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: £19,930 ($25,812 at current exchange rate) for overseas students; £9,250 for U.K. and E.U. students

Graduate: £17,490 to £22,500 (or $22,652 to $29,140 at the current exchange rate) depending on the course for overseas students; £10,370 to £11,920 depending on the course for U.K. and E.U. students

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

New Programs and Partnerships of Note: Kering and London College of Fashion, UAL (LCF), are launching the world's first open-access digital course in luxury fashion and sustainability. 

Enrollment: 5,528

Growth in Enrollment Since 2017: 8%

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: 52.6%

What the Students Say:

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

"You only see your tutors once a week, and I feel like since we pay so much money, it would’ve been nice to have seen your tutors for more than just once a week."

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

"There is a lot of self-directed study involved, which you have to do."

"Work hard. Always push yourself further."

The Bottom Line: 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. 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 2018.