The Graduate Diploma in Fashion is a one-year programme for fashion graduates, aiming to prepare sophisticated designers for the next stage of their careers. Created for International students, the course is now open to Home/EU applicants. You’ll specialise in Womenswear, Menswear, Fashion Design with Knit or Fashion Design with Textiles. The course has excellent rates of progression to leading postgraduate fashion courses including CSM - MA Fashion (Womenswear and Menswear) and MA Textiles Futures; RCA - MA Fashion (Womenswear, Menswear, Menswear Knit, Footwear and Accessories); Parsons, New York - MA Fashion (Womenswear and Menswear); LCF - MA Fashion (Womenswear, Menswear, Footwear and Accessories), MA Digital Fashion, MA Fashion Marketing; Chelsea - MA Textiles; Arnhem - MA Fashion (Womenswear); Goldsmiths - MA Design and Environment and Westminster University - MA Fashion.
5 great reasons to apply
- In the most recent graduating year, 82% of students that applied for a postgraduate course were offered a place either at Central Saint Martins, Royal College of Art or London College of Fashion.
- You’ll benefit from the teaching and learning methods of some of the most eminent and experienced current practitioners in the field of fashion, which have produced some of the world's leading fashion design professionals.
- You’ll take part in staff-directed and industry projects to help you identify and develop your strengths and address areas for improvement. Recent projects have been set by Net-a-Porter and Alexander McQueen.
- You’ll receive support in developing your personal presentation skills (including CV-writing) to support your applications for further study or employment.
- You’ll have access to free in-sessional English language support classes taught in the context of art, design and communications.
Content and Structure
The Graduate Diploma in Fashion offers a one-year Higher Education programme for international and, for the first time in 2014, graduate students. It aims to produce mature and sophisticated designers equipped to work in and design for the international market.
The course offers students with a background in fashion design or a closely related discipline the opportunity to take a fresh view of their work and their creative direction.
The course’s learning and teaching philosophy emphasises creative freedom and offers you the opportunity to explore and experience London as an international fashion design centre and a rich resource for research, providing invaluable insights into progression to postgraduate study or employment in the International fashion industry.
The learning and teaching are project-based and offer you the freedom to experiment and find or re-define yourselves within a creative environment. The course emphasises breadth as well as depth of research and an innovative approach to design development.
The Graduate Diploma in Fashion begins with staff-directed and / or industry projects aiming to support you in identifying and further developing your strengths and addressing your weaknesses. This enables you to develop your work in consultation with staff on an ongoing basis.
Fundamental to the course is the commitment to support your creative development with appropriate design, technical (pattern cutting / garment construction) and professional skills to help you to take advantage of the benefits and challenges that studying in London provides.
Later projects are negotiated with course staff and self-directed, offering you the opportunity to demonstrate independent learning in the context of your final project.
The curriculum also introduces you to the potential of a range of different approaches to the visual communication and articulation of design ideas. Personal and professional development emphasises the skills and aptitudes required in designing for a specific market, researching and taking account of current trends and, in particular, the personal presentation skills required to support application for entry into postgraduate study and / or employment in the international fashion industry.
You leave the course with a portfolio and realised design work that will effectively support access to postgraduate study and / or entry into employment in the fashion industry.
The Graduate Diploma in Fashion lasts 30 weeks of full-time study structured as two units over three terms.
The course is credit rated at 120 credits, and comprises 2 units. Unit 1 (60 credits) lasts 15 weeks. Unit 2 (60 credits) follows after the completion of Unit 1 and also runs for 15 weeks.
Both units must be passed in order to achieve the Graduate Diploma, Graduate Diploma with Merit or Graduate Diploma with Distinction.
Selection to the Graduate Diploma in Fashion is determined by the quality of your application. You will also need to meet the minimum entry requirements as indicated below, but please note that these qualifications alone will not be sufficient to secure entry to the course.
Minimum entry requirements
We consider applicants who have already achieved an educational level equivalent to a BA (Honours) Degree in fashion, or in a closely related design discipline e.g. fashion textiles, accessory design, jewellery design.
You can demonstrate the required educational level by:
- Having the qualifications named above;
- Having professional qualifications recognised as equivalent to an Honours Degree;
- Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to the formal qualifications otherwise required;
- A combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning that, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to the formal qualifications otherwise required.
English language requirements
All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to apply for a visa, enrol, and start your course. The English language requirement for entry for this course is:
IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent.
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Last updated February 2, 2017