Foundation Degree Tailoring
|Study Level||Higher Education|
|Study Mode||Full Time|
|Course Length||Two years|
|IELTS level||5.5 with a minimum of 4.5 in each skill|
£9,000 per year
£13,800 per year
|Autumn Term Dates||24 Sept - 07 Dec|
|Spring Term Dates||07 Jan - 15 March|
|Summer Term Dates||15 April - 21 June|
The FdA Tailoring course is situated in the School of Design and Technology and is for students who want to work in the tailoring industry. The course teaches you the skills for both Handcraft and Production Tailoring and design, together with the professional, communication and business skills you will need for successful employment in today’s global fashion industry. You will acquire broader academic skills which allow you to see the context of tailoring in the wider perspectives of fashion, society and the environment. The College has strong links with Savile Row and the wider tailoring industry, which gives students opportunities through industry-based projects during the course, the Golden Shears Awards, and for employment after graduation. Recent projects undertaken with the industry include Casual Bespoke with Timothy Everest and Reinventing the Tuxedo with Henry Poole. High-achieving graduates from this course have the opportunity to do a third year of specialist studies to gain a BA Honours degree.
FdA Tailoring is based at Mare Street in Hackney. The surrounding area boasts a number of east end art galleries, fashion and clothing enterprises, interesting shops, Broadway market and the famed Hackney Empire theatre. London Fields, with its excellent open air lido (heated in winter), and Victoria Park provide nearby green spaces, and the Regent’s Canal runs through the area from east to west. A short bus ride will take you to the V & A’s Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green and the Geffrye Museum in Kingsland Road.
Year One Stage One Level 4 120 credits
Term One: Introduction to Study in Higher Education (20 credits); Research, Design and Handcraft Tailoring (20 credits);
Term Two: Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits); Design and Handcraft Tailoring (20 credits);
Term Three: Industrial Studies for Tailoring (WBL) (40 credits);
Year Two Stage Two Level 5 120 credits
Term One: Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits); Production Tailoring, Design Development and Range Planning (20 credits);
Term Two: Collaborative Project for Tailoring (WBL) (20 credits); Design and Process for Tailoring (20 credits);
Term Three: Personal Development Portfolio for Tailoring (40 credits);
In the first term you will study two units.
Introduction to Study in Higher Education gives you an understanding of your personal and professional development at university, with three core purposes: to introduce you to the necessary learning skills for undergraduate study; to show you where you are situated within the College and the University; and to help you understand what you will learn on your course and how you will develop your skills.
Research, Design and Handcraft Tailoring introduces you to the design process from visual research through to the development of a handcraft tailored product. You will be encouraged to explore a range of creative approaches, and you will acquire problem-solving skills that will help you further the development of your design ideas and technical outcomes. This relationship between research, design and technical development will give you a framework for future two and three dimensional developmental work.
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.
Design and Handcraft Tailoring gives you the opportunity to build on your knowledge and further develop your skills. You will be introduced to market research and customer profiling, and will begin to understand the market placement of tailoring products. You will investigate specified consumer types and conduct research into contemporary lifestyles, buying behaviour, and cultural interests to inform the development of your tailoring outcomes. You will conduct independent design and market research, develop design concepts and realise 3D products.
In the third term you will undertake the Industrial Studies for Tailoring (WBL) unit. This gives you the opportunity to undertake work-based learning through a commercial brief. You will investigate specified markets and retail outlets related to handcraft tailoring, and conduct research into brand image and product life cycles. You will learn about the supply chain in the fashion and tailoring industries, and the commercial implications associated with fashion forecasting and the role of brands. You will be working as part of a team, and this will develop your professional communication and team working skills. You will have the opportunity to sample a variety of different software packages for CAD and presentation, you will use this technology where appropriate to develop and professionalise your work, and you will produce outcomes relevant to handcraft tailoring.
In the first term 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.
Also in the first term, the Production Tailoring, Design Development and Range Planning unit gives you the opportunity to extend the skills acquired in your first year by experimenting with a variety of production methods and tailoring techniques in order to produce 3D outcomes. You will answer a design brief within an industry context. You will realise the importance of market awareness, and the appreciation of quality, make and finish in relation to an identified market level will be emphasised. Your professional presentation and communication skills will be further developed.
In the second term you will study two units.
The Collaborative Project for Tailoring (WBL) unit gives you the opportunity to undertake work-based learning through a collaborative project, where you will be working as part of a team to respond to an external brief, or to a simulated design proposal for a specific company. You will be working with students from your own or other areas, and this will develop your understanding of the collaborative nature of design realisation within the industry. The emphasis is on creative problem solving and professional presentation skills, and each team will present as a group.
The Design and Process for Tailoring unit will support the development of your design skills through the interpretation of the client brief and the realisation of the final outcome. This unit is designed to support the collaborative project which you are undertaking. The emphasis will be on design interpretation and aesthetic judgement being used to provide innovative design solutions, and you will further develop your creative and technical skills.
In the third term you will undertake the Personal Development Portfolio for Tailoring unit, which will give you the opportunity to select from a range of project briefs and develop your own project. This will build on the skills and knowledge that you have acquired so far, and the direction that you take will depend on your career aspirations. You will consolidate your personal portfolio and produce a substantial body of work that will help you to gain employment in the tailoring industry.
Learning and Teaching at UAL
Courses in UAL span a broad range of art, design, communication, business, media, science and communication subjects. So the ways in which you learn and how your time is used will vary according to the specific course you are studying; this may be in studios, labs, classes, involve working alone, learning from peers in pairs or groups, or with external partners. Most importantly, no matter which course you enrol on, you will learn not only about your subject but also about how you learn and how to increase your knowledge base.
Our courses will guide you to take increasing responsibility and ownership of your work and your learning. We do this so that you will be ready and able to take full advantage of the full range of opportunities offered by the creative industries in the global economy.
Assessment Methods at UAL
Assessment always sounds austere and foreboding, but it is not. We see assessment as a very real part of learning, rather than just a means of looking back at past work and measuring achievement; we believe that assessment helps you plan future work and develop new ideas.
Your work will be assessed through projects or portfolios, with written papers or research journals, and, on some courses, examinations. You will be graded according to a set of marking criteria that relate to such things as research, subject knowledge, methodology, and your capacity to analyse and reflect on your achievements. So don’t be afraid of assessment - it is the way to progress.
Developing your skills
All 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. PPD (Personal and Professional Development) 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. Where relevant, students have the chance to attend trade fairs, enter industry competitions, visit exhibitions and go on field trips and visits. The central position of our John Prince’s Street site in the West End affords students easy access to all sectors of the fashion retail market. In addition, our position as a constituent College in the University of the Arts London means that our students have access to the wide range of activities and events that occur in all the Colleges and at the University’s centre. Last but not least, being in London gives every student opportunities to explore and be inspired by the cultural, intellectual and social life of one of the great capital cities of the world.
Our excellent resources for educating our students are two-fold: people and premises. People includes everyone at the College who contributes directly in some way to your education, whether as a subject tutor, a technician, an Open Access Officer, a librarian or a study support tutor. Premises include the buildings and the facilities contained in them, such as specialist machinery, design studios and workshops, lecture and seminar rooms, and the library.
For the FdA Tailoring course students have access to an up to date range of machinery and equipment that is comparable to that used currently in the tailoring industry. Our library has a tailoring archive containing books and periodicals on tailoring from the 1800s through to the present day and a specialist collection of Savile Row bespoke suits.
Jacqueline Sealy is the Course Leader and graduated from the London College of Fashion with qualifications in Garment Making and Clothing. She has worked extensively in the industry as a sample machinist, pattern cutter, sample room manager and production manager for a number of companies, including Ally Cappellino, Selina Blow, and SR Gent, who supplied Marks and Spencer, Richard Shops and C & A. Jacqueline has a Certificate in Education and has worked within the University in a variety of technical and teaching roles.
Darla Gilroy is the Programme Director for the Design and Craft group of courses, including this one, within the School of Design and Technology. She has worked in design education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for over twenty years at Cordwainers College, at Winchester School of Art, where she developed a number of research projects, and at the Royal College of Art, where, in addition to being Specialist Tutor in Footwear and Accessories, she undertook a funded research project on the ‘Ethnicity of Cool’.
Rob Phillips is the Creative Director for the School of Design and Technology and his career started in fashion womenswear, menswear and illustration. He worked at publishers Benjamin Dent as Fashion Editor for International Textiles magazine, and 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, preparing students to develop their full potential and make their unique contribution to the fashion industry. He furthers the work of the College through many routes, including the recent collaboration between LCF, English National Ballet and the V&A. He also curates the School’s fashion shows and exhibitions, and is fully engaged with all external events and competitions.
Future Careers and Graduate Prospects
High-achieving graduates from this course have the opportunity to do a third year of specialist studies to gain a BA Honours degree.
Many graduates prefer to seek employment as soon as they have completed their undergraduate studies. The first cohort of students graduated this year, and already graduates are employed by Arcadia, Paul Smith, and Savile Row tailors Welsh and Jefferies.
Enterprise and Employability at UAL
We know what it takes to be successful in your chosen field. Your tutors are professionals in their own right and understand what you need to help you establish your career. Staff in our dedicated Centre for Student Enterprise and Employability Service (SEE) are specialists at supporting you onto the right career path and at helping you to build up work‐relevant skills, knowledge and experience throughout your time here. You will also benefit from our many relationships with industry, which give our students exclusive opportunities and access to networks and funding.
Artists and designers tell us they value UAL’s informed engagement with their career development concerns across a whole spectrum of activities and practice interests and our ability to offer them practical advice, guidance and opportunities across the possible pathways open to them - as entrepreneurs and employees. Staff value the resources and skills UAL makes available to help them deliver effective professional and career development through the curriculum.
Showing your work
All final year students are given the opportunity to profile their work online via Showtime. London College of Fashion can make no guarantee that your work (either in sum or in part) will be shown, exhibited or profiled in any way as part of your course. All student work appearing in College organised events, catwalk shows, exhibitions and other forms of showcase, is selected by a panel of senior staff and, in some instances, external industry judges.
For details of the wide range of careers support provided for students, please visit our Careers Support page.
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.
Course Entry Requirements
Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.
One ‘A’ level pass at grade D or above (80 UCAS tariff points required) PLUS passes in three other GCSE subjects at grade C or above
BTEC National Diploma in a fashion-related subject PLUS passes in three other GCSE subjects at grade C or above
NVQ level 3 in a related subject PLUS passes in three other GCSE subjects at grade C or above
A one year Foundation Diploma in Art and Design PLUS passes in three other GCSE subjects at grade C or above
Access course in a relevant subject PLUS passes in three other GCSE subjects at grade C or above
OR equivalent awards
Preferred subjects include Art, Design, Textiles and English.
This course requires a minimum 80 UCAS tariff points.
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 5.5 with a minimum of 4.5 in any one skill.
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Student Selection Criteria
What We Look For
The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:
- A strong interest in tailoring
- A potential to achieve a high standard of technical/fine tailoring
- Commitment and motivation to succeed on the course
- The ability to work as a member of a team
- The ability to work independently to develop the knowledge and skills acquired on the course
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 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; an enquiring approach/problem solving; and visual communication skills.
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the following at interview: creative, cultural and tailoring interests; the potential to achieve a high standard of technical/fine tailoring; the ability to work independently and as a member of a team; an enquiring and analytical approach; and an ability to communicate visually, verbally and through the written word.
* Please note: this course will not be recruiting students for entry in 2014, therefore the final first year of this course will run in 2013-2014, the final second year will run in 2014-2015, and the final Top-up Year will run in 2015-2016. This subject area will be replaced with a new three year Honours degree.
You apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) at http://www.ucas.com
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.
The University code is U65.
The UCAS code for this course is WJ2L.
The deadline for equal consideration of your application is 15 January 2013.
Contact us on:
- Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7563 / 7582 / 7344
- Course enquiry form
For specific details on how to apply as an international applicant please click on the following link:
The International Recruitment Office at the London College of Fashion will help to guide you through the application process and answer any specific questions that you may have regarding our courses. This may include portfolio advice, 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. Please contact us for further information on this facility. We can also arrange a tour of our facilities if we are given prior notice.
Our contact details are: International Recruitment Office London College of Fashion 20 John Prince’s Street London W1G 0BJ.
- Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7656/7678/7629
- Course enquiry form
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.
What Happens Next?
All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed under What We Look For. Depending on the quality of your application, you may be asked to submit copies of a small number of pieces of your existing work (not more than ten pieces). If the course team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to a full portfolio review / interview where the course team will look at your work during your interview. If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Applicants are not guaranteed a portfolio review or 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.
Applicants have the right to ask for feedback if their application is unsuccessful. Requests must be made in writing to the Student Administrator, and we will respond within 20 working days.
Some courses charge a fee for the bulk purchase of materials and/or equipment used on the course. Further details will be supplied at a later date.