LCCA - London College of Contemporary Arts

BA (Hons) Fashion



Fashion is more than clothes. It’s about self-expression and identity. Throughout the BA (Hons) in Fashion degree at LCCA, you’ll be encouraged to find your own fashion design identity and to leave a noticeable imprint on all of the items you design.

From your first year, you’ll explore the cultural, economic, environmental and sustainable factors that underpin the world of fashion while learning practical techniques that you can utilise in many roles. These include drape, fabric manipulation, constructed textile, pattern cutting, garment manufacture and trailers. You’ll learn how to take the concepts you design through drawing and illustration work and create marketable products. Additionally, you’ll also study media, photography and styling, portfolio presentation and computer-aided design.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have developed your industry expertise through a work placement as well as a range of transferable skills that will make you a top candidate for a range of roles in the fashion industry.

Start working towards a career in a fast-paced industry today by enrolling on the BA (Hons) Fashion programme at LCCA, delivered in partnership with University for the Creative Arts.




Holborn, London




3 years

Study mode

Full-time, on campus

Awarding body

University for the Creative Arts

Entry year

2020, 2021

Tuition fees

UK/EU citizens - £9,250 per annum


SFE funding available

Academic partner

University for the Creative Arts

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Throughout Year 1 of this course, students will be introduced to a range of contemporary design practices used to encourage innovative creativity during the design process.

Introduction to Design

To ease you into your first year, you’ll use your problem-solving skills on a range of project briefs. You’ll use these to create 2D and 3D designs and think innovatively about the products you’re creating. This is an excellent starting point for understanding the fashion industry and engaging with your unique fashion identity.

Visual Communication

Research and contemporary fashion illustration will be integral to this module. Using life drawing, design sketching fashion illustration and technical drawings, you’ll build on your drawing skills, bring your ideas to life and begin to grow a portfolio of work that can be utilised when applying for roles within the fashion industry. The course will be led by creative workshops, giving you the opportunity to merge theory with practical.

Creative Cutting and Construction

This course is dedicated to developing your skills in pattern cutting, sewing as well as other more complex cutting and garment construction techniques. University-level study is about self-guided research which you’ll be encouraged to do in this course to help you learn more about historical practices and how these have influenced the work of contemporary designers.

Introduction to Fashion History and Theory

Develop your understanding of where designs and trends have come from by studying the basic framework of historical fashion. You’ll analyse texts and visual products in order to build your understanding of the relationship between theory and fashion practice.


This year covers the techniques of tailoring, draping and designing in more detail whilst building on students’ knowledge of the fashion world. Year 2 of this fashion degree also includes work experience where students are enabled to apply their classroom knowledge to the real world.

Innovative Design Practice

This unit aims to extend your creative process and design innovation through the development of design concepts and engagement with related 2D and 3D experimental and exploratory practices. You'll be asked to look into the past and present, in order to shape the future and create forward-thinking design solutions.

Creative Drape Practices

Extend your knowledge of contemporary design practices and build on what you’ve learned in the previous course. You’ll work with a mannequin to bring your ideas to life and create an outfit by applying historical and modern cutting and drape practices.

Professional Practice

This module will prepare you for working in the creative industries. You'll develop professional practices in relation to global industry contexts and prepare for undertaking a five-week period of work experience.

Theories of Culture, Identity and Communication

Discover the contemporary debates surrounding design culture and contribute towards them. You’ll do this through discussions with your peers and by engaging with a range of theories and methods for analysis.


The final years allows students to demonstrate everything they have learnt throughout the course via a major project and dissertation.

Final Major Project

Your final year is about combining all your newly learned skills to create a body of work that represents your fashion identity.

Option 1: By now you should have decided on a design discipline. You’ll prepare a pre-collection and a final collection, both of which you’ll have to conduct significant research for in order to design and present your best possible work. Once you’ve completed your pre-collection, you’ll undertake analysis on it to decide whether you extend the successful aspects of it or whether you’ll produce a new body of work.

Option 2: Alternatively, you can pursue two individual projects which allows you to explore one of your main areas of interest within the fashion discipline. In the first project, you’ll conduct market research, brand analysis and conception origination to prepare a body of work that reflects a specific brand. In the second term, you’ll build on this work to create a seasonal collection for specific brands; these should reflect what you want to do in your career. This is an excellent opportunity to work with a manufacturer to create two outfits.

Professional Portfolio

In order to prepare you for the fashion industry, you’ll develop a professional portfolio which will contain self-assessment, career planning, design portfolio, self-promotion and a personal website. You’ll critically analyse your skills, goals and what the next stage of your career is going to be. This portfolio should be a reflection of what you’ve learned throughout your three years and of your aspirations for the future.


Your dissertation is an opportunity to reflect not just on what you’ve learned for the past three years but what you think you’d like to do in the future. You’ll conduct research, develop a perspective on a specific subject and produce an argument on this.


  • Introduction to Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Creative Cutting and Construction
  • Introduction to Fashion History and Theory


  • Innovative Design Practice
  • Creative Drape Practice
  • Professional Practice
  • Theories of Culture, Identity and Communication


  • Professional Portfolio
  • Dissertation




  • Final Major Project
    • Option 1
    • Option 2


LCCA strives to provide its students with both academic excellence, career focus and a friendly environment across all disciplines. Our campus is located in Holborn, at the heart of Central London, with a range of facilities and equipment, making it the perfect place to study.

We provide dedicated facilities for students, helping them to produce work at an industry-level standard and preparing them for a bright future. These facilities are the reason why, upon graduation, our students feel prepared to start working from day one.

Our students have access to a range of specialist facilities across the college. These include:

  • Mac studios with 110 Apple iMacs: software includes: GameMaker, Autodesk Maya, Unreal Engine, Cinema 4D, Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
  • Access to WGSN – a leading trend forecasting company for fashion and design businesses
  • Reprographic services
  • 3D printers
  • Fashion studios with 46 industrial sewing machines, overlocker and embroidery sewing machines
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Photography Studio
  • Art and Design Studio


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The scope of this fashion design degree course enables our graduates to secure a range of positions at different levels of the industry, such as:

  • Design co-ordinator
  • Pattern cutter
  • Fashion technologist/sourcing
  • Product development
  • Business start-up/entrepreneur
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Retail management
  • Range planning
  • Public relations/promotion
  • Press and the media
  • Events organisation
  • Work in the cultural industries
  • Post-graduate study

Once you’ve graduated from the programme, you may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level.


Whether you’re completing your first degree or undertak­ing further study to progress your career or change your career direction, LCCA’s strong industry links and wide networks will help you develop your skills, gain valuable experience and make contacts to boost your career opportunities.


·       Aitor Throup Studio LTD

·       Burberry

·       Calvin Klein Jeans

·       Chloé

·       Claret Press

·       Harrods

·       Hop Fashion

·       House of Fraser

·       James Lakeland

·       Jan Masny

·       Karen Millen

·       Christian Louboutin

·       Bartlett Mitchell

·       Boodica UK

·       Little Wardrobe London Ltd

·       Claret Showroom



·       Louis Vuitton

·       Maria Grachvogel

·       Net-a-Porter

·       Paul Smith

·       Pringle of Scotland

·       Richard Boll

·       Soho House

·       Ted Baker

·       Tommy Hilfiger

·       YKK

·       Yulan Creative

·       ZARA









Here, you will find everything you need to know regarding the application process, and any other practical information you may require, including details of our open days and advice on how to prepare for your interview with us.

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The standard entry requirements for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in an appropriate subject
  • 27-30 points from the International Baccalaureate

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades - in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

For this course, we’ll ask you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio, and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included, will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you’ve applied.


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