BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development
Prepare yourself for a successful career as a fashion product designer and developer able to explore and exploit cutting edge technology.
This course has places available. View the ‘How to apply’ section on this page for more details. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2017/18 entry, including others available at LCF, visit the Places available page.
BA (Hons) Sportswear helps you gain the skills and technical knowledge to create innovative and functional sportswear and activewear. The course provides an understanding of product as well as skills in pattern cutting and design.
The Fashion Sportswear course is situated in the School of Design and Technology, and focuses on the very broad sector of the industry that produces clothing for specialist activities and sports lifestyle clothing. This part of the fashion industry is constantly evolving and you will be encouraged to adopt a broad approach in order to redefine how sportswear, including high performance, traditional, and sports lux, is worn and perceived. This is done through consideration of how sport, science, new technologies, fashion trends, socio-political and cultural contexts may influence and foster creative ideas.
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BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear will challenge you to design garments that are a fusion of individual contemporary style and function. It is one of a group of fashion product courses, all of which are designed and delivered to prepare you for employment in the relevant industry.
To this end you will study a range of units that will equip you with the relevant professional, communication and business skills, and undertake live projects set by industry where there will be presentations to and from the companies involved. For example, the course has collaborated with Canterbury rugby and Rapha cycling.
You will have the option of doing a placement year between the second and final year of the course. Successful completion of this year will give you an additional qualification, and you will have the opportunity to make contacts and build relationships within the industry before the end of your studies. This course focuses on producing graduates who are encouraged to make an innovative and visionary contribution to the sportswear sector of the fashion industry.
Year one - stage one - level 4 - 120 credits
Term one: Introduction to Fashion Sportswear (20 credits); Product Technologies (20 credits)
Term two: Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits); Product Creativity and Communication (20 credits)
Term three: Product Design and Development (40 credits)
Year two - Stage Two - level 5 - 120 credits
Term one: Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits); Creative Professional Practice (20 credits)
Term two: Research Methods (20 credits); Creative Industry Practice (20 credits)
Term three: Industry Project (40 credits)
Diploma in Professional Studies and Diploma Supplement
Final year - stage three - level 6 - 120 credits
Term one: Concept Development (40 credits)
Terms one two and three: Contextualising Your Practice (20 credits)
Terms two and three: Product Design and Realisation (60 credits)
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.
In the first term you will study two units.
Introduction to Fashion Sportswear has three core purposes:
The unit will enable you to acquire and improve your skills, understanding and approaches to learning that underpin your studies in Stage 1, in your course as a whole, and beyond. Emphasis is placed on the skills needed to locate, navigate and communicate information effectively and appropriately. You will be introduced to resources that support your studies.
Product Technologies will introduce you to the essential skills required for the development and production of fashion sportswear products. You will learn about materials, pattern cutting, construction methods, production techniques and prototyping skills, as well as the essential knowledge regarding health and safety requirements.
In the second term you will study two units.
Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies introduces you to key concepts and ways of thinking about fashion and its context in society and culture. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops, and do a significant amount of reading of academic texts in order to complete a formal academic essay for assessment. Completion of this unit will allow you to make an informed choice of subject for study in the second year Cultural and Historical Studies unit.
Product Creativity and Communication explores the creative design process and introduces a series of practical skills including research, finding inspiration, initial ideas, design development of fashion sportswear ideas, design development, design finalisation, drawing skills and presentation skills. You will learn the essential skills of visually and verbally communicating your work to others.
In the third term you will bring all your learning and developed skills so far to answering a complete research, design and development brief for fashion sportswear. Through the Product Design and Development unit you will begin to develop your understanding of the industry, fashion trends, fabrics for fashion sportswear, market levels, consumer behaviour, competitors and relevant ethical issues. Some of your research will be undertaken in small groups, as successful team working skills are essential for working in industry. You will take your design work to final prototype product stage.
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.
The Creative Professional Practice unit introduces you to the wider context of the fashion industry and the study of design and development for a specified market. It explores areas that affect the development of a product, such as sustainable and ethical sourcing, costing and the environments in which the product will be consumed. You will have the opportunity to engage within an industrial context through forward thinking creative responses to the project brief.
In the second term the Research Methods unit allows you to explore and experiment with different critical and methodological approaches to research, as well as looking at the range of established research methods and research within design and technology. You will learn more about primary and secondary sources and how they relate, ways of originating and developing research, and appropriate methodologies for your discipline. You will also become aware of any limitations, and this will enable you to choose the most appropriate research method for a particular project. This prepares you for later projects where research skills are needed by helping you explore what research you need to do, how you will be doing it and how you will manage and evaluate the process.
The Creative Industry Practice unit tests your critical thinking and broadens your professional skills set. You will develop your creative, strategic and practical skills through traditional and IT based development with visual and written work. Your critical judgement will be used to develop appropriate solutions to the brief and you will be expected to evaluate and justify your decisions as you develop your outcomes.
In the third term the Industry Project unit gives you the opportunity to consolidate your understanding of the research methods you have learnt by responding to live or simulated industry-set challenges. Your knowledge and professional understanding of the product design and development process will be enhanced, and you will combine creative, practical, intellectual and entrepreneurial skills within an industrial context to answer the brief.
The work throughout the second year is focussed on live projects with national and international companies and brands, and you may have the opportunity to participate in suitable competitions. Companies that have set projects for the course include Speedo, Ellesse, and Gilly Hicks, a division of Abercrombie and Fitch.
This year is optional. If you take up this opportunity you will undertake a 30-week industrial placement, where you get to experience the atmosphere, pace and discipline of working within the fashion sportswear industry by total involvement in the day to day activities of a company. You will be required to write a report on your placement, which will develop your study skills and allow you to demonstrate your research, analytical and evaluative skills. Successful completion of the year will give you the additional qualification of a Diploma in Professional Studies. LCF Careers will run a preparatory programme before your placement, and you will be expected to be involved in securing a suitable placement for your own personal development, skill set and career aspirations.
In the first term you will undertake the Concept Development unit which provides the foundation from which you will be able to formulate your own innovative and enterprising project and strategy for the major piece of fashion sportswear product design and development work that you will do in the final two terms. This work will be industrially relevant and informed by appropriate research. This unit allows you to explore and justify the means by which this work can be realised, and will demonstrate to the industry your direction and potential career path.
Contextualising Your Practice in the first and second term affords you the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the critical and analytical perspectives developed within cultural and historical theory and your ability to apply these in a specific study. You will research the topic you identified in the Research Methods unit, which will lead to the production of an extended essay. It is the opportunity for you to undertake a substantial piece of structured research that examines in depth practical and theoretical issues related to your field of practice; it will build on the critical debates and concerns raised throughout your course.
In terms two and three the Product Design and Realisation unit is the culmination of your study through an extended negotiated project. You will be able to demonstrate your ability to utilise concept development outcomes through using research and experimentation to achieve the design development, experimentation, rationale and production of your own range of fashion sportswear garments. You will evidence full engagement with your responsibilities as a designer/product developer, together with an understanding of where your work will best fit within the fashion sportswear industry.
There is a hands-on approach to develop skills with demonstrations and practice. We have a breadth of technical machinery to test ideas. The aim is for students to learn how to think, as well as really perfecting skills.
Claudine Rousseau, Programme Director for Product
Thomas Elliott is Course Leader and a creative director and designer across a range of media from film, editorial, digital and fashion design. He is a graduate from the MA communications design at CSM where his focus was on the genealogy of subcultures and the semiotics of the clothes they wore. Thomas is the course leader of BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear course. He runs a creative agency with clients ranging from Harvey Nichols, British Fashion Council, Harrods, Levi’s, ShowStudios, Superga and Goodhood.
Claudine Rousseau is the Programme Director and a graduate of LCF. She has worked in the fashion industry for over twenty years, initially as a womenswear designer overseas and then as a design interpreter, both for an innovative design consultancy and as a freelancer. Brands she has worked with include PUMA, Hussein Chalayan, Adidas, Levi’s, Nike ACG. Claudine currently collaborates on projects with Rapha Cycling and Christopher Raeburn. Her research interests encompass how clothing can enhance performance, both professionally and recreationally, from both physiological and psychological perspectives.
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.
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.
This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.
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Please note that the equal consideration deadline was 15 January.
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This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.
International applicants may apply through one of three routes only:
Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the Applying through UCAS page.
If applying through UCAS, you will need the following information:
For applicants who want to apply directly to UAL, the direct application form may be found here:
We continue to accept applications throughout the year, but please note that the equal consideration deadline was 15 January.
For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page or contact the UAL admissions team who can answer any specific questions that you may have regarding LCF's courses tailored for international students. This can include guidance for your portfolio, advice on 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.
Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.
The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:
Exceptionally, applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.
This course requires portfolio evidence, and you will be asked to complete a short written answer to a question relating to issues in the fashion industry if you are selected to attend a portfolio review.
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.
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What we look for
The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:
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.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about the portfolio application process.
For this course your portfolio should show evidence of: ability to present ideas through visual communication; a level of research, experimentation and development; technical and practical abilities; and effective presentation techniques.
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the following at interview: an awareness of contemporary fashion and culture; an understanding of research, design, design development and product realisation; a motivation for working in the fashion sportswear industry; and a motivation to succeed on the course.
All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry requirements and What we look for sections.
Depending on the quality of your application, you may be asked to submit a number of images of your work. If the course team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to an interview where you will be asked to complete a short written answer to a question relating to issues in the fashion industry. After this the course team will look at your portfolio and ask you questions to establish your suitability for the course. If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Applicants are not guaranteed to be asked to upload work, nor are they guaranteed an interview.
Please note that if you are unable to attend, the College may not be able to re-schedule.
If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through ucastrack. You will only receive further communication directly from the College if your application has been successful. This will be in the form of a full offer pack including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.
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.
Applicants on some courses may be invited to attend an Interview. Further details will be sent to you with your interview letter, confirming location and date. International applicants should contact the Admission Office by emailing email@example.com about portfolio requirements (if applicable), interview times and dates.
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.
Please note: the 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.
This applies for the 2017/18 academic year.
Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.
This applies for the 2017/18 academic year.
In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.
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All of 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.
Graduates who wish to continue their education at postgraduate level are encouraged to progress to suitable courses within the College, the University or elsewhere.
Many graduates prefer to seek employment as soon as they have completed their undergraduate studies. Recent graduates have gone on to work as designers for technical sports brands and lifestyle sportswear brands- Adidas, Puma, Altura technical bikewear, Crewroom specialist rowing brand, Korda specialist angling brand, Aitor Throup, Fila, DKNY to name a few.