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Styling Summer School
London College of Fashion
Open to all levels

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.

This course is ideal if you want to experience one of our renowned subjects for 5 weeks in London and:

you are 18+ and a student, or you want to apply to university


you work, or aspire to work in a creative industry


you have an interest in fashion, art and design


you want to study and live in London for 5 weeks.

Next start dates:

Our next date for this course will be in Summer 2022. Register for updates.

Why choose London College of Fashion?

During this intensive three-week course you will:

  • experience studying Styling here at London College of Fashion.
  • learn from tutors who are practicing in industry; benefit from access to specialist facilities at one of UAL’s six Colleges.
  • meet like-minded individuals from around the world.
  • get involved in UAL life through social events and activities.
  • All courses are assessed and you'll receive a record of study at the end of the programme if you wish to request credit from your home institution.

Entry requirements

English requirements

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.

Academic requirements

Students applying for this course are expected to have a minimum GPA of 2.8 or equivalent.

Course details

Once a designer’s vision is complete, the journey doesn’t finish'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.

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

Dates and fees

Date: Dates to be scheduled 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)

Location:  London College of Fashion

Styling at London College of Fashion

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    , Mirroring portraits by Marie Simon, Graduate showcase
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    , Lorenzo Dirupo working in the Studio
  • Styling-at-London-College-of-Fashion.jpg
    , Separates Lethaby Gallery Photography by Asia Werbel

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