Taught course

Fashion

Institution
University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins · School of Fashion and Textiles
Qualifications
GDip

Entry requirements

This course is highly competitive, selection is determined by the quality of your application, indicated primarily in your portfolio and written work.

You will need to have successfully completed or be studying on a BA (Honours) degree (or equivalent) in fashion, or in a closely related design discipline e.g. fashion textiles, accessory design, or jewellery design.

You can demonstrate this by:

  • BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications; OR
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration if they demonstrate to be equivalent of a BA degree qualification in the relevant subject area.


Applicants who do not meet the standard course entry requirements may still be considered if the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might be demonstrated by, for example: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The Graduate Diploma in Fashion offers a one-year Higher Education programme for international and, for the first time in 2014, graduate students. It aims to produce mature and sophisticated designers equipped to work in and design for the international market.

The course offers students with a background in fashion design or a closely related discipline the opportunity to take a fresh view of their work and their creative direction.

The course’s learning and teaching philosophy emphasises creative freedom and offers you the opportunity to explore and experience London as an international fashion design centre and a rich resource for research, providing invaluable insights into progression to postgraduate study or employment in the International fashion industry.

The learning and teaching are project-based and offer you the freedom to experiment and find or re-define yourselves within a creative environment. The course emphasises breadth as well as depth of research and an innovative approach to design development.

The Graduate Diploma in Fashion begins with staff-directed and / or industry projects aiming to support you in identifying and further developing your strengths and addressing your weaknesses. This enables you to develop your work in consultation with staff on an ongoing basis.

Fundamental to the course is the commitment to support your creative development with appropriate design, technical (pattern cutting / garment construction) and professional skills to help you to take advantage of the benefits and challenges that studying in London provides.

Later projects are negotiated with course staff and self-directed, offering you the opportunity to demonstrate independent learning in the context of your final project.
The curriculum also introduces you to the potential of a range of different approaches to the visual communication and articulation of design ideas. Personal and professional development emphasises the skills and aptitudes required in designing for a specific market, researching and taking account of current trends and, in particular, the personal presentation skills required to support application for entry into postgraduate study and/or employment in the international fashion industry.

You leave the course with a portfolio and realised design work that will effectively support access to postgraduate study and / or entry into employment in the fashion industry.

Information for international students

The English language requirement for entry for this course is IELTS Academic 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the 4 skills (on one single test).

Qualification and course duration

GDip

full time
12 months

Course contact details

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Enquiries
Email
Info@csm.arts.ac.uk
Phone
020 7514 7023