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BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development

Start date
September 2018
Course length
3 years / 4 years (with placement year in industry)
UCAS code

Course summary

Applications closed 2018/19

Applications for 2018/19 entry to this course have now closed.

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.


Students on BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development gain a comprehensive understanding of the fashion industry and the requirements of a successful product designer and developer. The course teaches important research methods, how to produce initial design ideas, and how to develop designs through to a finished 3D prototype.

Great reasons to apply

  • Graduates of this course have found employment at renowned fashion companies including Burberry, Jaeger and Jasper Conran.
  • Become an innovative and visionary contributor to the field of product development.
  • Enables progression to postgraduate study.

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.

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Course details

You will study a range of units that will equip you with the relevant professional, communication and business skills and undertake live projects set by industry where there will be presentations to and from the companies involved. You will have the option of doing a placement year in the industry between the second and final year of the course.

Successful completion of this year will give you an additional qualification, and you will have the opportunity to make contacts and build valuable relationships for your future career before the end of your studies. This course focuses on producing graduates who are encouraged to make an innovative and visionary contribution to product development within the fashion industry.

Course structure

The academic year for this course is divided into Block 1 and Block 2.

Block 1 is of 15 weeks’ duration from late September to February. In accordance with the University timetable, there will be a four week holiday in December.

Block 2 is also of 15 weeks’ duration from mid-February to the end of June with a four week holiday for Easter.

Year one

  • Introduction to Fashion Design and Development
  • Product Technology, Creative Techniques
  • Creative Product Development
  • Better Lives
  • Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies

Year two

  • Professional Practice Initiation
  • Cultural and Historical Studies Option
  • Industry Specialised Project
  • Fashion Production Future Technologies

Diploma in Professional Studies (optional professional placement year)

Final year

  • Concept Development
  • Contextualising Your Practice
  • Product Design and Realisation

Students on this course might be invited to participate in study trips. This may involve, for example, visits to key areas of capital cities, factories, stores and museums. Attendance on these trips is not compulsory but recommended. Details regarding timings and costs will be issued closer to the relevant trips.

Course units

Year one

Introduction to Fashion Design and Development aims to introduce you to your course and its subject specialism as well as to effective learning and studentship at undergraduate level. It will orientate you to the practices and knowledge base needed to understand your discipline and help you to develop your skills for independent and collaborative learning, reflection and your own self development. Students come from many diverse educational backgrounds and a part of this unit will enable to reflect on your own background and how that shapes the way you approach your course. This unit has three core purposes:

  • to introduce you to your discipline in the context of study at a Higher Education level
  • to introduce you to learning skills and the requirements of effective studentship at undergraduate level
  • to orientate you within your course, the College and the University.

Emphasis is placed on the skills needed to locate, navigate and communicate information and ideas effectively and appropriately. You will be introduced to resources that support your studies. We will also discuss studentship, the importance of being an engaged and participatory member of the group and your own personal and professional development.

Product Technology, Creative Techniques will introduce you to core creative and technical skills required for the design, development and production of products within your specialised area of study. Workshop demonstrations and self-directed practice will help you learn about materials, definitions and terminology, along with research, initial ideas, design development and design selection. Principles and techniques of pattern cutting, construction methods, production techniques and prototyping skills will aid your understanding of creative product development. You will be inducted into health and safety requirements within the workshop. You will also be introduced to key consideration such as sustainability, ethics and inclusivity within design. Presentation and communication of your ideas is vital in this area, and you will develop both written and visual articulation and confidence throughout this unit. You will also be introduced to designing with consumers in mind.

Creative Product Development
A successful product designer understands the market they are designing for. In order to develop a truly desirable end product it is essential to have a comprehensive understanding of the industry, fashion trends, market levels, consumer behaviour, competitors and relevant ethical, social and environmental issues. This unit will consolidate and progress prior learning from Block 1. You will explore and practice skills through answering a complete research, design and development brief for your area of product specialism. In this unit, you will be introduced to team working and collaboration. Collaboration will encourage intercultural experiences, inform discussion through diverse perspectives and use the collective community knowledge as a learning resource.

Better Lives
London College of Fashion, UAL (LCF) is a leader in fashion design, media and business education. We have been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion. We encourage students to examine the past and challenge the present. To have inventive, assertive ideas that challenge social and political agendas. We give students the skills, opportunities – and above all, the freedom – to put those ideas into practice. By leading the way in fashion design, business, and the media, we influence culture, economics and our society. This unit will provide you with a solid understanding of LCF’ core values and how they connect to your practice. As part of this unit you will explore diversity, social responsibility and sustainability, themes which you will then apply to a selected project. At this stage the emphasis is on how you apply your thinking across these important themes to your practice. Your thinking is more important than a finished piece of work at this point. Fashion can change lives. Through teaching, specialist research, and collaborative work, this unit will get you thinking differently. We want you to use fashion to examine the past, build a sustainable future and improve the way we live. That’s why we call this unit ‘Better Lives’.

Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies
This unit introduces you to key concepts and ways of thinking about fashion and its context in society and culture. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops, and do a significant amount of reading of academic texts in order to complete a formal academic essay for assessment. Completion of this unit will allow you to make an informed choice of subject for study in the second year Cultural and Historical Studies unit.

Year two

The Professional Practice Initiation unit acquaints you with the wider context of the fashion industry in relation to your design approach for a specified market, with a real and authentic industry challenge. You will explore areas that will affect the development of a product and give consideration to the environments in which the product will be consumed. You will further develop your critical thinking around more complex design and technology for your specialist area, which will allow you to engage within an industrial context, through forward thinking creative responses and outcomes to an industry-set project brief. You will expand ways of developing and originating research an+d methodologies for realising research relating to your subject specialism. Focusing on the globalisation of the industry and the diversity of the consumer and market, you will further develop your understanding of industry’s design and technical requirements.

You will be able to study a Cultural and Historical Studies unit of your choice that will broaden or deepen your learning of areas relating to your interests in your chosen field. You will have the opportunity to participate in lectures, seminars and workshops with students from other courses within your School, and will read relevant academic texts and complete a formal academic essay for assessment. Further information on the options available will be provided during Year 1 of your studies.

The Industry Specialised Project will test and broaden your multi-disciplinary skillset and the ability to develop an effective outcome to the industry brief, through critical thinking and creative problem solving. This unit further develops creative, strategic and practical skills in order to professionally communicate strong visual and written responses. You will use critical judgement to develop appropriate solutions and evaluate and justify your actions throughout the development process. You will consolidate your understanding of research methodologies in relation to international industry-led challenges. This unit will see you fuse creative, practical, entrepreneurial and intellectual skills within an industry context, enhancing your knowledge and professional understanding of marketing and branding, alongside the design and product development process. You will have opportunities to explore and expand your awareness of financial considerations, to form an innovative individual response to the wider social, ethical and sustainability issues within the wider context of the fashion industry. Preparation and planning to enable a focused, professional presentation to summarise your findings will further enhance your skills.

Fashion Production Future Technologies will expand your awareness of the wider ethical and sustainable issues facing the industry through various workshops, engagement with LCF resources and practical demonstrations. You will engage with a globalised view of your practice relative to different markets, consumers and consideration of the footprint of products. Engagement with new developments and technology resources will enhance your learning strategies and unit outcomes. This is designed to develop skills and further embed knowledge in new alternatives to current production methods and footprints, such as: sustainable approaches (such as zero waste), digital design and 3D rendering, resources such as the Specialist Machine Room, consideration to the efficiency of the supply chain and innovative manufacturing techniques for clothing through pattern cutting approaches. This also will engage with modern technologies as a way of presenting and communicating work to either peers or Industry Partners.

The work throughout the second year is focused on live projects with national and international companies and brands, and you may have the opportunity to participate in suitable competitions.

Diploma in Professional Studies (optional professional placement year)

The Diploma in Professional Studies (the Diploma) is a University of the Arts London Award for a period of professional placement of at least 30 weeks duration. The placement is undertaken after successful completion of stage 2 of the four-year Bachelor’s degree or a five-year integrated Master’s degree. The 30 weeks must be completed in full.

The Diploma in Professional Studies aims to:

  • develop an appreciation of the culture and practice of the work place;
  • put course content and study into perspective;
  • develop transferable skills;
  • enhance students' opportunities for career or academic progression.

There is flexibility to combine a placement in industry either in the United Kingdom or overseas (of at least 20 weeks) with a period of studying abroad (of at least 10 weeks). It is recommended that the placement in industry be with one organisation for a minimum of 30 weeks (if you are not undertaking a period of studying abroad) to benefit fully from your placement experience. In exceptional circumstances more than one placement in industry can occur to meet the minimum requirements for the award of the Diploma. During the placement, your academic studies continue through the compilation of a written report and reflection, which focuses on the opportunities and challenges relating to the professional placement. This not only continues the development of your study skills but also allows the ongoing development of your research, analytical and evaluative skills.

Final year

To begin you will undertake the Concept Development unit. Your creative vision will provide a platform from which you will be able to formulate an innovative and enterprising, self-initiated concept and strategy to underpin the rest of your final year of study. This will enable you to embody knowledge, creative thinking and experience gained; and present a major piece of product design and development work which is intellectually explored, a viable industry proposition, and informed by appropriate theory, research and development.

Contextualising Your Practice allows you to build on your historical and theoretical understanding of fashion through a research-led extended essay. You will identify a topic, related to your field of practice, that you will investigate through design-led research methods and significant cultural and critical theories. It is an opportunity for you to undertake a substantial piece of structured research that examines fashion practice in context and it will build on the critical debates and concerns raised through your course.

The Product Design and Realisation unit will utilise concept development outcomes to inform, broaden and deepen your design and development opportunities within your specified market. The unit will enable you to identify research and develop your personal vision in the form of an extended project via an individually negotiated format. It will highlight the breadth and synthesis of innovative activities within the design and product development process. Your research and experimentation will result in the production of fully realised outcomes. This exploration should evidence full engagement with your responsibilities as a designer/product developer including the identification of your chosen progression. You will present your work using appropriate professional techniques.

Showing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCF and will last for up to 12 months after graduation. This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.


James Hamilton Butler is the Course Leader and has extensive professional experience in a variety of roles with a number of global companies including Swarovski, Vogue, TANK Magazine, PUMA, Firetrap, Li-Ning, and Blow PR, as well as having produced his own fashion brand in the womenswear and menswear markets. He has worked for the University as Associate Lecturer, then Course Leader, and has represented UAL in Turkey and Uzbekistan. He has also had solo exhibitions of his work and has worked on special projects, including one at the Barbican Centre.

Rob Phillips is the Creative Director for the School of Design and Technology. Trained in fashion womenswear, surface textiles: print, menswear and illustration Rob went on to become the Fashion Editor for International Textiles magazine and consultant for fashion brands. Rob's broad skill set of fashion design, process, graphics, presentation, typography, advertising and communication led to his appointment as Creative Director of Fashion Forecast magazine, where his progressive work promoting young fashion talent garnered him much acclaim from industry. Rob continues to nurture talent at LCF across all courses within the School, teaching holistically about fashion, developing the students’ full potential so they can make their unique contribution to the fashion industry. He furthers the work of the College through many routes, including industry projects, collaborations and competitions. He also curates and directs the School’s events including fashion shows, films, photoshoots, publications and exhibitions. Rob continues to contribute to industry as a fashion commentator (BBC, The Guardian, SHOWstudio and more) and as creative consultant for fashion brands.

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and seek to recruit students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. We are committed to supporting all our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

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

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice

You must apply through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • UCAS code: W241

Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS home page, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form.

Contact us on:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7344

Or you can use this register your interest form.

Please note that the equal consideration deadline is 15 January.

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page.

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

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.

International applicants may apply through one of three routes only:

Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the Applying through UCAS page.

If applying through UCAS, you will need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • UCAS code: W241

We continue to accept applications throughout the year, but please note that the equal consideration deadline is 15 January.

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page or contact the UAL admissions team who can answer any specific questions that you may have regarding LCF's courses tailored for international students. This can include guidance for your portfolio, advice on the application process and fee advice. We offer a ‘drop-in’ facility for applicants who may be in London and wish to obtain further course and admissions information.

Entry requirements

Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below. Course Entry Requirements The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • Two A Level Passes at Grade C or Above Preferred subjects include English, Maths, Art, Design, Textiles and Science;
  • or Pass Foundation Diploma in Art and Design;
  • or Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design;
  • or Pass at UAL Extended Diploma; Access Diploma or ’64 tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma;
  • or 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;
  • and three GCSE passes at grade A*-C.

Exceptionally, applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application 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.

This course requires portfolio evidence, and you will be asked to complete a short written answer to a question relating to issues in the fashion industry if you are selected to attend a portfolio review.

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 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill.

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

Student selection criteria

What we look for

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

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.

Portfolio and interview advice

For this course you will be required to upload a mini portfolio. Further instructions will be sent by the course administrator after application submission. International students should contact the International Office at to find out about the portfolio application process.

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.

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.

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 What we look for sections.

Depending on the quality of your application, you may be asked to submit a number of images of your work. If the course team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to an interview where the course team will look at your portfolio and ask you questions to establish your suitability for 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.

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through ucastrack. 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.

Deferred entry

Deferred Entry is normally only allowed in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us before you submit your application if you are considering applying for deferred entry.

Interview week

Applicants on some courses may be invited to attend an Interview. Further details will be sent to you with your interview letter, confirming location and date. International applicants should contact the Admission Office by emailing about portfolio requirements (if applicable), interview times and dates.

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 & Funding

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This applies for the 2018/19 academic year.

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee


This applies for the 2018/19 academic year.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.


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Scholarships and awards

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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. Recent graduates have found employment with Hussein Chalayan for Puma, Marks and Spencer, Burberry, Jaeger, Mothercare, Jasper Conran and Matthew Williamson. Last year the following companies have employed graduates from this course: Mulberry, IT Boutique, Suitcase Magazine, Victoria Beckham, Richard Nicoll, Roksanda Illinic, White Stuff, Topshop, Karen Millen, Browns and Massimo Dutti.


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