and Realisation unit is the culmination of your study through an extended negotiated project. You will be able to demonstrate your ability to utilise concept development outcomes through using research and experimentation to achieve the design development, experimentation, rationale and production of your own range of fashion products. You will evidence full engagement with your responsibilities as a designer/product developer, together with an understanding of where your work will best fit within the fashion industry.

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