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London College of Fashion has an international reputation as one of the most creative and forward-thinking educational establishments in the world, as a result of their unique relationship with the fashion, lifestyle and beauty industries. They offer the chance to study a range of specifically tailored, professional, career-oriented courses in fashion and footwear design. The programs are carefully designed to ensure a balance of theory and skills-based learning, underpinned by valuable historical and cultural study. Students also benefit from experiencing the stimulating cultural resources of London and its fashion industry.
API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. This API program includes an international excursion to Paris included within the program fee! In addition, students will participate in two of the three listed API London excursions. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API London programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
TOTAL CREDITS - 12 credits per semester
PARIS FASHION & CULTURE TRIP
All summer programs at LCF include a trip to Paris! After starting with a boat trip, students explore this capital of culture, art, style, and inspiration through participation in a variety of carefully planned activities, walks, and visits. Students visit a selection of museums, galleries, food markets, flea markets, designer boutiques, department stores, typical shopping districts as well as major sights, including: le Tour Eiffel, L’Arc de Triomphe, Sainte Chapelle, Louvre, Montmartre, Notre Dame, Musee d’Orsay, Le Marais, Champs Elysees and any major fashion/textiles exhibitions.
Students receive an official transcript from the University of the Arts London (in conjunction with the London College of Fashion) upon completion of the program. Students are assessed on the basis of assignment work.
Heather Lees will be your Resident Director in London and a resource for you on-site.
Anna McCole will be your Student Services Coordinator in England and a resource for you while you are abroad with us!
Carolyn Lutes will be your Program Manager and help prepare you to go abroad!
Students who choose to study abroad in London will select a “course of study” from London College of Fashion, including Introduction to Fashion Business Summer School, Introduction to Fashion Design Summer School, and Footwear Design Summer School. The courses are open to students at all levels of experience and are designed to provide an intense, technical and creative approach to the subject matter and offer a curriculum of practical activity to enhance the learning process.
Each course of study has pre-set courses, listed below. All courses are mandatory within the chosen course of study.
Footwear Design Summer School (course descriptions in section below):
- Footwear Design (6 credits)
- Footwear Making (3 credits)
- Introduction to Rapid Prototyping and RHINO for Footwear (3 credits)
Introduction to Fashion Business Summer School (course descriptions in section below):
- Fashion Business and Product Development (3 credits- Contemporary Culture and Fashion Studies (2 credits)
- Fashion Entrepreneurship and Marketing (3 credits)
- Fashion Media (1 credit)
- Styling (2 credits)
- Visuals for Fashion (1 credit)
Introduction to Fashion Design Summer School (course descriptions in section below):
- Fashion Business and Product Development (2 credits)
- Contemporary Culture and Fashion Studies (2 credits)
- Collection and Portfolio (3 credits)
- 3D Design and Experimentation (2 credits)
Students can expect to earn 12 semester credits through participation in one of the summer schools. The Fashion Business and Fashion Design programs are comprised of 6 units (courses) + the Paris Field Trip; the Footwear Design program is comprised of 3 units + the Paris Field Trip. Each unit (course) is worth two, three or six study abroad credits. A 2 credit unit receives 20 hours of instruction (contact time) within a session, and 10 non-class hours (self-directed study/homework) are expected in addition to this. A six-credit unit will receive 60 hours of instruction (contact time) within a session, and 30 non-class hours (self-directed study/homework) are expected in addition to this.
Teaching is not conducted in a traditional U.S. lecture-based setting; however, students receive guidance from faculty and help in identifying the resources needed to reach course goals. Courses are delivered in a variety of ways including individual and group tutorials, projects, seminars, lectures, and museum, gallery and studio visits. Some courses may require evening and/or Saturday work. This may cause students to miss certain API cultural events/excursions. Contact the API office for further information. All courses are taught in English. Course selection may vary, and no course is guaranteed. Note that there are prerequisites associated with certain courses. Some courses require additional fees for labs, equipment, etc. These fees are not included in the program cost.
Introduction to Fashion Design: 5 pieces of your best work. One of these needs to be a photograph of something you have made, the others needs to be drawings, sketches or illustrations. These images should be a selection of work which represents your skills and ability.
The colleges that make up the University of the Arts, London - or UAL - (including Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion, and Wimbledon College of Arts) has offered recommendations for converting its alpha grades to American grades. Students who have enrolled full-time receive 40 credits at UAL each term. API recommends a conversion of 3 U.S. semester credits for every 10 UAL credit hours (e.g., a course representing 20 UAL credits would be awarded 6 US credits on the API translation).
London is a large city, so all students can expect to use public transportation (i.e. tube or bus) to move around the city on a daily basis, both getting to school and for social/cultural activities. It is a part of life in London. Generally, it will take students 20-45 minutes to get to school from their housing via public transportation or walking. All housing will be located in Zones 1 and 2 on the tube map.
Students will be housed in student apartments. Most apartments have several single rooms with a shared living room and kitchen. Some have en suite bathrooms in each bedroom while others have shared bathrooms. The kitchens are equipped with ovens, stoves, microwaves, and refrigerators. Wireless Internet is provided in all flats. A weekly cleaning service is provided to the communal kitchen/living areas in all API London accommodations.
We may place students in a few different student apartment buildings depending on where they are taking classes. We will prioritize having students share an apartment with other API students, but it is possible that API students would share an apartment with non-API students.