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Innovative Pattern Cutting for Graduates and Professionals

Start date
July – September
Course length
10 weeks per stage

Currently taking applications for 2021 course dates.

In response to a significant industry need, this course provides an innovative and relevant training programme for potential and practising pattern cutters and designers who need to expand their experience.

It is designed to enhance creativity and provide a supportive postgraduate learning environment for personal and professional development.

Emphasis is placed on exploratory and versatile approaches to this craft through practical work carried out both as a group and independently. You will build your knowledge by being encouraged to unlock the potential of your existing pattern cutting skills.

You will discover the creativity of your own discipline by developing new practical, analytical and interpretative skills. The course normally features two or three 'master classes' given by highly regarded specialists who have reputations for working in particularly creative ways.

Course dates

28 June - 3 September

Student perspectives on Innovative Pattern Cutting

Student work

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Course overview

The course will develop your knowledge of the interdependence that exists between the designer and pattern cutter in translating innovative design into finished garments. The course is mainly delivered through practical workshop sessions, specialist demonstrations and studio critiques.

The aims and objective of this course is to help you develop the creative problem solving and practical skills required by pattern cutters today. You will also be expected to develop your skills further through self-directed study as well as through studio supervision.

Course outline

The aim of the course is to enhance your employment prospects, whether you wish to follow a career as a pattern cutter in education or the industry, or to enhance your understanding and effectiveness as a designer.

This course was running successfully as part of the postgraduate level provision at Central Saint Martins for over ten years, and the content remains the same but without the qualification element. In that time it has gained a high profile and a strong reputation in education and the industry. The course to date has more than met its intended aims to provide education and the industry with highly employable graduates.

For examples of students work please visit the following websites:

Watch our promotional video on YouTube


Patrick Lee Yow (Course Leader) is a Central Saint Martins alumnus, having studied and taught on the prestigious MA Fashion course. Since setting up his own business in Fashion, he has redirected his career to teaching and is an Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins working on the BA Hons, Fashion Print programme. He is also the Course Leader for Fashion Folio at Central Saint Martins. Patrick’s wealth of experience culminates from his professional practice and experience in the Fashion industry as a coach, influencer and as an educator.

The course is also supported by experienced designers and pattern cutters from the industry.

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 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

Making your application

To apply for this course please click on the “Apply” button located at the top of this page, you will be redirect to a course application form which you will need to complete.

We will only review completed applications, which must include:

  • A completed application form
  • A short statement (no more the 350 words)
  • An up-to-date CV
  • 15-20 high resolution images of your work (it is compulsory to include flat pattern-cutting examples when applying to this course)
  • Your IELTS certificate (non-native English speakers only)

All international students from outside the European Union will need a Short-term Study Visa (STS) in order to attend one of our portfolio courses.  To find out more please visit UAL's Immigration guidance for short course students web page.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£6,995 per course (2019)

International fee

£6,995 per course (2019)

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials, for more details please visit the UAL’s Additional Costs webpage.


Please visit the Accommodation webpage to see the options available to you and to find out how much they will cost.

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Careers and alumni

We now have a large percentage of graduates teaching and working in the fashion industry, including at some of the following prestigious brands:

  • Alexander McQueen
  • Alice Temperley
  • Burberry
  • Celine
  • Christopher Kane
  • Jonathan Saunders
  • Mary Katrantzou
  • Nigel Preston
  • Peter Pilotto
  • Roland Mouret
  • Victoria Beckham
  • Viktor & Rolf
  • Vivienne Westwood
  • Zac Posen

Prospective employers can contact us to enquire about the course and the graduates.