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Postgraduate Collaborative Unit

Collaborative Unit work by Pretty Loud - Casper Oliver, Vipanci Bajaj, Syeti Agarwal, Brodie Taberner, Jasmine De Silva, Aloma Barnes, and Anisha Chopra
Collaborative Unit work by Pretty Loud - Casper Oliver, Vipanci Bajaj, Syeti Agarwal, Brodie Taberner, Jasmine De Silva, Aloma Barnes, and Anisha Chopra

The Collaborative Unit is a unique, first of its kind opportunity for London College of Fashion postgraduate students to collaborate across disciplines and work with industry partners. It was set up in 2014 in response to demand from the fashion industry and students themselves, wanting to connect with industry partners.

This 20-credit unit helps to develop professional networks and working practices, in order to become successful and agile in the cultural and creative industries.

‘…to innovate, explore developmental processes and to engage with collaborative working practices…’ (Collaborative Unit Handbook)

This unit is student led and requires students to be motivated and proactive. It is also a professional platform and offers engagement within industry working and practices. The project can be undertaken in the following ways:

  • A minimum of 2 students from the same or different courses conceive a project idea
  • A minimum of 2 students conceive a project idea working with collaborators external to LCF
  • Students apply for industry projects organised by the Collaborative Unit staff

Previously, students have used the unit to work on their existing brands or labels by partnering with industry specialists to perfect their Masters collections. They have also used the time to develop theories and concepts, or approached established brands and companies to collaborate on project such as new product launches, new markets and new marketing campaigns.

Industry partnerships have included: Diesel; ECCO leather; author David Foy; Holition; Kering; Tateossian; Tom Ford Beauty; V&A ; Net-a-Porter, Marks and Spencer, Fashion Innovation Agency,  Centre for Sustainable Fashion, alongside projects with LCF’s Digital Anthropology Lab, Student Enterprise Team, Social Responsibility Team and International Office.

Collaborative Unit - Partnership with M&S

Students were given the chance to delve into the Marks and Spencer archives, and design new garments inspired by its rich history. Students were given feedback from experts at the company on their work, providing an in-depth learning opportunity.

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Courses undertaking the Collaborative Unit

MA Fashion Retail Management

A fashion retail course aimed at students who wish to pursue a management, or creative, career in omnichannel fashion retailing, to shape current and future international fashion retailing strategy and operations.

College: London College of Fashion
Level: Postgraduate

MA Fashion Artefact

This unique masters in fashion product design has an international reputation as a pioneering incubator for the creative designers and practitioners of the future.

College: London College of Fashion
Level: Postgraduate

MA Fashion Photography

This fashion photography undergraduate degree prepares students to become professional and original image makers in the fashion industry.

College: London College of Fashion
Level: Postgraduate

MA Strategic Fashion Marketing

A fashion marketing and management programme with a global reputation for success in launching fashion industry careers.

College: London College of Fashion
Level: Postgraduate

MA Footwear

This specialist footwear masters level course gets students to challenge the concept of footwear design and push conventional notions of shoe design.

College: London College of Fashion
Level: Postgraduate

MA Fashion Media Production

MA Fashion Media Production aims to stimulate and cultivate innovative media practitioners and film and image makers.

College: London College of Fashion
Level: Postgraduate

MA Fashion Design Management

A fashion design management course with a global perspective for students wishing to enter managerial roles within the fashion and design industries.

College: London College of Fashion
Level: Postgraduate

MA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear

Globally recognised, this womenswear masters is for ambitious students who plan to work for a key brand or set up their own label.

College: London College of Fashion
Level: Postgraduate

MA Fashion Journalism

This fashion journalism masters course equips students with the skills to become an articulate and aware fashion writer in the current media landscape.

College: London College of Fashion
Level: Postgraduate

MSc Applied Psychology in Fashion

The first and only MSc in the world that applies psychological science within the context of fashion to make a positive difference through increasing knowledge, improving performance and enhancing well-being.

College: London College of Fashion
Level: Postgraduate

MA Fashion Design Technology Menswear

As an internationally recognised masters, this menswear course challenges the conventions of fashion design, producing some of the industry's most progressive designers and labels.

College: London College of Fashion
Level: Postgraduate

MA Fashion Cultures: History and Culture

MA Fashion Cultures: History and Culture offers students a unique opportunity to study fashion and dress within its historical, theoretical, social and cultural contexts to become informed critics and communicators.

College: London College of Fashion
Level: Postgraduate

MA Pattern and Garment Technology

This postgraduate pattern-cutting degree will develop your skills in innovative pattern-cutting and garment technology to prepare you for a successful career in the commercial fashion industry.

College: London College of Fashion
Level: Postgraduate

MA Fashion Curation

This postgraduate fashion curation course explores both theoretical and practical aspects of curating contemporary fashion and historical dress.

College: London College of Fashion
Level: Postgraduate

MA Fashion Futures

MA Fashion Futures places sustainability at the heart of fashion practice to help shape the next generation of sustainable brands and pioneers.

College: London College of Fashion
Level: Postgraduate

MA Costume Design for Performance

This costume design course develops confident and experimental practitioners who push the boundaries of costume, both for live performance and film.

College: London College of Fashion
Level: Postgraduate

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