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BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development

College
LCF
Start date
September 2021
Course length
3 years / 4 years (with placement year in industry)
UCAS code
W241

BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development provides creative, strategic and practical skills to prepare you for a career as a fashion product designer or developer. This innovative course teaches students important research methods alongside design and manufacturing skills. Students will develop an understanding of sustainable issues within fashion design and are asked to engage directly with them.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion

    • Where graduates have gone on to work: graduates of this course have worked at renowned fashion companies including Burberry, Jaeger and Jasper Conran.
    • Facilities: students will have access to design, sewing and pattern-cutting facilities at Curtain Road.
    • Staff expertise: learn from staff who work within the industry with support by visiting and guest lecturers. This gives the course a contemporary industry focus.
    • Industry links: students will undertake live projects set by industry with presentations to and from the companies involved.

This course is based at Curtain Road in Shoreditch. Find out about the local area, including Hoxton, Shoreditch and Dalston, in our local area guides on the Student Life pages.

London College of Fashion is planning to move to a new single campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2023. This is part of a new development for London, prioritising culture, education and innovation, known as East Bank. Some students studying this course from September 2021 may start their studies in Lime Grove and transfer to LCF’s new site in East London to complete them. Please see LCF’s move to the Olympic Park for more information about the College’s relocation.

Student and graduate work

Portfolio gallery

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Facilities

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

LCF library and archives

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

Machine Room, Curtain Road
Machine Room, Curtain Road Photography by: Ideal Insight

Design and pattern cutting facilities

Take a tour of Curtain Road's design, sewing and pattern-cutting facilities along with facilities at JPS and Lime Grove.

Canteen, Mare Street
Canteen, Mare Street Photography by: Ideal Insight

LCF's social spaces

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

Course overview

Introduction 

BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the fashion design process. They will be prepared for a career within the fashion industry and actively encouraged to think about their own individual design language. The course provides creative, practical and strategic skills, enabling students to become successful designers and developers.  

What to expect 

  • The course produces graduates who are fully equipped with an industry skillset that enables them to be creative and innovative whilst communicating their ideas effectively. 

  • There will be opportunities to collaborate throughout the course. 

  • Students will learn essential skills and techniques alongside gaining a comprehensive understanding of the fashion industry.  

  • In the final year students will make a collection, where they will research, design and develop their ideas into fully realised garments that show their aesthetic and creative vision for a specific area of the fashion industry.  

Work experience opportunities 

Students will be given the opportunity to work collaboratively with industry through set briefs during their second year. There is also an opportunity to undertake an optional industry placement year between the second and final year of the course which will enhance the employability of students by offering valuable experience and contacts within the industry as well as earning an additional Diploma in Professional Studies qualification. Previous students from this course have gained placements at Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, ASOS, Erdem, Christopher Raeburn, Christopher Kane and Roksanda Illincic.  

Mode of study 

BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development runs for 90 weeks in full time mode. It is divided into 3 stages over 3 academic years. Each stage lasts 30 weeks.  

Course units

In Stage 1 you are required to complete 120 credits at level 4 in order to progress to Stage 2.

  • Introduction to Fashion Design and Development; 20 credits
  • Product Technology, Creative Techniques; 40 credits
  • Fashion Cultures and Histories; 20 credits
  • Creative Product Development; 20 credits
  • Better Lives; 20 credits

In Stage 2 you are required to complete 120 credits at level 5 to progress to Stage 3.

  • Critical Issues in Fashion Research; 20 credits
  • Professional Practice Initiation, 40 credits
  • Industry Specialised Project, 40 credits
  • Fashion Production Future Technologies; 20 credits

In Stage 3 you are required to complete 120 credits at level 6.

  • Contextualising Your Practice; 20 credits
  • Concept Development; 40 credits
  • Product Design and Realisation; 60 credits

A 20-credit unit is approximately equivalent to 200 hours of learning time, which includes a mixture of taught time, independent study and assessment.

On successful completion of Stage 2 students are offered the option of a professional placement leading to an extra qualification; the Diploma in Professional Studies.

The Diploma in Professional Studies carries 120 credits, and constitutes an independent award. Credits achieved on the Diploma are not part of the final degree award.

The Diploma year is a single unit, undertaken as a form of full time study, with placement activity at its core. For those who take up the option of studying the Diploma, the experience is designed to be an integrated and assessed part of a student’s journey through the course. It allows students the opportunity to experience the atmosphere, pace and discipline of working in the industry, through total involvement in the day-to-day activities of a company. It will build on the knowledge gathered through course work to practically demonstrate the roles and functions, and operations typical of the fashion industry and the student’s chosen specialism.

All students are entitled to a tutorial package that comprises:

  • one induction tutorial (group or one-to-one);
  • one tutorial per term for the duration for their course of study at LCF;
  • group tutorials as required;
  • an appropriate level of confidentiality.

Learning and teaching methods

The following blended teaching and learning methods are employed to support the integrated achievement of the course outcomes. There will be a combination of physical and virtual online delivery:

  • Lectures.
  • Seminars.
  • Critiques.
  • Group presentations.
  • Studio based workshops.
  • Open access work. 
  • Visiting speakers.
  • Field trips. 
  • Experimentation.
  • Demonstrations. 
  • Self‐directed study.
  • A process of enquiry and exploration using multiple research resources and tools, to deepen understanding of a subject, task or field.

Assessment methods

The following assessment methods are employed to support the integrated aims of the course outcomes:

  • Portfolio presentation. 
  • Written reports.
  • Live or simulated industrial projects.
  • Written assignments.
  • Presentations to specialist audiences.
  • 3D outcomes.
  • prototypes.

Each stage of the programme represents a step in your academic and personal development. The level and content of assessment reflect the product development model, your research enquiry and exploration; and your knowledge and understanding as you move towards an integrated subject approach that reflects the holistic nature of product development. As the course progresses, assessments introduce more complex issues that require the development of critical judgement, evaluative and problem‐solving skills. The final stage of assessment aims to provide a framework for the synthesis of subjects and disciplines through a final major project which reflects creative, technical, analytical and strategic skills in a seamless coherent manner for academic scrutiny and industrial presentation.

Staff

David Hopwood: David Hopwood is the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development. A graduate of the Royal College of Art in MA Fashion Womenswear, David has a solid and continuing developing knowledge of the fashion industry both in the UK and Europe. David has worked in several different design and production roles as well as special projects with brands, artists and magazines. David has taught and delivered workshops at a variety of universities in the UK prior to joining the course as Course Leader in 2019.

Yu Lun Eve Lin: Yu Lun Eve Lin is Year One tutor as well as a design tutor and is a graduate from both the BA and MA womenswear degrees from Central St. Martins School of Art and Design between 2004-2009. As well as running her own brand thisisevelin.co.uk, she is an award-winning fashion illustrator, a fashion researcher at the Royal College of Art, where she is currently completing her PHD, Eve has also consulted for different brands around the globe.She has worked as a fashion design educator in London, Taiwan, New York and China, before joining LCF full-time in 2019.

Marios Schwab: Marios Schwab studied for his BA at Esmod in Berlin and then completed his MA at Central St. Martins School of Art and Design. After only three seasons showing at London Fashion East, Schwab won ‘New Designer of the Year’ at the British Fashion Awards in 2006 followed by the Swiss Textiles Award in 2007. Schwab’s London Fashion Week on schedule debut came in Spring/Summer 2007 to critical acclaim. Schwab combines a profound knowledge of classical tailoring and technical construction creating a faithful following amongst women who value graceful, clean lines, luxurious materials and expert detailing. Alongside this he has taught at different universities both in the UK and abroad.

Anja-Sabine Schmidt: Anja studied for her MA in Fashion Design at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Her work has been exhibited and showcased in various places in Germany and Italy and in collaboration with the Goethe Institute. Anja has worked as Vivienne Westwood’s Personal Design Assistant, as well as a designer and creative pattern cutter for various companies such as Alexander McQueen, Peter Pilotto, Markus Lupfer, Roland Mouret and Victoria Beckham. Alongside she has taught at several different universities in both the UK and in Germany before joining LCF.

Lindsey Riley: Lindsey Riley is Programme Director for the Product Programme and Learning & Teaching coordinator, focusing on cross-school collaborations. Lindsey has a first-class honours degree in Fashion Design and is currently taking MA Academic Practice. Lindsey spent over thirty years in the fashion trend forecasting industry specialising in footwear and leather trends. As Fashion Director and co. owner of trend consultancy Insight ltd. she travelled extensively, researching, guest speaking and working on special projects with a worldwide list of clients. As a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glovers she co-organises the National Glove Design Competition.

Lilia Yip: Lilia Yip is an academic / fashion designer and musician, threading the different strands into a creative practice that makes meaning with material.  She graduated from the Royal College of Art MA Fashion Womenswear in 2008 and set up her studio in Brighton, UK. The principles of ethical and sustainable practice underpin her design process where conceptual pattern cutting, imagery, text and a thorough understanding of material and drape are combined to build a subtle form of communication.
Lilia has collaborated with the British Council as their guest designer, showcasing work in the Philippines and running workshops in Saudi Arabia and Morocco.  She has exhibited internationally in solo exhibitions and major group shows at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and the Victoria & Albert museum.

Jane Bowler: After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2010, Bowler established her London fashion studio.  Driven by a passion for process, materials, innovation and craftsmanship; the studio creates tactile surfaces which naturally evolve into fashion artefacts. Bowler’s work has been featured in some of the world’s most respected fashion publications, photographed by Nick Knight and Rankin, appeared in film and TV, and has gained a significant celebrity following with the likes of little Mix, Arianne Grande, and Nicki Minaj loaning her pieces.  Her work has been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Somerset House and in private showrooms during Paris and London Fashion week.
Bowler developed her education profile whilst working at multiple universities and other high-profile institutions.  Her workshops and lectures have been delivered at the V&A Museum, the Design Museum and alongside the British council in Europe and Asia.  Her ongoing interest in design and social impact, has also led her to work with charities such as the Princes Trust, Mind, and the Breast Cancer Charity; Walk the Walk.

Eunju MacMahon: Eunju has interwoven teaching and professional practice within the fashion industry throughout her career.  Having led multiple design teams in Seoul, Eunju chose the London College of Fashion to complete her MA in Fashion Design and Technology.  
Eunju continued to forge her industry credentials as Head of Design for global brands in London and Los Angeles, as well as running her own London design studio which exhibited collections in Paris and London.  With her extensive design experience in both womenswear and menswear, she has returned to her alma mater, to teach and inspire the next generation of leaders in fashion.

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 minimum entry requirements for this course are:

One or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications.

  • Two A Level Passes at Grade C or above (preferred subjects include English, Maths, Art, Design, Textiles and Science);
  • Pass Foundation Diploma in Art and Design;
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design;
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma; Access Diploma or 64 new UCAS tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma;
  • 64 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 160 old UCAS tariff points) from a combination of the above qualifications or an equivalent full Level 3 qualification;
  • or equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications such as International Baccalaureate Diploma;
  • and three GCSE passes at grade A*-C or grade 9-4.

Entry to this course will also be determined by assessment of your portfolio.

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

Selection criteria

The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • A current awareness of fashion for product in terms of material developments, new designers and fashion trends
  • A potential to achieve a high standard of technical manufacture
  • An ability to record and develop design ideas through the vehicle of drawing
  • The ability to work as a member of a team
  • The ability to work independently to develop your own knowledge and skills acquired on the course

Making your application

You should apply though UCAS – Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – and you will need the following information:

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 W241

Deferring your place

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

If you are an EU offer holder, it is important to consider that, from 2021-22, you may be charged International fees, which are higher. Read our Coronavirus guidance for prospective students for details.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2 - if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1.
  • Year 3 - if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2.

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry)

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

What happens next

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry requirements and Selection Criteria sections.

If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements we will invite you to submit a portfolio via PebblePad, our online submission tool, which should include a number of images of your work. You can upload a maximum of 30 images which best shows your work – please note however that you do not have to provide this exact number. PebblePad refers to ‘images’ when you upload your work - think of each 'image' as a page in your physical portfolio.

For this course your portfolio should show evidence of: ability to present ideas through visual communication; a level of research, experimentation and development; technical and practical abilities; and effective presentation techniques. The portfolio is assessed by Academic Reviewers who will select applicants to attend an online interview. If you are selected to attend an online interview the Academic Reviewer will discuss your portfolio that you submitted in PebblePad.  You will be able to show more of your work during the interview but it is easier to see your portfolio in PebblePad.

Please note that not all applicants are invited to attend interview.

LCF Interview week

If you are selected for interview, these will take place online using Teams from Microsoft – please ensure that you download this software prior to the interview date; this is available as a free download from the Microsoft website. We will send you further details at a later point about how we will connect with you for your interview. 

Our interview week is due to take place between the 15th and the 19th of February 2021. If you have a complete portfolio and application, you may be granted an early interview ahead of these dates, please email lcf.ukeu@arts.ac.uk for more information.

Should you be unable to attend your interview, you must notify us as soon as you can. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to reschedule so you should make every effort to attend the scheduled interview.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through UCAS Track. You will only receive further communication directly from the College 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.

How we assess your application

Your application form is reviewed when you apply to the University. If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements you will be invited to submit a portfolio of no more than 45 images. Your portfolio is assessed by our academic team who will select applicants to attend an interview. Please note that not all applicants are invited to attend interview. When you have attended your interview we will advise you of your outcome.

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at London College of Fashion:

If you choose to apply though UCAS – Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – you will need the following information:

University Code:          U65

UCAS Code:      W241

You can only apply to the same course once per year whether you are applying via UCAS, UAL Representative or using the UAL online application system. Any duplicate application will be withdrawn.

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

Deferring your place

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2 - if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1.
  • Year 3 - if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2.

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry)

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

If you are an International applicant and studying outside the UK, please complete your Direct application and then contact us via your UAL Portal to ask to be considered for Year 2/Year 3.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

What happens next

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

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry Requirements and Selection Criteria sections.

Depending on the quality of your application, you may be asked to submit a number of images of your work. For this course your portfolio should show evidence of: ability to present ideas through visual communication; a level of research, experimentation and development; technical and practical abilities; and effective presentation techniques.

If the academic team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to attend an interview - these will take place online using Teams from Microsoft – please ensure that you download this software prior to the interview date; this is available as a free download from the Microsoft website. We will send you further details at a later point about how we will connect with you for your interview. At interview an international academic will look at your portfolio and ask you questions to establish your suitability for the course. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the following at interview: an awareness of contemporary fashion and culture; an understanding of research, design, design development and product realisation; a motivation for working in the fashion product industry; and a motivation to succeed on the course.

If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Applicants are not guaranteed to be asked to upload work, nor are they 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

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through UCAS Track. If you have applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL portal. You will only receive further communication directly from the College 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.


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.

Potential changes to course structure

Please note: 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 use the register your interest form above.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£9,250 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students.

Home fees are currently charged to UK resident nationals . However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, depending on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students.

International fee

£22,920 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course.

Students from countries outside of the UK are currently charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about our tuition fees.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, depending on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students.

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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

Many graduates prefer to seek employment as soon as they have completed their undergraduate studies. Graduates go on to work in different areas of the industry, from design, product development, production and manufacturing, in a variety of national and international fashion companies globally. Our graduates are working in a variety of roles and companies such as ASOS, Christopher Raeburn, Mulberry, Victoria Beckham, Arcadia Group and Burberry.