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BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Knit

Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years
UCAS code

Applications closed 2019/20
Applications for 2019/20 entry to this course have now closed. Visit the ‘Courses with places available’ page for a full list of UAL courses that are open for application.

The Textiles department at London College of Fashion consists of three pathway degrees (Print: Knit; 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 own creative interests, beliefs and design issues.
    • Unique textiles course, fashion community: The study of knitted materials / knitwear for fashion 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 knit: The Knit pathway has equipment widely used in the international Knitwear Industry for innovative design. Equipment includes cutting-edge STOLL equipment providing access to seamless knitted garment design and production, as well as digital packages such as DesignaKnit that is compatible with domestic machinery and hand knit processes.
    • Industry placement: Placements with established and emerging companies have included Mark Fast, Yang Li, and Erdem. 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.


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

Through learning skills, applying technology and developing your individual creativity, you will become an innovative and original textile designer, able to design for international markets ranging from high street to couture.

The course will develop your skills in research, drawing, design development and presentation, fashion textile development and manufacture, 3D awareness, fashion textile forecasting and trend development, market analysis, and awareness of forward thinking textile and fashion concerns such as sustainability and ethical issues.

The course is fashion focused with opportunities to experiment, apply and inspire technical, creative collaborations across courses including pattern cutter, menswear and womenswear students in the 3D realisation of your textile designs. This collaborative practice is established through appropriate sponsored projects and cross course partnerships in the first and second years of the course and may lead to collaborations where final year textile students and final year fashion students work together to produce a complete textile and fashion product range.

During the course you will undertake a range of projects, many of which are in conjunction with specific labels or companies, or are for a particular sector of the market. This wider involvement with industry and society is invaluable to your development as a designer, as is the opportunity to enter national design competitions and take part in collaborations across the College on specific external projects. The short work placement will enable you to experience the reality of working within a particular company, together with the chance to make useful contacts for your future career>

Fashion textile students participate in international competitions, winning awards with annual textile competitions such as Texprint, Hand and Lock - as well as fashion competitions such as FAD with Fashion Scout at London Fashion Week and Diversity NOW competition with I-D Magazine. Our students continue to receive press across a wide range of international publications including Dazed & Confused, Vogue, I-D, and Wonderland.

Echoing the focus on drawing on the course, students have also won awards at the Nina De Yorke Scholarship Award for Illustration, DRAW FASHION awards and CASS ART illustration competitions.

Recent Fashion Textiles graduate Moe Takahashi won the Orly Tenzer Textile Award prize at Vauxhall Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week, as part of the FAD Competition>

Recent accolades have seen LCF BA Fashion Textiles student Elizabeth Ranson win the prestigious Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters Award for her advocate of natural dyes and sustainability in her final year work and Fashion Textiles graduate Emily Grieves winning the Society of Dyers and Colourists London.

Course structure

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 four week holiday in December.

Block 2 is also of 15 weeks’ duration from mid-February to the end of June with a four week holiday for Easter.

Year one

  • Introduction to Fashion Textiles: Print; Knit; Embroidery
  • Experimental Process: Print; Knit; Embroidery
  • Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies
  • Introduction to Industry Practice
  • Better Lives

Year two

  • Option: Cultural and Historical Studies unit
  • Future Craft
  • Work Experience
  • Designer Identity

Final year

  • Design Synthesis
  • Contextualising Your Practice
  • Final Major Project

Students on this course might be invited to participate in study trips. This may involve, for example, visits to key areas of capital cities, factories, stores and museums. Attendance on these trips is not compulsory but recommended. Details regarding timings and costs will be issued closer to the relevant trips.

Course units

Year one

The Introduction to Fashion Textiles: Knit; Print; Embroidery unit 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 your course. This unit has three core purposes: * To introduce you to your discipline in the context of study at a Higher Education level * To introduce you to learning skills and the requirements of effective studentship at undergraduate level * To orientate you within your course, the College and the University Emphasis is placed on the skills needed to locate, navigate and communicate information and ideas effectively and appropriately. You will be introduced to resources that support your studies.  We will also discuss studentship, the importance of being an engaged and participatory member of the group and your own personal and professional development.

The Experimental Process: Knit; Print; Embroidery unit introduces you to a variety of research approaches for textile design and their relevance and application to the creative design process and realisation of ideas. Research and creative concepts are the basis for design ideas and this unit establishes the relationship between these areas and 2D/3D textile outcomes within a fashion design context. There will be a focus on the importance of research and creative concepts to inform the originality of design and its realisation. Visual communication and critical evaluation will be integral to this unit. You will be introduced to ways of recording your work in a visually stimulating, exciting and informative way using a variety of methods and media. You will be introduced to contextual textile practice and be expected to conduct independent research to develop design concepts within a relevant context, to realise and present innovative fashion textiles and related fashion design development ideas as appropriate for your specialism. Emphasis will be placed on the development of drawing and colour-focused presentation skills to develop design responses relevant to the project brief. The unit will also use IT programmes for design development, communication and presentation. You will be introduced to core practical skills within your textile specialism through demonstration and studio practice and will be encouraged to nurture innovation through an emphasis on drawing and an exploration of techniques. You will be asked to develop creative ideas that relate and expand upon your visual references to inform the final outcome and you will be encouraged to use resources in order to produce creative samples, which will further establish the link between 2D and 3D and the development of design. Independent study will help to further enhance skills learnt within sessions.

Introduction to Cultural and 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 Introduction to Industry Practice unit will ask you to research and develop a range of fashion textiles that shows your response to an identified market. You will be introduced to areas such as brand awareness, market levels, customer profiling and range building. Alongside your understanding of the fashion market you will need to critically evaluate the overall design quality of products. This unit will introduce you to an opportunity to work in cross-disciplinary collaborative activities that simulate industry practice. In response to a simulated and/ or professional brief you will be required to work in partnership or in small teams to contribute to the development and execution of core samples within a ‘capsule collection’. The emphasis of this element is creative collaboration and team-working that balances the individual contribution within the collective output. Individually, this unit will also allow you to further research and critically develop sampling that show a specialist response to an identified market. The emphasis is on creative problem solving and developing solutions with your peers through discussion and negotiation, in your response to the brief requirements. Networking, communication, teamwork and presentation are all essential skills required to undertake the challenges of the creative industries.

Better Lives

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’.

Year two

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. Further information on the options available will be provided during Year 1 of your studies.

The Future Craft unit will require 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. To illustrate this, a dual emphasis will be 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. Using the skills developed within Stage 1, this unit will further develop your research, analysis and design development techniques. It will prepare you to predict, influence and inform global forecasting that inspires the fashion industry as well as increasing your contextual knowledge and technical skills within your specialism. There will also be an emphasis on professionalism through portfolio presentation and the development of interpersonal skills through formative peer presentation. In this unit, you will be asked to explore the possibilities of creating and promoting a directional range of fashion textiles to external clients including real or simulated industry and/ or cross course designers.  The use of appropriate industry relevant software packages will be further developed in conjunction with the design and technical skills sessions, and should be used as a vehicle for both experimentation and clear communication of design ideas within a professionally presented body of work.

The Work Experience unit will provide you with the opportunity to further develop your skills and apply them in a professional environment.  You will experience real industry challenges and working practice and will be able to examine the way in which a professional team respond to different situations. The unit will increase your awareness of the industry and the opportunities for career progression. You will be expected to take an analytical and reflective approach to the work experience and will produce written and visual evidence of your knowledge, based on a minimum 10-week period in industry. LCF Careers will provide career guidance in order to prepare you for your work experience. You will be expected to engage and be proactive in securing your own work experience, relevant to your skills and career aspirations, this means applying directly to companies.  You will also be expected to provide feedback on your experience both during and after your work placement. The College Placement Handbook will provide additional support for this Unit.

The Designer Identity unit will consolidate all of the processes that have been developed within previous units and challenge you to consider your place, role and identity within the fashion textiles industry. Through reflection and development you will be exploring your own design aesthetic and produce a body of work that shows an individual and directional response to client, market and product. This unit has two purposes: * individual creative textile exploration in response to brief; * realisation of textiles within cross discipline team collaboration. You will be required to identify a justifiable creative concept within your specialist field of practice and investigate a personal response to the brief that will culminate in a range of design outcomes showing a deep understanding of research, analysis, design development, experimentation and manufacture. The unit will enrich your research skills and provide a basis for your work, especially in your final year of study. This unit emphasises teamwork and will offer you the opportunity to work as part of a design team and will introduce you to a range of key employability skills. There will be an emphasis on an awareness of the market along with a knowledge and critical evaluation of an overall design quality. This unit provides you with an opportunity to explore and experiment with different critical and methodological approaches to research, while also introducing you to a range of established research methods and the role of research within design and technology. You will formulate a plan for future research into your subject specialism and construct a research proposal and presentation.

Final year

The Design Synthesis unit will inform and prepare you for the Final Major Project. You will be expected to negotiate a project brief that will allow for a full investigation into an exploratory research and practical journey culminating in a body of work that shows innovative design and technical experimentation with materials, process and potential 2D and 3D solutions to be considered, dependent on your specialist pathway. Projects may vary depending on your personal direction. You will be expected to engage in textile sampling and/ or prototype testing that will be evidenced through 2D and/ or 3D investigation as relevant to your specialism, within both your design and technical portfolios. The focus on this project is using your skills to show extensive documentation of creative experimentation in your specialist area of study considering hypothetical, analytical and physical conclusions. You will be expected to identify your proposed market and customer and, in a Statement of Intent, identify your core philosophy as a designer, in preparation for your Final Major Project. The completed investigations will form the basis of your collection for your Final Major Project.

Contextualising Your Practice allows you to build on your historical and theoretical understanding of fashion through a research-led extended essay. You will identify a topic, related to your field of practice, that you will investigate through design-led research methods and significant cultural and critical theories. It is an opportunity for you to undertake a substantial piece of structured research that examines fashion practice in context and it will build on the critical debates and concerns raised through your course.

The Final Major Project unit is the culmination of your undergraduate learning experience. Through the negotiation and development of a final major project you will be further demonstrating your innovative approach and deeper engagement, analysis and conclusions drawn from your Design Synthesis unit. You should now be refining and executing your design, design development and realisations established through a process of design synthesis. The negotiated Final outcomes will be individual fashion textile collections and/or balanced with 3D realisations through cross course collaborations highlighting the strengths of the partnership within each subject discipline. Through practical application you will be demonstrating your rigorous analysis in the exploration and development of your design ideas for fashion textiles. This unit provides the opportunity to apply your findings, discovered through your investigation of the challenges of your chosen brief. It evidences your ability to construct, direct and organise an overall professional outcome. This project is the vehicle for you to evaluate and reflect upon your own learning and skills in order to establish a potential career path.

Showing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on, 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.


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. Read Laura Bell's full profile here.

Carolyn Clewer is the Pathway Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Knit and an MA graduate from the RCA. Carolyn works in knit partnership 'Paris Essex' rooted in fashion, archive including knitwear and accessory collections and collaborations. Now creating one-off pieces that blur craft, design, high art and low culture, work has been exhibited, sold and published internationally. Recent collaborations include digitally designed, customised knitwear projects with Unmade Studio and capsule menswear knit collections for Wolsey. Carolyn is an advisor to digital knit machine developers Kniterate. She has extensive teaching experience and has won student-led awards at UAL.

Amanda Griffiths is a design lecturer for the BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles course, she teaches Design across the Textiles specialisms and is a Knit Textiles specialist. Amanda is a graduate from the RCA in Fashion Knitwear 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 delivering specialist Knitted Textile and Knitwear teaching.

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.

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.

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.

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. Read 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 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 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 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

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.

Making your application

Applications for 2019/20 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2020/21 entry will open in Autumn 2019.

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:                 0I88

London College of Fashion does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

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.

Applications for 2019/20 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2020/21 entry will open in Autumn 2019.

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 LCF:

You should apply though UCAS – Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – and you will need the following information:

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 0I88

Campus code:             There is no Campus Code for this course

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.

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 you 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 register your interest form above.

Fees & Funding

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This applies for the 2019/20 academic year.

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, 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


This applies for the 2019/20 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.


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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