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BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Embroidery

College
LCF
Start date
September 2020
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
9H55

The Textiles department at London College of Fashion consists of three pathway degrees (PrintKnit; Embroidery) each having a specialist focus, whilst encouraging varied and diverse textile design responses. The Textiles team have a renowned reputation for fostering individuality with our creative makers and we equip you with the tools to become a visionary textile designer for the broader context of fashion. You can exploit your creative potential and respond to the world around you within a specialist fashion environment that stimulates a culture of creativity.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion

    • Individuality – This course allows you to work on projects that allow you to explore your creative interests, beliefs and design issues.
    • Unique: textiles course, fashion community - The study of mixed-media embellishment / embroidery within a specialist fashion environment is unique to studying textiles at London College of Fashion. The course echoes industry practice with an embedded collaborative project with fashion courses, alongside textile pathways for dynamic interdisciplinary textile design.
    • Specialist embroidery – The Embroidery pathway has the most extensive range of specialist embroidery craft machines within the UK and dedicated CAD / CAM embroidery and laser cutting / engraving facilities. The pathway focuses on the experimentation of mixed-media processes and the philosophy of contemporary digital design interlinked with traditional craft techniques.
    • Industry placement - Placements with established and emerging companies have included Alexander McQueen, Hand & Lock, Chanel, and Simone Rocha. Live project partners have included Adidas, the Bow Arts Museum, Burberry, and Arcadia, as well as Charles Jeffery in conjunction with the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.

Location

Unlike a lot of the Design courses, BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Embroidery 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.

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Course overview

Introduction 

BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Embroidery focuses on inventive approaches to the development and realisation of contemporary fashion textiles. We believe that technology and skills inform the design process and foster creativity.  Students on this specialist embroidery (mixed-media) pathway explore embellishment, surface pattern and texture for fashion materials. 

BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Embroidery principles:   

  • Individual designer identity 

  • Innovative craft and digital processes 

  • Dynamic collaborative fashion community 

  • Forward-thinking fashion concerns such as sustainability, identity, and ethical issues. 

What to expect 

  • Exploited creative process – You will be introduced to new ways of seeing to exploit your creativity as a designer and provide fresh eyes to the world around you.  

  • Your designer identity – Students will explore different design methodologies and research/development processes. You will develop your creative practise through experimental engagement with materials and processes in specialist textile workshop studios. This will help you to build your design foundation and aesthetic. 

  • Tailored - Many projects on the course allow you to choose a direction that best suits your interests, beliefs and career goals as a textile designer. 

  • Diverse - You design for a diverse range of fashion market-levels, not limited to gender, driven by your own fashion concerns such as sustainability, identity, and ethical issues. 

  • Fashion theory - Your critical thinking and contextual awareness is supported by the Fashion Cultures and Histories Research Centre, enabling you to appreciate the bigger narrative of the subject area, its cultural historical context and the impact of your practice. 

  • Varied services - Outside of taught sessions you are expected to make the most of the open access workshops, digital IT facilities and library services. LCF promotes competitions and extra-curricular activities, such as study trips outside of London and abroad. 

Work experience and opportunities 

Fashion textiles students participate in international competitions, winning awards with annual textile competitions such as Texselect, Hand and Lock, Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC) and Framework Knitters and fashion competitions such as FAD with Fashion Scout at London Fashion Week. Textiles students have also participated in the Kering Award Competition. Our students continue to receive press across a wide range of international publications including Dazed & Confused, Vogue and I-D. 

Mode of study 

BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Embroidery 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, Block One

Projects encourage open and diverse responses reflecting students own environment/ cultures/ inspiration. You’ll be introduced to core skills and you will be able to tailor your project themes to your interests to develop your creative practice, analytical thinking, drawing, making, and specialist subject. 

Introduction to Fashion Textiles: Print; Knit; Embroidery 20 credits 

Experimental Process 40 credits 

Year One, Block Two

Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies unit based on cultural and international theories and themes in creative industries.  Simulating industry practice, you’ll be introduced to working in an interdisciplinary textile collective with fashion students exploring how materials can inspire inventive, ethical and topical design proposals. The Better Lives unit will begin with an exploration of diversity, social responsibility and sustainability, you will aim to identify how creativity can be promoted by exploring how fashion can build better lives. 

Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies 20 credits 

Introduction to Industry Practice 20 credits 

Better Lives Options 20 Credits 

Year Two, Block 3

Future Craft asks you to carefully consider the future of textile design and production through research and consideration of the environmental, social and cultural impact of your textiles on a global level. A dual emphasis is placed on the innovative use of traditional hand and craft techniques with digital processes to promote the idea of sustaining textile crafts in the future.  

Cultural and Historical Studies unit allows you to choose an option covering a current cultural theme in fashion studies, forming a backbone to investigations for final year study. 

Future Craft 20 credits 

Cultural and Historical Studies Options 20 credits 

Year Two, Block 4

You complete a term placement in industry, offering highly valuable real-life industry experience, with established and emerging companies – local and international.  

Experiences are strengthened further by working in a cross-discipline fashion and textile design team to develop an industry-led collection, alongside exploring your own designer identity project. 

Designer Identity 40 credits 

Work Experience 40 credits 

Year Three, Block 5

The year kicks off with a highly-creative explorative term, generating your own design theme and concept alongside active creative testing, prototyping and making in your specialist subject to generate innovate potential. 

Contextualising Your Practice 20 credits 

Design Synthesis 40 Credits 

Year Three, Block Six 

In response to Block Five, you’ll consolidate and plan your own programme of work for your final textile collection, where you’ll develop a professional textile/ fashion industry portfolio you require to confidently present yourself to the design industry. Work completed can be further enhanced with collaborative connections with the dynamic fashion courses. 

Final Major Project 60 credits 

 

Learning and teaching methods

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

  • Demonstrations, workshop practices
  • Lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Group discussions and team working
  • Self-directed study simulations and work experience

 

Assessment methods

The following assessment methods are employed to assess the achievement of learning outcomes in an integrated approach:

  • Set projects, external or simulated projects
  • Market research
  • Portfolio developments
  • Technical folder
  • Samples
  • Written reports
  • Peer and self-reflection and evaluation
  • Essays and written evaluations
  • Presentation

Staff

Laura Bell is the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles at London College of Fashion with academic leadership in the specialist area of fashion textiles, which incorporates print, knit and embroidery.She puts emphasis on design innovation, raising awareness and challenging attitudes within fashion textiles on the global impact of design and how it can be used as a positive force for change. She’s won student-led awards for her teaching and her professional experience extends to Enterprise and Business Start-Up consultancy.Her research interests focus on the inter-disciplinary and collaborative approach to textiles and design and encouraging students with individual creative empowerment to realise their full potential within the field of textiles and pedagogical practice. Working with luxury companies such as Preen by Thornton and Bregazzi, she has over 15 years experience across specialist roles in textile design, womenswear and illustration, exhibiting her work in Europe, Japan and New York. View Laura Bell's full profile here.

Polly Kenny is the Programme Director for Materials and has an MA in Fashion Studies. Her industry experience is extensive and has been through collaborative partnerships with, for example, Broderie Anglaise and Peter Wright Europe Ltd, with clients, including Ronit Zilka and Morris Angels, and at the industry’s textile fairs. She is a member of the Higher Education Academy and Vice Chair of the London Branch of the Society of Dyers and Colourists. Her practice-based research focuses on the mark of the hand through digital and craft processes investigating the archive and textile memories.

Michela Carraro is the specialist fashion design tutor for the Fashion Textile courses. She has worked for numerous luxury brands including Alexander McQueen, Biba and Danielle Scutt and has created independent capsule collections that have been showcased in Milan and London. She has collaborated with many photographers and artists including stylist Sarah Richardson on a variety of projects, advertisements and editorial fashion stories for: ID, Russian Vogue, Elle US. Her teaching focuses on design underpinned by the relationship between textile development and the principles of 3D design interpretation.

Amanda Griffiths is a design lecturer for the BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles course and teaches Design across the Textiles specialisms. Amanda is a graduate from the RCA and has been a visiting lecturer and Personal Tutor on the RCA Textiles course for many years. She has worked Internationally as an In house Knitwear Designer for companies such as Maxmara, Whistles and Liberty London and has worked as a freelance knitwear designer and consultant, selling to clients such as DKNY, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Gap, French Connection among others. She is also a partner in Jeff Cottenden Photography. Clients include, The Royal Opera House, Barbican, Sony, Conde Nast, and Penguin Random House. Amanda has an extensive range of Higher Education experience in the UK.

Sarah Cheyne is a design lecturer for the BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles course and an MA graduate from the RCA. With over 20 years experience in the creative industries including running her Dalston-based design studio. Sarah has created textile designs for clients in Europe, USA and Japan, selling to an international clientele including Christian Dior, Guy Laroche, Aquascutum, Calvin Klein & Macy’s. As an alumni of Texprint (TexSelect) Sarah has worked with the organisation for over 20 years, helping launch the careers of talented textile graduates. As projects coordinator she has arranged paid internships with companies such as Paul Smith and Liberty, accompanied prizewinners to Shanghai to exhibit their work at Intertextiles, and is frequently invited as a member of the judging panel for the prestigious TexSelect awards.

Rob Phillips is the Creative Director for the School of Design and Technology. Trained in fashion womenswear, surface textiles: print, menswear and illustration. Rob nurtures talent at LCF across all courses within the School, teaching holistically about fashion, developing the students’ full potential so they can make their unique contribution to the fashion industry. Rob continues to contribute to industry as a fashion commentator (BBC, The Guardian, SHOWstudio and more) and as creative consultant for fashion brands. View Rob Phillips' full profile here.

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, English and Maths);
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects Art & Design);
  • Pass Foundation Diploma in Art and Design;
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma;
  • Access Diploma or 64 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 range of drawing skills and a commitment to drawing as a tool for communication and investigation
  • A strong awareness of the importance of colour
  • An understanding of research and how it underpins the design process
  • A strong interest in textiles and fashion and commitment to professional self-development, including independent learning
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, linked with an enquiring and innovative approach to study
  • Evidence of engagement with texture and form and practical manipulation skills

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:                 9H55

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.

After you apply

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: observational drawing; presentation skills; contemporary fashion/cultural awareness; a level of research, analysis and experimentation; engagement with texture and form; practical manipulation skills; construction/technical competence; potential to think/work in 3D; and visual communication skills. 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:                 9H55

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.

After you apply

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: observational drawing; presentation skills; contemporary fashion/cultural awareness; a level of research, analysis and experimentation; engagement with texture and form; practical manipulation skills; construction/technical competence; potential to think/work in 3D; and visual communication skills.

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: a strong interest in fashion, fashion textiles and visual imagery; an awareness of technology; a critical and analytical approach; a motivation to succeed on the course; and a motivation for working as a fashion textile designer.

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

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.

Career paths

Our graduates have worked for renowned companies such as Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Mary Katranzou, Victoria Beckham, as well as a range of commercial companies, and textile studios internationally. Experiences gained through collaborative practice has also supported enterprise initiatives, seeing many of our graduates establish their own companies internationally.

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