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Fashion Folio

Start date
Stage 1: April / Stage 2: October / Stage 3: January
Course length
11 weeks per stage

We are accepting applications for Stage 2 starting in 2020.

The objective of this highly intensive fashion programme is for students to produce a portfolio of work which can be used to apply for an undergraduate, postgraduate fashion programme, or for employment or personal development. You will be given advice about future studies and follow projects in order to create a portfolio that represents your own personal approach to fashion design.

This programme will push your understanding of fashion and challenge your preconceived ideas of how to design garments. Visual research, experimentation and idea development combined with unique presentation skills are at the focus of everything you do. You will be expected to work hard, find inspiration in new and unexpected places and identify your strengths and weaknesses whilst learning to overcome your limitations. Each stage group consists of approximately 20 students which allows each student a great deal of one-to-one tuition.

View photographs of the latest students work on Instagram.

View the information leaflet for Full Time Portfolio Courses at Central Saint Martins (PDF 1.7MB)

Course dates

2020 / 2021

Stage 2: 19 October 2020 - 18 December 2020

Stage 3: 4 January 2021 - 19 March 2021


Course overview

Fashion Folio is a full time course where students have directed study and work independently, you will also have access to a dedicated work space, open on weekdays, for self-practice and portfolio creation. Each stage is taught on a progressive basis, providing the opportunity to study for up to one academic year.

Curriculum / learning and teaching:

Subjects covered on the course includes visual research, fashion drawing / illustration, idea development, approaches to media techniques, colour, layout and presentation. These topics are taught by means of workshops, lectures, demonstrations, visits, one-to-one tuition and independent study.

Course units

You are recommended to take all three stages, but other entry points are available providing your work, ability and experience is at the appropriate level for entry.

  • Stage 1: for students developing/revisiting their portfolios (open to all)
  • Stage 2: for students developing/revisiting/finalising their portfolios (open to all)
  • Stage 3: for students finalising/refining their portfolios (open to students who have attend stage 1 and/or 2, or for personal development or employment portfolio creation)

Patrick Lee Yow (Course Leader) is a Central Saint Martins alumnus, having studied and taught on the prestigious MA Fashion course. Since setting up his own business in Fashion, he has redirected his career to teaching and is an Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins working on the BA Hons, Fashion Print programme. He is also the Course Leader for Innovative Pattern Cutting for Graduates and Professionals at Central Saint Martins. Patrick’s wealth of experience culminates from his professional practice and experience in the Fashion industry as a coach, influencer and as an educator.

Stephen Yong is an alumnus of Central Saint Martins, having studied on the Innovative Pattern Cutting for Graduates and Professionals course. He is also a Civil Engineer, and his 10 years experience in this industry allows him to be spatially aware of the technical requirements of modern creative pattern cutting. He has since worked as a creative pattern cutter and has taught on both Fashion Folio and the Innovative Pattern Cutting for Graduates and Professionals at Central Saint Martins.

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 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

Making your application

To apply for this course please click on the “Apply” button located at the top of this page, you will be redirect to a course application form which you will need to complete.

After you apply

We will review your application.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£4,995 per stage

International fee

£4,995 per stage

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials, for more details please visit the UAL’s Additional Costs webpage.


Please visit the Accommodation webpage to see the options available to you and to find out how much they will cost.

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