BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear
Applications closed 2016/17
Applications for 2016/17 entry to this course have now closed. Visit the Places available page for a full list of UAL courses that are open for application.
If you want to be a successful creative designer for contemporary international fashion menswear this course will give you all the skills you need to achieve your goal.
|Study Mode||Full time|
|Course Length||3 years|
£9,000 per year.
£17,230 per year.
|Autumn Term Dates||26 Sep - 9 Dec 2016|
|Spring Term Dates||9 Jan - 17 Mar 2017|
|Summer Term Dates||18 April - 23 June 2017|
|Application Deadline||Applications for 2016/17 entry are now closed. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.|
Content and structure
BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology Menswear is a high profile course in a high profile area of the fashion industry. Students on course continue to succeed in International competitions, our graduates get great jobs within the industry, and a number of recent alumni have successfully set up in business under their own labels. The course is situated in the School of Design and Technology, and focuses on creative approaches to the design and realisation of contemporary fashion menswear. It promotes innovative cutting, fabric sourcing and construction in both structured and unstructured clothing, and operates across a range of market levels with an international perspective. Technology informs your creativity and through this course you will develop the core skills of research, design, development, realisation, communication and presentation, together with key business and marketing skills. The essential academic elements of the course enable you to appreciate the cultural and historical context of your practice, and to develop your ability to critically evaluate your work and the work of others. You will have the opportunity to undertake a short work placement in the industry, which gives you experience of working in a company and the chance to make contacts in the industry before you complete your studies. Industry-led projects form part of the course, and collaborations with students from other courses and / or Schools within the College are sometimes undertaken. By the end of your course you will be fully equipped to succeed as a creative designer in the challenging international field of menswear.
This course 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.
Year One - Stage One - level 4 - 120 credits
Introduction to Study in Higher Education (20 credits)
Introduction to Design and Realisation (20 credits)
Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits)
Stretch and Drape (20 credits)
Shape and Structure (40 credits)
Year Two - Stage Two - level 5 - 120 credits
Cultural and Historical Studies Option (20 credits)
Range Development (20 credits)
Research Methods (20 credits)
Professional Brief (Collaborative) (20 credits)
Work Experience and Professional Studies (40 credits)
Third Year - Stage Three - level 6 - 120 credits
Design Synthesis (40 credits)
Terms One Two and Three
Contextualising Your Practice (20 credits)
Terms Two and Three
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.
Tom Adams is the Course Leader, is a Fine Art graduate, and has worked in the fashion industry for twenty years. He has sold his collections in high-end shops, including Browns in London, Collette in Paris and Patricia Fields in New York, as well as creating clothes for many celebrities, including Robbie Williams, Darren Hayes, U2, Skin from Skunk Anansie and Bjork.
Alina Moat is a BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear Design Lecturer in design, draping and pattern cutting and holds an MA Fashion and the Environment from UAL and an MA in Communications Design from Kolding, Denmark. She has worked with LCF courses such as MA Fashion Futures, PG Cert Creative Pattern Cutting, BA Fashion Studies and Short Courses. She also delivers workshops on design and pattern making in various countries such as Korea, Paraguay, Turkey and Slovenia. Recent freelance projects have included the design of interactive systems and apps for learning to drape on the stand and for creative coding, a new school uniform for Thomas Tallis School in London, and has drawn the technical illustrations for the Pattern Cutting book by Dennic Lo. Alina has been part of collaborations with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion and external partners such as Nike and the Met Office. Currently she is a design lecturer for BA Menswear.
Nicholas Williams BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear Realisation Tutor is a pattern cutter, garment technologist and designer with a focus on Menswear. Working as a Pattern cutter Nic has worked within Menswear brands such as Carolyn Massey, Qasimi and Houndsdtich. Outside of Menswear Nic has worked on Childrenswear and Womenswear, Costume (London 2012). In 2012 he founded pattern cutting company, Thomas Bowler with the aim to provide fashion designers with high quality patterns that translate their designs from sketch to final production ready patterns, working with a mixture of new designers and 1-1 clients. In 2013 Nic started teaching independently of LCF, working with companies such as ASOS to train staff in Pattern Cutting. Since 2014 Nic has taught at LCF as Lecturer for Menswear 3D Development and Realisation, supporting students understanding of the 3D and the realisation process, whilst equipping them with relevant technical skills for industry and reflecting the current practise of industry.
Nic is also Tutor for the LCF Short Courses, teaching Womenswear and Menswear pattern cutting courses. Course cover the principles and foundations of traditional pattern cutting methods along with a contemporary focus.
Silvia Cimborova is a Technical Lecturer in Menswear for the BA (hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear course. She is a skilled pattern cutter and garment technologist with years of industry experience. She used to work as a freelancer for various high-end and high street companies. Silvia has worked on variety of projects specialising in menswear, womenswear, sportswear and dancewear. She has worked on projects for Liberty of London, Giles, French Connection, DSI London and Diadora.
She has been teaching technical subjects to students at LCF since 2011, initially as an Associate Lecturer. Her strengths are in creative pattern cutting and garment construction. With years of experience she has gained a professional level of garment making skills.
Silvia is a LCF graduate and therefore has a good understanding of the institution from students’ perspectives.
In her role working as a Technical Lecturer, Silvia’s main objective is to successfully prepare students for the fashion industry.
John Lau is the Programme Director for the Fashion Design Programme, which includes BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear and BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery.
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.
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 from this course have gained positions with Burberry, Aquascutum, ASOS, John Lewis and New Power Studio. Graduates are working as studio managers for JW Anderson and Omar Kashoura, who are themselves both former graduates of this course. Two graduates have received financial backing from Harrods to set up as Baartmans and Siegel, and two other graduates have joined to form Jaiden rVa James. Both duos are making a considerable mark on the industry.
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.
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 Art, Design, English and Maths.
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.
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 strong interest in fashion, visual imagery and an awareness of technology
- An understanding of the need for a critical and analytical approach to the area of study
- An approach suited to the demands of the course and the projected career futures
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: drawing/presentation skills; contemporary fashion/cultural awareness; a level of research, exploration and experimentation; fabric and material selection/knowledge; construction/technical competence; ability to think/work in 3D; and visual communication skills.
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the following at interview: a strong interest in fashion and visual imagery; an awareness of technology; a critical and analytical approach; a motivation to succeed on the course; and a motivation for working as a menswear designer.
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
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
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 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 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.
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.
Introduction to Design and Realisation introduces you to research methods and their relevance and application to the design process and the realisation of ideas. Research and creative concepts are the basis for design development and you will be exploring the relationship between these areas and the 3D outcome. You will be introduced to ways of recording your work in a visually stimulating way using a variety of methods and media, and you will learn the core skills of pattern cutting and garment construction. You will be encouraged to be innovative in all areas of your work.
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.
Stretch and Drape introduces you to the characteristics of stretch and woven fabrics and the differences between structured and unstructured garments. The translation of your ideas into two and three dimensional form will be explored further, with an emphasis on the application of specialist techniques and machinery to produce innovative outcomes. Your research will underpin your work, together with the development of your drawing and presentation skills to facilitate clear communication of your design ideas. You will develop your use of CAD for both design presentation and technical drawings. Emphasis will be placed on the use of 3D experimentation to develop your response to the project brief.
In the third term the Shape and Structure unit gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the progress made in the first and second terms and to build on this progress. You will explore the translation of 2D to 3D through looking at the principles of structured garments with an emphasis on tailoring techniques and 3D stand development to create contemporary outcomes. The importance of colour, fabric, proportion, shape and detail will be emphasised throughout the unit.
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.
Also in the first term, the Range Development unit gives you the opportunity to work with an external client, either ‘real’ or simulated. You will learn about fashion and business related practices, and will be given an overview of the role of marketing and its effect on and relationship to the design process. You will analyse the client brief and establish independent working methods to identify and solve problems.
You will develop your knowledge of market levels and product, and the project will require you to use the essential skills of negotiation, presentation and professional communication.
In the second term the Research Methods unit provides a broad overview of the different critical and methodological approaches to research and introduces you to a range of research methods. You will learn more about the role of research in design and technology, the relationship between primary and secondary sources, and ways of developing and originating research. This will prepare you for later projects where considerable research skills are needed to underpin your work.
Also in the second term the Professional Brief (Collaborative) unit gives you the opportunity to develop your ability to work as part of a team, to collate relevant information, and to expand upon creative concepts and theories related to your research. You will have the opportunity to use a variety of techniques to undertake critical analysis of the information gathered, and then to propose solutions arising from the analysis. Networking, communication and presentation skills will all be developed through this unit, which culminates in a group design presentation.
In the third term the Work Experience and Professional Studies unit gives you the opportunity to further develop your skills learnt on the course and apply them within a professional working environment. You will experience real industry problems and working practice and will be able to look at the ways in which the professional team members operate. You will be able to judge what opportunities exist for your career progression. You will be expected to take an analytical and reflective approach to the placement and you will produce visual and written material that documents your increased understanding of your experience. Recent placements in the industry have been with companies ranging from H&M to Margiela, Altor Throup and Viktor & Rolf. 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.
In the first term you will do the Design Synthesis unit which will inform and prepare you for your Final Major Project. You will be expected to negotiate a project brief that will allow a full investigation into an exploratory research and practical journey towards a body of work showing innovative design and technical experimentation with material, process and potential garment solutions in 2D and 3D form. You will use your skills to document your experimentation considering hypothetical, analytical and physical conclusions, and you will also be expected to detail the professional conventions regarding manufacture alongside your design work.
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 you will undertake your Final Major Project. This is the culmination of your undergraduate experience and gives you the opportunity to fully develop the work started in the Design Synthesis unit to produce a body of work that reflects a deep engagement with the exploration and development of your design ideas through to your final design collection. Your work should evidence your ability to construct, direct and organise an overall professional outcome, which will launch you into the next stage of your career.
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