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Graduate Diploma Fashion Design Technology

College
LCF
Start date
September 2019
Course length
1 year (September to June)

Course summary

Applications open 2019/20

See the 'How to Apply' tab for more information

This intensive one-year course is for students who want to build upon their knowledge of fashion design principles to progress onto a Masters or into industry.

About

You will explore various ways of approaching design briefs and how different ways of researching can promote diversity within your work. By unpacking the traditional design process and considering new ways of conceptualising the journey applying sustainability, diversity and identity models you will be provided with the tools to uncover your own design aesthetic. You will combine studio practice with theory.

Please note: This course will run at Level 6, which is equivalent to the final year of a BA Honours degree, and is a preparatory course for students who want to study at postgraduate level, but currently need further knowledge and skills before being eligible for postgraduate study. Ideal candidates will come from a background of fashion design or related degrees, exceptions will be made from other courses if a proficiency of the subject can be shown through portfolio evidence.

Great reasons to apply

  • Graduates are well positioned to gain employment in varied industry roles in the area of design and technology.
  • Graduates have also gone on to do a Masters at LCF, CSM, Chelsea and Wimbledon, in addition to the RCA, Westminster, Kingston, Goldsmiths, Aalto Helskinki.
  • Benefit from the expertise of visiting industry professionals who will inform creative discussions.

Location

This course is based at Mare Street in Hackney. Find out about the local area, including London Fields, Bethnal Green and Hackney Central, in our local area guides on the Student Life pages.

Student and graduate work

Facilities

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

LCF archives and library

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

Mare Street

Design, pattern cutting & tailoring facilities

Discover our design studios and workshops across JPS, Mare street, Curtain Road and Lime Grove.

Mare Street Canteen

LCF's social spaces

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

Course details

The Graduate Diploma Fashion Design Technology provides the opportunity to explore and develop ways of working within a fashion design practice.

Experimentation will be at the heart of the work you do whilst on the course, allowing you to contribute a greater sense of integrity in each project completed.  Within the Diagnostic and Development Project, time will be spent examining various ways of approaching design briefs and how different ways of researching can promote diversity within your work.  Through unpacking the traditional design process and considering new ways of conceptualising the journey applying sustainability, diversity and identity models you will be provided with the tools to uncover your own design aesthetic.  There is also a belief that combining studio practice with theory is a necessity and that they cannot be seen as two separate areas.  This will be applied through both the Fashion Practice and Critical Contexts unit and throughout the course as a whole. The final unit, Negotiated Major Project, will allow students to develop a specialist approach to their fashion practice and create a set of outputs that guide them towards the postgraduate course, industry or enterprise destination they wish to pursue.

The course applies a genderless approach to the design process, working with students to ensure they understand who they wish to design for as supposed to outdated binaries and that your time spent exploring experimental processes can be applied to any relevant muse or consumer.

As part of the LCF/UAL postgraduate network you will have the opportunity to meet likeminded designers from a wide range of backgrounds. Graduates will leave the course with an understanding and confidence in both conceptual and realistic fashion design outputs having studied in a city known for nurturing new talent.

Students will progress from the course with a portfolio and realised design work to support future development. Some students study on the Graduate Diploma to further their knowledge and skills before moving into industry. Other students use this study opportunity to prepare graduates for suitable MA courses within the Design and Technology programme at LCF, including MA Fashion Design Technology Menswear, MA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear, MA Fashion Futures and MA Pattern and Garment Technology. Some graduates of this course will be in a position to gain employment in varied roles within the international fashion industry in the area of design and technology.

Course structure

Block 1 (Weeks 1-15)

Diagnostic and Development Project (40 Credits)

Fashion Practice and Critical Contexts (20 Credits)

Block 2 (Weeks 16-30)

Negotiated Major Project (60 Credits)

Travelling across London

The renowned London College of Fashion library is at our John Prince’s Street site, and you will need to travel to this site, and possibly others, during your course to use the library, which is open seven days a week in term time, and for tuition and special events.

Course structure

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 contact a member of the course team.

Course units

The Diagnostic and Development Project

Creative fashion design relies on a deep, personal understanding of research that should originate from a multitude of sources and inspirations. To become an innovative designer within the industry requires the ability to take this information and respond by taking risks and alternate paths throughout the design process and beginning to understand what may make you different. This practice based unit aims to observe and challenge your use of both existing and unfamiliar methods of the research, design and technical processes to help inform your values as a designer. Through the introduction of different approaches to research and design this unit will encourage an experimental and reflective approach to understanding a design brief centred around fashion product.

Fashion Practice and Critical Contexts

The fashion industry is a field of cultural production that circulates highly symbolic objects across many overlapping and interconnected spaces of production and consumption. To work in this field requires a high amount of reflexivity and a tacit understanding of the aesthetic, social and political contexts in which fashion is produced. This unit affords you the opportunity to explore fashion in its cultural and historical contexts and to develop a theoretical underpinning to inform your design practice. You will learn how to apply academic and visual research methods in order to make sense of current issues in fashion practice and how to contextualise them through cultural and critical theory.

Negotiated Major Project

This final unit will consolidate the critical, conceptual and experimental content developed within block one and present the opportunity for you to devise, explore and realise a personal and in depth fashion practice-led unit. You will be expected to propose and critique the intentions of the project and justify any potential innovation with context to the fashion industry, in relation to both what you produce and how you present it.

The project will be led by your continuously developing sense of aesthetic that reflects critically on your likes and dislikes as a practitioner whilst also providing the opportunity to explore and realise the challenges of your chosen brief. Visual research methodologies will be explored in relation to your studio practice giving you the ability to present a professional and self-directed project with appropriate fashion related outcomes that evidences your ability to construct, direct and organise an overall professional outcome. By evaluating and reflecting upon your own learning and skills you may direct this project towards postgraduate progression, entering the industry or considering personal enterprise.

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 and feedback
  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Studio sessions
  • Presentations
  • Research methods
  • Design processes
  • Group tutorials
  • Collaboration group work
  • Peer feedback
  • Open Access

Assessments methods

  • Portfolio of work
  • 3D realisation
  • Presentations
  • Academic writing
  • Negotiated outcomes
  • Peer reviews
  • Formative tutorials and fittings

Staff

James Pegg studied BA (hons) Textile Design at Glasgow School of Art before completing his MA Fashion at Central Saint Martins and the PGCert in Learning and Teaching at UAL. James has been teaching at London College of Fashion since 2008 as a design lecturer on the BA (hons) Fashion Design Technology Womenswear course prior to becoming course leader on the graduate diploma in 2013. James’s interest in fashion education and research range from experimentation and challenging students’ understanding of their work to the importance of new gender roles in the design process. Outside of UAL, James has a ceramics practice that considers themes of dynamic colour and movement and how playfulness has an important role as a maker. He believes having a fashion practice should be seen as a fluid term, with trans-disciplinary processes at the heart of it.

Tarang Bharti, 3D realisation tutor, studied BA (hons) Fashion Design Technology Womenswear at London College of Fashion as well as the PGCert in Learning and Teaching at UAL. Tarang worked for a number of fashion brands such as Claire Barrow and J.WON as a pattern cutter and product developer helping to develop creative responses to cut and shape. Tarang also has his own accessories brand which explores the idea of traditional luxury and innovative detailing.

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 entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • An Honours degree or equivalent academic qualification;
  • Professional qualifications recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree;
  • OR a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.

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

Extra information required for applications to this course

When you are submitting your application form, you will also need to provide the following pieces of documentation in support of your application:

Personal statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and your suitability for the course that you intend to study.

Some key points to consider:

  • Make sure that personal statement is your own work and is about you.
  • Why you want to study the course you are applying to.
  • Try to link your skills and experience required to the course.
  • Demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the course and link these with your personality.
  • Make sure it is organised and literate (grammar, spelling, punctuation check).

Portfolio

You will be required to submit a digital portfolio with a maximum of 30 images that you consider would help support your application. Submit your portfolio via the university’s digital portfolio tool, PebblePad. More details will be sent to you after you have submitted your application. You should include essential development work from sketchbooks to portfolio final presentations with photography of garments. Label and present any visual work with care, including dates and captions. If selected for interview, you will be asked to bring garments with you and additional portfolio work.

Selection Criteria

The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • the potential to develop their practical and critical abilities through academic study
  • critical knowledge of a subject area
  • a capacity for intellectual inquiry and reflective thought
  • an openness to new ideas and a willingness to participate actively in their own intellectual development
  • initiative and a developed and mature attitude to independent study

How we assess your application

If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements, then your application will be reviewed by the course team who will select applicants to attend an interview. Interviews may be conducted in person, via telephone or via Skype. 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 your UAL portal.

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.

UK/EU students can apply to a postgraduate course at LCF by completing a direct application.

Application deadline

There are no official deadlines to submit your application. Applications are accepted, and offers are made throughout the year. The course will be closed once spaces are filled so we advise that you apply early.

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

What happens next

All application forms, personal statements and relevant documents are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry requirements and Selection Criteria sections. The course team will select applicants to attend an interview. Interviews may be conducted in person, via telephone or via Skype.

If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Please note that applicants are not 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

The result of your application will be communicated to you through your UAL Portal. If your application has been successful, you will receive 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.

There are two ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course at LCF:

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

Application deadline

There are no official deadlines to submit your application. Applications are accepted, and offers are made throughout the year. The course will be closed once spaces are filled so we advise that you apply early.

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

What happens next

Immigration History Check

After you have applied, 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 relevant documents are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry requirements and Selection Criteria sections. The course team will select applicants to attend an interview. Interviews may be conducted in person, via telephone or via Skype.

If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Please note that applicants are not 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

The result of your application will be communicated to you through your UAL Portal. If your application has been successful, you will receive 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 the UAL Portal to let you know whether your application has been successful.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£10,890 (2019/20).

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.

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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

The Graduate Diploma in Fashion Design Technology is located within the Graduate School at LCF. This course prepares graduates for suitable MA courses within the Design and Technology programme at LCF, including MA Fashion Design Technology Menswear, MA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear, and MA Pattern and Garment Technology.

Graduates have previously secured places within UAL and LCF, CSM, Chelsea and Wimbledon in addition to the RCA, Westminster, Kingston, Goldsmiths, Aalto Helskinki.

Alternatively, graduates of this course will be in a position to gain employment in varied roles within the international fashion industry in the area of design and technology.

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