London College of Fashion

The Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion winners (L-R): Jenni Kusowski, Laure Fernandez, Charlie Wilkinson and Dianjen Lin, during the 2017 Kering Talk at the London College of Fashion. Photo: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Kering

The Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion winners (L-R): Jenni Kusowski, Laure Fernandez, Charlie Wilkinson and Dianjen Lin, during the 2017 Kering Talk at the London College of Fashion. Photo: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Kering

Location: London, United Kingdom

Programs: 

Undergraduate: 3D Effects for Performance & Fashion; Bespoke Tailoring; Cordwainers Fashion Bags & Accessories: Product Design & Innovaton; Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design & Innovation; Costume for Performance; Creative Direction for Fashion; Fashion Buying & Merchandising; Fashion Contour; Fashion Design & Development; Fashion Design Technology: Menswear; Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear; Fashion Imaging & Illustration; Fashion Jewellery; Fashion Journalism; Fashion Marketing; Fashion Pattern Cutting; Fashion Photography; Fashion Public Relations & Communication; Fashion Sportswear; Fashion Styling & Production; Fashion Textiles: Embroidery; Fashion Textiles: Knit; Fashion Textiles: Print; Fashion Visual Merchandising & Branding

Graduate: Costume Design for Performance; Fashion Artefact; Fashion Cultures: History and Culture; Fashion Curation; Fashion Design Management; Fashion Design Technology Menswear; Fashion Design Technology Womenswear; Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Fashion Futures; Fashion Journalism; Fashion Media Production; Fashion Photography; Fashion Retail Management; Footwear; Pattern and Garment Technology; Strategic Fashion Marketing; Fashion Media Practice and Criticism

Annual Tuition:

Undergraduate: £22,920 ($30,591 at current exchange rate) for overseas students; £9,250 for U.K. and E.U. students

Graduate: £20,110 to £25,880 (or $26,840 to $34,542 at the current exchange rate) depending on the course for overseas students; £10,680 to £12,280 depending on the course for U.K. and E.U. students

Famous Alumni: Jimmy Choo, Jonathan Anderson, William Tempest, Alek Wek

Enrollment: Around 5,528

Graduation Rate: 98% 

Class Size: 7 to 20 students

Student/Teacher Ratio (for whole of University of the Arts for all Art & Design courses): 14:3

Classes are taught in: English 

Percentage of International Students: Around 50%

Job Placement Rate: 94%

What the Students Say:

"London College of Fashion is amazing school that will teach you invaluable things. However, if you struggle working alone this might not be the right school for you. It is extremely focused on self-directed study, no one is chasing you or making sure you do well. You have to have the initiative to use the resources yourself, put in the effort, push and self-motivate. If you take the teachers direction and push it further with your own work ethic you'll do great."

"It’s a great place to learn; it’s very hands-on and creative."

"It is very competitive. There are very limited work spaces but a lot of new and useful equipment."

The Bottom Line: While it's part of the same arts university as Central Saint Martin's, LCF's strength lies in its holistic approach to a fashion education and its focus on preparing students to be more than just designers. Its sheer number of degree and course options is also unparalleled, making it a strong option if you have a specific area of focus, like footwear, journalism or something even more niche that doesn't have as strong a program elsewhere. It also has many industry partnerships with companies like LVMH, WGSN, Puma, Inditex, Microsoft and more and a high job placement rate. Alumni and students also say the focus is "commercial" and "practical," rather than purely creative, but overall had few complaints about this school.

More Info: www.arts.ac.uk/fashion

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Last updated December 2019.