Taught course

Fashion Design Technology

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

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Entry requirements

An applicant will be considered for admission who has already achieved an educational level equivalent to an Honours Degree. Applicants should also 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.

Months of entry


Course content

The Graduate Diploma Fashion Design Technology provides the opportunity to explore and develop ways of working within a fashion design practice.

Experimentation will be at the heart of the work you do whilst on the course, allowing you to contribute a greater sense of integrity in each project completed. Within the Diagnostic and Development Project, time will be spent examining various ways of approaching design briefs and how different ways of researching can promote diversity within your work. Through unpacking the traditional design process and considering new ways of conceptualising the journey applying sustainability, diversity and identity models you will be provided with the tools to uncover your own design aesthetic. There is also a belief that combining studio practice with theory is a necessity and that they cannot be seen as two separate areas. This will be applied through both the Fashion Practice and Critical Contexts unit and throughout the course as a whole. The final unit, Negotiated Major Project, will allow students to develop a specialist approach to their fashion practice and create a set of outputs that guide them towards the postgraduate course, industry or enterprise destination they wish to pursue.

The course applies a genderless approach to the design process, working with students to ensure they understand who they wish to design for as supposed to outdated binaries and that your time spent exploring experimental processes can be applied to any relevant muse or consumer.

As part of the LCF/UAL postgraduate network you will have the opportunity to meet likeminded designers from a wide range of backgrounds. Graduates will leave the course with an understanding and confidence in both conceptual and realistic fashion design outputs having studied in a city known for nurturing new talent.

Students will progress from the course with a portfolio and realised design work to support future development. Some students study on the Graduate Diploma to further their knowledge and skills before moving into industry. Other students use this study opportunity to prepare graduates for suitable MA courses within the Design and Technology programme at LCF, including MA Fashion Design Technology Menswear, MA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear, MA Fashion Futures and MA Pattern and Garment Technology. Some graduates of this course will be in a position to gain employment in varied roles within the international fashion industry in the area of design and technology.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • GradDip
    full time
    10 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

020 7514 7973/7582/7344