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BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear

College
LCF
Start date
September 2020
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W291

BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear offers students the opportunity to develop a creative and experimental design process which is supported by a high level of technical skill and knowledge.  Students are encouraged to use their vision and skills to challenge and progress the industry at large.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion

    • Collaborative working: the course offers students with the opportunity to collaborate with students within their own course, or with other courses across London College of Fashion.
    • Industry links: students will have access to a wide range of industry contacts. Recent student placements have included Marc Jacobs, Gareth Pugh, Giles Deacon, Peter Pilotto and Simone Rocha.
    • Sustainable working: the course promotes a conscious, responsible and sustainable approach to design and realisation and educates students in this philosophy.
    • Where graduates have gone on to work: recent graduates have worked at JW Anderson, Celine, Thom Browne, Chanel and Hussein Chalayan.

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.

London College of Fashion is planning to move to a new single campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2022. This is part of a new development for London prioritising culture, education and innovation, known as East Bank. Students studying this course will begin their studies at Curtain Road and are likely to be transferred to LCF’s new site in East London, to complete their studies there, from September 2022. Please see ‘4Fashion: LCF’s move to the Olympic Park’ for more information about the College’s relocation.

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 overview

Introduction 

BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear provides graduates with the necessary combination of creative, technical, intellectual and communication skills needed to be successful within the competitive field of womenswear fashion design.  

What to expect 

  • The course is structured to ensure that students have a strong foundation of core skills in design and realisation and in fashion theory. Through a series of challenging projects, students will be enabled to question, test and redefine their approaches.   

  • Projects set out to encourage experimentation, critical thinking and independence.  By the end of the course, students will have developed their own individual aesthetic and design identity and will be able to communicate this through a strong and unified body of work. 

  • Studio practice will be underpinned by a strong theoretical understanding so that students are able to communicate the concepts, motives and values of their studio practice.  This prepares students for professional life and for postgraduate study. 

  • The course allows collaborative work with peers from different backgrounds to share experiences. 

  • By the time students finish the course, they will be fully equipped to succeed as a creative designer in the challenging international field of womenswear.  

Work experience opportunities 

Students will be given the opportunity to undertake a short work experience placement during their second year of study. This provides increased industry awareness as well as crucial experience and valuable contacts within the industry. 

Mode of study 

BA (Hons) Design and Technology: Womenswear 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 Womenswear; 20 credits
  • Design and Realisation; 40 credits
  • Fashion Cultures and Histories; 20 credits
  • Transformative Futures; 20 credits
  • Better Lives; 20 credits

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

  • Cultural and Historical Studies Option; 20 credits
  • Professional Product Development; 20 credits
  • Work Experience; 40 credits
  • Aesthetics and Identity; 40 credits

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

  • Contextualising Your Practice; 20 credits
  • Pre-Collection; 40 credits
  • Main Collection; 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.

Students will have a tailored programme of group and individual tutorials both pastoral and academic over three stages of the course and are entitled to an appropriate level of confidentiality.

Learning and teaching methods

The following teaching and learning methods are employed to support the integrated achievement of the course outcomes:

  • Academic skills, design thinking for textiles and other workshops
  • Brainstorming sessions
  • Briefings, tutorials and feedback
  • Collaborative group project work
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Library and workshop inductions
  • Museum, gallery and other visits
  • Online learning
  • Presentations
  • Research methods
  • Studio teaching

Assessment methods

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

  • Blogs
  • Essays, reports and ​dissertation
  • Final show examination
  • Mid-year reviews
  • Peer assessment
  • Portfolio of work
  • Presentation
  • Student self-evaluation
  • Tutorials

Staff

Shee Fun Chan is the course leader. After graduating in BA Fashion and Textiles from Ravensbourne, she has worked a variety of roles in the industry over the past 15 years including accessory design/production and showroom sales for Ann-Sofie Back, with collections sold internationally in Opening Ceremony Korea, Ooga Booga NY and featured in publications including i-D, 10 and Vogue. After gaining a PG Cert in Innovative Pattern Cutting from Central Saint Martins she worked as a freelance pattern cutter for clients including Mulberry, Danielle Scutt and Antipodium. She is currently studying for her MA in Academic Practice at UAL, exploring concepts in 3D realisation.

Luke Stevens graduated from the Royal College of Art Menswear Program in 2016, having previously completed a BA in Womenswear at Central St. Martins. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art, Luke has worked on a number of interdisciplinary design projects, showcasing work at London Collections Men, Paris Fashion Week, Fashion Space Gallery and Dutch Design Week. Recent collaborative projects have been presented at the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, the London Design Festival and the Vienna Biennale.

Olivia Hegarty works in industry as a designer and consultant across all product areas with a particular interest in the importance of good design and its relevance to environmental and social sustainability.  She is co-Founder of Percival Menswear. ARTS Founding member of The Grantchester Tailors Guild - workwear for artists and makers by The Grantchester Pottery. She has designed costumes for performance art and contemporary dance and contributed artwork to projects around the UK and Europe. She is also an Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins.

Philippa Hino graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in BA Hons in Fashion.  Her career in womenswear design spans over 15 years working with brands across the working as a Multi-product designer across luxury, denim and commentary market, such as Gareth Pugh, Victoria Beckham, 7 For All Mankind and French Connection. Recently working with sustainable online retailer Rêve En Vert, creating in house collection. Co - founder of concept store 3939shop, Philippa has worked with Theo Adams Company for costume design and consults with Courtney Love in collaborative design projects. Philippa is a Designer Lecture in FDT Womenswear and continues her work as a freelance consultant.

Peter Cox started making his own clothes from the age of 10. His first job at the age of 16 was working for Eastex and Dereta, where he trained in all departments of the factory, ending as a stock cutter and lay planner. After 6 years he left to study menswear tailoring at Perivale Tailoring College, then went on to work for bespoke tailors GD Golding for 10 years, eventually becoming a master tailor. At this point he was keen to start his own business and so studied HND Womenswear Design and Clothing at the University of Hertfordshire. After working as a production tailor and pattern cutter for Marchpole \ Jasper Conran \ YSL for two year's Peter ran his own company aimed at making one-off garments, often for famous clients. He has worked with many big names (including Lee McQueen, John Galliano, and Stella McCartney) and has freelanced for a variety of clients including the V&A, Primark, and Long Tall Sally. Peter has worked for the UAL since 1995 and is currently working as a lecturer on BA Womenswear and is the international student coordinator for the School of Design and Technology.

Henderson McCue graduated from East Sydney TAFE Australia, and joined designer Gareth Pugh as his right-hand man and head pattern cutter between 2007 and 2010. Henderson was a key collaborator on a number of Pugh’s showpieces, side projects and clients’ projects such as Kylie Minogue, Lady GaGa and Daphne Guinness. By 2010, Henderson moved to Paris and became head womenswear designer at luxury leather brand Jitrios. Since 2012, Henderson has been freelancing in the UK as a creative pattern cutter and creative consultant for clients such as McQ, House of Holland, COS, Nasir Mazhar, PRPatterson and Ivy Park. He joined the BA Hons Womenswear Fashion Design Technology course as a lecturer in 3D development and realisation and continues to freelance.

Anne McCloy graduated with a first-class honours degree from Central Saint Martins BA (Hons) Fashion: Fashion Design Womenswear as well as the Colin Barnes Award for Illustration. Alongside her role as a design lecturer, Anne McCloy has a multi-disciplinary creative practice through which she conceives and curates exhibitions and events which have included Shirt Futures at The Shirt Factory Project with CSM at Derry City of Culture 2013 and Inside Outside Underground at Red Gallery Shoreditch showcasing music, art and illustration for Frieze London 2015. AKA Some Product, she has performed at the ICA, had poetry published in Beat magazine, music released on Mute and film showcased at Raindance film festival and Rockumentary Britannia. She continues her design work through her associated own label focusing on graphic streetwear, and fine art and music specific collaborations and commissions.

Kathy McGee graduated from the BA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear course at LCF and went on to study MA Menswear at the prestigious Royal College of Art, graduating in 2015. She now teaches at RCA as a visiting lecturer on MA Fashion and through her personal professional practice explores ways in which digital technology can enhance an understanding of design realisation for the body. This work has resulted in projects such as Digitoile which explores a new approach to prototyping, garment construction and material usage.

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 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 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

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.

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

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 W291

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

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

If you have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (years 1 and 2) in the equivalent units/modules on a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at London College of Fashion, you can apply to transfer to year 2 or year 3 respectively. The Admissions Tutor will consider applicants for entry to year 2 and 3 on a case by case basis, subject to places being available on the course. You must apply through UCAS and indicate POE 2 for entry to year 2 or POE 3 for entry to year 3 on your application. Click here for important information about our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

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 mini portfolio which should include 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. 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.

Rich Mix Interview week

If you are selected for interview, these will take place at the Rich Mix Arts venue in Shoreditch from February 17th to 22nd 2020. Please see here for a map of the location; nearest stations are Liverpool Street (Central, Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City and TFL Rail), Shoreditch High Street (Overground) and Bethnal Green (Central). Local buses also serve the venue – please see the Richmix website for further details.

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.

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 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:                 W291

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.

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

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

If you have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (years 1 and 2) in the equivalent units/modules on a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at London College of Fashion, you can apply to transfer to year 2 or year 3 respectively. The Admissions Tutor will consider applicants for entry to year 2 and 3 on a case by case basis, subject to places being available on the course. You must apply through UCAS and indicate POE 2 for entry to year 2 or POE 3 for entry to year 3 on your application. Click here for important information about our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

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 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. 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 womenswear designer.

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 2020/21 academic year.

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study, 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

£22,920

This applies for the 2020/21 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.

Charges may be made for special clothing or equipment which students may need in order to participate in certain activities which form part of the course but which they retain. However, where such clothing or equipment is necessary for the student’s health or safety a charge may only be made for clothing and equipment which the student retains if the student also has the option of borrowing the clothing or equipment free of charge.

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. Recent Womenswear graduates from this course are working in many companies across the industry including Ashley Williams, Jil Sander, JW Anderson, Max Mara, Celine, Hillier Bartley,Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, Tesco, Arcadia, Debenhams, Jaeger, All Saints and Burberry. Other graduates have gone on to set up and operate their own labels, showing their collections independently, being selected for Fashion East, or producing guest collections for H&M.

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