UAL London College of Fashion
Fall Semester Study Abroad 2017
12 - 16 credits

Semester students at London College of Fashion select from three study abroad program concentrations: Fashion Business, Fashion Product Design, or Fashion Media and Communication. All students enroll in three mandatory courses for 6 credits, and then choose from several elective courses within their selected concentration for a total of 12 – 16 US credits.

Application Deadline
June 1, 2017
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
Two academic letters of recommendation
Digital portfolio (if applicable, see Academics)
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)


  • Includes a 5 day study trip to Paris!
  • Specialist facilities – studios, equipment, tools and resources
  • Access to the biggest fashion library and archive in the UK

Program Dates
August 25, 2017 – December 2, 2017

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18

Academic Year: Sophomore (2nd year) or above

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Cumulative GPA:* 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

English Language:* Non-native English language speakers must submit IELTS: 6.5+ (5.5+ in each skill area), or proof of study in the US for 1+ year.

All Programs
Fashion Business
Fashion Media & Communication
Fashion Product Design

All Programs

2.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT FD CF 300 | Open
**Course not applicable for Fashion Media and Communication**
During the unit you'll learn how to create a fashion drawing from concept to completion and transfer your ideas to paper. Various techniques of translating drawings from life into finished drawings will be explored. Intensive work from the fashion model, wearing specifically selected garments comprises the main activity within this unit. Through observational drawing of figure, garment and fabric you will learn to communicate and express your designs accurately and effectively.
Topics covered on this unit include:
Composition, placement and scale, proportion and drawing construction
How to draw hands, faces, hair and feet
Croquis and sketching, gesture and movement, volume and contour
Different ways of black and white rendering using charcoal, chalk, lead pencils and a grey markers
Drawing drapery
Understanding value and applying tonal range, accent, rhythm, contrast and emphasis, texture, pattern
Adding detail to different fabrics
The tracing method and how to create flat drawings
This is a very practical unit with a strong emphasis on demonstration and one to one tutorials. The final outcome will be a portfolio of fashion drawing, complemented by a personal sketchbook. This unit is suitable if you are an absolute beginner or if you wish to improve and practice your drawing skills and add more personal work to your portfolios.
Set of graphite pencils from B to B8, set of grey double sided art markers, colourless blender marker, white and grey coloured pencils, A3 cartridge paper sketchbook, A3 layout pad and selection black fine line pens. An A3 cartridge pad will be provided.
Contact Hours: 30
3.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT FS CF 300 | Open
In addition to the study of style tribes, trends and current designer collections, you will gain first hand practical industry insider knowledge and insight into the many different roles of today's stylist and the various opportunities on offer - including fashion editorial, show/ catwalk, commercial work, music industry and pop promotion. You will work towards the creation of the 'styled' image. This will include working within teams on a rough shoot, to create your own fashion image with within a given theme; whilst learning other facets to the role of the stylist, such as team management and the importance of 'art direction', to name a few. Practical workshops including an analysis of your own personal style, an investigation into colour and body shapes, will provide invaluable knowledge and provide you with an insight into this world.
This course will include:
Shoot concepts / fashion image analysis
Working with mood boars
Styling to suit a variety of genres
Catwalk trends
Styling kit Fashion editing & run throughs
Giving direction to achieve a desired image
Team work
Project management
Conceptual editorial styling vs sales driven commercial styling
Working with a fashion photographer
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT PR CF 300 | Open
**Course not applicable for Fashion Design program**
Public Relations (PR ), is fast moving, dynamic, proactive and reactive, sometimes stressful it is also exciting and sometimes, glamorous. In this highly competitive Industry across a global marketplace, learn how you can achieve maximum success for your product/brand through effective public relations and promotion. This unit provides an introduction to the role of PR in the fashion and beauty industries. You will analyse the media opportunities for PR, investigate target markets, fashion and media lead times (from consumer and trade perspectives), appreciate the influence and reach of a range of media (including national, regional, womens and trade press) and learn methods for generating editorial coverage through servicing the media. You will review written and visual information, news, press releases and the essential ingredients for a press pack. We will investigate online PR and marketing activities, so you will understand how these work in relation to fashion e-commerce businesses and how social media, bloggers and online advertising work in tandem with real life activities. You will also gain an understanding of basic fashion styling and how a well presented image can influence the public/media.
Materials: Notebook, pen, and a file for handouts.
Contact Hours: 30
1.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT SM CF 300 | Open
**Course not applicable for Fashion Design program**
In a very short period of time the ways in which written and visual content are disseminated haven't merely changed, they have exploded. The world of marketing is 'noisier' than ever before with ever evolving systems of communication feeding ever growing appetites for consuming information. In a contradictory world where fresh new content is craved but almost immediately discarded an awareness of the complex mechanics of social media is essential to be able to use these languages both strategically and effectively. In this unit you will examine the evolution of various social media platforms to gain a comprehensive understanding of their current impact and evolving potential. You will then use this research to inform the building of your own personal social media campaign. Case studies including cultural institutions, fashion brands, cultural movements and individuals in the cultural sector will inform the approach to evolving your own personal project. Though intuitive and reactive activity fuels the progression of social media, strategic decision making and constant evaluation to generate meaningful analytics are key working methods covered in this unit. Market awareness, consumer habit, trend anticipation and market saturation need to be recognized so that they can be avoided or exploited in the creation of your own distinct and engaging voice.
This unit is suitable for anyone entering an area of the fashion industry where having good social media awareness as well as skill are key.
Contact Hours: 15
1.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT SS CF 300 | Open
**Course not applicable for Fashion Media & Communication program**
This course defines speed sketching as a fashion industry related activity, if you cannot draw at all it does not mean learning how to draw fast. You will need some sketching ability, which can be improved during this course by learning to see. On this fast paced unit, you will be introduced to speed drawing techniques for garments. This valuable skill is used at all levels of the industry, from competitive shopping (the designer/buyer) to catwalk reporting (the journalist/ stylist), to visually communicate design information and details. Initially, you will learn to sketch garments in a wide variety of situations: in store and from window displays, samples, and catwalk images. The aim is to provide you with the ability to assimilate and record key visual information (detailing and silhouette) accurately, in order for you to develop and enhance existing skills.
Speed sketching will enable you to practice design research in situations where use of a camera is inappropriate or forbidden. It is a skill, which will increase your observation skills, memory, and understanding of design detail and construction methods. A proportion of the unit will be taught on location, replicating true industry requirements.
Materials: A4 layout pad, small portable sketch / note book (for use on location) mechanical pencil (0.5), HB leads, eraser and selection of fine line black pens (0.2, 0.5, 0.8 ), graphite sketching pencils / HB, 2b, 6b, pencil sharpener.
Contact Hours: 15
3.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT VC CF 300 | Open
Compiling impactful presentations is an acquired skill that can greatly influence the creative process and give a competitive edge when communicating or pitching an idea. The mood board is a recognized tool with which to express, explain, excite, and/or sell an approach, new product or personal skill. A well-constructed visual board can be a powerful driving or supporting tool and is an impactful nonverbal form of communication used at all levels across the fashion industry. In this unit you will learn the principals behind creating mood boards and examine situations where they can be used effectively. This will include exploring typography, imagery, colour, texture, layout, composition, style and basic graphic design. You will be working both physically and digitally combining traditional image making techniques such as collage and sketching with digital media resources. Combining found images and your own photography will be a key element with an emphasis on learning effective ways of using a camera. As a vital communication tool, photography is used across the fashion industry, often on mood boards and social media. It is an effective way of introducing self-generated content into a presentation to communicate your own unique vision. There is a photography element within this unit, which will investigate a range of technical and creative approaches, including composition, perspective, light, colour, depth of field, movement, capturing the moment, and expressing a mood. The need for image gathering, idea development and practice using a camera / smart phone are reflected in the self-directed study element in this unit.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Mandatory Courses | Course #: FT CS CF 300 | Open
All the classes are field trips. You will participate in a number of guided walks through obscure parts of London (unrelated to fashion), looking behind the scenes and gathering an alternative perspective by observing the mechanics of a city steeped in a complex history. Where do people go, what do they say, how do they talk, what do they eat? The aim of this unit is to 'make a difference' to the way you find, see, absorb, process, and communicate information - in your own individual & personal way. We want to develop your awareness, individuality and confidence. You will be encouraged to consider originality, creativity, uniqueness - breaking the mould, possibly reconnecting with being a child again, remembering what it was like to suddenly discover new and wonderful things.We want you to take risks, be expressive. Be bold. Speak out. Have an opinion. Safety doesn't work anymore; those that take risks stand out from the crowd. You will have the opportunity to visit many unexpected parts of the city, where you will gather a personal body of research and experience, which you will take home with you as a memento of your time in London. We will encourage you to search for inspiration and knowledge whilst exploring and discovering an 'alternative' London. Part of this will be gaining knowledge of the layers of idiosyncratic behaviour, cultural attitudes and curious customs that define the real essence of a place. You will have the opportunity to explore and discover with the insight of Britishness, and more to the point an understanding of 'Londoness'.
Contact Hours: 30
2.0 Credits
Mandatory Courses | Course #: FT FR CF 300 | Open
This class is delivered in different locations around the London every week. You will participate in a series of lectures and guided visits to key collections, fashion districts, exhibitions in museums and art galleries. Fashion is continually changing. This is clearly seen in London where history and traditions are without doubt major catalysts that influence this change. Knowledge of the past allows for a considered understanding of why things are the way they are NOW, which in turn informs an intuition with which to predict the future. The unit will focus on how change occurs by examining fashion from sociological and cultural perspectives. Research into a wide cross section of relevant fields acts as the backbone of this unit. You will have access to a variety of fashion and cultural influences, some traditional and some unexpected. This research will allow you to further develop and underpin an understanding of what fashion means to you. You will continually reflect upon, critically examine, and develop your individual interests in fashion history and artefact through note taking and sketching in a journal. Further self-directed research will culminate in a PechaKucha visual presentation. This research will allow you to establish connections, contextualise and define what fashion means to you.
Contact Hours: 30
2.0 Credits
Mandatory Courses | Course #: FT TF CF 300 | Open
This course presents key contemporary news, industry strategies and issues in the fashion business, whilst fostering academic debate based on Fashion studies. You will address the development of certain aspects (sometimes controversial & provocative) of European / Global Fashion within their specific social context, examining different interpretations of taste and consumption, the impact of mass culture, digital media, issues of gender, class, ethnicity and sustainability.
The approach to theory will encourage critical thinking when exploring contemporary phenomena, philosophy and the humanities, linking in practical examples in order to awaken individual creativity to tackle issues and opportunities of the future. This is a self-directed unit, requiring you to be inquisitive, analytical, and critical. The lectures are merely to stimulate discussion and thought, in order to inspire you to develop your own perspective and opinion on subject matter.
Contact Hours: 30

Fashion Business

2.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT FB CF 310 | Open
Technical innovation and ethical concerns are forcing changes across all fashion industry market levels. These are both distinct drivers of change in their own right but are often thought of as mutually reliant because they work so successfully as mutual influencers. In this unit you will be introduced to the role of a garment technologist in the development of fashion products and how they work with the supply chain in collaboration with the design and buying teams. This course takes a fresh look at the traditional skills of garment technology by responding to the ethical and environmental concerns of the modern fashion industry. The complete production process will be studied starting with the sketch and progressing from material selection and sampling through to getting the right fit and quality before manufacture. In addition, you will be introduced to the concept of an ethical approach to manufacture at each stage of production. This covers traceability and environmental considerations, as well as workers™ rights. Using industry case studies you will gain an insight into current fashion business models and also learn about new technology and innovations that are set to influence the fashion industry in the future. This course is complimentary to the Buying & Product Development option, deepening your understanding of fashion product manufacture from a technical perspective.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT FB CF 315 | Open
The fashion industry is intensely dynamic, competition is increasing and the consumer has become all powerful, more discerning, more difficult to understand and please. These are challenging yet exciting times! Changes in attitudes and shopping behaviour have led to a shopping democracy where selective extravagance is "normal" as consumers combine mainstream and designer products more readily. Differentiation, variety and increased value are key to success, as is the speed of product development. From concept to consumer within 3 weeks is becoming the norm. During this unit you will examine the complexities of marketing fashion in the 21st century, enabling you to understand and identify a range of relevant marketing strategies. The theory of marketing will be explained and you will gain practical insight on how to apply marketing to your fashion practice, whether you are studying design or merchandising. You will be introduced to key concepts and acquire knowledge of commonly applied marketing techniques such as:
Marketing strategy - Segmentation, targeting and positioning
Customer identification
Competitor analysis
Product development and sourcing
Range planning and pricing
Fashion promotion and marketing communication
Effective presentation of marketing research
The aim is to provide you with the opportunity to investigate the fashion market so that you understand the implication of marketing upon the fashion design process. You will be encouraged to identify and clarify the market level, consumer segment, commercial potential of design and techniques for marketing communication. You will be required to work in teams and expected to carry out extensive additional independent research as part of this unit.
Materials: Notebook and pen.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT FB CF 320 | Open
This unit is aimed at would be fashion entrepreneurs from around the globe, this unit is for you if you dream of starting a fashion design business outside of the UK and want an overview of the preparation and planning involved. It will enable you to develop, plan and cost a balanced and realistic product offer, ready for launch.
You will cover the following:
What is an entrepreneur
An overview of the current global fashion climate from high street through to luxury brands
Understanding the fashion year plan within an international context
Developing your product range and the process of designing and sampling a collection through to production
Sourcing fabrics & working with manufacturers domestically and overseas
Methods of selling your collection to domestic and international stores looking at trade exhibitions, agents, distributors
Marketing & promoting your label to domestic and global markets
Suitable business structures for starting a fashion label and the practical aspects of running a fashion business
Advantages and disadvantages of being your own boss
The structure of your business plan
The financials including costing and pricing for wholesale and retail, understanding profit and loss and cash flow for a fashion business.
Materials: Notebook, pen, and file for handouts.
Contact Hours: 45
4.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT FB CF 325 | Open
A multi-faceted, exciting course from which you will gain both proficiency and understanding in product development and fashion buying. you will be introduced to the major roles and responsibilities within the product development team (PDT) including the buyer, merchandiser, garment technologist and designer. You will be taught how to trend forecast and for the first assignment you will have the opportunity to create your own trend boards. You will learn about merchandise planning, strategy, marketing, costing and sourcing. For your second assignment you will construct a balanced product offer using a range-plan as if you were working in industry for a british retailer. The course will finish with an overview of the changing face of retailing and fashion futures. This is an excellent course for students wishing to enter the fashion business.
Materials: Notebook and pen.
Contact Hours: 60
2.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT FB CF 330 | Open
Have you ever wondered what goes in to creating shop window displays or would like to discover who puts the magic into visual display? This unit provides an overview of visual merchandising within a fashion retail context. You will learn how to successfully conduct a visual store audit and understand the nature of visual best practice within a fashion retail environment. As well as studying a variety of presentation techniques, you will examine the art of space planning and store layouts. We will explore the advantages of visual merchandising in terms of both commercial and marketing strategies, show in depth case studies considering the importance of display, visual communication and how this supports visual brand identity in-store. This is not a display course - it covers relevant theoretical concepts, retail design and contemporary practices, taught informally through lectures, discussion, site visits and practical exercises.
Materials: Notebook and pen.
Contact Hours: 30
2.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT FB CF 335 | Open
How does one learn to predict the future? How is it possible? Is it possible..? How do designers come up with similar ideas? This is a hands on, creative, interactive unit and will immerse you in the mechanics of this fascinating field. You will look at how fashion trends begin and how they then evolve to influence a wide range of fashion product areas. You will be guided to appreciate the importance of market intelligence - trade fairs, magazines, trend agencies, observe social and cultural influences and develop your fashion 'instinct' and intuition. You will be exposed to a variety of forecasting publications and media, as well as participate in a range of lectures and workshops. On this unit, you will be required to gather, research and evaluate external information.
Materials: Notebook and pen, scissors, glue stick, camera (essential) and some basic art and display materials, visual information and magazines (to be advised by the tutor).
Contact Hours: 30

Fashion Media & Communication

6.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT FM CF 310 | Open
This unit is for those who are serious about this subject and want to know more about becoming a photographer or working with a fashion photographer in the future. You will acquire the ability and knowledge of to use modern technology creatively and learn how to master the skills every photographer needs to have. In this image led society, you will realise the true potential of this form of media as a vital tool of communication. Whether your chosen areas are in fashion, beauty, advertising, magazines, or if having a fully informed understanding is an integral part of your future career, this unit will help you to understand how to create a successful photograph / image. You will examine in detail, the relationship between theoretical and realistically achievable goals. Fashion photography is highly fluid; managing this in an accomplished manner is not easy. You will implement a pragmatic approach to this organic subject to achieve results. There will be classroom work, but also an opportunity to experience practical, hands on photographic setup and shoot. You will work in teams, and as each other subjects. You will also work with models and on a photo shoot, which may be published on the London College of Fashion website, if your work is selected.
You will cover:
What to shoot? Film or digital
The technology needed for digital photography
Understanding and working with camera settings
Available light
Working with lighting
Movement, and when it is acceptable
Recognizing and fixing technical errors in a photograph
Image creation, the importance hair, make-up and styling
Live photography and how to be in control
Working with apps
Understanding the photographers role on a shoot
Materials: Notebook & pen for note taking. Your own digital camera and card reader to download images from camera, a flash/pen drive or portable hard drive.
Contact Hours: 90
3.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT FM CF 315 | Open
The role of a style journalist is never quite what it seems and always more than you expect. Most people presume the fashion media to be shallow airheads, sitting at catwalk shows, pens poised, chattering on about dresses and hemlines. Think again. Throughout the unit, you will be taught and mentored by someone who is fully immersed in the field, an industry professional currently writing and editing fashion and lifestyle content for a number of high profile publications. Come and spend some time living in her world. Here you will learn a number of important principles, including how to generate ideas, compile news stories, write trend reports and come up with questions and conduct successful interviews. You will also explore the vocabulary and language of fashion; learn how to critically analyse designer collections and interpret the fashion photography for both editorial and advertising. More importantly you will see how style journalism crosses boundaries, effectively uniting areas of art and social culture under one umbrella banner. You may be interested in fashion, but that doesn't prevent you writing about art, photography, architecture, music or design. This course will help you respond to the way we live now - a contemporary look at journalism for the stylish and style-hungry. Please note that this unit is not suitable for students whose first language is not English.
Learning outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit the student will be able to:
Have a good understanding of magazine/digital media markets and be able to identify the position of individual publications within that market.
Understand the need for good subject knowledge, topical ideas for stories and have the ability to research material for features. Good writing is only as good as its subject matter.
Create and supply written and visual material for a relevant market.
Have an awareness of creative and visual opportunities and have the ability to communicate and articulate ideas clearly.
Materials: Students will need to provide: laptop (if available), notebook and pen for note taking. A camera (on a phone is fine) will also help on projects.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT FM CF 320 | Open
Each element of a styled fashion photograph plays a vital role in the bigger picture of getting the marketing message right. Fashion makeup is a deeply creative aspect of this, allowing enormous scope for personal expression whilst requiring skill to illustrate the overarching idea. In this unit you will examine the role of the makeup artist in fashion editorial and explore creative ways of exploiting the medium to create your own signature approaches. Gaining an awareness of the synergy between makeup and other styling disciplines and understanding the importance of a joined up vision to create a cohesive look are key to this unit. Through a combination of lectures, demonstrations and practical workshops you will learn about the history of makeup in a fashion marketing context, examine the importance of makeup as a communicator of both trend and creative vision, and learn about the skills the makeup artists requires to contribute to common goals in a well balanced styling team. The focus on using makeup as part of a narrative will extend to you being taught practical techniques and processes to allow you to create unique looks, either working to a stylist's brief or expressing your own self generated ideas.
Contact Hours: 30
4.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT FM CF 325 | Open
Pre-requisite: Pre-course assignment required. Information provided after enrollment.
Motion imagery is encroaching into the territory of the still image. Increasingly we are seeing videos being used to succinctly convey visual information, trends, moods and whimsy. Technology is pushing the boundaries and revealing new creative genres all the time and those interested in art direction, experimental image creation and online fashion media will benefit from this unit. This unit is aimed at anyone interested in producing moving fashion imagery, a fashion film. You will be introduced to HDSLR (high definition digital single lens reflex) cameras being used in the industry, lighting techniques for the moving image as well as professional video editing techniques, using Adobe Premier. You will cover all aspects of creating a fashion story, from conceptualisation, storyboarding, moodboards, research and pre-production, shot lists for (production) shoot days, editing, grading and colour treatments, outputting (mastering) and uploading on to the web. Location sessions in class time and extra curricular location shoots will culminate in students creating a 2-3 minute fashion film. The unit will inspire and inform interested minds. You will learn how to use the main tools of modern movie-making as well as gain rudimentary skills using digital camera technology and computer editing programs. It will tap into your creativity and nurture freedom of expression to produce an end product with high production values. In order to achieve a high quality, professional outcome you will need to work on your project out of class time. If you elect to take this class need to evidence a strong interest in this field as well as the confidence to learn how to use video editing software on a computer platform. Therefore we require that you to carry out a pre-task before we can offer you one of the 10 places on the unit.
Contact Hours: 60
3.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT FM CF 330 | Open
It would seem that everyone wants to be a Creative Director. It is one of the most desirable among contemporary fashion opportunities, and certainly used far too liberally as a job description. Creative Direction involves an intuitive creativity heightened by industry knowledge and sound cross-disciplinary cultural awareness. It is a skill that brings together concept, design, content and strategy to make an aesthetic statement with which to most effectively communicate an idea. Exercised well, it is a powerful role in the realisation of artistic vision used across the fashion industry to drive marketing strategies. In this unit you will explore the methods of communicating ideas, curating and editing concepts in order to reach target audiences and convey relevant and complex messages. This course offers insight into the growing role of Creative Direction as a communication tool for fashion media and fashion business. Researching and analysing contemporary fashion/lifestyle media campaigns and creative projects is key to this unit. Through seminars, discussions and workshops you will have the opportunity to gain a clear understanding of relevant fashion industry working methods, target audience expectations and business goals whilst being pushed towards identifying your strengths and realising your personal vision. This course is recommended to students interested in working in journalism, design, publishing, branding, advertising, curating, creative agencies and general fashion and lifestyle media related projects.
Contact Hours: 45

Fashion Product Design

2.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT FD CF 305 | Open
In a highly competitive market anyone running their own fashion business cannot rely on creative flair alone. Business acumen and market knowledge are vital components to commercial success. When balanced correctly these do not merely support design process but inform, direct and justify it. In this unit you will learn about the preparation and planning required to launch a fashion label and build a sustainable business. Through lectures, discussions and workshops you will cover all the elements of developing, planning and costing a balanced and realistic product offer ready for launch. Practical aspects of running a fashion business covered will include learning about suitable business structures for starting a fashion label, advantages and disadvantages of being your own boss, the necessity for a business plan, and understanding cash flow as well as profit and loss. Gaining an awareness of the processes required to develop your product range, from designing and sampling a collection to production, is key to this unit. Topics covered will include sourcing fabrics, working with domestic and overseas manufacturers, and the potential of new manufacturing technologies. From a promotional perspective you will examine methods of selling your collection to domestic and international markets, the role of trade exhibitions and agents, and working with distributors. This unit is suitable for design students looking to start their own fashion label.
Contact Hours: 30
3.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT FD CF 310 | Open
Designing for men is no longer the restricted and neglected fashion genre it once was. As men learn to embrace fashion the industry both satisfies and builds demand through ever increasing choice. But with plenty of work still to be done in shifting if not stimulating male consumer habit, there continues to be a pioneering spirit to menswear design. In this unit you will explore your creative potential, stimulate your imagination and encourage experimentation to develop a personal approach to designing fashion products for men. Gaining a comprehensive overview of the evolution of the menswear market and understanding what drives and differentiates this aspect of the fashion industry today are key elements in this unit. Informed by this foundation knowledge you will learn how to research, develop and communicate your own design concepts to create innovative and relevant products. Your instinctive responses to research will be important. Design development will include looking at the principles and elements of menswear clothing and product design to discover the many ways you might interpret research and approaches. You will develop creative skills by experimenting with media and composition to achieve impactful content. A design research trip, a sketching practice trip plus various assignments will help you discover different ways of using inspiration for the development of original ideas for clothing, accessories, print design and lifestyle objects for the male consumer. Work and research is discussed on a one to one basis throughout the course. You will present finished work to your peers throughout the course. The unit is suitable for beginners. If you are interested in Menswear Design we suggest you consider taking Footwear Design, Shoemaking, Fashion Styling, Creative Visual Communication, Fashion Drawing, Fashion Speed sketching, Start a Fashion Label. Suitable for students with drawing skills.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT FD CF 320 | Open
This creative unit explores alternative design methods to produce striking / extreme shoes for the catwalk, and then ways to commercially translate these ideas into a wearable shoe proposal. In various exercises students will learn what a shoe is and then explore what a shoe can be. The course combines an experimental and innovative attitude to shoe design, whilst also exploring the traditional essentials.
The course will cover:
The elements of a shoe
Basic footwear drawing
Creative footwear drawing
Foot analysis, foot anatomy & measuring the foot
Sketching / speed designing
Rendering techniques
Technical drawing for footwear
How to put together a concept, colour and materials boards
Consumer / market research
How to design a collection
Range building
Working with inspiration, design conceptualization, through design development
This is a design course and does not involve footwear construction.
Sketchbook/layout pad, tracing pad, drawing materials, masking tape, camera and mounting boards (to be advised by the tutor). Notebook and pen.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT FD CF 325 | Open
In this intensive unit you will go through all the processes to make a basic court shoe on a specified last (the classic JOYCE last). This is a ‘making’ unit, designed for students to understand the processes involved in constructing a basic shoe. You will draft a pattern, cut it out of leather and complete a single perfect shoe. You will gain an understanding of what’s involved in making a technically accurate and sound pattern as well as understand hand construction methods. You will have the opportunity to use specialised machinery and equipment in our professional Cordwainers workshops, based at Golden Lane.
The course includes:
Selecting a suitable material to work with.
Acquiring a basic understanding of leather, its characteristics and how to lay patterns and cut/click correctly.
Creating a pattern to cut leather uppers and linings in the clicking room.
Assembling cut uppers and stitch these together (Closing) in the closing room.
Adding surface treatments and decoration (if there is time)
Preparing components for the lasting process (making) of the closed uppers on the last.
Lasting the upper using traditional as well as hand making techniques and specialist machinery.
Completing the process, in attaching final components
Choosing from a range of existing heels and components that are suitable for your last.
Fully realising and constructing a product based on your original pattern.
Note book and pen, folder for assembling materials, pen with HB lead, eraser, small scissors and a camera to phtotgraph all stages of the process. All other specialist equipment will be provided as well as some basic leathers. If students wish to use any fancy, specialist or exotic skins, they will need to provide them - with guidance from the tutor. Do not buy in advance.
Contact Hours: 45
4.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT FD CF 330 | Open
Pre-requisite: Sewing skills required. Suitable for complete beginners as well as a refresher for those with existing draping skills.
Draping on the stand (often called modelling) is an innovative and very creative method of pattern making, used by pattern makers and designers, particularly in couture. Patterns are created using a three dimensional approach of draping fabric onto a garment stand. This method helps designers to quickly see the evolution and visual effect of a specific style. Calico or muslin is manipulated on the stand until the design is perfected to the designers satisfaction. The shape in fabric is then transferred onto paper to obtain a pattern. The unit is based on creative approaches and you will work with guidance, in order to interpret and realise your unique ideas in a three dimensional form, within your individual capability. The fundamentals of draping will be introduced and practised in this unit, you will then have the opportunity to develop your own draping project, modelling your own design based on skills and techniques learnt. There is a strong research element to the unit. In addition to practical experimentation, you will produce a research of inspirational imagery and material. You will be encouraged to photograph each stage of the draping process to help you evaluate your work. This unit is particularly suitable for students who have struggled with pattern cutting methods.
Dressmakers carbon, masking tape, pins, paper scissors, fabric scissors, tracing wheel, metric tape measure, sewing needles, thread, set square (tutor will advise), pencils, eraser and notebook. Advice will be given on stockists and specialist suppliers at the start of the unit. A kit suitable for this class will be provided.
Contact Hours: 60
3.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT FD CF 340 | Open
Millinery (using the traditional term) is having a revival, it is not just about the is about the feeling that comes with it. As fashion becomes more commercial, we look for the unique and the extraordinary. This unit is an introduction to making techniques which will provide you with an opportunity to acquire core skills as well as expand and explore the usual perception of head wear. The art of millinery is manipulation of form, balance, proportion, line and structure. Head wear is wearable sculpture, it can be a single feather, a patent bow, a piece of twisted plastic or even cuddly toys on an alice band. Hat making itself is steaming, twisting, cutting curling and sculpting fabrics, it is about making all these crucial elements work together. You will develop your passion for experimentation and finding creative solutions to design problems in order to bring to life your extraordinary three dimensional ideas. Throughout the unit, you will cover: Blocking techniques, the fundamentals and anatomy of hat making, creation and construction, hand and industrial sewing techniques, decorative techniques. You will produce two pieces of headwear, one traditional and one fantastical. To stimulate inspiration and your design process, you will work with a selection of visual and cultural imagery/reference material from a variety of sources, which will also help to develop research skills.
A basic sewing kit comprising of: fine dressmakers pins, hand sewing needles size 7 / 8 / 9, a pair of multipurpose scissors, tape measure (metric AND imperial), tailors chalk pencil (any colour), a thimble, a scalpel & blades, a sketchbook, pencil, an eraser, thread, petersham ribbons (tutor will advise).
Students will be provided with: A quantity of sinamay & a small quantity of other basic millinery materials.
Contact Hours: 45
4.0 Credits
Elective Courses | Course #: FT FD CF 350 | Open
Pre-requisite: Sewing skills required.
The corset epitomizes fashion's relationship between the visible and the invisible. In this unit you will have the chance to construct the ultimate foundation garment. You will create and fit a Victorian corset, to fit yourself. You will learn appropriate construction methods, using boning, binding, a busk and eyelets. On completion, through lacing you will understand how this garment may change body shape. You will be encouraged to record the making process in a technical file. You'll need to have good sewing skills and it would be helpful if you have access to a sewing machine between classes.
A corsetry pack containing a busk, boning, lacing and fabric will be provided. A camera is required, to record the construction process.
Sewing equipment: Fabric shears, paper shears, small scissors, yellow pencil, tape measure, black fine tip pen, needles: betweens™ mixed pack, crewe mixed pack, sharps™ mixed pack. Long dressmakers pins, tailors chalk/chalk pencil. Basic drawing equipment: Pens and coloured pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, A4 spiral bound book. A4 binder and plastic pockets for patterns.
Contact Hours: 60

Portfolio Requirements – Fashion Product Design Semester Only
5 pieces of your best work. This can be elements from your sketchbook, final presentation sheets, photography of things you have made. These images should be a selection of work which represents your skills and ability.

Courses & Registration
Students complete course registration during the SAI application process by selecting their elective course choices to be taken alongside 6 credits of mandatory courses. Final schedules with course days and times are provided at academic orientation.

Pre-Departure Calendar
June 1 2017
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
May 1 2017
50% of Total Program Fee Due*
*Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the date of acceptance.
June 15 2017
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for an SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
July 1 2017
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until student loan disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
July 1 2017
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
August 1 2017
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
August 25 2017
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into any London airport, most common: Heathrow (LHR) or Gatwick (LGW). Airport pick-up is provided between 10am and 6pm. Apartment check-in begins at 2pm.
August 26 2017
SAI Orientation & Welcome Dinner
Mandatory SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture. Following orientation, students are welcomed with a great meal!
August 28 – 31 2017
Academic Orientation
Mandatory 4 day academic orientation and events.
September 4 2017
Classes Begin
Coming soon
Fall Break (no classes) & Paris Trip
The 5 day study trip to Paris takes place during this time and students are assigned to one of 5 date options at orientation. No classes meet during the two week break.
December 1 2017
Classes End
December 2 2017
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to pursue independent travel or return home between terms.
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom; limited supply.
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.

*prices are subject to change

Please note: students from some affiliate universities have different payment arrangements that may require students to pay different deposits to SAI and some fees directly to the affiliate university instead of SAI. Please contact your study abroad office or the SAI business department for further details.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from London
$900 $1,200
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$300 / term $500 / term
Includes groceries and eating out.
$500 / month $800 / month
Personal Expenses $250 / month $350 / month
Transportation within London
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$100 / month $250 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI Signature Services Program; it includes our full services!

  • Program tuition and U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Cell phone rental with free incoming calls and texts while in host country
  • Staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • Orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI weekend excursion
  • 5 day trip to Paris
  • Frequent cultural activities and day trips
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid and loan processing
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI offers activities, at no extra cost, for students to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.

Welcome Event
Students are welcomed to their new city over a delicious dinner to mingle and get to know each other.

London Walking Tour
Students visit the Western part of the city accompanied by one of the finest local guides. The tour covers major sights such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square, but also takes students through quaint back streets to experience the true spirit of London.

Pub History Tour
Through old alleyways and amongst other famous sights of the city, students explore 2,000 years of London’s best pubs and inns, tabernas, alehouses and coaching inns frequented by famous poets and writers such as Oscar Wilde and Charles Dickens.

An Evening in London’s West End
London’s West End is the world’s premier home of English language theatre—a fact that even the most avid Broadway addict will (quietly and begrudgingly) admit. Students get to enjoy a top rated West End musical or play to experience what all the hype is about.

Weekend Trip to Bath, Somerset and Stonehenge
Students enjoy a weekend trip that begins in Bath with a traditional English pub lunch, followed by guided tours of the Fashion Museum and the Roman Baths. Students also take a whirlwind tour of some of the most famous historical sites in Wiltshire, including Lacock village, Castle Combe, the Avebury Stone Circles, and of course, Stonehenge.

Thanksgiving Dinner
Students spend an evening together with a traditional American Thanksgiving Dinner at one of London’s top American restaurants. The evening provides delicious food and great company, for a little home comfort.

Farewell Event
Students celebrate the end of a great term and say their goodbyes over a pint!

Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedroom available). Apartments are within a 30 minute walk/tube ride of all London campuses. Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless internet. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

Alternate Housing: Independent
Students seeking independent housing can do so, for a reduction in the SAI program fee. Please contact SAI for details.

Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from the UK.

Student Visas
European Union citizens attending any SAI London school for an academic term do not require a student visa. United States citizens attending any London school for one academic term (6 months or less) do not require a student visa prior to arrival. All others should check with the British Embassy to determine if a visa is required and the process for obtaining one.

Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students requiring a visa; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.

About SAI

SAI Programs is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.