BA (Hons) Fashion Photography
Become a professional and original image maker through the practical and theoretical study of fashion photography and its place within media and communications.
|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
The BA (Hons) Fashion Photography course is situated in the School of Media and Communication, and allows study of fashion photography as both a practical and cultural discipline. The course is academically rigorous, with exploration of analytical and critical approaches to photographic imagery, together with study of the ideology, politics and context of fashion. You will learn the technical skills of photography, whilst exploring images from haute couture to street style, from advertising campaigns to designer look-books, from art gallery to shop window and from fanzine to glossy magazine, and develop an analytical and critical view of global style and the cultural landscape of the fashion industry. You will have the opportunity to take part in industry collaborations, and recent projects have been with River Island, Elizabeth Arden, CPL Aromas (makers of fragrances for Agent Provocateur and Jo Malone), Proctor and Gamble, Unilever, the V&A and English National Ballet, and the Richard Young Gallery. You will experience location and studio shooting, using the excellent photography studios and darkrooms within the College, and you will explore digital image production and manipulation. You will experience working in teams and building relationships with stylists, make-up artists, model agencies and art directors. You will be encouraged to develop your own authentic take on fashion photography, and by the end of the course will be fully equipped to enter the industry as a professional and original image maker. Graduates from this course are working successfully across a broad range of media, including fashion, style, music and advertising.
BA (Hons) Fashion Photography is based at Lime Grove in Shepherd’s Bush, just west of Holland Park and Notting Hill. The area, which is rich in cultural influences from across the world, is home to Shepherd’s Bush Market and the many fabric shops lining the Goldhawk Road. There are numerous restaurants, cafes, delis and food stores, as well as the market, which reflect the many cultures of the people living there. Nearby is the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, an excellent venue for live bands, and the Westfield Shopping Centre, one of the largest retail complexes in Europe that caters for the luxury market as well as the high street. Holland Park with its Orangery and Leighton House Museum are both worth visiting.
Year One - Stage One - level 4 - 120 credits
Term One: Introduction to Study in Higher Education: Fashion Photography (20 credits); Image Construction (20 credits)
Term Two: Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits); Capturing Fashion (20 credits)
Term Three: Collaborative Practice: Fashion Spreads (40 credits)
Year Two - Stage Two - level 5 - 120 credits
Term One: Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits); Fashion Interactions (20 credits)
Term Two: Professional Development: Fashion Photography (40 credits)
Term Three: Research Methods for Photography (20 credits); Future Choices (20 credits)
Third Year - Stage Three - level 6 - 120 credits
Term One: Research Planning (20 credits)
Terms One and Two: Cultural and Historical Studies Dissertation (40 credits)
Term 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.
The facilities at Lime Grove provide a range of analog and digital cameras, lighting and other industry standard photographic kit, seven fully equipped shoot studios, colour and black and white film processing facilities and darkrooms, two state of the art digital suites with Mac computers, scanners and colour printers. A team of helpful, highly experienced and knowledgeable technicians and demonstrators run the facilities.
Itai Doron is the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Photography, and has previously taught on this course for a number of years. He is an established photographer with particular interests in fashion, portraiture, social documentary, body politics, identity and queer theory. Working as a lens-based artist since graduation from Goldsmiths College of Art, Itai has twice received the UAL research project award to develop a body of work on immigration, combining social documentary with notions of fashion. Itai has a proven track record of public dissemination of visual and written work through exhibitions, publications, and academic research. He has exhibited at the White Cube gallery in London, and participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the UK, Europe, Japan, Israel and the United States, and most recently as part of The World in London, a commission for The Photographers' Gallery coinciding with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He has authored a selection of photography books, including End Of Real in 2005, Yassin in 2009, Chokras’ Mahal (Boys' Palace) in 2011, and Fifteen Minutes With You in 2012. His chapter in the forthcoming Ways of Queering publication is titled Queering Foreign Bodies: Discourse and Identity in Visual Representations of Straight Migrant Men.
Fiona Minors is the Programme Director for Fashion Image courses, including BA (Hons) Fashion Photography, BA (Hons) Fashion Styling and Production and BA (Hons) Hair and Make-up for Fashion, and her particular interest lies in the relationship between theory and practice. Her recent curation of the exhibition ‘Hair’ in the Fashion Space Gallery was part of the LCF year long celebration of the many facets of hair and its place in fashion and culture. The exhibition skilfully blended artefact with history through well chosen imagery and text, recorded interviews and occasional live presentations.
Neil Drabble is a Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fashion Photography course at LCF, and an Associate Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fine Art Photography course at Camberwell. Critical thinking and active experimentation drive his practice, which encompasses a wide range of disciplines, strategies, and approaches, comprising photography, sculpture, painting, text, performance, and curation. He has worked for numerous publications world-wide on portrait/fashion assignments, including Vogue, Tatler, GQ, Elle, The Face, i-D, Arena, Harpers & Queen, The Sunday Telegraph, The Observer. Drabble’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and featured in, among others, galleries including: Tsinghua University Visual Art Centre, Beijing; Gooden Gallery, London; Stone Crop Gallery, USA; Form Content, London; and APT, London. His work is featured in several prominent collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. Drabble’s first book, Tree Tops Tall, was published by SteidlMACK.
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 and many from this course do go on to postgraduate work.
Many graduates prefer to seek employment as soon as they have completed their undergraduate studies. Some graduates have gone back to their home countries to build successful careers as freelance fashion photographers. Others stay here in London to establish their careers, and notable recent examples of graduates who have done this include Wendy Bevan, Rama Lee, Sean and Seng, and Neil Bedford.
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
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design PLUS passes in three GCSE subjects at grade C or above
OR equivalent awards
Preferred subjects include Art, Design, Fashion, Media Studies and Photography.
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:
- An ability to communicate ideas visually
- a commitment to and knowledge of critical debate around the body and its representation
- An ability to cope with the academic demands of the course
- A commitment to self-motivated study
- An interest in the fashion imaging industry
- A portfolio showcasing photographic imagery indicating an appreciation of contemporary fashion image making
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 generate original photographic concepts; fashion and image awareness; ability to experiment and research extensively; technical competence; and ability to edit and present work effectively.
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the following at interview: the reasons why they want to do this course; what they think they can contribute to this course; what informs their photographic inspirations; and how they will be able to cope with the academic component of the course and the integrated critical theory with practice.
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: Fashion Photography 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 Image Construction unit contains a series of critical studies which will enable you to experiment with a variety of approaches to image making. You will be introduced to key genres in photography including Portraiture, Still Life, Street and Documentary, and the visual codes and conventions they are associated with. You will be encouraged to make links between these different types of photographic practice and Fashion and Beauty photography, incorporating the ideological, historical and technical elements you previously encountered and articulating them visually. In addition you will be introduced to key technical concepts in the construction of photographic images such as aperture, depth of field and lighting and encouraged to make links between the technical elements of the unit and how they relate to your personal practice and growth as a photographer.
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.
Capturing Fashion gives you the opportunity to explore and experiment with a variety of critically challenging photographic approaches to the visual representation of fashion. You will be introduced to the process of developing a visual language and expected to consider the importance of arriving at a signature style in contemporary Fashion Photography practice. You will be encouraged to explore the notion of photographic mode, and how key practitioners have shaped and employed it in their own distinctive way. The importance of subject matter and the way in which unique and authentic visions are fashioned will be emphasised, alongside an inquiry into the language and meaning of images and their impact on culture. You will build upon the technical abilities you have previously developed, in addition to acquiring new skills in the production of moving images, which adds to your skills base in preparation for professional practice.
In the third term you will do the Collaborative Practice: Fashion Spreads unit, where you will be looking at how fashion spreads are constructed by contemporary fashion publishing, both in print and online, and how stories are told in fashion photography within different published contexts. You will explore the typographical relationships of image and text, the process of editing and the sequencing of images, and the world of print and online publishing and its promotional initiatives. You will examine the evolving relationship between typography, print and online media and digital imagery and how these elements influence consumption. Focusing on the correlation between the magazine format and marketing contexts, you will have the opportunity to communicate specific messages for fashion consumption that are art directed, constructed and staged. Through the editorial, advert and advertorial formats, you will create fashion stories and photographic narratives.
In the first term you will be able to study a Cultural and Historical Studies unit 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 studied in the first term, the Fashion Interactions unit introduces you to the notion of a real-life commission that will provide you with a forum to place your work in the public domain. You will be given an overview of the fashion photography industry so you can start identifying who your potential future clients might be. You will explore where your fashion images might become visible by looking at contemporary brands, platforms and new and emerging technologies in the context of the fashion and photographic industries. You will look at the relationship between photographic production, commissioning agencies and audiences, and this will assist you in preparing for professional practice and extending your network of professional contacts.
In the second term the Professional Development: Fashion Photography unit helps you to prepare for your entry into the creative industries. You will develop your understanding of the codes and conventions of the industry specific to your chosen discipline of fashion image making through a simulated work-based opportunity or industry placement alongside practical workshops. You will have the opportunity to learn first-hand from industry speakers, and you will learn about CV writing, production management skills and forming your own identity as a freelance exerting creative force. You will become more aware of the realities of the fashion image making industry and of the opportunities for career progression. You will be expected to take an analytical and reflective approach to your photographic and research projects, which could include a period of work placement, simulated industry projects, live competitions, workshops or collaborative opportunities.
In the third term you will do two units.
Research Methods for Photography introduces you to the cultural and historical studies and practice-based research projects you will undertake in your final year, and will assist you in the preparation of your dissertation and final major project proposals. You will learn about the key stages in the production of research based on practice and a written element, and you will consider the relationship between primary and secondary sources. You will look at ways of developing and originating research that will underpin the research and development undertaken in your final year.
The Future Choices unit will emphasise the notion of entrepreneurship within the fashion image making industry and will require you to project and evaluate the risks and rewards in pursuing a specific venture. You will be introduced to a wealth of contemporary platforms and appropriate processes and encouraged to consider your artistic outputs as a vehicle for your creative and intellectual investigation in your final year. You will be required to reflect back on your journey on the course so you can select the interests and techniques you will be pursuing. Your conceptual and technical knowledge and experience of Print-Based Media, New Media and Post Production Processes will enable you to locate and propose the most creatively stimulating direction for you so you can make a considered study choice ahead of your final year.
In the first term you will do the Research Planning unit. This builds a formal structure of research into your practice, and develops the work done in Research Methods for Photography. You will be encouraged to analyse research methodologies, and you will develop your skills through exploring and utilising various approaches to research in preparation for your Final Major Project. You will place specific focus during the first term of your final year of study on the production processes necessary to achieve the desired outcomes for your Final Major Project. This focus will be driven by your proactive nature as a fashion image-maker and will require you to incorporate all relevant production processes available to you at this stage into your definitive proposal document.
In the first and second terms you will complete a major piece of written work for the Cultural and Historical Studies Dissertation unit. TThis allows you to demonstrate your understanding of the critical and analytical perspectives developed within cultural and historical theory, and how you can apply these theoretical perspectives in a specific study, which you will have already identified in the third term of the second year. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to undertake primary and secondary research that examines in depth cultural issues relating to a particular aspect of fashion, lifestyle, the body, performance or the media, and to produce a written piece of work that reflects on the critical debates and concerns addressed in the course.
The Final Major Project, undertaken in the second and third term, gives you the opportunity to produce a coherent and substantial body of work that evidences the consolidation of specific fashion image making knowledge that you have acquired throughout the course, and demonstrates an advanced level of conceptual, technical and aesthetic abilities, informed by a rigorous process of research. Your outcome should make a contribution to contemporary fashion image making, and should be directed towards a specific and clearly identified platform and audience.
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