BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear
This womenswear course will give you the creative, technical and professional skills needed to succeed as a fashion designer in the competitive womenswear market.
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|Study Mode||Full time|
|Course Length||3 years|
£9,000 per year (tbc for 2017/18)
£17,230 per year (tbc for 2017/18)
|Autumn Term Dates||25 Sep - 8 Dec 2017 (tbc)|
|Spring Term Dates||8 Jan - 16 Mar 2018 (tbc)|
|Summer Term Dates||16 April - 22 June 2018 (tbc)|
|Application Deadline||Applications for 2016/17 entry are now closed. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.|
Content and structure
The BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear course, situated in the School of Design and Technology, prepares students for a career in the highly competitive womenswear sector of the fashion industry by ensuring that graduates have the necessary combination of creative, technical, intellectual and communication skills. Students on this course have a strong work ethic, are energetic, focussed and highly motivated, and are drawn from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
Through this course you will develop the core skills of researching, designing, pattern cutting and realisation, including problem solving, to achieve the finished product. As well as learning these skills you will gain an intellectual appreciation of fashion and its place in society through studying relevant academic units, and acquire the visual and verbal skills necessary to be a successful designer. The course considers market levels, from high street to designer, through a range of projects, many of which are in conjunction with specific labels or companies, or are for a particular sector of the market. The course takes advantage of its global positioning in one of the fashion capitals of the world, and you will have the opportunity to interact with the city’s thriving fashion, art, music and club cultures. The short work placement will enable you to experience the reality of working within a particular company, together with the chance to make useful contacts for your future career. This wider involvement with industry and society is invaluable to your development as a designer, as is the opportunity to enter national and international design competitions and to take part in collaborations across the College on specific external projects. You will be encouraged through the course to develop your individual identity through your work, by a fusion of your design direction and the excellent craft skills and knowledge of technological developments that you have acquired. You will understand every aspect of a garment through both the creative detail in the design and the technical skills used in production. By the end of this course you will be equipped with the knowledge and confidence to respond creatively to a design brief within the womenswear market. Graduates are working in high level jobs in the industry, or working as designers with their own label, or pursuing their studies at postgraduate level.
BA Womenswear 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.
Students on this course might be invited to participate in study trips. This may involve, for example, visits to key areas of capital cities, factories, stores and museums. Attendance on these trips is not compulsory but recommended. Details regarding timings and costs will be issued closer to the relevant trips.
Year One - Stage One - level 4 - 120 credits
Introduction to Fashion Design Technology - Womenswear (20 credits)
Research and Design Process (20 credits)
Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits)
Techniques of Making (20 credits)
Introduction to Industry Practice (40 credits)
Year Two - Stage Two - level 5 - 120 credits
Cultural and Historical Studies Option (20 credits)
Professional Product Development (20 credits)
Term Two (or Three)
Research Methods (20 credits)
Aesthetics and Identity (20 credits)
Term Three (or Two)
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.
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 structureThe 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.
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.
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.
Peter Cox: 3D Realisation Lecturer
Louise Gray: Design Lecturer
Anne McCloy: Design Lecturer
Henderson McCue: 3D Realisation Lecturer
Marilyn Rainey: 3D Realisation Lecturer
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 Womenswear graduates from this course are working in many companies across the industry including Max Mara, Celine, Hillier Bartley, Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, Tesco, Arcadia, Debenhams, Jaeger, All Saints and Burberry. Other graduates have gone on to set up and operate their own labels, showing their collections independently, being selected for Fashion East, or producing guest collections for H&M.
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.
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design PLUS 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.
This course requires portfolio evidence.
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 womenswear designer.
Interviews will be held at an off-site location in London to accommodate those applicants that have received an interview invite. Further details will be sent to you with your interview letter.
Please note that the majority of interviews for Home/EU applicants will take place in the week Monday 20 February to Friday 24 February 2017.
International applicants should contact the International Office about portfolio requirements (if applicable), interview times and dates.
How to apply
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 Fashion Design Technology Womenswear aims to introduce you to your course and its subject specialism as well as to effective learning and studentship at undergraduate level. It will orientate you to the practices and knowledge-base needed to understand your discipline and help you to develop your skills for independent & collaborative learning, reflection and your own self development. Students come from many diverse educational backgrounds and a part of this unit will enable to reflect on your own background and how that shapes the way you approach your course.
The Research and Design Process unit introduces you to research methods and their relevance and application to the design process and the realisation of ideas. The focus is on the importance of research that always informs design and its 3D development, and explores this relationship. Visual communication and an exploration of techniques will be encouraged and you will be introduced to ways of recording your work in a stimulating, exciting and informative way using a variety of communication methods and media. You will develop creative ideas that relate to and expand your visual references, and you will be introduced through demonstration to the core practical 3D skills of pattern cutting and manufacturing techniques. You will start to learn about fabrics and sourcing fabrics, and will be encouraged to produce creative samples.
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.
Techniques of Making introduces you to the diversity and characteristics of different stretch and woven fabrics and the differences between structured and unstructured garments. This analysis will inform manufacturing techniques and finishes that will influence the translation of ideas within the 2D and 3D design process. The emphasis will be on the creative use of specialist techniques to create contemporary design development ideas. Use of fabric, colour, detail and technical processes will all be considered in your response to the project brief. Technical drawing and the use of IT programmes for design communication and presentation will also be explored.
In the third term you will collaborate with fellow students in a small group to respond to a simulated or live industry brief through the Introduction to Industry Practice unit. You will be introduced to the essential concepts of brand identity, market levels, customer profile, pricing and range building. Each team will identify the strengths of each member of the team, and together you will develop your networking, communication, team-work and presentation skills in order to answer the brief. The emphasis in this unit is on the exploration and analysis of information and creative problem solving in a team through discussion and negotiation. You will use professional production and presentation skills in your response to the industrial brief.
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 Professional Product Development unit will further develop your research, analysis and design development skills, as well as increasing your fabric knowledge, sourcing and technical skills. You will be asked to explore the principles of tailoring and outerwear garments. You will develop your 2D and 3D skills, through working with tailoring fabrics and the innovative use of techniques, manufacture and finishes, to create contemporary design proposals. Colour, fabric, proportion, silhouette and detail will all be considered, and you will employ appropriate drawing techniques and software packages to clearly communicate your design ideas.
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 Aesthetics and Identity unit consolidates your learning to date and allows you to consider in depth your personal design aesthetic and where your particular direction lies. Your increasing knowledge of research methods will underpin your response to the project brief and you will consider the client, market and product in depth. You will produce a range of products that demonstrate a deep understanding of research, analysis, design development, experimentation and manufacture. Your understanding of marketing and product knowledge, together with your critical awareness of the quality of your design proposal, will be developed through this unit.
In the third term the Placement 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. 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.
The projects in Term Two and Term Three are interchangeable to ensure that students achieve a successful placement in industry. Recent placements have included Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Margiela, Alexander Wang, Iris van Herpen, Donna Karan, Meadham Kirchoff, Proenza Schouler, Maison Martin Margiela, Hussein Chalayan and Louise Gray.
In the first term you will do the Design Synthesis unit which 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. The focus is on using your skills to show extensive creative experimentation, whilst considering the practical aspects of problem-solving, through fabric and trims sourcing, appropriate use of finish and detailing alongside silhouette/shape development. You will identify your proposed market level and customer, and produce a Statement of Intent which identifies your brand ethos and core philosophy as a designer. The completed outfits will form the basis of your collection for your Final Major Project.
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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