London is known as a centre of fashion worldwide, so it’s little wonder that would-be fashion designers flock here to study in some of the world’s best-regarded fashion colleges.
Fashion school is not only about nurturing your creative talents – the most successful colleges also make sure their students are educated in running a business, marketing, styling and practical skills.
With some impressive alumni and faculty staff, any of the following colleges will give your fashion career a kick start and help you on your way towards working in the fashion industry:
Famous graduates of St. Martins include Stella McCartney, John Galliano, Paul Smith and Alexander McQueen, among others. With such an impressive track record, it’s little wonder that St. Martins is widely regarded as one of the world’s best fashion schools.
If you study at St. Martins, you’ll benefit from the skills and experience of teaching staff who have helped launch the careers of some of the UK’s most successful designers. Student catwalk shows are archived on style.com and the graduate shows are a regular feature at London Fashion Week.
The London College of Fashion is the only college in the UK that specialises in fashion education. As well as a wide selection of design courses, there are programmes focusing on beauty, fashion business and marketing, costume design, fashion journalism and photography. The college also holds a series of short courses in Dubai three times a year. Shoe designer Jimmy Choo is probably the college’s most famous alumnus and also teaches at the college as a visiting lecturer.
Westminster University is gaining popularity as a fashion school and boasts Vivienne Westwood and Burberry’s Christopher bailey as alumni. The school is known for its creative degree shows and students have recently launched a summer collection for ASOS Marketplace. Students can study fashion design or merchandise and have the option of an industry placement for one year.
London’s RCA offers a small fashion design and textiles post-graduate programme. Zandra Rhodes and Erdem were former students here. The RCA has an international reputation and high student success rate, with 93% of graduating students going on to work in fields directly related to their area of study.
UEL offers a fashion programme that includes textile design, digital fashion and an MA in Fashion Management. Students also have the option of working in the fashion industry for a year. There is a strong emphasis on vocational courses at UEL, which aims to give its students the skills they need to survive in the working world as well as achieve academic success. The University of East London prides itself on removing barriers to education and has a high student acceptance rate.
School of Fashion & Design London
SFD is part of the London College of Contemporary Arts and offers undergraduate programmes in fashion and textiles as well as short courses in photography, fashion makeup, pattern cutting and jewellery design.