Taught course

Fashion Design Technology

University of the Arts London - London College of Fashion · University of the Arts London - London College of Fashion

Entry requirements

  • An Honours degree or equivalent academic qualification.
  • Please refer to the International Qualifications Guide
  • Professional qualifications recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree
  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required
  • A combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning, which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.

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.

It is anticipated that the majority of applicants will come from overseas and this is indicated in target numbers for the course.

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 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one skill. For more information, read the University's English Language requirements page. Read carefully and look at the relevant documents.

Student selection criteria

What we look for: The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • The potential to develop their practical and critical abilities through academic study
  • Critical knowledge of a subject area
  • A capacity for intellectual inquiry and reflective thought
  • An openness to new ideas and a willingness to participate actively in their own intellectual development
  • Initiative and a developed and mature attitude to independent study

Portfolio and interview advice: All applications must be accompanied by visual evidence of creative work and a study proposal (see Guidance Notes under the Apply tab). If you are invited for interview you will need to bring your portfolio with you. This should contain additional work to that submitted with your application.

Months of entry


Course content

PLEASE NOTE: This course will run at Level 6, which is equivalent to the final year of a BA Honours degree, and is a preparatory course for students who want to study at postgraduate level, but currently need further knowledge and skills before being eligible for postgraduate study.

The course is also suitable for graduates who would like to further their knowledge and skills before moving into industry. It covers design for menswear and womenswear, product development, garment technology and pattern cutting.

The course encourages creative thinking and innovative design approaches, and emphasises that 3D realisation is key to understanding the process of design and manufacture.

Specialist staff and facilities cover a range of new and established technologies that give students an insight into manufacturing and design in the fashion industry. Students from the Graduate Diploma are part of the postgraduate community in the design hub at Mare Street, and many students find this course helpful in preparing them for progression to MA study.

Other graduates move straight into the international fashion market. Students are encouraged to think about fashion in the wider sense and use their time at LCF to proactively forge industry links. Many alumni have gained employment within the industry.

Information for international students

If you have a question, you can contact our International Recruitment Office by calling +44 (0)20 7514 7656 / 7678 / 7629.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
8 months

Course contact details

LCF Enquiries Team
020 7514 7973/7582/7344