Jessica Saunders

Jessica is Director of Programmes for London College of Fashion and oversees the part-time courses at London College of Fashion alongside two international preparation courses at Level 3 and 4. Jessica was an international fashion model for 12 years before becoming a designer allowing her a unique insight into the workings of the industry from couture to the high street. Having worked with start ups including her own brand, one of the first internet fashion labels, Jessica brings her broad knowledge and design expertise to London College of Fashion. Her work with Isabella Blow provided the opportunity to work on one off projects and experiment with a range of materials.

As Director of Programmes at LCF Jessica has created a team dynamic that supports innovation, trust and dedication. Throughout her academic career Jessica has produced exceptional graduates and progression students, balancing results with sustainable practice and progressive teaching methods. Working across a range of disciplines and departments to achieve high standards with highly effective staff teams who are recognised across the wider organisation. The programme is acknowledged both nationally and internationally. Jessica is a CMI Chartered Manager and holds a highly commended Green Gown Award for embedding sustainability in the curriculum.

Jessica’s research focus is in progressive manufacturing and attitudes to design for sustainability.

Tell us about your professional experience and background?

As Director of Programmes I have created a team dynamic that supports innovation, trust and dedication through effective and motivational communication. I have a proven track record, producing exceptional graduates and progression students, balancing results with sustainable practice and progressive teaching methods. I work across a range of disciplines and departments to achieve high standards with highly effective Staff teams who have influence and are recognised within the wider organisation. Through effective PR and industry liaison the programme is recognised both nationally and internationally.

What makes your courses unique?

The key areas that make the courses unique is the cross disciplinary teaching and learning. Staff teach across practice boundaries and students collaborate in interdisciplinary groups.

For the International courses we provide in course Academic Language Development to help students who do not have English as a fist language to develop their linguist skills alongside their discipline practice and academic study skills.

What, if anything, have you found surprising about teaching on these courses?

The students are inspiring because the level of work is exceptionally high.

International students are a huge asset to the student body, they progress on to undergraduate courses having developed their work to very high levels on their preparation courses.

Part time students manage to gain high level degrees whilst holding down full time jobs, the level of commitment and hard work is extraordinary.

What inspires and excites you in terms of your area of practice?

I am very exited about the marrying of technology with traditional techniques and how we can build a sustainable fashion industry for the future.

What do graduates of the course go on to do?

Graduates from Part time go on to a range of areas, students work at leading brands such as Puma and Burberrys, they also go to areas such as WGSN and many start their own business.

A majority of International students progress on to London College of Fashion Courses

And briefly, how would you sum up the LCF experience to prospective students.

The experience is exiting, fast moving, individual and challenging; it is rewarding and provides exceptional networking opportunities.