During terms one of the course you will undertake an exploratory and diagnostic programme of study introducing you to the potential scope of the fashion industry and highlighting possible future undergraduate course and career choices. The course will introduce the specialist subject areas of the college; Fashion Business, Fashion Media and Fashion Design through an integrated programme of study. All students will study all areas of the curriculum allowing you to experience the breath of opportunities before focusing on one specific discipline in terms two and three of the course.
You will be introduced to a variety of teaching and learning styles designed to make you an effective and autonomous learner. The units will emphasise the importance of research, analysis and ideas development for creative solutions and concepts. Your course will launch your personal and professional development (PPD) ‘journey’, promoting the importance of critical evaluation and reflection within your work.
You will study academic English language and study skills, including the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening. These four essential language skills will be tested and reinforced throughout the course enabling your progression to undergraduate study.
During the course, the emphasis will be on the development of your knowledge, skills and understanding of fashion as a subject area. You will be supported and mentored by tutors in identifying and matching your skill set to ensure that you negotiate the most appropriate progression route for your future studies and career aspirations.
The final term of the course allows you to work on a self-initiated final personal project which will culminate in the development of your progression portfolio designed to support your progression to undergraduate study at LCF. It is expected that by this stage you will be capable of investigating, developing and realising your ideas with a growing level of competence, professionalism, independence and confidence.
Throughout the course, you will be expected to develop your cultural, contextual and intellectual understanding of fashion.
Level 3 International: Introduction to the Study of Fashion
Student and graduate work
This course is for International students only.
Applications closed 2023/24
We are no longer accepting applications for 2023/24 entry to this course. Applications for 2024/25 entry will open in Autumn 2023.
This section includes all the information you need on how to apply, how your application is considered and what happens next.
There are 2 ways international students can apply to a preparation course:
- Through one of our official representatives in your country.
- By direct application.
Read our immigration and visa information to find out if you need a visa to study at UAL.
You can only apply to the same course once per year. Any duplicate applications will be withdrawn. Read the UAL international application advice for further information on how to apply.
We recommend you apply by 13:00 PM (GMT) on Wednesday 22nd February 2023 for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.
Deferring your place
This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.
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
Once you have applied, you will be asked to submit a portfolio of your work. Your portfolio is a collection of your work that you feel represents your potential for this course and potentially shows specific interests that you have in fashion. We have developed four tasks to help you showcase relevant skills that align to different areas of fashion.
In your portfolio submission you must include task 1, your personal statement. You must also include at least one of the other tasks and other work that you want to share. This will be uploaded via our collection tool PebblePad, and you will have up to thirty pages to present your tasks and other work. This will allow you to show us your creative potential. It’s very important that this is your own work, that you have completed yourself.
We are looking for future students that show a variety of skills and abilities across the areas of fashion design, fashion media and fashion business. These tasks will help us understand your strengths and potential.
We would encourage you to try all the tasks, as students on the course will cover each of these areas during the first part of their studies. However, if for example you feel confident in writing but not in other areas, you may wish to only complete task 4.
Task 1 - personal statement (compulsory task)
To help us understand if this course is right for you, we want to know more about you. Tell us about yourself in no more than 800 words. This should include:
- Your education history to date.
- Any relevant experience you have outside of your studies.
- How your interest in fashion has developed.
- Why you would like to study this course.
- Your hopes and plans for the future.
Please either upload a PDF copy of this text as an image, or use one of the text boxes within your PebblePad submission.
Please complete at least one of the following tasks:
Make individual drawings by hand, of four items from your wardrobe. These could be items of clothing, accessories, footwear etc.
Two observational drawings should be by pencil only and show details of seams and construction. Two could be in colour or mixed media. Your items can be on a hanger or freestanding. You do not need to include bodies and must not use digital drawing tools.
We are interested in both your drawings and the items that you select. You might select items that you have a particular interest in, or items that reflect your specific interest in fashion for example footwear, accessories, sports items etc.
Create three photos that show your creative approach to contemporary fashion imagery. These photos should communicate a fashion statement and something unique to you.
Think about how you can reflect your personal aesthetic, personality, culture and more in your images. We want to see your creative style.
Write approximately 300 words to describe a new idea for a fashion concept. Introduce it and explain what makes it new and unique.
Your concept could be a new brand, shop or product, and it should represent a gap in the market for contemporary fashion. If relevant, you can use images to support your idea.
Please either upload a PDF copy of this text as an image, or use one of the text boxes within PebblePad in your submission.
We are interested in seeing examples of work that you have completed during your current studies or in your free time. This could include examples of work from any of the following categories:
- Observational drawings
- Composition pieces
- 3D work such as clothing or accessories
- Moving image content
- Visual communication
- Examples of ‘process work’
- Developmental research and ideas
- Written work
Things to remember
- Please don’t submit work that uses digital drawing tools such as Procreate. We will not accept these submissions as we need to see your drawing ability.
- When creating your portfolio from the tasks above, make sure you add information such as titles to make it clear and easy to understand.
- Where necessary, add descriptive text to communicate important information. This might include materials you’ve used, processes etc.
- We don’t need to see finished or professionally manufactured garments. We want to see examples of work that communicate your skills, even if they’re not complete.
- If you have collaborated with someone else in your work, including a professional studio or organisation, please make this clear in your portfolio.
How we notify you of the outcome of your application
You will receive the final outcome of your application through your portal. You will only receive further communication directly from LCF 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.