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MA Pattern and Garment Technology

College
LCF
Start date
September 2020
Course length
15 months

Please note that MA Pattern and Garment Technology 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.

This postgraduate pattern-cutting degree will develop your skills in innovative pattern-cutting and garment technology to prepare you for a successful career in the commercial fashion industry.

About

  • Students have two pathway options:
  • Creative Pattern Cutting

OR

  • Garment Technology.

Both 2D and 3D technical skills are taught, alongside contextual industry study.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion?

  • Mixture of techniques: 2D and 3D digital technology are embedded throughout the course and your evolving practice will incorporate these technologies with traditional techniques and processes.
  • Focus on fit: garment fit is a major focus of the course. Regular interactive fit sessions in tutor- led small peer groups focus on accurate diagnosis of garment fit issues.
  • Where graduates have gone on to work: previous graduates have secured roles at Asos, C&A (Shanghai), Cos, Huntsman & Sons, Hussein Chalayan, Inditex Group, Net-a-Porter, Ralph & Russo.
  • Academic opportunities: there has been successful progression to PhD from each graduated cohort from this course.

Location

This course is based at Mare Street in Hackney. Find out about the local area, including London Fields, Bethnal Green and Hackney Central, 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 Mare Street 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.

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Course overview

Students will have the choice of two pathway options to focus their interests: Creative Pattern Cutting or Garment Technology. You will experiment with a range of digital and manufacturing technologies and techniques, materials and components in order to achieve your goals. As well as developing conventional and creative pattern cutting techniques, you will become conversant with digital pattern technology and you will explore digital pattern development through using 3D sampling software.

What to expect

  • You will experiment with a range of digital and manufacturing technologies, techniques, materials and components in order to achieve your goals.
  • Development of conventional and creative pattern cutting techniques.
  • Exploration of digital pattern technology and digital pattern development using 3D sampling software.
  • Research and development of an initiative that breaks new ground in the field of pattern and garment technology for your Masters Projects.

Work experience and opportunities

Students will be encouraged to set up work placements which provide the opportunity to further skills and knowledge, as well as make valuable contacts within the industry. The Collaborative Unit also gives students the chance to work collaboratively with a company or fellows students to develop new processes and techniques, as well as simulating industry practice.

Mode of study

MA Pattern and Garment Technology is in Full Time mode which runs for 45 weeks over 15 months.

Course units

Please note that this course is currently undergoing validation so the title and content of units may change.

Creative Technical Skills is designed to enable you to establish and develop your technical creativity and expand your practical skills. You will attend a programme of lectures offering theoretical and practical knowledge of pattern development techniques, manufacturing processes and CAD/CAM technology, while you will be introduced to the full range of supporting resources and facilities through workshop sessions. You will use these structured sessions to develop a portfolio of technical creative skills.

In the Creative Pattern Design unit you will further expand your technical ability through a personal project, combining technical thinking with design innovation to produce a portfolio of creative pattern designs. The core skills you learn in the Creative Technical Skills unit will underpin your work, as will your rigorous process of research, experimentation and analysis. With support from tutorial guidance and peer review you will be able to explore alternative solutions and possibilities, which will strengthen and expand your knowledge of original creative technical processes.

In the Pattern Technology unit you will further expand your technical ability through a personal project, combining technical thinking with design innovation to produce a portfolio of commercial pattern development. The core skills you learn in the Creative Technical Skills unit will underpin your work, as will your rigorous process of research, experimentation and analysis. With support from tutorial guidance and peer review you will be able to explore alternative solutions and possibilities, which will strengthen and expand your knowledge of original creative technical processes.

The purpose of the Research Methods unit is to introduce you to the range of research methods, approaches and tools that are available to you for conducting your postgraduate work. You will cover philosophy and ethics in research, primary and secondary research methods, including quantitative, qualitative and visual research methods, and will learn how to analyse, evaluate and disseminate research findings. You will explore research in a range of contexts relevant to the cultural and creative industries, and will gain an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice.

The Technical Analysis and Development unit allows you to concentrate on the development of your studio practice and its evaluation, which you will underpin with in-depth research. Analysis within the specialist units of your MA course will help you to develop a wide range of specialist resources and methodologies that will enable you to develop your critical practice, to analytically review, and to revise your focus, in line with your expanding theories and in the context of your proposed market. Together with this analysis you will engage in a process of technical development and testing in order to produce a range of prototypes and practical experiments that build on and develop your creative technical skills. The unit will cover traditional and digital processes and the potential for combining these to create alternative solutions to industry problems. You will be encouraged to challenge conventional production methods and to explore alternative materials.

The Collaborative Unit gives you the opportunity to innovate, to explore developmental processes, and to engage with collaborative working practices. You will be encouraged to develop the professional negotiation and networking skills that you will need to succeed in the cultural and creative industries. The emphasis in this unit is on student-led collaboration, which may be within your own course, with students on other courses, or with industry. The project that you undertake on this unit will depend on your discipline and the specific requirements of your course.

The Masters Project gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and skills through a substantial piece of work. This work may take a variety of forms by negotiation and is assessed by presentation in an agreed format, accompanied by an evaluative commentary/presentation on the development of the project. You will be allocated a supervisor for your project and will complete a learning plan outlining how you intend to develop and deliver your project. You will be guided and supported throughout your project by tutorials and peer and staff evaluation at interim stages.

Staff

Susanne Baldwin is course leader for MA Pattern and Garment Technology at London College of Fashion. She has taught for 15 years at FE and HE level, being responsible for developing and delivering courses with emphasis on digital pattern design, fit analysis and garment technology processes. Prior to teaching, Susanne worked for leading high street manufacturers and retailers in various technical roles and experienced a range of product areas across menswear, womenswear and childrenswear.

Susanne draws on industrial processes as a significant part of her teaching practice. Most recently she has been exploring the garment technology practice of product engineering in the context of object-based research through the study of archive couture pieces. These are then re-engineered using 2D digital pattern technology. The practice will continue to be developed to explore 3D digital possibilities. Within this structure, students are encouraged to make connections between these disciplines and experiences, thus establishing a solid skill-base from which to seek employment or develop their own label.

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 entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • An Honours degree at 2.1 or above from a fashion based course, supported by a digital portfolio evidencing abilities in pattern development and garment construction to intermediate level;
  • OR equivalent qualifications in an alternative subject will be considered if supported by a digital portfolio which demonstrates significant evidence of technical skills;

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 (minimum of three years)
  • 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 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Please check our main English Language Requirements .

Selection Criteria

The course seeks to recruit students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, and welcomes applications from mature students.

The course seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • a clear interest in the study of innovative approaches to pattern and garment technology;
  • an interest in developing creative technical solutions to current and future industry problems;
  • relevant experience of fashion pattern development and garment construction;
  • a capacity for intellectual enquiry and reflective thought;
  • a developed and mature attitude to independent study and intellectual growth.

Extra information required for applications to this course

When you are submitting your application form, you will also need to provide the following pieces of documentation in support of your application:

Curriculum vitae

You will be required to submit a Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) in support of your application. This should include your full education and employment history.

Personal statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and your suitability for the course that you intend to study.

Some key points to consider:

  • Make sure that personal statement is your own work and is about you.
  • Explain why you want to study the course you are applying to.
  • Try to link your skills and experience required to the course.
  • Demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the course and link these with your personality.
  • Make sure it is organised and literate (grammar, spelling, punctuation check).

Study proposal

Your study proposal should be no more than 600 words (excluding research sources, bibliography and appendices).

It should:

  • state briefly the background for the proposal;
  • determine the precise area of study;
  • set out clearly and concisely your aims and objectives for the period of study within the course structure;
  • refer to critical ideas that may underpin your practice;
  • state the form of realisation/ outcome of the study proposal.

Your study proposal should have the following structure:

Introduction

Introduce your work. Briefly outline recent developments prior to application. Describe the anticipated programme of study in detail, demonstrating your knowledge of the historical and contemporary context of your area of study. Focus on specific areas or issues that underpin and frame the proposal.

Programme of study

Outline the sequence of practical, theoretical and research that you intend to follow. This will be vital to your programme of study in the development stage in which the Study Proposal will progress and take shape. For example, describe in detail the methodologies that you follow and their significance for the design process. (Advice and support will be offered by tutors on the course). Any supporting material should appear in the Appendices at the end of the proposal.

Evaluation

Evaluate your work to date. Draw any conclusions you are able to make.

Research sources

Give details of libraries, exhibitions, museums, galleries and special archives that you have visited as part of your research towards the proposal.

Bibliography

Keep a full record of all original and documentary material consulted. List appropriate material using the Harvard Referencing System.

Appendices

Insert any additional material that you consider relevant but not part of the core of the study proposal. This could include links to notes, drawings and additional research material.

Portfolio

You will be required to submit a digital portfolio with a maximum of 30 images that you consider would help support your application. Submit your portfolio via the university’s digital portfolio tool, PebblePad. More details will be sent to you after you have submitted your application. You should include essential development work from sketchbooks to portfolio final presentations with photography of garments. Label and present any visual work with care, including dates and captions. If selected for interview, you will be asked to bring garments with you and additional portfolio work.

Making your application

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

UK/EU students can apply to a postgraduate course at LCF by completing a direct application.

Application deadline

There are no official deadlines to submit your application. Applications are accepted, and offers are made throughout the year. The course will be closed once spaces are filled so we advise that you apply early.

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

Postgraduate transfers:

If you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at London College of Fashion, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

What happens next

All application forms, personal statements and relevant documents 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 could include: drawings; photographs of realised designs; speculative design; sketch work; process; and photographs. Label and present any visual work with care, including dates and captions.

If the course team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to attend an interview. Interviews may be conducted in person, via telephone or via Skype.

If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Please note that applicants are not 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

The result of your application will be communicated to you through your UAL Portal. If your application has been successful, you will receive 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.

There are two ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course at LCF:

For further advice on how to apply please visit the UAL International Application page.

Application deadline

There are no official deadlines to submit your application. Applications are accepted, and offers are made throughout the year. The course will be closed once spaces are filled so we advise that you apply early.

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

Postgraduate transfers:

If you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at London College of Fashion, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

What happens next

Immigration History Check

After you have applied, 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 relevant documents 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 could include: drawings; photographs of realised designs; speculative design; sketch work; process; and photographs. Label and present any visual work with care, including dates and captions.

If the course team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to attend an interview. Interviews may be conducted in person, via telephone or via Skype.

If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Please note that applicants are not 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

The result of your application will be communicated to you through your UAL Portal. If your application has been successful, you will receive 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 the UAL Portal to let you know whether your application has been successful.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£11,220

This applies for the 2020/21 academic year.

UAL Home/EU alumni receive a £1,000 discount.

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

International fee

£22,920

This applies for the 2020/21 academic year.

UAL International alumni receive a £1,000 discount.

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

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.

Loans

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

Scholarship search

Careers and alumni

All our postgraduate 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:

  • 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.

Career paths

Masters graduates have an acknowledged advantage in the employment market, obtaining work in a wide range of vocational and academic fields related to fashion. Previous graduates have gone on to work as 2D digital pattern cutters, 3D digital sample developers, garment technologists and to teach at universities in Madrid and Beijing. Graduates have found employment with numerous renowned brands including: ASOS, C&A (Shanghai), COS, Huntsman & sons, Hussein Chayalan, Inditex, Net-a-Porter and Ralph & Russo.

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