London College of Fashion’s Compact Agreement for Progression Scheme (CAPS) came to JPS last week for a series of workshops designed to help prospective students build a portfolio, prepare for interviews, and experience how a fashion university operates on a daily basis. The CAPS scheme is helps students from diverse backgrounds find their feet and choose an education in fashion.
London College of Fashion believes that fashion and design education should be open to all, that’s why we created CAPS, to support and encourage students from many different backgrounds to study here. The process of applying for university is often very daunting, sometimes the course requirements and skills can seem out of reach for many. CAPS provides a series of workshops and events to help students find out more about applying to LCF and to build a specialist portfolio to apply to LCF.
We celebrated the work of CAPS over the summer, and some of the featured students were there last week giving advice to those thinking about an education in fashion, this included Jay Biscarra. We caught up with Michele Buchanan, CAPS Outreach Manager, who explained that the two-day workshops at John Prince’s Street is designed to help students with personal statements, portfolio guidance, interview preparation, final course preferences, and accounting for money while studying a undergraduate.
We also spoke to Selin Clayton, an 18-year-old prospect student who attended all the workshops last week. We asked how she found the CAPS event, she said:
It was really interesting to see the work of everyone else involved with CAPS. We learnt ways to use our strengths and weaknesses of our sketching for example, this definitely helped us build our portfolio. We also looked at former CAPS students work to see what we could reference and what we should be aiming for when applying at LCF. The CAPS open day was also great experience for BA courses at LCF, originally I thought I wanted to study womenswear but the workshops opened up my eyes. The first hand experience on different courses made me realise that I love textiles and knitwear. The CAPS scheme and open day at LCF is great because it gave us the opportunity to explore the college and what our strengths are, I’ll now be applying to a BA textiles and knitwear course.