The academic year for this course is divided into Block 1 and Block 2. Block 1 is of 15 weeks’ duration from late September to February. In accordance with the University timetable, there will be a 4-week holiday in December. Block 2 is also of 15 weeks’ duration from mid-February to the end of June with a 4-week holiday for Easter.
Year one will introduce the fundamentals of 3D Effects for Performance and Fashion, outlining the key skills and techniques as a grounding for your practice.
Introduction to design for performance
This unit aims to introduce you to your discipline in the context of study at Higher Education level; learning skills and the requirements of effective studentship at undergraduate level; and to orientate you within your course, the College and the University.
Introduction to 3D and modified forms
This unit will introduce you to the fundamental principles and techniques used by 3D effects practitioners to create 3D effects for a range of applications. During workshops, you can explore how the human form can be modified to create creature effects, by adapting, extending and distorting the body. The unit encourages your development in technical areas underpinned by an understanding of the principles of sculpting, moulding and three-dimensional fabrication construction, to realising form for the performing body and how to translate 2D design drawings to 3D outcomes.
Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies
This unit 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.
This unit will provide you with a solid understanding of London College of Fashion’s 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. Fashion can change lives. 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’.
Collaboration one: design and production
This is an opportunity to demonstrate the progress you have made and will extend your knowledge of other areas of design and craft skills. You will work collaboratively with students across the performance programme to design and realise characters from a script or text. You will be introduced to a range of materials and be encouraged to take an innovative approach to the realisation of your work using both experimental and traditional methods for a contemporary performance context.
Year two provides the opportunity to explore new areas of 3D Effects for Performance and Fashion such as digital technology and working collaboratively with industry.
Cultural and Historical Studies
You will be able to study a Cultural and Historical Studies unit of your choice, to broaden or deepen your learning of areas relating to your chosen field. You will be able to learn alongside students from other courses and will read relevant academic texts and complete a formal academic essay for assessment.
Core skill: 3D innovation and design
Developed around a narrative, this unit will introduce you to digital technology and its use in the creative industries to create three-dimensional artefacts alongside traditional 3D craft techniques. You will develop an awareness of the software used to create 3D virtual objects and the output methods such as laser cutting and 3D printing.
This unit aims to develop your practitioner identity and consider your personal manifesto for performance, by completing a performance proposal for a performance event around a location, and stimulus of your choosing. It will allow you to expand your understanding of the work of practitioners who you find useful, inspiring, and interesting, before then applying that knowledge in the creation of your own performance event.
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.
Collaboration two: interdisciplinary and experimental
During this unit, you will collaborate with other students to design and realise characters for a narrative. Working in a small group you will choose a context for the performance, you are encouraged to look at a context you may not have designer for previously, and to collaborate with performers and students from other disciplines.
Year three will give the opportunity to showcase your progress and skill development through creative and academic work across three units.
Innovation and design
This unit requires you to identify an area of personal interest and then to investigate, research and experiment to develop your concept and designs for realisation in the final unit. You will demonstrate your skills in the creation of an extensive body of work to show development and experimentation. You should consider theoretical and professional contexts of your project, and the surrounding industries, to develop your chosen narrative and performance context. You may choose to focus on one line of enquiry, or produce a series of small test projects, or explore a range of research avenues and methods.
Cultural and historical studies dissertation
The overall aim of the dissertation is to provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your understanding of the critical and analytical perspectives developed within cultural and historical theory and your ability to apply those perspectives in a specific study. You will undertake a substantial piece of structured primary and secondary research that critically engages with cultural issues relating to fashion, the body, performance, or the media and communications industries and which reflects on the critical debates and concerns addressed in your course.
Personal performance project
Building on your previous design portfolio created for Innovation and Design unit, you will now execute the realisation of your designs. This unit will enable you to realise a personal response to your concept. The structure and outcome of your project will be determined by you. You will identify and construct individually negotiated outcomes to communicate your concept towards your chosen audience.