London College of Fashion, University of the Arts Summer Program
- Required GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
- Length of program: 8 weeks, mid-June to mid-August
- Application deadlines: March 15
- Program advisor: Emily Koehler
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We’re so excited that you’re considering an IFSA-Butler program for your summer abroad and have chosen the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts as your destination. London is a vibrant, international city with a wonderfully diverse population. We’re sure you’re going to love studying there!
There are a few specific forms for this program that you will need to complete along with your IFSA-Butler application. You can find the forms under the Forms tab.
What London College of Fashion, University of the Arts has to offer
- Prestige as Europe’s largest university for art, design, fashion, communications and the performing arts
- Internationally renowned and the only college in the U.K. to specialize in fashion education, research and consultancy
- Close working relationship with the fashion, style and beauty industries of the U.K.
- Location near the fashion districts of Soho, Bond Street, Covent Garden, St. Christopher’s Place, South Molton Street, Hoxton, Brick Lane and Knightbridge
- Students live in IFSA-Butler-owned housing in central London
- Shared study-bedrooms
- Housing is self-catering with fully equipped kitchens for students to use
- Students take the Tube or a bus to and from class
- Take six courses for a total of 12 U.S. semester credit hours
- Courses are designed around studio based/practical workshops and lectures/seminars
- Program includes a five-day trip to Paris, which includes visits to museums, galleries, churches, food markets, flea markets, designer boutiques, department stores, typical shopping districts and the major sights
We look forward to working with you!
What is the course structure like?
Summer courses at LCF can be divided into two types of activity: studio based/practical workshops and lecture/seminar courses.
Studio/practical workshops combine theory and practice. Students should be prepared to encounter a new approach to learning in these sessions. You will be encouraged to experiment creatively and produce assignment work that is appropriate to your level and knowledge of the subject area. Within the lecture/seminar courses, self-directed assignments or essays may be set, some of which will be supported by feedback sessions or tutorials.
Will I have classes with local students?
Although IFSA-Butler is committed to providing integrated programs, summer courses abroad are often geared toward study abroad students only. Please be aware that your contact with local students may be limited, as you will likely study and live with U.S. and other international students. However, all courses are taught by regular LCF faculty.
What courses am I eligible to take?
All London College of Fashion Summer students take a set course load. Upon acceptance, you will automatically be enrolled in the following courses:
1) Product Development in the U.K.
You will gain an understanding of the processes and roles involved in product development from concept to production, including research for range planning and briefing, garment specification packs, pattern development, lay-planning, costing and garment manufacturing. Common stitch and seam types used in garment manufacturing will be covered, with comparisons between low and high specification garments. You will analyze textiles to enable you to recognize fabrics and relate their characteristics to particular products and expected performance. Color development and modern dyeing and finishing techniques for garments and fabrics will be examined. Quality assurance procedures, and the setting and monitoring of development timescales will also be covered in this unit.
2) Fashion Marketing in the U.K.
You will investigate how the European fashion industry learns to manage change, highlighting the factors required to ensure the success of any operation. You will gain an overview of the industry, enabling you to identify and integrate the various functions of fashion marketing. You will analyze the roles of market research, customer identification, product development, product sourcing, marketing communication, sales, products, pricing strategy, store location, store layout and design, store operations and customer service.
3) Fashion Styling
In addition to the study of style tribe, trends and current designer collections, you will gain insight into the many different roles of today’s stylist and the different opportunities on offer, including fashion editorial, show/catwalk, music industry and pop promo. You will work towards the creation of a styled image. This will include working within teams in a fully equipped photographic studio to create your own fashion image. Students will need to provide a notebook, camera and CDRs.
4) The Design Process
This course will trace the entire design process from initial spark of inspiration and birth of an idea, through design development, culminating in products as “objects of desire” for today’s fickle consumer. Through practical workshops you will investigate sources of inspiration, sketching and development of design ideas and create concept, color and fabric boards. You will consider the validity of your product range through the analysis of customer profiles, market research and shop research. You will then design a range of products for your target customer, culminating in a range board (working drawings) and final design presentation sheets. Students will be shown how to produce accurate, detailed flat garment drawings and introduced to speed drawing techniques. Students will need to provide sketchbooks, A5 and A4 layout pads, drawing materials, camera and boards.
5) Fashion Forecasting
You will look at how fashion trends evolve and how the past, present and future influence the progress and evolution of fashion products. What is the job of a “cool scout?” What is a “futurista?” You will investigate media (in all its forms), trend predictions, the role of trade fairs, and consider the influences of society, culture and the economy on the creation of style. Students will need to provide notebook and pen, paper scissors, glue, fashion magazines, camera, and some basic art and display materials.
6) Historical and Contemporary Fashion Research Studies
Fashion is continually changing. This element will focus on how these changes occur by examining the great variety of influences on fashion: social events, technological innovations, architecture, the arts, mass media and individual designers. You will examine these influences by participating in a series of escorted visits to carefully selected key exhibitions in museums and art galleries in London. This course underpins the entire program.
Do I need to bring any specific materials from home?
Yes. We suggest you purchase the following items before you leave the U.S.:
- A SLR (single-lens reflex) camera (digital or 35mm film)
- A memory stick or CDRs
Other course materials, such as notebooks and pencils, can be purchased in the U.K. You will be given a list of other required materials on the first day of classes. LCF recommends students budget about $100 to purchase materials.
What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.
Students may only enroll in the six courses offered for this program. See the Courses subtab for more information.
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. All students will take six London College of Fashion courses for a total of 12 U.S. credits.
What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full London College of Fashion course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A–F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your courses with your academic advisor at your home institution for approval.
What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive in London. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for the London College of Fashion. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting an academic record query or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at the London College of Fashion. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.
What are my housing options?
IFSA-Butler London College of Fashion students’ accommodation is located in the headquarters of our London office at 21 Pembridge Gardens. It is in the Bayswater area of London, just west of Kensington Gardens.
The residence consists of quad, triple, double, and single room accommodation. There are limited single rooms, which cost an additional fee.
All students are provided with blankets, pillows and a bed cover. However, students must bring their own sheets, pillowcases and towels. Student sooms are furnished with a desk and chair, light, bed, wardrobe and shelves. Each room is also equipped with a sink. Students have access to coed showers and toilets on four floors of the facility.
There is also a communal lounge area with a television. Although there are no laundry facilities, the resident advisors will suggest to students where the nearest laundry facility is located.
Meals are self-catered and students share a kitchen. Refrigerators, ovens, microwave, utensils, cookware and staples such as bread and milk are provided.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for the cost of your meals (whether a meal plan or self-catered) and any commuting costs you may incur.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
No. Summer students are not required to pay a housing deposit.
Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you’ve made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing May 1 for summer programs. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after this date.
Location InfoLiving and Studying in London, England
Population: 9 million
Location: Southeast England
- One of the most cosmopolitan, hip cities in the world, with an atmosphere of excitement and sophistication
- A major global city with remarkable cultural, historic, artistic, political and intellectual offerings
- Home to many universities scattered throughout different neighborhoods, each with its own atmosphere and attractions
- A diverse population with more than 300 languages spoken within the city
- One of the world's leading business and financial centers
- Use London's excellent transportation links to explore continental Europe
- Take advantage of Britain's extensive rail system to visit other areas of the U.K.
- Take a break from the constant bustle of London and experience the beautiful and historic regions of England
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Dates & Fees
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Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program ends.”
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed.
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What's included in our summer program fees
Payment Due: May 15
Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for the entire program fee, which includes tuition, services and housing. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.
The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
To apply to the London College of Fashion summer program, use our easy online application.
Applicants to the London College of Fashion summer program must complete an additional form as part of the application process:
- Housing Preference Form
- One page personal statement describing your reasons for applying to the London College of Fashion summer program, your expectations and goals beyond the program, and how participating in the program will help you fulfill these ambitions.
We must receive this form before we can send your application to the London College of Fashion for an admissions decision. It can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail. Please submit this with the remainder of your program application.
If you have already started an application to the London College of Fashion summer program, you can track which forms IFSA-Butler has received by logging into the student portal.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in London:
Assistant Director for Health and Wellness Emily Koehler assists with the application process for London bound students and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Emily can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4258. Emily has been with the Institute for Study Abroad for the past nine years. After her own semester abroad in Madrid, Spain, Emily was inspired to work with students to make their study abroad dreams come true. Emily also holds a Masters degree in Counseling and is a certified Holistic Health Coach and Myers Briggs Counselor. In her role as Assistant Director for Health and Wellness, she works closely with students with special needs during the pre-departure phase, and collaborates with our resident offices during emergencies once students are overseas.
Student Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident directors. Click here to read more about Resident Directors Lynne Alvarez and Andrew Williams.
Upon return from your study abroad program, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs Rhonda Hinkle processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record queries. Rhonda completed her undergraduate coursework at the University of Evansville and received her master's degree from Bowling Green State University. Currently she is working on her Doctorate in Adult, Community and Higher Education at Ball State University. For Rhonda, study abroad not only increased her awareness of the world around her but also ignited her passion for travel and education. Rhonda can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4259.