London College of Fashion is a world-leader in fashion design, media and business education; in boundary-pushing research where fashion intersects with science, engineering and technology; and in enterprise, where it partners with top brands and helps launch new businesses. It has been nurturing creative talent for over a century. Across every subject, it encourages students to examine the past, challenge the present, and to have inventive, assertive ideas that challenge social and political agendas. It gives them the skills, opportunities and, above all, the freedom to put those ideas into practice.
It starts with education, with over 70 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and 165 short courses. LCF students come from over 100 countries. Some learn fashion design – its heritage, craftsmanship, radical thinking and high-tech practice. Others develop analytical skills, creative thinking and business acumen. Others still: cutting-edge approaches to traditional, experiential and interactive media. They all examine the present in light of its deep historical context and learn how to use fashion to build a sustainable future and improve the way we live.
In a few years’ time LCF will move to a single site on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London. Students joining from September 2021 will attend the new site but before then the College is working on an exciting programme of development projects for how it uses technology in teaching, learning and making, how it uses its spaces to exhibit work and how it works with the public and community groups in east London.
Courses and learning
LCF offers a wide range of courses at undergraduate level, with the emphasis firmly on professionalism. LCF provides an inspiring and instructive learning environment where you can develop practical and theoretical skills while gaining an understanding of fashion’s cultural context. Live industry projects are woven throughout LCF courses.
See the ‘Our courses’ section for a full list of LCF undergraduate courses and information about two pre-degree courses exclusively for international students: International: Introduction to the Study of Fashion and International Preparation for Fashion (Certificate in Higher Education).
LCF Careers is a comprehensive careers management service. It includes industry talks, networking events, employability and enterprise workshops, and LCF Careers Live, a student and graduate jobs website which advertises around 1,800 paid opportunities each year. LCF students work on live industry projects throughout their studies.
LCF Careers also runs the LCF Career Mentor Scheme, a tailored mentoring programme which matches final-year students with industry professionals. LCF Careers has nurtured a strong network of industry contacts to develop placements, with many students encouraged to work abroad. Around 750 students undertake accredited work placements each year.
Many LCF alumni are now shaping the fashion industries: shoe designers Professor Dato’ Jimmy Choo OBE, Rupert Sanderson, Patrick Cox, Sophia Webster and Charlotte Olympia; clothing designers James Long, Baartmans and Siegel, Ryan Lo and JW Anderson; media influencers Hannah Kane, Jessica Bumpus, Simon Chilvers and Ophelia Wu; as well as fashion entrepreneurs SquidLondon and Amy Fleuriot.
LCF currently has six sites. Three east London sites cater for most fashion design, footwear and accessories courses. Fashion management, marketing and merchandising courses are taught in High Holborn. The Oxford Circus site houses the visual merchandising courses and a lecture theatre for cultural and historical studies, and a site in west London serves courses including International: Introduction to the Study of Fashion.
See the map for exact locations.
A–Z of facilities and venues
– 3D modelling room
– CAD/CAM facilities and suites
– Cordwainers footwear and accessories studios
– Cosmetic science labs
– Fashion Space Gallery
– Knitwear studio
– Life drawing studio
– London College of Fashion Library
– Mac rooms
– Make-up studios
– Merchandising suite
– Photography and media suites
– Sample and sewing rooms.
“One of the best things about being a student at UAL is the amount of support you get. Staff really nurture you and they want you to succeed in every aspect of your course. Fellow students are amazing – I like the fact that we can all bounce off each other.”
Harmeet Juttla BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring, London College of Fashion
“My advice to new students is to challenge yourself on a daily basis and cultivate and explore your curiosity. You should see studying at UAL as an opportunity for growth and should take it upon yourself to make the most of your experience.”
Jason Kass Course Leader BA (Hons) Creative Direction for Fashion, London College of Fashion
“One of the best things about my student experience so far has been the networking. I’ve met friends and professionals from all areas of fashion. This has been really helpful in understanding how the fashion industry works.”
Tsitsi Fred BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Knit, London College of Fashion