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BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories: Product Design and Innovation

College
LCF
Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years / 4 years (with placement year in industry)
UCAS code
W245

Course summary


Applications open for 2019/20 entry. See the ‘How to Apply’ tab for more information

This accessories design course prepares you for a successful career as a product designer and developer in the exciting field of fashion bags and accessories.

About

On BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories: Product Design and Innovation students learn how to research, produce initial design ideas and develop them through to a finished 3D prototype. It also provides a comprehensive understanding of the fashion accessories industry and the role of a product designer and developer.

Great reasons to apply

  • Excellent vocational preparation for a career in innovative product design development.
  • Opportunities for prizes, scholarships and industrial visits from The Cordwainers and Leathersellers livery companies.
  • Unrivaled access to specialist resources appropriate to the industry.

This course is based at Golden Lane. Find out about the local area, including Clerkenwell, Barbican and Shoreditch, in our local area guides on the Student Life pages.

Student and graduate work

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Facilities

Library, John Princes Street
Library, John Princes Street Photography by: Ideal Insight

LCF library and archives

Take a tour of LCF's world renowned fashion library, ideal for research and study.

Mfundo Mahlangu from BA Cordwainers Footwear- Product Design and Innovation; Photographer Alys Tomlinson

Footwear, accessories and jewellery facilities

Take a tour of Golden Lane's workshops and leather room

Canteen, Mare Street
Canteen, Mare Street Photography by: Ideal Insight

LCF's social spaces

Explore our social spaces, for collaborative study and breaks, across our six sites in London.

Course details

BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories: Product Design and Innovation is one of a group of fashion product courses, all of which are designed and delivered with employment in the relevant industry in mind. Therefore, you will study a range of units that will equip you with the relevant professional, communication and business skills, and undertake live projects set by industry where there will be presentations to and from the companies involved. You will have the option of doing a placement year between the second and final year of the course. Successful completion of this year will give you an additional qualification, and you will have the opportunity to make contacts and build relationships within the industry before the end of your studies. This course focuses on producing graduates who are encouraged to make an innovative and visionary contribution to accessory product development within the fashion industry.

Course structure

The academic year for this course is divided into Block 1 and Block 2.

Block 1 is of 15 weeks duration from late September to February. In accordance with the University timetable, there will be a four week holiday in December.

Block 2 is also of 15 weeks’ duration from mid-February to the end of June with a four week holiday for Easter.

Year one

  • Introduction to Fashion Bags and Accessories
  • Product Design and Technologies
  • Product Creativity
  • Better Lives
  • Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies

Year two

  • Professional Practice
  • Option: Cultural and Historical Studies unit
  • Creative Design
  • Industry Project

Diploma in Professional Studies (optional professional placement year)

Final year

  • Concept Vision
  • Contextualising Your Practice
  • Concept Realisation

Students on this course might be invited to participate in study trips. This may involve, for example, visits to key areas of capital cities, factories, stores and museums. Attendance on these trips is not compulsory but recommended. Details regarding timings and costs will be issued closer to the relevant trips.

Course units

Year one

Introduction to Fashion Bags and Accessories aims to introduce you to your course and its subject specialism as well as to effective learning and studentship at undergraduate level. It will orientate you to the practices and knowledge-base needed to understand your discipline and help you to develop your skills for independent & collaborative learning, reflection and your own self development. Students come from many diverse educational backgrounds and a part of this unit will enable you to reflect on your own background and how that shapes the way you approach your course. This Unit has three core purposes:

  • to introduce you to your discipline in the context of study at a Higher Education level;
  • to introduce you to learning skills and the requirements of effective studentship at undergraduate level;
  • to orientate you within your course, the College and the University.

Product Design and Technologies will introduce you to essential design and technical skills required for the development and production of products for accessories. Through workshop demonstrations and practice you will learn about the materials and processes involved, along with the pattern cutting, construction methods, production techniques and prototyping skills that are necessary to become a successful product developer. You will then consider how these processes can be applied to your design ideas.  You will also be introduced to health and safety requirements within the workshop areas.

Product Creativity explores the creative design process for product development. You will be introduced to a series of practical skills that a designer must work through when developing new ideas for products. Research and inspiration are always the starting points within the design process. These will lead you on to initial ideas, design development and design finalisation focused on an end consumer. An important part of design is how you communicate your ideas to others and the overall presentation of your work. In this unit, you will be introduced to team working.

Better Lives

London College of Fashion, UAL (LCF) is a leader in fashion design, media and business education. We have been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion. We encourage students to examine the past and challenge the present. To have inventive, assertive ideas that challenge social and political agendas. We give students the skills, opportunities – and above all, the freedom – to put those ideas into practice. By leading the way in fashion design, business, and the media, we influence culture, economics and our society. This unit will provide you with a solid understanding of LCF’ core values and how they connect to your practice. As part of this unit you will explore diversity, social responsibility and sustainability, themes which you will then apply to a selected project. At this stage the emphasis is on how you apply your thinking across these important themes to your practice. Your thinking is more important than a finished piece of work at this point. Fashion can change lives. Through teaching, specialist research, and collaborative work, this unit will get you thinking differently. We want you to use fashion to examine the past, build a sustainable future and improve the way we live. That’s why we call this unit ‘Better Lives’.

Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies introduces you to key concepts and ways of thinking about fashion and its context in society and culture. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops, and do a significant amount of reading of academic texts in order to complete a formal academic essay for assessment. Completion of this unit will allow you to make an informed choice of subject for study in the second year Cultural and Historical Studies unit.

Year two

The Professional Practice unit introduces you to the global context of the fashion industry and the study of design and development for a specified market. It explores areas that will affect the development of a product, such as sustainable and ethical sourcing, costing and the environments in which the product will be consumed. This unit will further develop your critical thinking around design and technology for your specialist area and allow you to engage with industry relevant project briefs and challenges.

You will be able to study a Cultural and Historical Studies unit of your choice that will broaden or deepen your learning of areas relating to your interests in your chosen field. You will have the opportunity to participate in lectures, seminars and workshops with students from other courses within your School, and will read relevant academic texts and complete a formal academic essay for assessment. Further information on the options available will be provided during Year 1 of your studies.

The Creative Design unit will develop your critical thinking; broaden your professional skills set and support your innovative individual response to the brief. Creative, strategic and practical skills will be developed through traditional and contemporary techniques in order to communicate strong visual and written responses. You will use critical judgement and current debate to inform and develop appropriate outcomes and evaluate and justify your solutions.

An Industry Project will consolidate your understanding of research methods in relation to industry-set challenges. Through undertaking a live or simulated industry brief your knowledge and professional understanding of the design and product development processes will be enhanced. This unit will support you in thinking differently, to fuse creative, practical, and entrepreneurial skills within an industrial context.

Diploma in Professional Studies (optional professional placement year)


The Diploma in Professional Studies (the Diploma) is a University of the Arts London Award for a period of professional placement of at least 30 weeks duration. The placement is undertaken after successful completion of stage 2 of the four-year Bachelor’s degree or a five-year integrated Master’s degree. The 30 weeks must be completed in full.

The Diploma in Professional Studies aims to:

  • develop an appreciation of the culture and practice of the work place;
  • put course content and study into perspective;
  • develop transferable skills; enhance students' opportunities for career or academic progression.

There is flexibility to combine a placement in industry either in the United Kingdom or overseas (of at least 20 weeks) with a period of studying abroad (of at least 10 weeks). It is recommended that the placement in industry be with one organisation for a minimum of 30 weeks (if you are not undertaking a period of studying abroad) to benefit fully from your placement experience. In exceptional circumstances more than one placement in industry can occur to meet the minimum requirements for the award of the Diploma. During the placement, your academic studies continue through the compilation of a written report and reflection, which focuses on the opportunities and challenges relating to the professional placement. This not only continues the development of your study skills but also allows the ongoing development of your research, analytical and evaluative skills.

Final year

To begin you will undertake the Concept Vision unit which will provide a platform from which you will be able to formulate an innovative and enterprising, self-initiated concept and strategy to underpin the rest of your final year of study. This will enable you to embody knowledge, creative thinking and experience gained and present a major piece of product design and development work. It should be intellectually explored, viable for your chosen market and informed by appropriate theory, ethical debate, research and development.

Contextualising Your Practice allows you to build on your historical and theoretical understanding of fashion through a research-led extended essay. You will identify a topic, related to your field of practice, that you will investigate through design-led research methods and significant cultural and critical theories. It is an opportunity for you to undertake a substantial piece of structured research that examines fashion practice in context and it will build on the critical debates and concerns raised through your course.

In Concept Realisation, utilising feedback from your Concept Vision outcomes you will broaden and deepen your research design and development. The unit will enable you to identify, research and develop your personal vision via an individually negotiated project. Your research and experimentation will result in the production of innovative and creative fully realised outcomes. This exploration should evidence full engagement with your responsibilities as a designer/product developer, informed by current debates. You will present your work using appropriate professional techniques.

Showing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCF and will last for up to 12 months after graduation. This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Briefings, tutorials, feedback
  • Collaborative group project work
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Library and workshop inductions
  • Museum gallery and other visits
  • Presentations
  • Studio teaching
  • Research methods

Assessments methods

  • Essays and reports
  • Peer assessment
  • Portfolio and prioject work
  • Presentations
  • Student self-evaluation
  • Tutorials
  • Final collection citiques

Staff

Lindsey Riley is course leader and has over 30 years experience in the fashion trend forecasting industry, the majority as fashion director and co-owner of Insight Ltd. As an industry-recognised specialist in the footwear, accessories and leather markets she is experienced in trend and colour forecasting, fashion illustration and journalism. She has worked with a global list of clients on product development, special projects and as a guest speaker, for companies including Timberland, Nike, Pittards, Clarks, Nordstrom, Walmart, Marks & Spencer, Steve Madden, Kenneth Cole, Nine West, and Converse. Lindsey graduated with a 1st class BA (hons) in Fashion Design at MMU and a Post Graduate with distinction in Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication at LCF. She is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glovers.

David Tracy is technical lecturer and was for many years a tutor at Cordwainers College before joining the United Nations as their leather products specialist. He has travelled widely and set up many manufacturing units throughout the world while with the UN. David is a designer/craftsman with expertise in creating 3D from 2D and a particular interest in pattern precision and the satisfaction that comes from creating a new product. In more recent years he has acted as consultant for many high street retailers and travelled to their manufacturers in China, India and Indonesia to assist in perfecting the manufacturing process. He now carries out that same roll at LCF working with students to perfect their skills adding his experience to their creative ambitions.

Georgie Tym is a technical lecturer and Cordwainers Alumni. Georgie has worked for many luxury accessories companies including Dunhill and Hunter gaining extensive industry experience. A practical and hands on designer/maker she enjoys getting involved with the product at every stage from 2D to 3D realisation. Her most recent role covered design, development, sampling and production at leading international tannery, Pittards in Somerset working on the re-branding of a luxury leather goods brand. She has a broad and in-depth knowledge of the leather industry and now working as a tutor she enjoys sharing her ever-developing practice with students.

Selina Cheong is technical lecturer, a CSM graduate and co-owner of Studio 168 for the past decade, consulting for design briefs and making high quality leather bag samples for either catwalk, exhibitions or to be put into production. Past clients include Jonathan Saunders, Thomas Tait, ASOS, Topshop Unique, Lara Bohinc, Sophie Hulme, Harris Tweed, Prism, MAWI, Ally Capellino, Village England and French Connection. Selina has been teaching bag and accessories, pattern cutting and making at UAL and other colleges for five years.

Darla Gilroy is the programme director for the Design and Craft group of courses, including this one, within the School of Design and Technology. She has worked in design education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for over twenty years at Cordwainers College, at Winchester School of Art, where she developed a number of research projects, and at the Royal College of Art, where, in addition to being specialist tutor in footwear and accessories, she undertook a funded research project on the ‘Ethnicity of Cool’.

Rob Phillips is the creative director for the School of Design and Technology. Trained in fashion womenswear, surface textiles: print, menswear and illustration Rob went on to become the fashion editor for International Textiles magazine and consultant for fashion brands. Rob's broad skill set of fashion design, process, graphics, presentation, typography, advertising and communication led to his appointment as creative director of Fashion Forecast magazine, where his progressive work promoting young fashion talent garnered him much acclaim from industry. Rob continues to nurture talent at LCF across all courses within the School, teaching holistically about fashion, developing the students’ full potential so they can make their unique contribution to the fashion industry. He furthers the work of the College through many routes, including industry projects, collaborations and competitions. He also curates and directs the School’s events including fashion shows, films, photoshoots, publications and exhibitions. Rob continues to contribute to industry as a fashion commentator (BBC, The Guardian, SHOWstudio and more) and as creative consultant for fashion brands. View Rob Phillips' full profile here.

José Teunissen is dean of the School of Design and Technology at London College of Fashion, UAL, and professor of Fashion Theory. José previously worked as a journalist for several Dutch newspapers and Dutch broadcast television, and was curator of Fashion and Costume at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht (1998-2006). 
At ArtEZ in 2002, José was one of the first professors in the Netherlands to conduct research and develop theory in the field of fashion. In 2008, she set up the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) research project National Identity in a Globalised World, working closely with Radboud University Nijmegen and other universities of applied sciences. José took various hot items from the fashion industry, including the effects of globalisation, sustainability and technology, and used them as the basis for research projects, publications and exhibitions in association with ArtEZ Press, which earned her an excellent international reputation. View José Teunissen's full profile here.

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How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

One or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications.

  • Two A Level Passes at Grade C or above (preferred subjects include English, Maths, Art, Design, Textiles and Science);
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design;
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma preferred subjects Art & Design;
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma; Access Diploma or 64 tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma;
  • 64 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 160 old UCAS tariff points) from a combination of the above qualifications or an equivalent full Level 3 qualification;
  • or equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications such as International Baccalaureate Diploma;
  • and three GCSE passes at grade A*-C or grade 9-4.

Entry to this course will also be determined by assessment of your portfolio.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning)

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • OR a combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language Requirements

IELTS level 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Please check our main English Language Requirements 

Selection Criteria

The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • A current awareness of fashion for accessories in terms of material developments, new designers and fashion trends
  • A potential to achieve a high standard of technical manufacture
  • An ability to record and develop design ideas through the vehicle of drawing
  • The ability to work as a member of a team
  • The ability to work independently to develop your own knowledge and skills acquired on the course

This might, for example, be demonstrated by: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement, a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.

Making your application

This section includes all the information you need on how to apply and how your application is considered, and what happens next.

How we assess your application

Your application form is reviewed when you apply to the University.  If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements we will invite you to submit a mini portfolio. The mini portfolio is assessed by Academic Reviewers who will select applicants to attend an interview. Please note that not all applicants are invited to attend interview. When you have attended your interview we will advise you of your outcome through UCAS Track.

You should apply though UCAS – Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – and you will need the following information:

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 W245

We do not consider applications for Year 2 and Year 3 Entry for this course.

London College of Fashion does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

What happens next

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry requirements and Selection Criteria sections.

Depending on the quality of your application, you may be asked to submit a number of images of your work. For this course your portfolio should show evidence of: ability to present ideas visually; a level of research, experimentation and development; technical and practical ability; effective presentation techniques; and contemporary fashion and cultural awareness.

If the course team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to our interview week (18th to 22nd February 2019) where the course team will look at your portfolio and ask you questions to establish your suitability for the course. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the following at interview: a current awareness of fashion and fashion accessories in terms of material developments, new designers and fashion trends; a potential to achieve a high standard of technical manufacture; an ability to record and develop design ideas through the medium of drawing; the ability to work as a member of a team; and the ability to work independently to develop your own knowledge and skills acquired on the course.

If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Applicants are not guaranteed to be asked to upload work, nor are they guaranteed an interview.

Please note that if you are unable to attend, the College may not be able to re-schedule.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through UCAS Track. You will only receive further communication directly from the College if your application has been successful. This will be in the form of a full offer pack including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.

This section includes all the information you need on how to apply and how your application is considered, and what happens next.

How we assess your application

Your application form is reviewed when you apply to the University. If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements you will be invited to submit a portfolio of no more than 45 images. Your portfolio is assessed by our academic team who will select applicants to attend an interview. Please note that not all applicants are invited to attend interview. When you have attended your interview we will advise you of your outcome.

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at London College of Fashion:

You should apply though UCAS – Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – and you will need the following information:

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 W245

You can only apply to the same course once per year whether you are applying via UCAS, UAL Representative or using the UAL online application system. Any duplicate application will be withdrawn.

For further advice on how to apply please visit the UAL International Application page.

We do not consider applications for Year 2 and Year 3 Entry for this course.

London College of Fashion does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

What happens next

Immigration History Check

Whether you are applying online via UCAS or through a UAL representative or direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History Check to identify whether you are eligible to study at UAL. Do be aware, if you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application.

Initial application check

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry requirements and Selection Criteria sections.

Depending on the quality of your application, you may be asked to submit a number of images of your work. For this course your portfolio should show evidence of: ability to present ideas visually; a level of research, experimentation and development; technical and practical ability; effective presentation techniques; and contemporary fashion and cultural awareness.

If the academic team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to attend an interview either in person or via telephone where an international academic will look at your portfolio and ask you questions to establish your suitability for the course. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the following at interview: a current awareness of fashion and fashion accessories in terms of material developments, new designers and fashion trends; a potential to achieve a high standard of technical manufacture; an ability to record and develop design ideas through the medium of drawing; the ability to work as a member of a team; and the ability to work independently to develop your own knowledge and skills acquired on the course.

If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Applicants are not guaranteed to be asked to upload work, nor are they guaranteed an interview.

Please note that if you are unable to attend, the College may not be able to re-schedule.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through UCAS Track. If you have applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL portal. You will only receive further communication directly from the College if your application has been successful. This will be in the form of a full offer pack including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.


After you apply

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this Portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Once we’ve reviewed and assessed your application, we’ll contact you via UCAS Track or the UAL Portal to let you know whether your application has been successful.

Potential changes to course structure

Please note: the information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course. Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year. In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please use the enquiry form above.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250

This applies for the 2019/20 academic year.

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2019/20 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£19,930

This applies for the 2019/20 academic year.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Careers and alumni

All of our undergraduate courses offer career development, so that you become a creative thinker, making effective contributions to your relevant sector of the fashion industry.

LCF offers students the opportunity to develop Personal and Professional Development (PPD) skills while studying through:

  • An on-course work experience or placement year. Please note, this is not available on every course; please see the Course Details section for information about work placement opportunities.
  • Access to to speaker programmes and events featuring alumni and industry.
  • Access to careers activities, such as CV clinics and one-to-one advice sessions.
  • Access to a graduate careers service
  • Access to a live jobsboard for all years.
  • Advice on setting up your own brand or company.

Graduates who wish to continue their education at postgraduate level can progress to suitable courses within the College, the University or elsewhere.

Career paths

Many graduates prefer to seek employment as soon as they have completed their undergraduate studies. Recent Fashion Accessories graduates have obtained positions with a number of companies, including Alexander McQueen, Mulberry, Vivienne Westwood, Tom ford, Lulu Guinness, Chanel, Simpsons, House of Fraser, Accessorize and H&M.

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