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International: Introduction to the Study of Fashion (FE Level 3)

Start date
September 2017
Course length
1 year

Course summary

Applications closed 2018/19
Applications for 2018/19 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018.

International: Introduction to the Study of Fashion is a preparatory and diagnostic course designed for International students (non EU countries) who want to progress to an undergraduate course at London College of Fashion.

About this course

The course introduces you to all areas of the fashion industry that you can study at undergraduate level at London College of Fashion. Following a diagnostic first term, the course team will direct you to the most appropriate area of fashion for your particular skills, talents and ambitions so that you can concentrate on either Fashion Business, Fashion Design or Fashion Media. You can then discuss, with the help of your tutors, the most suitable course for you at undergraduate level. The course will prepare you for the level of work that you will be undertaking in the first year of your undergraduate degree. Specialist Academic language support runs throughout the course to ensure that your academic study skills and language levels are appropriate for undergraduate study.


This course is based at Lime Grove in Shepherd’s Bush. Find out about the local area, including Holland Park and Notting Hill in our local area guides on the Student Life pages.

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Library, John Princes Street

LCF Library

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

Photo Studio, Lime Grove

Media facilities at Lime Grove

Take a tour of Lime Grove's media facilities from photographic studios to darkrooms.

Canteen, Mare Street

LCF's social spaces

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

Course details

The course is based in Lime Grove in Shepherd’s Bush, just west of Holland Park and Notting Hill. The area, which is rich in cultural influences from across the world, is home to Shepherd’s Bush Market and the many fabric shops along the Goldhawk Road, which sell a variety of fabrics, including silks, at extremely competitive prices. There are numerous restaurants, cafes, delis and food stores, as well as the market, which reflect the many cultures of the people living there. Nearby is the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, an excellent venue for live bands, and the Westfield Shopping Centre, one of the largest retail complexes in Europe that caters for the luxury market as well as the high street. Holland Park with its Orangery and Leighton House Museum are both worth visiting.

Course structure

Year one  -  level 3  -  120 credits

Term 1

Study Skills Tool Box for Fashion (20 credits)

Terms 1 and 2
Introduction to the Fashion System (40 credits)

Term 3
Progression Portfolio for Undergraduate Study (20 credits)

Terms 1 and 2
Fashion History, Culture and Context (20 credits)

Terms 1, 2 and 3
Academic Communication for the Study of Fashion (20 credits)


Fiona Howard, Course Leader, has specialist knowledge and experience of working on Level 3 Fashion courses and working with International students. Fiona is also a graduate herself from London College of Fashion. Fiona has worked across a wide range of areas in the fashion industry including having her own label, freelance work and employed as head designer for womenswear design companies that supplied high street stores such as Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Harvey Nichols. Fiona also has experience with textile manufacturers and the film and theatre costume industry.

Giles Pearson is L3 Intl Introduction to the Study of Fashion Design Pathway Tutor. Since graduating in 2000 Giles has worked across a wide range of areas in the fashion industry predominately womenswear based – from couture and costume to commercial fashion products, printed textiles, jewellery and menswear. Joining London college of fashion in 2007 as a part time design lecturer , he continued in his practice as a freelance designer in the music industry and created directional pieces for many performers as well as creating commission pieces for amongst others Vogue, Harpers , Elle, Tate Modern and ITV. Joining the IISF course as the full time design subject lead Giles has specialist knowledge and experience of working with international students and introducing a broad spectrum of design possibilities.

Demetra Kolakis Media Pathway Leader on IISF.

Mark Quincey is Academic Language and Language Acquisition Skills Lecturer. Mark has been teaching English language for over 15 years and also works as an IELTS examiner. Several of those years were spent teaching at universities in Japan before he returned to the UK and began working to prepare bespoke academic and exam preparation focused English courses for international students in the UK who were preparing for IELTS, GMAT, TOEIC and other academic exams as well as providing support to BA and MA students studying subjects as diverse as Art and Law. Mark now works with LCF’s level 3 and 4 students and the UAL professional to ensure our students’ language skills reach the level required by their courses.

Michael Giaquinto is Academic Language and Language Acquisition Skills Lecturer.

Supporting staff

  • Heidi Stokes, Tutor IT
  • Carlyn Maguire, Tutor Media and Design
  • Paul Buckle, Tutor Business
  • Mick Gibbons, Tutor IT
  • Liza Betts, Lecturer Cultural Historical Studies (Intl Office)

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

  • Successful completion of school education to at least Level 2.

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 5.0 with a minimum of 4.5 in any one skill.

Please visit the UAL Language Requirements page. Read carefully and look at the relevant documents.

You must take the IELTS Academic Test for UKVI, no other test can be accepted.

Student selection criteria

What we look for

The College seeks to select students who can demonstrate:

  • A broad interest in fashion as a future career
  • Motivation to succeed on the course
  • Motivation to progress to an undergraduate course at LCF
  • An interest in increasing your skills through personal and professional development (PPD)

Please include with your application a portfolio of work which demonstrates your interest in fashion. This should be a combination of visual and written work.

Selection criteria

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.

Fees & Funding

This course is open to international students only.

International fee

£15,460 (+ registration fee).

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials.

  • Printing £500 max
  • Various materials (paper, fabric) £300 max
  • Enrichment (galleries, exhibitions etc) £200 max

Please read the information on our additional costs page.


Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

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Graduate prospects

If you successfully complete this course, you will gain a qualification and will have the opportunity to progress to an undergraduate course at LCF, provided you meet all the conditions of your offer. Which course you may be offered will be dependent on the quality of the work done by you through the course. For some undergraduate courses a portfolio will be required, and for other courses there may be a written or numerical test. All applicants for an undergraduate course at LCF on this course will be interviewed.

A very small number of students, in exceptional circumstances, may progress to our International Preparation for Fashion course (level 4), where it is in the interests of the student to develop their skills further before undertaking a three or four year undergraduate course at LCF.

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