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BA (Hons) Fashion Photography

College
LCF
Start date
September 2020
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W641

BA (Hons) Fashion Photography prepares students to become professional and innovative fashion image makers, destined for a career in the creative industries.

This course applies industry innovation and practice to academic study and encourages engagement with still imagery, fashion film & new media. The practical and theoretical study of fashion photography forms the basis of this discipline, with students focusing on the exploration of identity, community, sustainability and diversity in an increasingly digital world.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion

    • Learn from industry practitioners: the staff team are industry professionals with a range of expertise across fashion photography, moving image, new media, publishing and research.
    • Industry links: internationally renowned visiting lecturers give an exclusive insight into current industry practices and set live briefs.
    • Career opportunities: graduates establish themselves in industry, often as freelance fashion photographers and creative directors working with major magazines, brands and clients.

Location

This course is based at Lime Grove in Shepherd’s Bush. Find out about the local area, including Holland Park and Notting Hill 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 Lime Grove 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.

Student and graduate work

Portfolio gallery

Aesthetica Film Trailer 2018

BA (Hons) Fashion Photography student work by Coco Capitan

BA (Hons) Fashion Photography student work by Eliza Hill

Fashioned Spaces - undergraduate showcase at House of Vans

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Facilities

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Course overview

Introduction 

BA (Hons) Fashion Photography will teach you the technical skills of photography whilst supporting you to develop a personal aesthetic and take creative risks across commercial and editorial contexts. 

What to expect 

  • You will have the opportunity to take part in both industry collaborations and academic research projects, benefitting from the extensive network of high-profile academics and creatives across UAL. 

  • You will become familiar with location and studio shooting, using the excellent photography studios and facilities within the College. 

  • You will explore digital image production, manipulation and new media practices. You will also have the opportunity to develop skills in analogue practices using our spacious darkrooms. 

  • Collaboration is important for the course and you will be encouraged to work in teams and build work relationships with fellow students who are stylists, hair and make-up artists, and fashion illustrators. 

  • You will be encouraged to develop your authentic take on fashion image making, informed by an awareness for contemporary social and cultural issues and the transformative power of technology. 

  • By the end of the course you will be fully equipped to enter the industry as a professional and original image maker with excellent contextual awareness. 

Work experience and opportunities 

You will have the opportunity to take part in industry collaborations. Recent projects have been with River Island, Elizabeth Arden, CPL Aromas, Proctor and Gamble, Unilever, the V&A and English National Ballet. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a short-term work placement as part of your degree which will provide valuable industry experience before graduation. Graduates from this course are working successfully across a broad range of briefs, including fashion, lifestyle, music and advertising. Alumni include Coco Capitán, Nadine Ijewere and Nadia Lee Cohen. 

Mode of study 

BA (Hons) Fashion Photography 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

Year one 

Introduction to Fashion Photography  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.  

The  Capturing Fashion unit will consider the fundamental practice of photography and the ways in which it forms the foundation for fashion image practice. Consideration will be given to genres, photographic visual codes/conventions, diversity, and associated key practitioners/movements in a global context. Students will be encouraged to explore and experiment with the construction of fashion imagery, incorporating ideological, conceptual, historical, ethical and technical aspects, and consideration of the crucial role that collaboration plays in fashion photography and fashion image practice.  

Fashion Cultures and Histories 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 Fashion Cultures and Histories unit that is chosen for future study. 

Better Lives will provide you with a solid understanding of LCF’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. 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.  

Alongside this, Collaborative Practice: Fashion Spreads emphasises 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. 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. 

Year two 

To begin you will be able to study a  Fashion Cultures and Histories unit of your choice that will broaden or deepen your learning in areas relating to your interests. 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. 

Interaction within and across fashion and media is at the heart of the Fashion Interactions unit, as well as introducing you to the notion of a real-life commission that will provide you with a forum to place your work in the public domain. The unit will provide you with an introduction to fashion fil so you can start identifying who your potential future clients might be and will invite you to consider where your fashion film might become visible by looking at contemporary brands, platforms and new and emerging technologies in the context of the fashion and photographic industries. The unit will introduce you to the relationship between moving image production, commissioning agencies and audiences and will assist you in preparing for professional practice. 

The Situating Your Practice unit has two pathways: 

Fashioned Spaces: This unit will offer an opportunity to reflect on your developing practise, 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.  

Media Placement: 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, gaining practical experience of the associated roles, functions and operations. With guidance from LCF Careers, you will be expected to engage and be proactive in securing your own work experience that is suitable to your own personal development, skills, course requirements and career aspirations.  

The  Fashion Image Futures unit will require you to consider your personal interest and approach to fashion image generation and dissemination producing content for contemporary fashion media sites. You will consider contemporary platforms and their appropriate processes to inform your individual direction for your creative and intellectual investigation. Reflection on previous work will help you to consider your practice and potential direction for your future in the fashion industry. 

Year three 

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 deriving from this unit could inform the process that you explore and expand upon in your Personal and Professional Project. 

You will complete a major piece of written work for the  Fashion Cultures and Histories Dissertation  unit. 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 contemporary critical debates and concerns. 

Finally, 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.

Learning and teaching methods

The following teaching and learning methods are employed to support the integrated aims of the course outcomes:

  • Briefings, tutorials and feedback 
  • Technical workshops 
  • Lectures and seminars 
  • Collaborative group work 
  • Library and workshop inductions 
  • Brainstorming sessions 
  • Museum, gallery and other visits 
  • Online learning 
  • Research methods 
  • Studio teaching 
  • Presentations 

Assessment methods

The following assessment methods are employed to support the integrated aims of the course outcomes:

  • Portfolio of work 
  • Essays, evaluation and dissertation 
  • Mid-year reviews 
  • Blogs 
  • Peer assessment 
  • Presentation 
  • Tutorials 
  • Student evaluation 

Staff

Michiel Meewis is a Dutch photographer and Acting Course Leader on the BA (Hons) Fashion Photography course at LCF. As an alumnus of the London College of Fashion with a Masters in Fashion Photography himself, Michiel was awarded first place in the ‘fashion’ category the International Photography Awards 2012. His photographic series have been featured on record covers and numerous publications including Wallpaper*, Fucking Young! Magazine, Port and l’Officiel amongst others. Michiel’s practice as a photographer, mainly exploring the changing perception of masculinity within menswear fashion over time, has resulted in his work being exhibited nationally and internationally. He also works closely with companies such as Lacoste, Viktor & Rolf, Heineken, United Nude, Dior Homme, Lacoste and Loewe, developing and building relationships to support the student experience in every way. He obtained his BFT (Bachelor Film and Television) at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy with his exam film ‘About Roses’, which was nominated for a Student Oscar® by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the category of ‘Best Foreign Film’.

Itai Doron is the Programme Director for Fashion Media courses. He is an established photographer with particular interests in fashion, portraiture, social documentary, body politics, identity and queer theory. Working as a lens-based artist since graduation from Goldsmiths College of Art, Itai has twice received the UAL research project award to develop a body of work on immigration, combining social documentary with notions of fashion. Itai has a proven track record of public dissemination of visual and written work through exhibitions, publications, and academic research and was invited to deliver talks and lectures about his research at various international academic conferences. He has exhibited at the White Cube gallery in London, and participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the UK, Europe, Japan, Israel and the United States. He has authored a selection of photography books, including End Of Real in 2005, Yassin in 2009, Chokras’ Mahal (Boys' Palace) in 2011, and Fifteen Minutes With You in 2012.

Joanna Piotrowska is a lecturer and since graduating from the Royal College of Art Joanna has participated in various exhibitions including: Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, Warsaw, (2016); Southard Reid, London, (2015), FROWST, Ethnographic Museum, Cracow, (2015), Project Space, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, (2014), Project Space, Hayward Gallery, London, (2014), Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London, (2013), Prada Foundation, Milan, (2016), Sadie Coles, London, (2016), Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, (2017). Joanna works commercially as a fashion/fine art photographer and is represented by Mini Title in London. Clients include: Dazed Magazine, Office Magazine, Modern China Weekly Magazine, Tank Magazine, REVUE amongst others. Joanna’s first book “Frowst” published by MACK Books, was awarded the Leica Prize, and nominated for Paul Huf Award at FOAM Museum in Amsterdam. In November 2016 Joanna was the recipient of the Reda Prize – an award sponsored by CAMERA – Italian Centre for Photography.

Lillian Wilkie is an artist, editor and publisher. She is founder of arts imprint Chateau International and co-director of Bound Art Book Fair. Lillian studied photography and fine art at the University of Westminster and Chelsea College of Art and Design, and lectures in contextual studies, research as practice, photographic sequences, editing and publishing. Her practice incorporates photography, video, performance, sound and publishing to explore the official and unofficial narratives bound to architecture, industry and the natural world. She has exhibited across the UK and Europe including at Tenderpixel, Bergen Kunsthall, &Model, Flat Time House, Jerwood Space, the Austrian Cultural Forum, Avalanche and [SPACE]. She has almost a decade of experience working on large scale productions related to arts and photography such as Frieze Art Fair, Art Basel, New York Art Book Fair and Los Angeles Art Book Fair, and has collaborated on major fashion image presentations through her previous role as Deputy Director of Claire de Rouen Books.

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 Art, Design, Fashion, Media Studies and Photography);
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design;
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects Art & Design);
  • 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:

  • An ability to communicate ideas visually
  • A commitment to and knowledge of critical debate around the body and its representation
  • An ability to cope with the academic demands of the course
  • A commitment to self-motivated study
  • An interest in the fashion imaging industry
  • A portfolio showcasing photographic imagery indicating an appreciation of contemporary fashion image making.

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:                 W641

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 generate original photographic concepts; fashion and image awareness; ability to experiment and research extensively; technical competence; and ability to edit and present work effectively. 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 22nd 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:                 W641

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 generate original photographic concepts; fashion and image awareness; ability to experiment and research extensively; technical competence; and ability to edit and present work effectively.

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: the reasons why they want to do this course; what they think they can contribute to this course; what informs their photographic inspirations; and how they will be able to cope with the academic component of the course and the integrated critical theory with practice.

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 enquiry 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

Careers

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

Many students become self-employed, working as freelance fashion photographers,orassisting established fashion photographers, or working in the broader fashion industry at studios, processing labs, model agencies, photographic agenciesand,magazines.

Alumni clientslistsincludes Gucci, Maison Martin Margiela, Oswald Boateng, Miu Miu, Mulberry, Vice, Vogue, Dazed & Confused, i-D, King Kong, Dust, Le Monde, Harvey Nichols, Monsoon, GQ, Adidas, Nike, Paul Smith, Stella McCartney, Gap, A.P.C.

Alumini and current students assist various professional fFashionpPhotographers including:Mert & Marcus, Juergen Teller, Tyrone Lebonand,Jamie Morgan.

Technical skills acquired on the course can facilitate the opportunity for employment opportunities in post-production roles: Photographic retoucher, Digital Operative. The ability to professionally manage various post-production processes can offer a very lucrative avenue for employment, and broaden the scope for potential career paths within the fashion image industry.

Alumni

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Kenneth Lam

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