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BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear

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BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear | Student work by Jonas Sackey | London College of Fashion | University of Arts London
College
London College of Fashion
UCAS code
W232
Start date
September 2023
Course length
3 years / 4 years (with placement year in industry)

This unique fashion sportswear degree asks students to redefine how sportswear is perceived and teaches creative, strategic and practical skills.

Course undergoing re-approval

Please note this course is undergoing re-approval. This is the process by which we ensure the course continues to provide a high quality academic experience. During re-approval there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about the course.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion

    • Where graduates have gone on to work: recent graduates now work as designers for technical and lifestyle sports brands including ByBorre, Nike, Soar, Rapha, Some Ideas, Adidas, Puma and DKNY.
    • Industry links: students have the opportunity to undertake live projects set by industry. Previous collaborators have included Canterbury rugby and Rapha cycling.
    • Purpose: Students enrich their design work by engaging with themes of sustainability, diversity, inclusivity and social equality and by examining case studies of the most ethically minded brands.
    • Facilities: students will have access to industry standard facilities to use throughout their studies.

Open days

The next open day for this course is taking place on Thursday 8 December. Book your place.

Course overview

Introduction 

BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear teaches how to design and produce activewear and sportswear, from functional to fashion-focused. You will consider how sport, science, new technologies, fashion trends and cultural contexts influence fashion retail. 

What to expect 

  • Students can benefit from industry links through live projects. Recent projects have included collaborations with Rapha, Adidas, Puma, Sergio Tacchini, Musto and Some Ideas.  

  • Students will learn to create 3D outcomes and prototypes of their design concepts. 

  • The course is delivered with employment in the relevant industry in mind. You will study a range of units that will equip you with relevant professional, communication and business skills. Students will learn to present their ideas through portfolio creation, written reports and presentations to specialist audiences such as industry partners 

Work experience and opportunities 

Alongside live projects, students also have the 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. 

Mode of study 

BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear runs for 90 weeks in full time mode. It is divided into 3 stages over 3 academic years. Each stage lasts 31 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 Sportswear; 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
  • Fashion Sportswear Industry Project, 40 credits
  • Fashion Sportswear 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.

Graduate Showcase

Explore work by our recent students on the UAL Graduate Showcase

Student and graduate work

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    BA (Hons) Sportswear | Student work by Caroline Schär | London College of Fashion | 2021
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    BA (Hons) Sportswear | Student work by Emma Lam | London College of Fashion | 2021
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    BA (Hons) Sportswear | Student work by Jake Baker-Cliff | London College of Fashion | 2021
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    BA (Hons) Sportswear | Student work by Olivia Baron | London College of Fashion | 2021
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    BA (Hons) Sportswear | Student work by Jonas Sackey | London College of Fashion | 2021
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    BA (Hons) Sportswear | Student work by Araba Dennis | London College of Fashion | 2021
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    BA (Hons) Sportswear | Student work by Emma Lam | London College of Fashion | 2021
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    BA (Hons) Sportswear | Student work by Emma Lam | London College of Fashion | 2021
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    BA (Hons) Sportswear | Student work by Caroline Schär | London College of Fashion | 2021
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    BA (Hons) Sportswear | Student work by Jonas Sackey | London College of Fashion | 2021

BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear

Class of 2022

BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear

Graduate work from the LCF summer series 2021

LCF BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear - meet the students

Latest news from this course

  • LCF Class of 2022: Calista Effendi from BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear
    Work by Calista Effendi BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear. Photography by Ian Tiger, Hair and Make-up by Aayushi Dhawan, Models: Agnes Chua and Kelly Mbarga

    LCF Class of 2022: Calista Effendi from BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear

    To celebrate LCF Class of 2022, we're taking a further look into some of the final projects to come from this year's graduating cohort. Calista Effendi from BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear tells us more details about her new Tennis range.

  • LCF celebrates Class of 2022 at Truman Brewery in east London
    LCF Class of 2022. Graphics by Lauren Chalmers.

    LCF celebrates Class of 2022 at Truman Brewery in east London

    LCF Class of 2022 will be celebrated in an exhibition of world-class undergraduate students from across business, design and media including fashion, accessories, fashion film, fashion photography, VR experiences and more.

  • Carnival of Crisis: A parade for Climate Justice
    UAL Carnival of Crisis 2021 © Ana Blumenkron

    Carnival of Crisis: A parade for Climate Justice

    UAL's Carnival of Crisis demonstrates that the arts can – and must – respond to the climate and ecological emergency.

  • #LCF21 Graduate Exhibition at Victoria House Basement
    LCF21 Victoria House Basement Graduate Exhibition. Photography by Ana Blumenkron.

    #LCF21 Graduate Exhibition at Victoria House Basement

    To compliment the immersive digital platforms, LCF Class of 2021 held the biggest celebration of world-leading talent that LCF has ever staged with a 2 day in-person event at Victoria House Basement.

  • LCF celebrate #LCFClassOf2021 with biggest summer showcase to date
    Class of 2021

    LCF celebrate #LCFClassOf2021 with biggest summer showcase to date

    The #LCFClassOf2021 Summer Showcase, launching from Monday 5 July, will be the biggest celebration of world-leading talent that LCF has ever staged – showcasing both BA and MA level students together for the first time.

LCF 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.

  • LCF at Stratford Exterior Design
    LCF at Stratford Exterior Design
    LCF's move

    LCF is moving to a new single campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2023. Find more information about the College’s relocation.

Staff

Jess Williamson

Jess Williamson is the Course Leader of BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear course. Previously the technical lecturer on the course and at Middlesex University teaching pattern cutting and construction skills. Originally from New Zealand, she has been living in London for over a decade, mainly working for concept-led fashion sportswear brand Cottweiler, including their Reebok collaborations. She has also worked freelance for a variety of London-based brands including Christopher Raeburn, Martine Rose, Faustine Steinmetz and Ashley Williams. She focuses on fostering industry connections and collaborative opportunities for students and encourages them to explore different technologies including Clo in their practice.

Mikha  Mekler

At the heart of Mikha’s professional practice is “how sustainable can I make this?” and with experience of running sample rooms prior to graduating from the London College of Fashion with an MA in Design Management for the Fashion Industry, Mikha is currently overseeing the production process at Christopher Raeburn as well as teaching on MA Innovative Fashion Production. Her current global sourcing and knowledge of a range of manufacturing is invaluable, and special areas of interest include sportswear and technical fabrics.

Lindsey Riley

Lindsey is the Programme Director for the Product Programme and also 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.

Claudine Rousseau

Claudine Rousseau is the former the Programme Director at LCF and Now Head of Atelier at Rapha, who returns as visiting lecturer. She has worked in the fashion industry for over twenty years, initially as a womenswear designer overseas and then as a design interpreter, both for an innovative design consultancy and as a freelancer. Brands she has worked with include PUMA, Hussein Chalayan, Adidas, Levi’s, Nike ACG. Claudine currently collaborates on projects with Rapha Cycling and Christopher Raeburn. Her research interests encompass how clothing can enhance performance, both professionally and recreationally, from both physiological and psychological perspectives.

Alasdair Leighton-Crawford

Alasdair Leighton-Crawford is a former professional rower, London-based trained tailor and sportswear designer and maker. He is a technical product developer working for brands such as McLaren Racing, Crewroom and Paramo. He uses software such as Clo3d and Blender to pattern cut and render designs digitally.

Ismini Krassismenou

Ismini Krassismenou is a performance sportswear designer, currently the head of adult apparel design and development at OuterStuff, a brand that develops collections for the NBA, NFL and US Olympic Committee. When teaching on Fashion Sportswear she specialises in Adobe Illustrator, spec drawings and technical specification packs.

Georgina Hunt

Georgina Hunt is a sportswear designer who worked under ex-Nike Creative Director Phil Dickinson at his conceptual sportswear studio for 4 years. Now freelancing in the industry, Georgina specialises in concept design within the sportswear and streetwear market with a reputation for bringing energy, collaboration and a fusion between sportswear and streetwear into her client work. Working with brands such as Palace Skateboards, Richard James, Fila and Footlocker, Georgina introduces new ways which inject cultural points of the past and youth cultures of today into product design.

Kiran Gobin

Kiran Gobin joined the UAL community in 2021 as a Lecturer for BA Fashion Sportswear from his post as Senior Lecturer Fashion, Manchester School of Art. As alumni of LCF studying FDT Womenswear (2009 undergrad) & Creative Pattern cutting (2012 postgrad) he has twinned his academic career and industry practice in tandem. Upon graduating, Kiran embarked upon a 10-year career as Head of Atelier and business shareholder for the cult and much revered London brand Martine Rose. Alongside this, he has designed and developed catwalk collections for Charlotte Olympia, Emilio De La Morena, LAAIN, Rapha Cycling and Le Col Cycling.

Collaborative working and the importance of world/outsider art & design practices gives understanding to the positioning of his work, and future outputs aims to move this discourse on this forward. This interest has seen him travel to Central Asia to lead community projects with SPINNA and USAid for the empowerment of female artisans in the region. As a practicing creative and educator, his excitement lies in cultural and historical symbolism. He believes strongly in lifting the veil between classroom and the professional studio, whilst upholding the rigour of design education in inclusive and diverse environments. Kiran is the author of the 2nd edition of ‘Construction for Fashion Design’ (Bloomsbury, 2017) and is also a member of FACE (Fashion Academics Creating Equality). He is also a mentor for London based LGBTQ+ youth charity, MOSAIC.

Karen Colhoun

Karen Colhoun is the Specialist Technician on the BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear course. She joined LCF in 2022 from the University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, where Karen was the technician for Fashion Design BA (Hons) course for 7 years. She graduated from Nottingham Trent University and worked in theatre and within the garment construction industry for 12 years.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£9,250 per year

This fee is correct for 2023/24 entry and is subject to change for 2024/25 entry.

Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students.

Home fees are currently charged to UK nationals and UK residents who meet the rules. However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees and determining your fee status.

International fee

£25,970 per year

This fee is correct for 2023/24 entry and is subject to change for 2024/25 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 will generally be charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about tuition fees and determining your fee status.

Scholarship search

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

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

  • 112 UCAS tariff points from two or more A Levels (preferred subjects include English, Maths, Art, Design, Textiles and Science);
  • Distinction at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design;
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects Art & Design);
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma;
  • Access Diploma or 112 new UCAS tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma;
  • 112 new 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 at 25 points minimum;
  • 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 sportswear 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

Apply now

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

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

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 W232

Deferring your place

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

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 18:00 PM (GMT) on  25 January 2023 for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

You can only apply to the same course once per year. Any duplicate applications will be withdrawn. Applications for this course can only be accepted for this year of entry.

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 decide if they are able to make an offer based on the work you have demonstrated. It may be, however, that the tutor wishes to speak with you further about your work and so you will be invited to attend an online interview. At the interview the Academic Reviewer will discuss your portfolio that you submitted in PebblePad; it will be possible to show more of your work during the interview if the tutor feels it necessary for you to do so.

Please note that not all applicants will be invited to attend interview.

If you are made an offer, you will have the opportunity to engage with course teams at a number of planned engagement activities, where you will be able to ask any questions you may have and also speak to current students studying on the course.

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, how your application is considered and what happens next.

There are 2 ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course:

You must apply through UCAS, where you will need the following information:

  • University code – U65
  • UCAS course code – W232

Read our immigration and visa information to find out if you need a visa to study at UAL.

You can only apply to the same course once per year. Any duplicate applications will be withdrawn. Applications for this course can only be accepted for this year of entry. Applications for deferred entry cannot be accepted. Read the UAL international application advice for further information on how to apply.

Deferring your place

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

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 18:00 PM (GMT) on  25 January 2023 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 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 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 sportswear 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.

Careers

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 gone on to work as designers for technical sports brands and lifestyle sportswear brands- ByBorre, Nike, Soar, Rapha, Some Ideas, Adidas, Puma, Altura technical bikewear, Crewroom specialist rowing brand, Korda specialist angling brand, Aitor Throup, Fila, DKNY to name a few. Graduate careers could include: Sportswear Designer, Product Developer, Art Director or Fabric Developer.