• CollegeLCF
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length3 years
  • UCAS codeW291

BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear

This womenswear course will give you the creative, technical and professional skills needed to succeed as a fashion designer in the competitive womenswear market.

About this course

The BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear course, situated in the School of Design and Technology, prepares students for a career in the highly competitive womenswear sector of the fashion industry by ensuring that graduates have the necessary combination of creative, technical, intellectual and communication skills. Students on this course have a strong work ethic, are energetic, focussed and highly motivated, and are drawn from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

Watch the BA17 catwalk film, featuring work by students from across our fashion design courses.

Models in white and jewel tone oversized garments; womenswear courses.

Edward Curtis, 2013 - view Showtime profile

Models wear body suits in pastel and jewel colours

Valentina La Porta, 2013 - view Showtime profile

Models wear clothes with painted dash-stripes

Dan-Yun Huang, 2013 - view Showtime profile

A model in layers of white and cream clothing, wearing full-face visors

Isabell Yalda Hellysaz, 2013 - view Showtime profile

A female model in layered pastel looks

Sofia Ilmonen, 2014 - view Showtime profile

School of Design and Technology Moving Annual, BA 2013 - British Fashion Council 'WGSN Digital Portfolio Award' winner

BA Catwalk show 2013, work by Edward Curtis

View catwalk archive

Collection by Edward Curtis on the catwalk at the BA show 2013.

English National Ballet perform in costumes by LCF students

View industry project

English National Ballet challenged students to embrace the decadent spirit of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and create one-off show pieces

Facilities

  • LCF Library

    Take a tour of LCF's world renowned fashion library, ideal for research and study.

  • Design and pattern cutting facilities

    Take a tour of Curtain Road's design, sewing and pattern-cutting facilities along with facilities at JPS and Lime Grove.

  • LCF's social spaces

    Explore our social spaces, for collaborative study and breaks, across our six sites in London.

Course detail

This course is subject to revalidation. Revalidation is a process that makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During revalidation there may be some changes to course content. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear will develop the core skills of researching, designing, pattern cutting and realisation of womenswear, including problem solving, to achieve the finished product.

As well as learning these skills you will gain an intellectual appreciation of fashion and its place in society through studying relevant academic units, and acquire the visual and verbal skills necessary to be a successful designer. The course considers market levels, from high street to designer, through a range of projects, many of which are in conjunction with specific labels or companies, or are for a particular sector of the market. The course takes advantage of its global positioning in one of the fashion capitals of the world, and you will have the opportunity to interact with the city’s thriving fashion, art, music and club cultures.

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. This wider involvement with industry and society is invaluable to your development as a designer, as is the opportunity to enter national and international design competitions and to take part in collaborations across the College on specific external projects. You will be encouraged through the course to develop your individual identity through your work, by a fusion of your design direction and the excellent craft skills and knowledge of technological developments that you have acquired. You will understand every aspect of a garment through both the creative detail in the design and the technical skills used in production. By the end of this course you will be equipped with the knowledge and confidence to respond creatively to a design brief within the womenswear market. Graduates are working in high level jobs in the industry, or working as designers with their own label, or pursuing their studies at postgraduate level.

Course structure

Year one  -  stage one  -  level 4  -  120 credits 

Term one
Introduction to Fashion Design Technology - Womenswear (20 credits)
Research and Design Process (20 credits)

Term two
Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits)
Techniques of Making (20 credits)

Term three
Introduction to Industry Practice (40 credits)

Year two  -  stage two  -  level 5  -  120 credits

Term one
Cultural and Historical Studies Option (20 credits)
Professional Product Development (20 credits)


Term two (or Three)
Research Methods (20 credits)
Aesthetics and Identity (20 credits)


Term three (or Two)
Work Experience and Professional Studies (40 credits)


Third year  -  stage three  -  level 6  -  120 credits

Term one
Design Synthesis (40 credits)


Terms one, two and three
Contextualising Your Practice (20 credits)

Terms two and three
Final Major Project (60 credits)

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

In the first term you will study two units.

Introduction to Fashion Design Technology Womenswear 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 & 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.

The Research and Design Process unit introduces you to research methods and their relevance and application to the design process and the realisation of ideas. The focus is on the importance of research that always informs design and its 3D development, and explores this relationship. Visual communication and an exploration of techniques will be encouraged and you will be introduced to ways of recording your work in a stimulating, exciting and informative way using a variety of communication methods and media. You will develop creative ideas that relate to and expand your visual references, and you will be introduced through demonstration to the core practical 3D skills of pattern cutting and manufacturing techniques. You will start to learn about fabrics and sourcing fabrics, and will be encouraged to produce creative samples.

In the second term you will study two units.

Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies introduces you to key concepts and ways of thinking about fashion and its context in society and culture. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops, and do a significant amount of reading of academic texts in order to complete a formal academic essay for assessment. Completion of this unit will allow you to make an informed choice of subject for study in the second year Cultural and Historical Studies unit.

Techniques of Making introduces you to the diversity and characteristics of different stretch and woven fabrics and the differences between structured and unstructured garments. This analysis will inform manufacturing techniques and finishes that will influence the translation of ideas within the 2D and 3D design process. The emphasis will be on the creative use of specialist techniques to create contemporary design development ideas. Use of fabric, colour, detail and technical processes will all be considered in your response to the project brief. Technical drawing and the use of IT programmes for design communication and presentation will also be explored.

In the third term you will collaborate with fellow students in a small group to respond to a simulated or live industry brief through the Introduction to Industry Practice unit. You will be introduced to the essential concepts of brand identity, market levels, customer profile, pricing and range building. Each team will identify the strengths of each member of the team, and together you will develop your networking, communication, team-work and presentation skills in order to answer the brief. The emphasis in this unit is on the exploration and analysis of information and creative problem solving in a team through discussion and negotiation. You will use professional production and presentation skills in your response to the industrial brief.

Year two

In the first term you will be able to study a Cultural and Historical Studies Option 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.

Also in the first term, the Professional Product Development unit will further develop your research, analysis and design development skills, as well as increasing your fabric knowledge, sourcing and technical skills. You will be asked to explore the principles of tailoring and outerwear garments. You will develop your 2D and 3D skills, through working with tailoring fabrics and the innovative use of techniques, manufacture and finishes, to create contemporary design proposals. Colour, fabric, proportion, silhouette and detail will all be considered, and you will employ appropriate drawing techniques and software packages to clearly communicate your design ideas.

In the second term the Research Methods unit provides a broad overview of the different critical and methodological approaches to research and introduces you to a range of research methods. You will learn more about the role of research in design and technology, the relationship between primary and secondary sources, and ways of developing and originating research. This will prepare you for later projects where considerable research skills are needed to underpin your work.

Also in the second term the Aesthetics and Identity unit consolidates your learning to date and allows you to consider in depth your personal design aesthetic and where your particular direction lies. Your increasing knowledge of research methods will underpin your response to the project brief and you will consider the client, market and product in depth. You will produce a range of products that demonstrate a deep understanding of research, analysis, design development, experimentation and manufacture. Your understanding of marketing and product knowledge, together with your critical awareness of the quality of your design proposal, will be developed through this unit.

In the third term the Placement and Professional Studies unit gives you the opportunity to further develop your skills learnt on the course and apply them within a professional working environment. You will experience real industry problems and working practice and will be able to look at the ways in which the professional team members operate. You will be able to judge what opportunities exist for your career progression. You will be expected to take an analytical and reflective approach to the placement and you will produce visual and written material that documents your increased understanding of your experience. LCF Careers will run a preparatory programme before your placement, and you will be expected to be involved in securing a suitable placement for your own personal development, skill set and career aspirations.

The projects in Term Two and Term Three are interchangeable to ensure that students achieve a successful placement in industry. Recent placements have included Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Margiela, Alexander Wang, Iris van Herpen, Donna Karan, Meadham Kirchoff, Proenza Schouler, Maison Martin Margiela, Hussein Chalayan and Louise Gray.

Year three

In the first term you will do the Design Synthesis unit which inform and prepare you for your Final Major Project. You will be expected to negotiate a project brief that will allow a full investigation into an exploratory research and practical journey towards a body of work showing innovative design and technical experimentation with material, process and potential garment solutions in 2D and 3D form. The focus is on using your skills to show extensive creative experimentation, whilst considering the practical aspects of problem-solving, through fabric and trims sourcing, appropriate use of finish and detailing alongside silhouette/shape development. You will identify your proposed market level and customer, and produce a Statement of Intent which identifies your brand ethos and core philosophy as a designer. The completed outfits will form the basis of your collection for your Final Major Project.

Contextualising Your Practice in the first and second term affords you the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the critical and analytical perspectives developed within cultural and historical theory and your ability to apply these in a specific study. You will research the topic you identified in the Research Methods unit, which will lead to the production of an extended essay. It is the opportunity for you to undertake a substantial piece of structured research that examines in depth practical and theoretical issues related to your field of practice; it will build on the critical debates and concerns raised throughout your course.

In terms two and three you will undertake your Final Major Project. This is the culmination of your undergraduate experience and gives you the opportunity to fully develop the work started in the Design Synthesis unit to produce a body of work that reflects a deep engagement with the exploration and development of your design ideas through to your final design collection. Your work should evidence your ability to construct, direct and organise an overall professional outcome, which will launch you into the next stage of your career.

Showing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCF and will last for up to 12 months after graduation. This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.

Staff

Shee Fun Chan is the Course Leader. After graduating in BA Fashion and Textiles from Ravensbourne, she has worked a variety of roles in industry over the past 15 years including Accessory Design/Production and Showroom Sales for Ann-Sofie Back, with collections sold internationally in Opening Ceremony Korea, Ooga Booga NY and featured in publications including i-D, 10 and Vogue. After gaining a PG Cert in Innovative Pattern Cutting from Central Saint Martins she worked as a freelance pattern cutter for clients including Mulberry, Danielle Scutt and Antipodium. She is currently studying for her MA in Academic Practice at UAL, exploring Concepts in 3D Realisation.

Peter Cox started making his own clothes from the age of 10. His first job at the age of 16 was working for Eastex and Dereta, where he trained in all departments of the factory, ending as a stock cutter and lay planner. After 6 years he left to study menswear tailoring at Perivale Tailoring College, then went on to work for bespoke tailors GD Golding for 10 years, eventually becoming a master tailor. At this point he was keen to start his own business and so studied HND Womenswear Design and Clothing at the University of Hertfordshire. After working as a production tailor and pattern cutter for Marchpole \ Jasper Conran \ YSL for two Peter ran his own company aimed at making one-off garments, often for famous clients. He has worked with many big names (including Lee McQueen, John Galliano, and Stella McCartney) and has freelanced for a variety of clients including the V&A, Primark, and Long Tall Sally. Peter has worked for the UAL since 1995 and is currently working as a lecturer on BA Womenswear and is the International Student Coordinator for the School of Design and Technology.

Henderson McCue graduated from East Sydney TAFE Australia, and joined designer Gareth Pugh as his right hand man and Head Pattern Cutter between 2007 and 2010. Henderson was a key collaborator on a number of Pugh’s showpieces, side projects and clients’ projects such as Kylie Minogue, Lady GaGa and Daphne Guinness. By 2010, Henderson moved to Paris and became Head Womenswear Designer at luxury leather brand Jitrios. Since 2012, Henderson has been freelancing in the UK as a Creative Pattern Cutter and Creative Consultant for clients such as McQ, House of Holland, COS, Nasir Mazhar, PRPatterson and Ivy Park. He joined the BA Hons Womenswear Fashion Design Technology course as a lecturer in 3D Development and Realisation and continues to freelance.

Anne McCloy graduated with a First-class honours degree from Central Saint Martins BA (Hons) Fashion: Fashion Design Womenswear as well as the Colin Barnes Award for Illustration. Alongside her role as a Design Lecturer, Anne McCloy has a multi-disciplinary creative practice through which she conceives and curates exhibitions and events which have included Shirt Futures at The Shirt Factory Project with CSM at Derry City of Culture 2013 and Inside Outside Underground at Red Gallery Shoreditch showcasing music, art and illustration for Frieze London 2015. AKA Some Product, she has performed at the ICA, had poetry published in Beat magazine, music released on Mute and film showcased at Raindance film festival and Rockumentary Britannia. She continues her design work through her associated own label focusing on graphic streetwear, and fine art and music specific collaborations and commissions.

Lindsay Banks is a Design Tutor, and Year 1 lead Design Tutor, on the BA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear course. Previously working as a designer/pattern cutter for 15 years, for both women’s and menswear, Lindsay has designed casualwear clothing for high street retailers such as Topshop, Marks & Spencer, Zara- Denim, Debenhams. She has also designed performance outer garments for Mountain Equipment. She was Print Design Director for independent men’s swim brand Bluhe and has also worked at Lectra supporting designers using computer packages for design. Lindsay has worked in Further and Higher Education in various Course Leader roles since 2015, and is currently working freelance for sustainable brand ‘Phannatiq’ alongside her work at LCF.

Kathy McGee graduated from the BA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear course at LCF and went on to study MA Menswear at the prestigious Royal College of Art, graduating in 2015. She now teaches at RCA as a Visiting Lecturer on MA Fashion and through her personal professional practice explores ways in which digital technology can enhance an understanding of design realisation for the body. This work has resulted in projects such as Digitoile which explores a new approach to prototyping, garment construction and material usage.

Marilyn Rainey: 3D Realisation Lecturer

Jessica Saunders is the Programme Director for the Fashion Design Programme, which includes BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear and BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery.

Rob Phillips is the Creative Director for the School of Design and Technology. Trained in fashion womenswear, surface textiles: print, menswear and illustration Rob went on to become the Fashion Editor for International Textiles magazine and consultant for fashion brands. Rob's broad skill set of fashion design, process, graphics, presentation, typography, advertising and communication led to his appointment as Creative Director of Fashion Forecast magazine, where his progressive work promoting young fashion talent garnered him much acclaim from industry. Rob continues to nurture 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. He furthers the work of the College through many routes, including industry projects, collaborations and competitions. He also curates and directs the School’s events including fashion shows, films, photoshoots, publications and exhibitions. Rob continues to contribute to industry as a fashion commentator (BBC, The Guardian, SHOWstudio and more) and as creative consultant for fashion brands.

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and seek to recruit students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. We are committed to supporting all our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

Home / EU applicants

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.

Applications are now open for 2018/19 entry.

You must apply through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • UCAS code: W291

Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS home page, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form.

Contact us on: 

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7344

Or you can use the UAL Course Enquiry Form

Please note that the equal consideration deadline is 15 January.

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page.

International applicants

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.

Applications are now open for 2018/19 entry.

International applicants may apply through one of three routes only:

Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the Applying through UCAS page.

If applying through UCAS, you will need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • UCAS code:W291

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page.

We continue to accept applications throughout the year, but please note that the equal consideration deadline is 15 January.

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page or contact the UAL admissions team who can answer any specific questions that you may have regarding LCF's courses tailored for international students. This can include guidance for your portfolio, advice on the application process and fee advice. We offer a ‘drop-in’ facility for applicants who may be in London and wish to obtain further course and admissions information. 

Entry requirements

Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • Two A Level Passes at Grade C or above; preferred subjects include, Art, Design, English, Maths;
  • or a Pass Foundation Diploma in Art and Design;  
  • or Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design;  
  • or Pass at UAL Extended Diploma;
  • or an Access Diploma or ’64 tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma;  
  • or 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';
  • And three GCSE passes at grade A*-C.

Exceptionally, applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application 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.

This course requires portfolio evidence.

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill. Please visit the UAL Language Requirements page. Read carefully and look at the relevant documents.

Student selection criteria

What we look for

The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • A strong interest in fashion, visual imagery and an awareness of technology
  • An understanding of the need for a critical and analytical approach to the area of study
  • An approach suited to the demands of the course and the projected career futures

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.

Portfolio and interview advice

For this course you will be required to upload a mini portfolio. Further instructions will be sent by the course administrator after application submission. International students should contact the Admissions Office at lcf.international@arts.ac.uk to find out about the portfolio application process.

For this course your portfolio should show evidence of: drawing/presentation skills; contemporary fashion/cultural awareness; a level of research, exploration and experimentation; fabric and material selection/knowledge; construction/technical competence; ability to think/work in 3D; and visual communication skills.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the following at interview: a strong interest in fashion 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 womenswear designer.

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 What we look for sections.

Depending on the quality of your application, you may be asked to submit a number of images of your work. If the course team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to an interview where the course team will look at your portfolio and ask you questions to establish your suitability for the course. 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.

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through ucastrack. 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.

Deferred entry

Deferred entry is normally only allowed in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us before you submit your application if you are considering applying for deferred entry.

Interview week

Applicants on some courses may be invited to attend an Interview. Further details will be sent to you with your interview letter, confirming location and date. International applicants should contact the Admission Office by emailing lcf.international@arts.ac.uk about portfolio requirements (if applicable), interview times and dates.

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 and funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250

This applies for the 2018/19 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

£19,350

This applies for the 2018/19 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.

Accommodation

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Scholarships and awards

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Careers and alumni

Developing your skills

All of our undergraduate courses are concerned with the development of your personal and professional skills. On your course you will evolve from learning basic skills in your discipline through to a position where you are an independent creative thinker capable of making an effective contribution to the relevant sector of the fashion industry. Personal and Professional Development (PPD) skills are embedded in all units on every course. Speaker programmes with contributions from alumni, members of industry and others are a part of many courses, as are work placement opportunities in industry.

Graduates who wish to continue their education at postgraduate level are encouraged to progress to suitable courses within the College, the University or elsewhere.

Career paths

Many graduates prefer to seek employment as soon as they have completed their undergraduate studies. Recent Womenswear graduates from this course are working in many companies across the industry including Max Mara, Celine, Hillier Bartley,Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, Tesco, Arcadia, Debenhams, Jaeger, All Saints and Burberry. Other graduates have gone on to set up and operate their own labels, showing their collections independently, being selected for Fashion East, or producing guest collections for H&M.