Now that I’m officially done with studying (until I do my masters), I’m sad to say that it’s all over. So I thought I’d dedicate a blog post to my time spent at the London College of Fashion. 2 courses, 4 years, and the millions of steps we had to climb to get to class everyday were not easy, but it was all worth it in the end. So here’s a little review of my courses, if anyone’s planning on joining.
1) Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
This is a one-year introductory course in to the world of art. They taught us about research, exploration, life drawing, print-making, 3D modelling, wood and metal shaping, sketching, working with different media, journalism, photography, advertising, garment construction, exploring your imagination, presentation boards, portfolio building, team work and turning silly ideas into creative design sheets. Starting off as an international student who had no previous experience whatsoever in the world of art, this course was the best thing that ever happened to me. I loved every moment of it, except for the campus accommodation in Hackney (that was horrible).
2) BA (Hons) Fashion Design & Development
This is a 3 or 4 year course that teaches you all about design, pattern cutting, toiling, garment construction, market research, design development, marketing and report-writing. In my opinion, the first year was the best; they taught us the basics of everything mentioned above. It was very interactive with our daily lectures, classes, and exciting workshops.
Second year was less about learning from our tutors and more about gaining experience from working on industry projects. This was exciting because of all the competitions, team work, professionalism, etc. We got to work with Sony Ericsson, Sophie Hallette Lace and Fashion Futures 2025. The only downside to this was that there wasn’t enough tutor time, since regular constructive feedback is what helps the most.
Final year was all about creating a personal project. Coming up with your own concept, designing a collection, turning it from concept to outcome, taking into consideration trend analysis, marketing, promotion, distribution methods, etc. I only realised how this year benefited me after it was over, while writing up my reflective discourse (which I will upload later on). Although the whole point was getting everything done on your own, I still believe that we should have had more tutor time.
Overall, I absolutely loved my course. Instead of focusing on our individual strengths, they trained us to become well-rounded designers. Confident and experienced in every aspect of the fashion industry, broadened our horizons for job prospects. I came to London with just a creative streak, and thanks to LCF I can enter the industry as a fashion designer, a patter cutter, a fashion buyer, a trend forecaster, a market research analyst, a design developer, a digital marketing/social media expert, etc.
So if anybody out there is considering any of these courses, GO FOR IT!
And the only advice I can give you is: Don’t skip a single class (except the boring lectures) and if you need any extra help for anything, don’t wait around. Seek and you will find!