BA (Hons) Fashion Design (Part time)
This part-time fashion design course allows you to work on your business or in the industry while gaining skills in design, research, and experimental pattern cutting.
|Study Mode||Part time|
|Course Length||4 years|
£6,750 pro rata.
|Autumn Term Dates||26 Sep - 9 Dec 2016|
|Spring Term Dates||9 Jan - 17 Mar 2017|
|Summer Term Dates||18 April - 23 June 2017|
Direct to College
|Application Deadline||Applications are accepted, and offers made, throughout the year. Early application is advised|
Content and structure
BA (Hons) Fashion Design is situated in the School of Management and Science, and is designed for students who are interested in fashion design, but for a variety of reasons, such as finance or family commitments, cannot study full time. This course allows you to complete your Honours degree over four years, rather than the three years of a full time Honours degree. The part time Honours Degree programme has been developed in consultation with industry and is committed to forging new industrial and creative partnerships that will enrich the vocational nature of your selected route. The course take place on two evenings per week and on Saturdays. The programme is divided into clear vocational building blocks that aim to provide a balanced educational experience and which will develop a sound knowledge combined with a realistic and practical understanding of the demands of the industry. This course will equip you with the relevant professional, academic, communication and business skills that you will need to be employed by the industry in a graduate level position. You will explore the concepts of fashion design and innovation, and will develop your critical understanding of creative design in the fashion industry through research, analysis, design development and product realisation through 2D and 3D experimentation. Graduates from this course are employed at a number of fashion companies. We welcome applications from mature students who have current or previous experience in the fashion related industries.
BA Fashion Design is based on two sites: Curtain Road and John Prince’s Street.
Our Curtain Road site is our garment manufacturing centre and is 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.
Our site in John Prince’s Street, Oxford Circus, contains the library and is in the heart of the West End. The area is one of the prime shopping centres in London, with the majority of London’s department stores, including Selfridges, Liberty, Fenwick and John Lewis, within a short walk of five minutes or less. The green spaces of Hyde Park and Regent’s Park are close, as is Soho, with its many bars, restaurants and clubs, and Berwick Street market. The Wallace Collection, the Royal Academy of Arts, and the West End art galleries are all within walking distance.
Stage One - Four Terms - level 4 - 120 credits
Term One (Autumn Term academic year one): Introduction to Study in Higher Education (20 credits)
Term One and Term Two (Autumn Term and Spring Term academic year one): Design Process to Product (20 credits); Understanding the Business of Fashion (20 credits)
Term Two and Term Three (Spring Term and Summer Term academic year one): Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits)
Term Three and Term Four (Summer Term academic year one and Autumn Term academic year two): Digital Catwalk (40 credits)
Stage Two - Four Terms - level 5 - 120 credits
Term One and Term Two (Spring term academic year two and Summer Term academic year two): Cultural and Historical Studies Option (20 credits)
Term One (Spring Term academic year two): Fashion and Environment (20 credits)
Term Two (Summer Term academic year two): Sustainable Skin (20 credits)
Term Three and Term Four (Autumn Term academic year three and Spring Term academic year three): Cut, Contour and Control (40 credits); Creative Collaborative Project (20 credits)
Stage Three - Four Terms - level 6 - 120 credits
Term One (Summer Term academic year three): Research Planning for Fashion Design (20 credits)
Term One and Term Two (Summer Term academic year three and Autumn Term academic year four): Fashion Design Concept Development (40 credits)
Term Two, Term Three and Term Four (Autumn Term, Spring Term and Summer Term academic year four): Fashion Design Final 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.
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.
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. You will have access to all the specialised machinery used in the fashion industry. Laser cutting machinery and sonic welding and heat sealing machines are also available.
Gintare Jankuniene is the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Design (Part time).
Jessica Saunders is the Programme Director for the Flexible Learning Programme.
Rosemary Varley is the Subject Director (Marketing and Retail) and Research Coordinator for the School of Management and Science and is responsible for academic curriculum and research development. She teaches fashion brand strategy across courses and her research interests focus on the relationship between fashion brands and their retail environment. She has authored Retail Product Management, co-authored Principles of Retail Management, and presented a wide variety of conference papers.
Rob Lakin is the Creative Director for the School of Science and Management, and started his career designing fashion menswear, womenswear and childrenswear, working for a number of brands within Coats Viyella plc and the Sears Group plc. He has extensive experience of Far East product development, manufacturing, sourcing, and CMT operations. From 2008 to 2013 Rob headed up London College of Fashion’s Flexible Programme: a unique specialist portfolio of part time undergraduate courses representing Fashion Business, Fashion Media, and Fashion Design. He has been responsible for enhancing the student experience through the development of a creative curriculum, with a variety of live industry collaborative projects including CoolBrands, Brands Incorporated, and Amnesty International. Rob continues to make a major contribution to the creative identity of the School through the design and development of new courses aimed at international students allowing them to successfully prepare for an exciting academic undergraduate career at London College of Fashion.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
- have minimum entry requirements of 2 Advanced Level passes at grade C or above supported by passes in 3 subjects at GCSE grade C or above to include Maths and English
OR equivalent awards.
This course requires a minimum 160 UCAS tariff points.
- be currently employed or have employment experience in the fashion related industries
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.
Applicants are expected to show evidence of work experience or placement.
For this course you will be required to upload a mini portfolio. Further instructions will be sent by the course administrator after application submission.
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:
- visual awareness, graphic skills and sensitivity in the use of colour/texture, and fashion awareness
- an interest in fashion, cultural and social trends and the ability to engage in discussion
- technical and design ability
- research skills and the ability to develop ideas
- coherent and structured arguments and the ability to communicate their ideas
- the ability to analyse and solve problems
- the ability to work independently and as part of a team
How to apply
All applications to study the course should be made direct to the College using the Application Form.
- Download Home/EU Part-time BA Application Form (Word, 71KB)
- Download Home/EU Part-time BA Application Form (PDF, 197KB)
Please send your completed application form to the following address:
Address: Admissions Service, University of the Arts London, 272 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EY
Contact us on:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7973 / 7582 / 7344
Or you can use the UAL Course Enquiry Form.
This course is only available to UK/EU applicants.
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.
If you are selected for interview the interview process will include a portfolio review and interview with members of the course team, where you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the course. Applicants are not guaranteed an interview.
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.
The Design Process to Product unit will show you the importance of research as a basis for creative design development, and investigate the translation of research ideas into fashion product. Through this process you will experience the stages within the fashion design realisation process from the analysis of a 2D concept through to a 3D fashion product. You will learn how to communicate the ideas generated in a professional manner, both orally and visually, and will demonstrate your understanding of the fashion market place. A variety of essential tools for this process will be introduced for both practical and theoretical use.
Understanding the Business of Fashion gives you an introduction to business and management processes and skills that characterise successful fashion organisations. You will be encouraged to evaluate your own skills and predispositions and develop an action plan to supplement them. Theories of interpersonal and group dynamics and management theories will provide you with tools to utilise during the course and in future employment.
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 stage Cultural and Historical Studies Option.
The Digital Catwalk unit will introduce you to the role of digital applications within the fashion design and realisation process. You will also explore some of the software applications and technologies that are used within the fashion industry and consider the impact of digital technology on the fashion design and communication process. You will learn how to effectively use and critically evaluate digital technology to develop, enhance and present your 2D and 3D processes. The unit also provides you with the opportunity to showcase your work alongside that of other students, as you will conceive, manage and present a live catwalk show. Working with your peers and industry representatives you will creatively respond to a simulated industry brief through the showcasing of a visionary fashion concept through to an exciting and dynamic catwalk presentation to a specified audience. This will allow you to demonstrate not only your design skills but also your skills of team work, negotiation and project management, all of which are essential key skills for working in the fashion industry.
The Cultural and Historical Studies Option unit will allow you choose a topic that interests you to broaden or deepen your learning 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 Fashion and the Environment unit will introduce you to the subject of sustainability through the exploration of social, cultural and environmental concerns as a catalyst for conceptual design development. You will research and analyse current attitudes, processes and debates in relation to sustainability, the fashion industry, consumer groups and target markets in the development of a personally established design realisation rationale. The unit will concentrate on cutting, manipulation and application, whilst examining appropriate manufacturing techniques and processes from both a commercial and enquiring perspective. Visual communication skills will be developed to aid clear presentation and the effective communication of originality, evidenced through concepts, design, exploration and outcomes.
Sustainable Skin will provide you the opportunity to explore and investigate properties of stretch through the inherent performance attributes of memory, drape, handle and experimental cutting as essential design development tools. Situated within the product area of unstructured clothing, stretch forms a fundamental part of everyday apparel and represents a substantial proportion of the manufacturing sector within the global fashion industry. Your 2D and 3D translation of ideas will be further explored, with an emphasis on the application of specialist techniques and sustainable thinking as a creative force for development to create contemporary fashion solutions. Emphasis will be placed on the use of colour, fabric, proportion, silhouette and detail to develop design responses relevant to the project brief. You will further research visual and graphic processes in order to effectively communicate your concepts and final outcomes, whilst developing your design vocabulary and industry standard terminology.
The Cut, Contour and Control unit will allow you to explore the possibilities of structured clothing through detailed investigations into tailoring, and the associated cultural and social meanings of a specific practice based discipline through the analysis of historic and contemporary indicators. The unit will also introduce you to the principles of trend mapping and a range of forecasting skills that will enable you to understand the cycle of trend prediction from a commercial and cultural perspective as a vehicle for the production of original research and directional design concepts relevant to an identified market and consumer. This unit will allow you to further develop your personal practice and will enable you to develop strategies for the effective development, presentation and communication of personally established design goals. You will be encouraged to take an enquiring approach to creative cutting and garment realisation through the application and appreciation of the traditional, the contemporary and the innovative.
The Creative Collaborative Project unit gives you the opportunity to work collaboratively with your peers from other specialist areas of the part time programme. You will gain first hand vocational experience of working as part of a creative team in response to a commercial brief. The unit requires that you work within a team environment, drawing upon your subject specialist knowledge and experience to date in the conceptualisation, development and production of creative and challenging solutions. The ability to collaborate, network, communicate and present are essential work based skills that are required to successfully operate within a global creative arena.
The Research Planning for Fashion Design unit allows you to build a formal structure of research into your course. You will draw on your existing skills and add to them through an examination of the philosophy and practice of research. This will give you the opportunity to use and explore the various approaches to research, and will empower you in the complex process of selection of the most appropriate form within your chosen research project. You will also identify and evaluate personal strengths and aspirations and establish clear strategies for future planning.
Fashion Design Concept Development provides you with practical activities towards the development of a personally established concept relating to the definition and construction of your final major project unit outcomes. Detailed investigations will be carried out around an issue, or issues, connected with your area of study and your career aspirations. Although the proposal in itself will constitute a discrete area of study, the concept development programme will directly inform the final major project.
The Fashion Design Final Major Project unit takes up the major part of the last three terms of the course. You will identify and construct an individually negotiated project brief, drawing on your knowledge, skills and experience acquired so far, and produce an innovative final major project. You will also be able to demonstrate academic and personal skills appropriate to your future career and life aspirations.
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