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

College
LCF
Start date
September 2020
Course length
3 years / 4 years (with placement year in industry)
UCAS code
W245

Students will learn the skills to research, produce initial design ideas and develop designs through to a finished 3D prototype. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the fashion accessories industry and the role of a product designer and developer.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion

  • Career preparation: the course provides excellent vocational skills and preparation for a career in innovative product design development.
  • Industry links and opportunities: students will have the chance to compete for prizes and scholarships and will benefit from industry visits from The Cordwainers and Leathersellers livery companies.
  • Facilities: students gain unrivalled access to specialist resources, appropriate to industry practice.

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Cordwainers Footwear and Bags & Accessories
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Location

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.

London College of Fashion is planning to move to a new single campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2022. This is part of a new development for London prioritising culture, education and innovation, known as East Bank. Students studying this course will begin their studies at Golden Lane and are likely to be transferred to LCF’s new site in East London, to complete their studies there, from September 2022. Please see ‘4Fashion: LCF’s move to the Olympic Park’ for more information about the College’s relocation.

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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.

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

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Course overview

Introduction 

BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories: Product Design and Innovation is delivered with employment in the industry in mind. This course focuses on producing graduates who can make an innovative and visionary contribution to accessory design and product development within the fashion industry. 

What to expect 

  • Students will study a range of units that will equip them with professional, communication and business skills. 

  • Students will undertake live projects from industry where there will be presentations to and from the companies involved. 

  • Students have the option of doing a placement year between the second and final year of the course. Successful completion of this year will give students an additional qualification and they will have the opportunity to make contacts and build relationships within the industry before the end of their studies. 

Work experience and opportunities 

Students will be given the opportunity to undertake an industry project as part of year two, through industry-set challenges and briefs. Previous companies have included Vivienne Westwood, Bill Amberg and Pittards. The opportunity to undertake an optional industry placement year between the second and final year of the course enhances the employability of students by offering valuable experience and contacts within the industry as well as earning an additional Diploma in Professional Studies qualification.  

The Cordwainers and Leathersellers livery companies support the Cordwainers courses through prizes, scholarships and industrial visits.  

Mode of study 

BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories: Product Design and Innovation runs for 90 weeks in full time mode. It is divided into 3 stages over 3 academic years. Each stage lasts 30 weeks. 

Course units

In Stage 1 students are required to complete 120 credits at level 4 in order to progress to Stage 2.

  • Introduction to Fashion Bags and Accessories (20 credits);
  • Product Design and Technologies (40 credits);
  • Product Creativity (20 credits);
  • Better Lives (20 credits);
  • Fashion Cultures and Histories (20 credits).

In Stage 2 students are required to complete 120 credits of which a minimum of 100 must be at level 5.

  • Professional Practice (40 credits);
  • Cultural and Historical Studies Options (20 credits);
  • Creative Design (20 credits);
  • Industry Project (40 credits).

In Stage 3 students are required to complete 120 credits at level 6.

  • Concept Vision (40 credits);
  • Contextualising Your Practice (20 credits);
  • Concept Realisation (60 credits).

On successful completion of Stage 2 students are offered the option of a professional placement leading to an extra qualification; the Diploma in Professional Studies.

The Diploma in Professional Studies carries 120 credits, and constitutes an independent award. Credits achieved on the Diploma are not part of the final degree award.

This diploma is achieved through the optional 30-week industrial placement. It allows students the opportunity to experience the atmosphere, pace and discipline of working in the industry, through total involvement in the day-to-day activities of a company. It will build on the knowledge gathered through course work to practically demonstrate the roles and functions, and operations typical of the fashion industry and the student’s chosen specialism.

All students are entitled to a tutorial package that consists of:

  • one induction tutorial (group or one to one);
  • one tutorial per term for the duration for their course of study at LCF;
  • group tutorials as required;
  • an appropriate level of confidentiality.

Learning and teaching methods

The following teaching and learning methods are employed to support the integrated achievement of the course outcomes:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Group and individual projects
  • Critiques
  • Peer group presentations
  • Demonstrations
  • Studio-based workshops
  • Open access work
  • Visiting speaking
  • field trips
  • Refelction
  • Demonstrations
  • Self-directed study
  • Self evaluation

Assessment methods

The following assessment methods are employed to support the integrated aims of the course outcomes:

  • Research records,
  • Technical files,
  • Portfolio presentation,
  • Prototype development and realisation,
  • Written reports,
  • Live industrial projects,
  • Written assignments,
  • Self-evaluation,
  • Peer feedback,
  • Reflective journals,
  • Case studies,
  • Presentations to specialist audiences

Staff

Kathrin Lodes is Course Leader and has 20 years experience in the Fashion Industry. She worked as Head of Accessory Design for Vivienne Westwood for over 10 years, as a consultant for the United Nations on projects in Africa and for other brands, projects and institutions. She has extensive experience in Product Development in Italy, China, Japan and Kenya and has a degree in Made to Measure tailoring and Pattern Cutting being able to support students from this facetted background. She has a particular interest in sustainability, future materials and creative pattern cutting approaches. Kathrin also graduated with a 1st class BA (hons) in Product Design and Development, Pathway Accessories from Cordwainers, London College of Fashion.

Eting Liu is a technical lecturer and Cordwainers Alumni. After gaining her degree she polished her skills at one of London’s leading leatherwork studios. Seeing a gap in the market for small scale design led manufacturing she set up Studio168 with a fellow alumni in East London offering design consultancy, product development and production that soon gained loyal customers, including brands such as Ally Capellino, Topshop , Fiona Paxton and Mawi. With over 10 years industrial experience Eting has strong pattern cutting skills and is specialised in taking initial design concepts through to final production stage.

Lindsey Riley 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.

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.

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.

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

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 W245

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

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

If you have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (years 1 and 2) in the equivalent units/modules on a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at London College of Fashion, you can apply to transfer to year 2 or year 3 respectively. The Admissions Tutor will consider applicants for entry to year 2 and 3 on a case by case basis, subject to places being available on the course. You must apply through UCAS and indicate POE 2 for entry to year 2 or POE 3 for entry to year 3 on your application. Click here for important information about our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

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.

If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements we will invite you to submit a mini portfolio which should include 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. 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.

Rich Mix Interview week

If you are selected for interview, these will take place at the Rich Mix Arts venue in Shoreditch from February 17th to 22nd 2020. Please see here for a map of the location; nearest stations are Liverpool Street (Central, Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City and TFL Rail), Shoreditch High Street (Overground) and Bethnal Green (Central). Local buses also serve the venue – please see the Richmix website for further details.

Should you be unable to attend your interview, you must notify us as soon as you can. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to reschedule so you should make every effort to attend the scheduled interview.

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:

If you choose to apply though UCAS – Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – 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.

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

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

If you have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (years 1 and 2) in the equivalent units/modules on a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at London College of Fashion, you can apply to transfer to year 2 or year 3 respectively. The Admissions Tutor will consider applicants for entry to year 2 and 3 on a case by case basis, subject to places being available on the course. You must apply through UCAS and indicate POE 2 for entry to year 2 or POE 3 for entry to year 3 on your application. Click here for important information about our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

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 2020/21 academic year.

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study, 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

£22,920

This applies for the 2020/21 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.

Charges may be made for special clothing or equipment which students may need in order to participate in certain activities which form part of the course but which they retain. However, where such clothing or equipment is necessary for the student’s health or safety a charge may only be made for clothing and equipment which the student retains if the student also has the option of borrowing the clothing or equipment free of charge.

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.

Scholarship search

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, H&M, Dunhill and Bill Amberg.

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