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BA (Hons) Fashion Contour

College
LCF
Start date
September 2020
Course length
3 years / 4 years (with placement year in industry)
UCAS code
W233

BA (Hons) Fashion Contour embraces technology, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial skills while preparing students for a career in design and production of lingerie, intimate apparel, underwear, swimwear and structured bodywear.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion

    • Facilities: students are given access to specialist industry standard equipment and expert technical assistance.
    • Industry links: students have worked on a variety of projects with leading contour designers including Fleur of England, La Perla, Coco de Mer, Chromat NY and Sophie Hallette, as well as leading high street brands such as Debenhams, H&M, Victoria’s Secret, Triumph International and Speedo.
    • Where graduates have gone onto work: graduates of this course have worked at Agent Provocateur, Iris Van Halpen, Best Pacific (China), Derek Rose, Aura and Marks & Spencer. Some graduates have set up their own brands, for example, Lara Intimates, Elf Zhou and Amelie.
    • Competition opportunities: students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of external competitions including The Link Award at Mare di Moda in Cannes, and London College of Fashion’s Student Enterprise Challenge.

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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Facilities

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Library, John Princes Street Photography by: Ideal Insight

LCF library and archives

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Design, pattern cutting & tailoring facilities

Discover our design studios and workshops across JPS, Mare street, Curtain Road and Lime Grove.

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LCF's social spaces

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Course overview

Introduction 

BA (Hons) Fashion Contour students learn technical skills in the design, pattern cutting and construction of lingerie, intimate apparel and swimwear. Students will also develop the professional, research, communication and business skills for a successful career in the fashion industry. 

What to expect 

  • The course focuses on building creative skills and abilities, from reviewing and understanding the industry to looking at creativity, as well as understanding innovative technologies and trends. 

  • Students will work on the communication and presentation of designs in 2D and 3D, as well as the development of the technical skills of pattern cutting and construction to enable them to take their ideas through to realisation.  

  • This course focuses on producing graduates who can make an innovative and visionary contribution to the fashion contour sector. Students will develop the creative, strategic and practical skills to succeed.  

Work experience and opportunities 

Students in the second year have the opportunity to work on a variety of industry set projects. Recent projects have included a diffusion lingerie collection for Coco de Mer, designer collaborations for Debenhams and maternity swimwear for H&M, these opportunities to research and investigate the consumer and market level provides insight into how different businesses work. 

The opportunity to undertake an optional industry placement between the second and final year of the course enhances the employability of students by offering valuable experience and contacts within the industry as well as earning an additional Diploma in Professional Studies qualification.  Past placements have included: Agent Provocateur, Bordelle, Luna Mae, Fleur or England, and Jenny Packham. 

Students also have the opportunity to take part in a variety of internal competitions such as the SET (Student Enterprise Team) Challenge, as well as external competitions including The International Link Award at Mare Di Moda in Cannes, ITS competition, ASBCI Student Innovation Award, and Mercedes Benz International rising stars show.  

Mode of study 

BA (Hons) Fashion Contour 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 Fashion Contour; 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.

  • Professional Practice Initiation, 40 credits
  • Cultural and Historical Studies Option; 20 credits
  • Fashion Contour Industry Project, 40 credits
  • Fashion Contour Future Technologies; 20 credits

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

  • Concept Development; 40 credits
  • Contextualising Your Practice; 20 credits
  • Product Design and Realisation; 60 credits

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.

This diploma is achieved through the optional 30-week industrial placement. 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.

A 20-credit unit is approximately equivalent to 200 hours of learning time, which includes a mixture of taught time, independent study and assessment.

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;

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 achievement 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

Nicola Johnson is the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Contour. She graduated with BA (Hons) in Fashion from Nottingham Trent University, moving from RTW womenswear into contour early on in her career. She has worked extensively in the contour industry for a number of UK and international companies, with global connections within the industry. Her roles have included creating, presenting and implementing innovative strategies, designing and developing new global product launches. As Design Director, Nicola has experience of budget management, planning detailed critical paths and large team management. Nicola has guest-lectured previously and sat on expert panels, connecting education and industry.

Linda Wing is the year one Tutor and also Course Technical tutor, working with year one and final year. With an extensive varied career in the Contour industry, Linda has been a key member of the Contour teaching team since the launch of the course. An LCF graduate, Linda has worked within the UK contour, nightwear and swimwear industries creating products from initial designs, and continues to work part-time in the industry as a freelance designer and technician.

Angela Kinnings graduated from Northumbria University with a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design and later was awarded an MA in the History and Culture of Fashion from the London College of Fashion. Angela has extensive professional practice within the UK and International fashion industry as a womenswear and contour designer. Working as head of major retailers design teams launching successful new in house designer brands. Later as Head of Design for Agent Provocateur, Angela led the in-house design teams in creating the iconic lingerie, lounge, swimwear, accessories and ready to wear ranges for the AP Collections. She is currently researching in to the theoretical and cultural impact of contemporary and historical contour design.

Sarah Graham is a Technical and Design Lecturer and Year 2 Tutor. She graduated from the BA (Hons) degree in Fashion Design at Cambridge School of Art with a first-class honours, and in 2015 completed her Masters with a distinction, specialising in contour design. On graduating, Sarah was employed as a lingerie design assistant and sales manager by luxury lingerie brand Ayten Gasson, and was involved in all aspects of the lingerie business from sales to media liaison, pattern cutting and manufacturing. Currently in the process of launching Matilda Darling, a directional luxury lingerie label she is actively seeking both multi and inter-disciplinary opportunities to critically investigate the concept of lingerie in the digital world.

Jasbinder Jhumat is specialist contour technician and technical tutor. After working for Courtaulds Lingerie, the largest UK supplier of Lingerie as a specialised contour product developer and sample room technician for 30 years, Jas joined the Contour team with a valuable wealth of knowledge and works with all years in Contour specialised sample room and taking technical development sessions.

Amelia Firth–Waugh is a graduate of London College of Fashion BA Fashion Contour and has worked with numerous companies in both design and technical based roles since graduating. Having been awarded the Fashion Contour Ambassador Prize, she went on to work as a designer for cult lingerie and lifestyle brand Reckless Wolf. Interested particularly in the luxury sector, with experience in couture embellishment and hand finishing techniques. Amelia is currently a Specialist Contour Technician at LCF working with all years in Contour specialised sample room and taking technical development sessions.

Lindsey Riley is 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.

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 English, Maths, Art, Design, Textiles and Science);
  • a Pass Foundation Diploma in Art and Design;
  • a Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma Art & Design;
  • a Pass at UAL Extended Diploma;
  • 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 current awareness of fashion contour 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

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:                 W233

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: ability to present ideas through visual communication; a level of research, experimentation and development; technical and practical abilities; and effective presentation techniques. 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 21st 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:                 W233

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: 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 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. 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 contour 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.

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

Graduates go on to a variety of roles, from Design, PR and Events to Technical development roles in companies such as Agent Provocateur, Bordelle, Aura, Debenhams, Reckless Wolf, Playful Promises, Edge of Beyond, Bodas, Love Magazine, Regina (Hong Kong) Best Pacific (China) Hunkermoller (Netherlands) Iris Van Herpen (Amsterdam), Bra N things (Australia) Stretchline (Sri Lanka). Students also go on to start their own business such as Lara Intimates, Voiment, Elf Zhou, Lily Rouse.

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