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Fashion Practice for 16 to 19 year olds

Start date
20 July 2020
Course length
30 days (20/07/2020 - 28/08/2020, Monday - Friday)

We are accepting applications for this new 30 day (20/07/2020 - 28/08/2020, Monday - Friday)  fashion preparation course, for 16 to 19 year olds.

Fashion Practice is an exciting new course that offers you the chance to experience and explore fashion across a range of disciplines. This course will develop your understanding of fashion in the broadest sense by giving you the opportunity to experience varied disciplines across fashion design, media communication and fashion business.

The course is looking for committed applicants who want to find inspiration in new and unexpected ways and to identify their strengths, to become a successful fashion practitioner. This course has been designed for those who intend to progress to university to study for a fashion degree or to help you choose the path you want to take as a career. The course will help you understand and explore the key ideas influencing the fashion industry today and challenge you to think creatively and more deeply about fashion, as your chosen career.

You will develop skills in visual research, experimentation and idea generation which are fundamentals for fashion innovation and creative thinkers. You will develop relevant presentation skills to build an exciting body of work that represents your skills and specialist fashion direction. You will also start to understand how to reflect on your work, be critical and justify your ideas and opinions.

Course dates


20/07/2020 - 28/08/2020,

Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm

Course overview

Throughout the six-week programme, you will explore all areas of the fashion industry including design, buying, media, footwear, visual merchandising, marketing, makeup, styling and much more.  Through lectures, visits and discussions, you will be encouraged to express your ideas, and these discussions will help you build confidence in preparing for application to university.

The course is a fantastic opportunity for you to explore the subject of fashion in a relaxed, informal group, and to have the chance to try out many subject areas so you can decide which is right for you. Please note that the course starts at our Oxford Circus site, John Princes Street, but the course will be delivered across all our six central London sites over the eight weeks.

The course includes:

  • Understanding how to research and its importance
  • Exploring all fashion disciplines
  • Preparing to study at degree level
  • Tutorials and advice on which fashion pathway to take
  • Experiencing life as a fashion student in London
  • Exploring London with visits to galleries and places of interest
  • Completing a body of work to use at interview – for university or employment

Please note: completing this course does not guarantee progression to a UAL course.  However, you will be able to get guidance on the most suitable LCF course for further study, from LCF academics. LCF has exciting fashion courses that run across the following levels: Further Education / Undergraduate / Post Graduate. The deadline for applications for these courses, starting in September this year, has passed, but this short course will help you prepare your application for next Spring.

July/August course schedule:

Course dates: 20 July 2020 - 28 August 2020

Each week runs Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm

The course leader for Fashion Practice is Carlyn McGuire. Carlyn is a graduate from Central Saint Martins and has been teaching fashion design development and fashion media, fashion textiles and print at foundation & degree level in colleges/university across London for over 10 years. Specialising in creative textiles, fabric print, 3D experimental design and fashion design development through design and media pathways. Carlyn also works as a freelance designer, working closely with emerging new talent, developing fabric prints and textiles for collections. Carlyn is currently a fashion design lecturer at London College of Fashion for the international school for the study of fashion , she also delivers fashion design development and visual studies workshops for the BA Fashion design part-time course as well as intensive design courses for short courses. Carlyn’s classes and previous workshops can be followed on Instagram: iisf_1617

Find out more about tutor, Carlyn McGuire in our ‘Meet Our Tutors’ blog post.

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

  • IELTS level 5.5 or above if English isn’t your first language, with at least 5.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements).
  • If you are from OUTSIDE the European Economic Area (EEA) you MUST present your passport and valid visa/proof of entry clearance to the Short Course office before the start of your course. Please note you will NOT be allowed to study, if do not present a valid visa/proof of entry clearance on the first day of the course.
  • You must be 16 to 19 years old.

Making your application

This course does not require you to complete an application form. As long as you have an interest in fashion and are keen to learn you can book a place on this course. If you would like to speak to a member of our team before booking please click the "Enquire" button at the top of this page, you will be redirected to a short form to fill in your contact details, and we will be in touch.

After you apply

We will contact you to discuss the course and your objectives, you do not need to submit any portfolio work.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee


Early booking will allow you to spread the cost of the Fashion Practice course. Pay a 25% deposit (non-refundable) of total course fee followed by monthly repayments. To find out more or get your payment plan set up please call: +44(0)20 7415 7552

Alternatively you can make payment in full, online via the following link to our 'Fashion Practice' payment page.

International fee


Early booking will allow you to spread the cost of the Fashion Practice course. Pay a 25% deposit (non-refundable) of total course fee followed by monthly repayments. To find out more or get your payment plan set up please call: +44(0)20 7415 7552

Alternatively you can make payment in full, online via the following link to our 'Fashion Practice' payment page.

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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