Fashion Styling Courses - London College of Fashion - UAL

Fashion Styling Courses - London College of Fashion - UAL

Course units

Year one

In the first term you will study two units.

Introduction to Fashion Styling and Production gives you an understanding of your personal and professional development at university, with three core purposes: to introduce you to the necessary learning skills for undergraduate study; to show you where you are situated within the College and the University; and to help you understand what you will learn on your course and how you will develop your skills.

Key Concepts in Styling introduces you to the disciplines of styling. You will learn about fashion image construction, garment and prop sourcing, re-modification, recycling and customisation, which will inform your exploration of themes, narratives and ideas. Contextual explorations of art direction and sequencing will be investigated, including the use of the use of a variety of props and products. You will investigate the codes and conventions of dressing and situating the body within a fashion context, and explore the way in which the body is utilised to convey meaning.

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.

Key Concepts in Production gives you an understanding of the language, processes and practices of fashion production. The unit will ‘unpack’ the processes and modes of production used with you acting as a fashion practitioner in fashion related industries. You will learn that production is understood and facilitated through the language of fashion, conceptual application, context, site, audience, and multi-platform locations. You will gain an understanding of the stages of production and product placement, which will assist you in facilitating production knowledge and skills. Focus is placed upon traditional and abstract ideas of production including, fashion production systems, capturing, rendering, static media, time-based media, technological communication, including multimedia formats in the presentation of narrative construction. The application and sequencing of your ideas will be informed through an understanding of the broad range of platforms available to you.

In the third term you will do the Collaborative Practice: Fashion Spreads unit, where you will work together with others as part of a team on an assignment that reflects the professional practice of fashion image-making. You will focus on research and production strategies, as well as on 2D and 3D thinking and realisation. Fashion ideation requires strategic and inventive experimentation to test expression and foster critical thinking. You will produce conceptual and creative outcomes for a selected site, location and audience, and through this will increase both your knowledge and your practical skills. In producing conceptual and creative outcomes for a selected site, location, and audience, you will gain insightful knowledge and practical skills. This simulation will introduce you to professional collaborative practice.

Year two

In the first term you will be able to study a Cultural and Historical Studies unit 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.

Also studied in the first term is the Mediating Fashion unit. You will investigate how ideas and concepts can be communicated creatively and effectively through multiple formats and you will explore current practice in this field. You will learn how fashion image production has shifted as a result of technological developments in contemporary culture, and you will look at the mediation of fashion through a film format. Your final outcome will present content so that meaning and product are understood for print, screen and the environment. In addition, you will develop the technical skills to enable you to adopt an experimental approach to your work including pre and post-production techniques, underpinned with contemporary relevance for a selected location/platform.

Second term options:

Situating Your Practice: Placement aims to develop your professional skills within an industry environment. On your placement you will be able to experience the pace, atmosphere and discipline of working in the industry. This will give you practical experience of the roles, functions and operations within the industry. The unit requires a minimum of 60 work placement hours.


Situating Your Practice: International Study Media provides an opportunity to apply previous learning whilst studying your subject in a different institution. You will develop skills within your practice and gain credits for your current course whilst engaging with the academic culture of your host institution. The unit also demands a critical approach to the management of your own learning through reflection and planning.

Please note: we are unable to guarantee that every course will have an agreement with a partner host institution. As such, this unit is subject to availability. There will be a selection and application process for students who are interested in applying to take this unit of study.


Situating Your Practice: Fashioned Spaces will introduce you to the processes, platforms and formats which are available for you to use in order to showcase your specialist creative practice. The unit will offer you the opportunity to situate, curate, produce and display your innovative body of work within a site-specific context and devise and promote its exposure to a real-life audience. During the course of the unit you will be able to experience your discipline as a public event, which will give you hands-on experience of the roles, functions and operations within the context of professional fashion community.

In the third term you do the Research Methods for Fashion Styling and Production unit, which provides the bedrock for both your dissertation proposal for Cultural and Historical Studies and your Final Major Project. For your dissertation you will look at two key stages in the production of the dissertation, the literature review and research, and at their relationship to each other. You will also consider the relationship between primary and secondary sources, ways of developing and originating research, and ways of realising the research appropriate to Cultural and Historical Studies. You will also investigate the methods of research appropriate to your core practice as a visual practitioner in the field of fashion styling and production. You will demonstrate a systematic understanding and knowledge of research methods and concepts in your field, allowing you to devise and sustain arguments and / or solve problems. You will engage with ideas, techniques, and practice to describe and visually comment upon particular aspects of current research appropriate for fashion styling production.

Also in the third term you will do the Style, Genre, Signature unit, which will introduce you to the importance of developing your recognisable personal style for your subject specialism. You will be introduced to key practitioners in the field who have shaped and employed both personal style and aligned it to their practice in their own unique way. The importance of the way in which unique and authentic visions are developed will be emphasised. Consideration of the themes visible in key areas of your practice for future experimentation will assist you in your preparation for industry. You will be expected to reflect on your work to date and make decisions on how you will progress in preparation for your professional practice. Doing this now will benefit you for your final year of study.

Year three

Collaboration and experimentation are essential aspects of the creative process especially with regards to the fashion image industry. Collaborative Experimental Practice unit will offer you an opportunity to explore and expand the parameters of your work by engaging in collaborations that facilitate experimentation, creative thinking, practical testing and reflective problem solving, all in the context of an industry related brief. Creative outcomes and focused experimentation derived from this unit could inform the process that you explore and expand upon in your Final Major Project next term.

In the first and second terms you will undertake a major piece of written work for the Cultural and Historical Studies Dissertation unit. This allows you to demonstrate your understanding of the critical and analytical perspectives developed within cultural and historical theory, and how you can apply these theoretical perspectives in a specific study, which you will have already identified in the third term of the second year. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to undertake primary and secondary research that examines in depth cultural issues relating to a particular aspect of fashion, lifestyle, the body, performance or the media, and to produce a written piece of work that reflects the critical debates around your chosen topic.

The Final Major Project, undertaken in the second and third terms, gives you the opportunity to produce an extended body of practical work at an advanced conceptual, technical and aesthetic level. This will be a development from the range of cultural and practical work that you have undertaken so far on the course. The outcome will be directed towards a specific and clearly identified audience.

Showing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on, 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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