Introduction to Hair and Make Up for Fashion aims to introduce you to your course and its subject specialism as well as to effective learning and studentship at undergraduate level. It will orientate you to the practices and knowledge base needed to understand your discipline and help you to develop your skills for independent and collaborative learning, reflection and your own self-development. Students come from many diverse educational backgrounds and a part of this unit will enable to reflect on your own background and how that shapes the way you approach to your course.
Introduction to Cultural Historical Studies introduces the Cultural and Historical Studies approach to fashion and related areas. The unit provides a broad overview of the subject and introduces key concepts and ways of thinking that will form the basis of subsequent study. It will also inform decisions regarding the Cultural and Historical Studies unit that is chosen for future study.
The Fashion Spreads unit will emphasise the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature inherent in contemporary fashion media practice. The editorial format will be the focus for this unit, as an opportunity to communicate specific contemporary narratives for fashion consumption that are: conceptualised, constructed, art directed, and resolved through collective enterprise and cooperation. Collaborative Practice will be required to conceive and construct fashion narratives in relation to the editorial format. You will explore the impact of fashion image in a print/online magazine context and how this is disseminated and received for a diverse audience and in a global context. Utilising teamwork to create contemporary fashion stories you will consider the overlapping roles and responsibilities of each specialism within Fashion Media practice.
Fashion: Process and Practice will support the acquisition of knowledge relating to hair and make-up design for contemporary fashion imaging. It will introduce you to key fashion topics and global themes for conceptual consideration in the context of your discipline, and help you explore the inter-relationship of fashion hairstyling and make-up application and their associated practices and processes in a fashion media context.
The unit will offer a broad overview of both the learning and professional environment of your specialism, with a focus on conceptual application in relation to the relevant sites, contexts and audiences of fashion image productions. Embracing academic research, and engaging with technical and professional content, you will demonstrate your ability to blend multiple processes into creative, conceptual and technical practice.
Visual and academic research strategies will be introduced, and will provide you with an understanding of the conceptual and ethical aspects of contemporary fashion themes. You will demonstrate your ability to integrate contextual knowledge with new skills into Hair and Make-up design projects.
London College of Fashion, UAL (LCF) is a leader in fashion design, media and business education. We have been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion. We encourage students to examine the past and challenge the present. To have inventive, assertive ideas that challenge social and political agendas. We give students the skills, opportunities – and above all, the freedom – to put those ideas into practice. By leading the way in fashion design, business, and the media, we influence culture, economics and our society. This unit will provide you with a solid understanding of LCF core values and how they connect to your practice. As part of this unit you will explore diversity, social responsibility and sustainability, themes which you will then apply to a selected project. At this stage the emphasis is on how you apply your thinking across these important themes to your practice. Your thinking is more important than a finished piece of work at this point. Fashion can change lives. Through teaching, specialist research, and collaborative work, this unit will get you thinking differently. We want you to use fashion to examine the past, build a sustainable future and improve the way we live. That’s why we call this unit ‘Better Lives’.
To begin you will be able to study a Cultural and Historical Studies unit of your choice that will broaden or deepen your learning of areas relating to your interests in your chosen field. You will have the opportunity to participate in lectures, seminars and workshops with students from other courses within your School, and will read relevant academic texts and complete a formal academic essay for assessment.
Contemporary fashion image practice has fully embraced the medium and conventions of moving image as a vehicle for telling stories about fashion and culture. The hair and make-up element is an essential component of the development of a moving image language for a fashion context.
The Beauty in Moving Image unit focuses on the beauty genre in the context of fashion film. It will explore the various processes applied in order to create hair and make-up design for moving image, as well as requiring considered application of the specialisms for this format. You will be expected to also engage with the language of moving image for fashion and explore narrative, lighting, sound and editing. Emphasis will be given to available moving image technology and the medium’s modes of communication so you could effectively present your specialism with a global audience in mind.
Situating Your Practice unit
This unit will offer an opportunity to reflect on your developing practice, and consider how your work is situated with regards to contemporary fashion image making, and dissemination. The unit will offer you the opportunity to showcase your specialist creative practice, and curate, produce and display your innovative body of work within a specific context. The unit also offers the opportunity for collaborative practice and consideration of audience and context.
This unit aims to develop your professional skills within an industry environment. On your placement you will be able to experience the pace, atmosphere and discipline of working in the industry. This will give you practical experience of the roles, functions and operations within the industry. The unit requires a minimum of 60 work placement hours.
LCF Careers provide career guidance and one to one opportunities starting in your first year at LCF, to help you plan ahead and prepare for your work experience. You will be expected to engage and be proactive in securing your own work experience and one that is suitable to your own personal development, skills, course requirements and career aspirations. This means producing an updated CV and directly applying to companies for work experience using LCF CAREERS LIVE, LCF’s own job board, as well as other resources. You will also be expected to feedback on your work experience after your work experience.
This unit provides an opportunity to apply previous learning whilst studying your subject in a different institution. You will develop skills within your practice and gain credits for your current course whilst engaging with the academic culture of your host institution. The unit also demands a critical approach to the management of your own learning through reflection and planning. Please check with the Exchange and Mobility Officer for an up-to date list of partnerships for your programme. Students studying at a partner institution in Europe for a minimum period of three months (approx. 12 weeks) will be eligible for the Erasmus+ grant. We are unable to guarantee that every course will have an agreement with a partner host institution. As such, this unit is subject to availability. There will be a selection and application process for students who are interested in applying to take this unit of study.
Contemporary fashion image making is practiced over a multitude of media platforms, with their own specific set of characteristics and criteria. The Artistry in Industry unit will introduce you to these platforms and their associated practices and processes and will ask you to then define your own interests as a practitioner with those in mind. It will introduce you to the various roles a hair and make-up artist can occupy in industry, and how each of those roles is further defined by particular creative aims. You will be asked to pitch and construct an outcome that signposts your own artistic aims, and to align them purposefully with suitable industry platforms. This will provide the opportunity to create a showcase of advanced conceptual and technical competence in your specialism, which highlights your creative abilities in line with a professional fashion hair and make-up context.
Collaboration and experimentation are essential aspects of the creative process especially with regards to the fashion image industry. The Collaborative Experimental Practice unit will offer you an opportunity to explore and expand the parameters of your work by engaging in collaborations that facilitate experimentation, creative thinking, practical testing and reflective problem solving. Creative outcomes and focused experimentation derived from this unit could inform the process that you explore and expand upon in your Final Major Project next term.
Next you will undertake a major piece of written work for the Cultural and Historical Studies Dissertation unit. This allows you to demonstrate your understanding of the critical and analytical perspectives developed within cultural and historical theory, and how you can apply these theoretical perspectives in a specific study, which you will have already identified in the third term of the second year. Building on the research undertaken in the previous academic year, you will undertake primary and secondary research that examines in depth cultural issues relating to a particular aspect of fashion, lifestyle, the body, performance or the media, and to produce a written piece of work that reflects the critical debates around your chosen topic.
Personal and Professional Project
The Personal and Professional Project unit provides a framework to produce a substantial body of work to an advanced conceptual and technical level, in addition to an industry-ready portfolio.
Showing your work
All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCF and will last for up to 12 months after graduation. This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.