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BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear

College
LCF
Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W293

Course summary

Applications open for 2019/20 entry. See the ‘How to Apply’ tab for more information

This menswear course will equip students for a career in menswear design for a brand or to establish their own business, as well as preparing them for Masters opportunities in menswear.

About

BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear offers a creative approach to the design and realisation of contemporary menswear. Technical skills including innovative cutting, fabric sourcing and construction are taught alongside core skills in research, design, communication and presentation.

Great reasons to apply  

  • Graduates have secured employment at high end fashion companies such as Burberry, Lanvin, Chanel, Bernhard Willhelm, and Charles Jeffrey, as well as more commercial companies such as Topman Design, Adidas and Zara.
  • Students have access to industry standard facilities and specialist staffing.
  • Undertake an industry work-placement as part of the course.

Location

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.

Student and graduate work

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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 details

The essential academic elements of BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology Menswear enable you to appreciate the cultural and historical context of your practice, and to develop your ability to critically evaluate your work and the work of others.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a short work placement in the industry, which gives you experience of working in a company and the chance to make contacts in the industry before you complete your studies. Industry-led projects form part of the course, and collaborations with students from other courses and / or Schools within the College are sometimes undertaken. By the end of your course you will be fully equipped to succeed as a creative designer in the challenging international field of menswear.

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 Menswear
  • Design and Realisation
  • Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies
  • Form and Structure
  • Better Lives

Year two

  • Option: Cultural and Historical Studies unit
  • Range Development
  • Work Experience
  • Collaborative Project

Final year

  • Contextualising Your Practice
  • Pre-Collection
  • Final Major Collection

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 Menswear 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 & 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.

Design and Realisation introduces you to a variety of research approaches and explores their relevance and application within design and realisation. There will be a focus on the importance of research and creative concepts as the basis for design development. You will be encouraged to develop creative ideas that relate to and expand upon your visual references to inform the final outcomes, and you will be encouraged to nurture innovation in all areas. Effective visual communication skills will be integral to this unit. You will be introduced to ways of recording your work in a visually stimulating, exciting and informative way, using a variety of methods and media. You will be introduced to core practical skills through demonstration of pattern-cutting and garment construction culminating in a completed garment. Independent study will help to further enhance skills learnt within sessions.

Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies introduces the Cultural and Historical Studies approach to fashion and related areas. The unit provides a broad overview of the subject and introduces key concepts and ways of thinking that will form the basis of subsequent study. It will also inform decisions regarding the Cultural and Historical Studies unit that is chosen for future study.

Form and Structure will develop your understanding of the principles involved in the realisation of structured and unstructured garments through the exploration of innovative cutting and construction techniques. There will be an emphasis on creative shape development and detailing. There will be consideration to the use of colour, fabric, proportion, shape and detail to develop design responses relevant to the project brief. Research will form the basis of the project and presentation skills will be developed further to facilitate clear communication of design ideas. Emphasis will be placed on the use of 3D experimentation, to develop design responses relevant to the project brief. There will also be a focus on ethical and sustainable design practice.

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’.

Year two

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 Range Development unit will introduce you to designing in relation to a client – either simulated or actual. You will be introduced to a range of professional skills including negotiation, and further develop those of presentation and professional communication. You will be required to analyse the client and establish independent working methods in order to identify and solve problems. You will research their design ethos, market level and brand values, and analyse this information to inform the development of a design proposal that will lead to a considered, co-ordinated range that is appropriate to the client. The importance of market levels, customer awareness and product knowledge will be highlighted and investigated. You will need to show critical awareness of the relevance and overall quality of your design proposal. You will be encouraged to further develop your creative approach to design and realisation and to experiment with self-generated textile processes to help facilitate an understanding of how craft processes can add value and longevity to a fashion product.

The Work Experience unit will provide you with the opportunity to further develop your skills and apply them in a professional environment. You will experience real industry challenges and working practice and will be able to examine the way in which a professional team respond to different situations. The unit will increase your awareness of the industry and the opportunities for career progression. You will be expected to take an analytical and reflective approach to the work experience and will produce written and visual evidence of your knowledge, based on a minimum 10-week period in industry. LCF Careers will provide career guidance in order to prepare you for your work experience. You will be expected to engage and be proactive in securing your own work experience, relevant to your skills and career aspirations, this means applying directly to companies. You will also be expected to provide feedback on your experience both during and after your work placement. The College Placement Handbook will provide additional support for this Unit.

The Collaborative Project unit emphasises teamwork and will offer you the opportunity to work as part of a design team and will introduce you to a range of key employability skills. An understanding of team working, as well the ability to communicate and present combined design concepts and products, are attributes that will help prepare you for the challenges of the creative industries. You will build on your knowledge of range development to create a coherent collection for a real or simulated client. You will develop an understanding of the client and their brand ethos and undertake critical analysis of the information gathered to propose design solutions. You will develop your ability to collate relevant information and expand upon creative concepts and theories related to this research. To prepare you for your Stage 3 process will be required write a design proposal. You will use a variety of techniques to undertake critical analysis of the information gathered from both primary and secondary sources. This will allow you to explore the role of research within a design proposal.

Final year

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 Pre-Collection unit will inform and prepare you for the Final Major Collection. You will be expected to negotiate a project brief that will support the development of a thorough body of work that evidences investigation and innovation in both design and realisation. You will identify your proposed market level, customer, brand ethos and core philosophy as a designer and undertake a practical journey culminating in a body of work that shows innovative design and technical experimentation with fabric, process and potential garment solutions. You will be expected to engage in prototype testing that will be evidenced through 2D and 3D investigation and sampling, within both your design and technical portfolios. The focus on this project is using your skills to show extensive creative experimentation, whilst considering the practical aspects of problem-solving, through fabric and trims sourcing. Extensive investigation into appropriate use of finish, detailing and manufacture will be documented alongside silhouette/shape development. The completed outfits will form the basis of your collection for your Final Major Collection.

The Final Major Collection unit is the culmination of your undergraduate learning experience. Through the development of a final major project you will be further demonstrating your innovative approach and deeper engagement, analysis and conclusions drawn from your Pre-Collection unit. You should refine and execute your design, design development and realisations established in through a process of design synthesis. Through practical application you will be demonstrating your rigorous analysis in the exploration and development of your design ideas. This unit provides the opportunity to apply the findings established through your investigation of the challenges of your chosen brief. It evidences your ability to construct, direct and organise an overall professional outcome. This Final Major Collection is the vehicle by which you evaluate and reflect upon your own learning and skills in order to establish a potential career path. You will accompany your work with a career pack that will enable you to take up roles or pursue business objectives as soon as you graduate from London College of Fashion.

Showing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, 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.

Staff

Tom Adams, course leader, is a Fine Art graduate, and has worked in the fashion industry for  20 years. He has sold his collections in high-end shops, including Browns in London, Collette in Paris and Patricia Fields in New York, as well as creating clothes for many celebrities, including Robbie Williams, Darren Hayes, U2, Skin from Skunk Anansie and Bjork.

Alina Moat is a BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear Design lecturer in design, draping and pattern cutting and holds an MA Fashion and the Environment from UAL and an MA in Communications Design from Kolding, Denmark. She has worked on LCF courses such as MA Fashion Futures, PG Cert Creative Pattern Cutting, BA Fashion Studies and short courses. She also delivers workshops on design and pattern making in various countries such as Korea, Paraguay, Turkey and Slovenia. Recent freelance projects have included the design of interactive systems and apps for learning to drape on the stand and for creative coding, a new school uniform for Thomas Tallis School in London, and has drawn the technical illustrations for the Pattern Cutting book by Dennic Lo. Alina has been part of collaborations with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion and external partners such as Nike and the Met Office. Currently she is a design lecturer for BA Menswear.

Nicholas Williams BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear realisation tutor is a pattern cutter, garment technologist and designer with a focus on menswear. Working as a pattern cutter, Nic has worked with menswear brands such as Carolyn Massey, Qasimi and Houndsdtich. Outside of menswear, Nic has worked on childrenswear and womenswear, In 2012 he founded pattern cutting company, Thomas Bowler with the aim to provide fashion designers with high quality patterns that translate their designs from sketch to final production ready patterns, working with a mixture of new designers and 1-1 clients. In 2013, Nic started teaching independently at LCF, working with companies such as ASOS to train staff in pattern cutting. Since 2014, Nic has taught at LCF as lecturer for Menswear 3D Development and Realisation, supporting students understanding of the 3D and the realisation process, whilst equipping them with relevant technical skills for industry and reflecting the current practise of industry.

Rory Mooney

Silvia Cimborova is a technical lecturer in Menswear for the BA (hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear course. She is a skilled pattern cutter and garment technologist with years of industry experience. She used to work as a freelancer for various high-end and high street companies. Silvia has worked on variety of projects specialising in menswear, womenswear, sportswear and dancewear. She has worked on projects for Liberty of London, Giles, French Connection, DSI London and Diadora.
She has been teaching technical subjects to students at LCF since 2011, initially as an associate lecturer. Her strengths are in creative pattern cutting and garment construction. With years of experience she has gained a professional level of garment making skills.
Silvia is an LCF graduate and therefore has a good understanding of the institution from students’ perspectives. In her role working as a technical lecturer, Silvia’s main objective is to successfully prepare students for the fashion industry.

Jessica Saunders is the programme director for the Fashion Design Programme, which includes BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear and BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery. Read Jessica Saunders' full profile here.

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. Read Rob Phillips' full profile here.

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, Art, Design, English, Maths);
  • a Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design;
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design;
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma;
  • an 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 strong interest in fashion, visual imagery and an awareness of technology
  • An understanding of the need for a critical and analytical approach to the area of study
  • An approach suited to the demands of the course and the projected career futures

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.

Making your application

This section includes all the information you need on how to apply and how your application is considered, and what happens next.

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 we will invite you to submit a mini portfolio. The mini portfolio is assessed by Academic Reviewers 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 through UCAS Track.

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

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 W293

We do not consider applications for Year 2 and Year 3 Entry for this course.

London College of Fashion does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

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.

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: drawing/presentation skills; contemporary fashion/cultural awareness; a level of research, exploration and experimentation; fabric and material selection/knowledge; construction/technical competence; ability to think/work in 3D; and visual communication skills.

If the course team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to our interview week (18th to 22nd February 2019) where the course team 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: a strong interest in fashion and visual imagery; an awareness of technology; a critical and analytical approach; a motivation to succeed on the course; and a motivation for working as a menswear designer.

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. 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.

This section includes all the information you need on how to apply and how your application is considered, and what happens next.

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 to submit a portfolio of not 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:

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

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 W293

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.

We do not consider applications for Year 2 and Year 3 Entry for this course.

London College of Fashion does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

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: drawing/presentation skills; contemporary fashion/cultural awareness; a level of research, exploration and experimentation; fabric and material selection/knowledge; construction/technical competence; ability to think/work in 3D; and visual communication skills.

If the academic team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to attend an interview either in person or via telephone where 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: a strong interest in fashion and visual imagery; an awareness of technology; a critical and analytical approach; a motivation to succeed on the course; and a motivation for working as a menswear designer.

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 & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250

This applies for the 2019/20 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

£19,890

This applies for the 2019/20 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.

Accommodation

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

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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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 such as JW Anderson, Palomo Spain, Carl Jan Cruiz, and John Skelton have set up successful global brands since graduation. Graduates also secure design positions in companies ranging from high end companies such as Chanel, Lanvin, Bernhard Wilhelm or high street brand such as topman Designs, Asos, Zara etc. The technical aspects of the course allow students to pursue careers such as garment technologists, machinists and studio managers.

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