Graduate Diploma in Fashion Media Styling
|Study Level||Higher Education|
|Study Mode||Full Time|
|Course Length||One year|
|IELTS level||6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one skill|
|Autumn Term Dates||24 Sept - 07 Dec|
|Spring Term Dates||07 Jan - 15 March|
|Summer Term Dates||15 April - 21 June|
Direct to College
No deadline, early application is advised.
This course will run at Level 6 which is equivalent to the final year of a BA (Hons) degree.
Primarily practice-based, this course will equip you with a solid grounding in visual and communicative styling skills. It will deliver an authentic experience that reflects the needs and demands of current industry, in the context of fashion, advertising, film and music, and will furnish you with core skills while furthering your professional development.
By drawing on theoretical work, the course will also explore styling as a powerful and challenging visual tool that can interpret, interrogate and challenge political, social and cultural contexts. Research is key to project work, and it is expected that image-making will be reinforced by close attention to audience, market and context, as well as investigation into the broader image culture.
You will work alongside photographers, curators, designers and journalists within the LCF Graduate School, which will provide you and other students with increased potential for creative dialogue and collaboration. Networked into the wider professional context, students in Fashion Media Styling are given access to creative practitioners from the image-making industry. This not only enriches the core programme, but offers opportunities for making contacts, and developing critical understanding of your styling work.
The course is split up into 3 terms across which you will study the following 4 units;
- Introduction to Fashion Media Styling (20 credits)
- Interrogating the Image (20 credits)
- In Style: Collaborative Project (40 credits)
- Final Major Project (40 credits)
The Graduate Diploma in Fashion Media Styling will draw on both industry contacts and academic industry-based staff. It is anticipated that there will be "live" projects and opportunities for Knowledge Transfer projects.
Styling is an integral discipline and you will engage in learning and teaching strategies that will be collaborative by nature to mirror industry processes. You will have the opportunity to work with peers within the School of Graduate Studies on courses such as MA Fashion Photography, MA Fashion Design and Technology and MA Fashion Journalism, as well as industry partners in the development of specific external industry projects and opportunities as appropriate.
The course will be very practical with individual and group project work, cross-course collaboration opportunities, student presentations supported by critiques, tutorials, workshops, demonstrations and field trips.
Agencies, and users of style, have a strong demand for stylists to work within image production teams, department stores, the fashion and music industry, magazines and PR events.
On successful completion of this course, graduates will be in a position to seek employment or further their studies. Throughout the course, stylists would have been able to build up the beginnings of a book or portfolio, which eventually will enable them to secure an agent and potentially enter the world of freelance styling. New stylists commonly undergo a period of professional training as a Stylist#s Assistant prior to securing their own agent. Graduates from this course may be able to go into an assistant role during the independent study time of the course as well as the through course specific project work.
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.
Course Entry Requirements
- Applicants must have a first degree (2:1 or above) or FDA with a merit/distinction profile in any discipline or equivalent awards. Equivalent awards. For International qualifications see the International Qualifications Guide [PDF - 1.9mb]
- Students may have a background in fashion styling, promotion, art direction, hair and make up, or another relevant discipline within the creative industries as either professional experience or gained through an appropriate educational qualification.
- Applicants should be able to demonstrate the ability to research and source material across the fashion media spectrum, with an understanding of related cultural and historical contexts. Students should be conversant with the various formats with which fashion media styling is shown. For example still and moving image, editorial, catwalk, hair and make up.
English language requirements
Applications to study a Graduate Diploma course should be made directly to the College using the Graduate Diploma Application Form, accompanied by two references (one of which should be academic) and a copy of your highest qualification to date.
- Download Graduate School Application Form [PDF - 502kb]
- Download Graduate School Application Form [Word doc - 156kb]
- Downlod specific guidelines for the course [PDF - 101kb]
Alternatively, you can request an application form by calling +44 (0)20 7514 7563 / 7582 / 7344.
The Graduate Diploma in Fashion Media Styling has been created to reflect the global diversity of the fashion industry. Its cross-cultural sensibility will be predominantly drawn from an international base of visual communicators who will seek to create, explore, challange and interpret contemporary fashion imagery.
Please send your completed application form to the following address:
If you have a question, you can ask us through our Course enquiry form.
There will be two places allocated for Home/EU applicants.
Please apply directly to the College using the International Application Form and send your completed application form including the completed Tier 4 Student Visa: UK Immigration History Form Guidance Notes for Students to the LCF International Recruitment Office with your portfolio and supporting documents.
Most graduate courses require you to submit a detailed study proposal and / or essay. Please read the specific guidance notes before applying to the course.
- Download International Application Form [PDF - 155kb]
- Download International Application Form [Word doc - 149kb]
- [PDF - 101kb]
- Download Tier 4 Student Visa: UK Immigration History Form Guidance Notes for Students [PDF - 63kb]
Please send your completed application form to the following address:
Address: London College of Fashion, International Office, 20 John Prince's Street, London W1G 0BJ.
If you have a question, you can contact our International Recruitment Office by calling +44 (0)20 7514 7656 / 7678 / 7629 or completing our Course enquiry form.
What Happens Next?
An admissions tutor will review your application and you may be called to interview. Selection is based initially on academic qualifications and/or previous experience, the references and your personal statement. From the interview the course team will decide if you are to be selected onto the course.
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.