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Styling Summer School

Styling Summer School

So you'd like to be a stylist? This London College of Fashion Study Abroad Summer School will provide you with an in depth and invaluable insight into what it takes.

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Once a designer’s vision is complete, the journey doesn’t finish there..it's just the beginning.  The masterpiece is then paired with other parts of the puzzle - to produce a polished image to convey a message and a feeling.  From still life, to models, to celebrities, we live in a world full of thought provoking imagery, artistically created by meticulous stylists, technical photographers and precise art directors. As glamorous as it may seem, have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes (from idea concept through to the final visual outcome) in order to achieve the 'hero' shot?

This course will provide you with an in depth insight into the life of a stylist. You will gain a thorough understanding of the key roles and responsibilities of a stylist, hair and make up artist, designer, photographer, and art director. You will look at what an assistant would do, and how you might eventually become established in the fashion image creation arena. We will investigate many aspects, from multi channel media to television and film, to the current 'craze' of celebrity styling.

As well as learning about trend analysis, the importance of networking and relationships with PRs, and creating a targeted portfolio; you will develop a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of styling on a photo shoot/film.

Key details:


Dates: Dates released soon for 2022.

Duration: 5 weeks

Cost: TBC for 2022

Class hours: 80 hours

Non-class hours: 40 hours

Credit value: 8 credits

Level: Beginners (knowledge of Photoshop would be helpful)

Entry requirements:

Minimum GPA of 2.8

You should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and make presentations. As a guideline we would expect you to have an English language level equivalent to IELTS score of 6.0 (list of language equivalencies). The Language Centre at University of the Arts London offers English courses for overseas students who wish to improve their English language skills.

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You will cover:


You will cover:

Fashion styling:

  • Shoot concepts
  • Fashion image analysis
  • Mood board
  • Styling to suit various fashion genres
  • Styling for body types
  • Trends
  • Street style
  • Styling kit
  • Requesting samples from PRs / sourcing & returns
  • Fashion editing & run throughs
  • Giving direction to achieve a desired image result
  • Working with photographers, hair and makeup artists & models
  • Team work
  • Project management
  • Conceptual editorial styling vs sales driven commercial styling

Fashion photography & makeup:

  • Fashion hair and makeup
  • Composition, colour & mood
  • Studio shoots vs location shoots
  • Working with a photographer

Presentation skills:

  • Creating a visual reference board
  • Enhancing your work to achieve perfection

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