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Course units

Year one

In the first term you will study two units.

Introduction to Fashion Contour has three core purposes:

  • to introduce you to learning at undergraduate level;
  • to orientate you within your course, the College and the University;
  • to induct you into the specific practices and knowledge base of your discipline.

The unit will enable you to acquire and improve your skills, understanding and approaches to learning that underpin your studies in Stage 1, in your course as a whole, and beyond. Emphasis is placed on the skills needed to locate, navigate and communicate information effectively and appropriately. You will be introduced to resources that support your studies.

Product Technologies will introduce you to the essential skills required for the development and production of fashion contour products. You will learn about materials, pattern cutting, construction methods, production techniques and prototyping skills, as well as the essential knowledge regarding health and safety requirements.

In the second term you will study two units.

Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies introduces you to key concepts and ways of thinking about fashion and its context in society and culture. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops, and do a significant amount of reading of academic texts in order to complete a formal academic essay for assessment.  Completion of this unit will allow you to make an informed choice of subject for study in the second year Cultural and Historical Studies unit.

Product Creativity and Communication explores the creative design process and introduces a series of practical skills including research, finding inspiration, initial ideas, design development of fashion contour ideas, design development, design finalisation, drawing skills and presentation skills. You will learn the essential skills of visually and verbally communicating your work to others. 

In the third term you will bring all your learning and developed skills so far, to answering a complete research, design, development and making brief for fashion contour. Through the Product Design and Development unit you will begin to develop your understanding of the industry, fashion trends, fabrics for fashion contour, market levels, consumer behaviour, competitors and relevant ethical issues. Some of your research will be undertaken in small groups, as successful team working skills are essential for working in industry. You will also be developing one 2D design into a final 3D prototype.

Year two

In the first term you will be able to study a Cultural and Historical Studies option of your choice that will broaden or deepen your learning of areas relating to your interests in your chosen field. You will have the opportunity to participate in lectures, seminars and workshops with students from other courses within your School, and will read relevant academic texts and complete a formal academic essay for assessment.

The Creative Professional Practice unit introduces you to the wider context of the fashion industry and the study of design and development for a specified market. It explores areas that affect the development of a product, such as sustainable and ethical sourcing, costing and the environments in which the product will be consumed. You will have the opportunity to engage within an industrial context through forward thinking creative responses to the project brief.

In the second term the Research Methods unit allows you to explore and experiment with different critical and methodological approaches to research, as well as looking at the range of established research methods and research within design and technology. You will learn more about primary and secondary sources and how they relate, ways of originating and developing research, and appropriate methodologies for your discipline. You will also become aware of any limitations, and this will enable you to choose the most appropriate research method for a particular project. This prepares you for later projects where research skills are needed by helping you explore what research you need to do, how you will be doing it and how you will manage and evaluate the process.

The Creative Industry Practice unit tests your critical thinking and broadens your professional skills set. You will develop your creative, strategic and practical skills through traditional and IT based development with visual and written work. Your critical judgement will be used to develop appropriate solutions to the brief and you will be expected to evaluate and justify your decisions as you develop your outcomes.

In the third term the Industry Project unit gives you the opportunity to consolidate your understanding of the research methods you have learnt by responding to live or simulated industry-set challenges. Your knowledge and professional understanding of the product design and development process will be enhanced, and you will combine creative, practical, intellectual and entrepreneurial skills within an industrial context to answer the brief.

The work throughout the second year is focussed on live projects with national and international companies and brands, and you may have the opportunity to participate in the prestigious Triumph Inspiration Awards, and the Lingerie Insight/Lingerie Collective competition. Recent industry collaborations have included the V&A and English National Ballet, Speedo, Ellesse, Gilly Hicks, a division of Abercrombie and Fitch, and Sophie Hallett, the French company that supplied the lace for Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. In 12-13, student projects included shapewear with Marks and Spencer, ‘contour for couture’ with Sophie Hallett, and maternity bras with Debenhams.

Professional placement year

This year is optional. If you take up this opportunity you will undertake a 30-week industrial placement, where you get to experience the atmosphere, pace and discipline of working within the fashion contour industry by total involvement in the day to day activities of a company. You will be required to write a report on your placement, which will develop your study skills and allow you to demonstrate your research, analytical and evaluative skills. Successful completion of the year will give you the additional qualification of a Diploma in Professional Studies. LCF Careers will run a preparatory programme before your placement, and you will be expected to be involved in securing a suitable placement for your own personal development, skill set and career aspirations.

Students undertake placements in the UK with companies including: Agent Provocateur, Myla, Bordelle, Fleur of England, Lascivious, Pistol Panties, Paolita, Jenny Packham, Marks & Spencer, Aura, Debenhams, Ace Style, AJM Sewing, eLai, Reckless Wolf, Playful Promises, Olivia Van Halle, Nicole de Carle, Sweaty Betty, Vollers Corsets, Harlow and Fox, Holloway Smith Noir.

Final year

In the first term you will undertake the Concept Development unit which provides the foundation from which you will be able to formulate your own innovative and enterprising project and strategy for the major piece of fashion contour product design and development work that you will do in the final two terms. This work will be industrially relevant and informed by appropriate research. This unit allows you to explore and justify the means by which this work can be realised, and will demonstrate to the industry your direction and potential career path.

Contextualising Your Practice in the first and second term affords you the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the critical and analytical perspectives developed within cultural and historical theory and your ability to apply these in a specific study. You will research the topic you identified in the Research Methods unit, which will lead to the production of an extended essay. It is the opportunity for you to undertake a substantial piece of structured research that examines in depth practical and theoretical issues related to your field of practice; it will build on the critical debates and concerns raised throughout your course.

In terms two and three the Product Design and Realisation unit is the culmination of your study through an extended negotiated project. You will be able to demonstrate your ability to utilise concept development outcomes through using research and experimentation to achieve the design development, experimentation, rationale and production of your own range of fashion contour garments. You will evidence full engagement with your responsibilities as a designer/product developer, together with an understanding of where your work will best fit within the fashion contour industry.

Showing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCF and will last for up to 12 months after graduation. This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.

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