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.
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.
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.
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
- Studio teaching
- Research methods
- Essays and reports
- Peer assessment
- Portfolio and prioject work
- Student self-evaluation
- Final collection citiques