BA (Hons) Fashion Photography will teach you the technical skills of photography and allow you to fashion otlet park indjija explore a range of imagery for commercial and editorial use.
You will have the opportunity to take part in industry collaborations, and recent projects have been with River Island, Elizabeth Arden, CPL Aromas (makers of fragrances for Agent Provocateur and Jo Malone), Proctor and Gamble, Unilever, the V&A and English National Ballet, and the Richard Young Gallery.
You will also experience location and studio shooting, using the excellent photography studios and darkrooms within the College, and you will explore digital image production and manipulation. You will experience working in teams and building relationships with stylists, make-up artists, model agencies and art directors. You will be encouraged to develop your own authentic take on fashion photography, and by the end of the course will be fully equipped to enter the industry as a professional and original image maker. Graduates from this course are working successfully across a broad range of media, including fashion, style, music and advertising.
The academic year for this course is divided into Block 1 and Block 2.
Block 1 is of 15 otlet weeks’ duration from late September to February. In accordance with the University timetable, there will be a four week holiday in December.
Block 2 is also of 15 weeks’ duration from mid-February to the end of June with a four week holiday for Easter.
- Introduction to Fashion Photography
- Capturing Fashion
- Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies
- Better Lives
- Collaborative Practice: Fashion Spreads
- Fashion Interactions
- Cultural and Historical Studies
- Option: Situating Your Practice unit
- Fashion Image Futures
- Collaborative Experimental Practice
- Personal and Professional Project
Students on this course might be invited to participate in study trips. This may involve, for example, visits to key areas of capital cities, factories, stores and museums. Attendance on these trips is not compulsory but recommended. Details regarding timings and costs will be issued closer to the relevant trips.
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Introduction to Fashion Photography unit aims to introduce you to your course and its subject specialism as well as to effective learning and studentship at undergraduate level. It will orientate you to the practices and knowledge base needed to understand your discipline and help you to develop your skills for independent & collaborative learning, reflection and your own self-development. Students come from many diverse educational backgrounds and a part of this unit will enable to reflect on your own background and how that shapes the way you approach to your course.
This unit has three core purposes:
- To introduce you to your discipline in the context of study at a Higher Education level;
- To introduce you to learning skills and the requirements of effective studentship at undergraduate level;
- To orientate you within your course, the College and the University.
Emphasis is placed on the skills needed to locate, navigate and communicate information and ideas effectively and appropriately. You will be introduced to resources that support your studies. We will also discuss studentship, the importance of being an engaged and participatory member of the group and your own personal and professional development.
The Capturing Fashion unit will consider the fundamental practice of photography, and the ways in which it forms the foundation for fashion image practice. Consideration will be given to: genres, photographic visual codes/conventions, diversity, and associated key practitioners/movements in a global context. Students will be encouraged to explore and experiment with the construction of fashion imagery, incorporating ideological, conceptual, historical, ethical and technical aspects, and consideration of the crucial role that collaboration plays in fashion photography and fashion image practice. Reflection on the way in which unique and authentic visions are informed by the language of fashion images and their cultural contexts will help to support both research and practical outcomes.
Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies introduces the Cultural and Historical Studies approach to fashion and related areas. The unit provides a broad overview of the subject and introduces key concepts and ways of thinking that will form the basis of subsequent study. It will also inform decisions regarding the Cultural and Historical Studies unit that is chosen for future study.
London College of Fashion, UAL (LCF), is a leader in fashion design, media and business education. We have been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion. We encourage students to examine the past and challenge the present. To have inventive, assertive ideas that challenge social and political agendas. We give students the skills, opportunities – and above all, the freedom – to put those ideas into practice. By leading the way in fashion design, business, and the media, we influence culture, economics and our society.
This unit will provide you with a solid understanding of LCF’ core values and how they connect to your practice. As part of this unit you will explore diversity, social responsibility and sustainability, themes which you will then apply to a selected project. At this stage the emphasis is on how you apply your thinking across these important themes to your practice. Your thinking is more important than a finished piece of work at this point. Fashion can change lives. Through teaching, specialist research, and collaborative work, this unit will get you thinking differently. We want you to use fashion to examine the past, build a sustainable future and improve the way we live. That’s why we call this unit ‘Better Lives’.
Following on you will do the Collaborative Practice: Fashion Spreads unit which emphasises the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature inherent in contemporary fashion media practice. The editorial format will be the focus for this unit, as an opportunity to communicate specific contemporary narratives for fashion consumption that are: conceptualised, constructed, art directed, and resolved through collective enterprise and cooperation.
Collaborative practice will be required to conceive and construct fashion narratives in relation to the editorial format. You will explore the impact of fashion image in a print/online magazine context and how this is disseminated and received for a diverse audience and in a global context. Utilising teamwork to create contemporary fashion stories you will consider the overlapping roles and responsibilities of each specialism within Fashion Media practice.
To begin you will be able to study a Cultural and Historical Studies unit of your choice that will broaden or deepen your learning of areas relating to your interests in your chosen field. You will have the opportunity to participate in lectures, seminars and workshops with students from other courses within your School, and will read relevant academic texts and complete a formal academic essay for assessment.
Interaction within and across fashion and media is at the heart of this unit as well as introducing you to the notion of a real-life commission that will provide you with a forum to place your work in the public domain. The Fashion Interactions unit will provide you with an overview of the fashion photography industry so you can start identifying who your potential future clients might be and will invite you to consider where your fashion images might become visible by looking at contemporary brands, platforms and new and emerging technologies in the context of the fashion and photographic industries. The unit will introduce you to the relationship between photographic production, commissioning agencies and audiences and will assist you in preparing for professional practice and in extending your network of professional contacts.
Situating Your Practice unit
This unit will offer an opportunity to reflect on your developing practice, and consider how your work is situated with regards to contemporary fashion image making, and dissemination. The unit will offer you the opportunity to showcase your specialist creative practice, and curate, produce and display your innovative body of work within a specific context. The unit also offers the opportunity for collaborative practice and consideration of audience and context.
This unit aims to develop your professional skills within an industry environment. On your placement you will be able to experience the pace, atmosphere and discipline of working in the industry. This will give you practical experience of the roles, functions and operations within the industry. The unit requires a minimum of 60 work placement hours.
LCF Careers provide career guidance and one to one opportunities starting in your first year at LCF, to help you plan ahead and prepare for your work experience. You will be expected to engage and be proactive in securing your own work experience and one that is suitable to your own personal development, skills, course requirements and career aspirations. This means producing an updated CV and directly applying to companies for work experience using LCF CAREERS LIVE, LCF’s own job board, as well as other resources. You will also be expected to feedback on your work experience after your work experience.
This unit provides an opportunity to apply previous learning whilst studying your subject in a different institution. You will develop skills within your practice and gain credits for your current course whilst engaging with the academic culture of your host institution. The unit also demands a critical approach to the management of your own learning through reflection and planning. Please check with the Exchange and Mobility Officer for an up-to date list of partnerships for your programme. Students studying at a partner institution in Europe for a minimum period of three months (approx. 12 weeks) will be eligible for the Erasmus+ grant. We are unable to guarantee that every course will have an agreement with a partner host institution. As such, this unit is subject to availability. There will be a selection and application process for students who are interested in applying to take this unit of study.
The Fashion Image Futures unit will require you to consider your personal interest and approach to fashion image generation and dissemination producing content for contemporary fashion media sites. You will consider contemporary platforms and their appropriate processes to inform your individual direction for your creative and intellectual investigation. Reflection on previous work will help you to consider your practice and potential direction for your future in the fashion industry.
Collaboration and experimentation are essential aspects of the creative process especially with regards to the fashion image industry. The Collaborative Experimental Practice unit will offer you an opportunity to explore and expand the parameters of your work by engaging in collaborations that facilitate experimentation, creative thinking, practical testing and reflective problem solving. Creative outcomes and focused experimentation derived from this unit could inform the process that you explore and expand upon in your Personal and Professional Project next term.
Following on you will complete a major piece of written work for the Cultural and Historical Studies Dissertation unit. The overall aim of the dissertation is to provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your understanding of the critical and analytical perspectives developed within cultural and historical theory and your ability to apply those perspectives in a specific study. You will research a topic of your choice that has relevance to the discipline of cultural and historical studies. This may relate to your course discipline, and should elaborate knowledges developed in prior cultural and historical studies units. You will undertake a substantial piece of structured primary and secondary research that critically engages with cultural issues relating to fashion, the body, performance, or the media and communications industries and which reflects on the critical debates and concerns addressed in your course.
Personal and Professional Project
The Personal and Professional Project unit provides a framework to produce a substantial body of work to an advanced conceptual and technical level, in addition to an industry-ready portfolio.
Showing your work
All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCF and will last for up to 12 months after graduation. This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.
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Monday 16 September - Friday 6 December 2019
Monday 6 January - Friday 13 March 2020
Summer / Autumn term:
Monday 14 April - Friday 19 June 2020
Neil Drabble is the course leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Photography course at LCF. Critical thinking and active experimentation drive his practice, which encompasses a wide range of disciplines, strategies, and approaches, comprising photography, sculpture, painting, text, and curation. He has worked for numerous publications world-wide on portrait/fashion assignments, including: Vogue, Tatler, GQ, Elle, The Face, i-D, Arena, Harpers & Queen, The Sunday Telegraph, The Observer.
Neil’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and featured in, among others, galleries including: Tsinghua University Visual Art Centre, Beijing; Gooden Gallery, London; Stone Crop Gallery, USA; Form Content, London; and APT, London. His work is featured in several prominent collections including the V&A and the National Portrait Gallery. Neil’s first book, Tree Tops Tall, was published by SteidlMACK. In 2016 Neil Drabble successfully completed and MA in Academic Practice, and was the recipient of the prestigious SUARTS award for teaching excellence.
Itai Doron is the programme director for Fashion Media courses. He is an established photographer with particular interests in fashion, portraiture, social documentary, body politics, identity and queer theory. Working as a lens-based artist since graduation from Goldsmiths College of Art, Itai has twice received the UAL research project award to develop a body of work on immigration, combining social documentary with notions of fashion. Itai has a proven track record of public dissemination of visual and written work through exhibitions, publications, and academic research and was invited to deliver talks and lectures about his research at various international academic conferences. He has exhibited at the White Cube gallery in London, and participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the UK, Europe, Japan, Israel and the United States. He has authored a selection of photography books, including End Of Real in 2005, Yassin in 2009, Chokras’ Mahal (Boys' Palace) in 2011, and Fifteen Minutes With You in 2012.
Michiel Meewis is a Dutch photographer who is a lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fashion Photography course at LCF. As an alumnus of the London College of Fashion with a masters in Fashion Photography himself, Michiel was awarded the first place in the category ‘fashion’ by the International Photography Awards Competition. His photographic series have been featured on record covers and numerous publications including Wallpaper, Fucking Young! Magazine, Port and l’Officiel amongst others. Michiel’s practice as a photographer, mainly exploring the changing perception of masculinity within menswear fashion over time, has resulted in his work being exhibited nationally and internationally. He also works closely with companies such as Lacoste, Viktor & Rolf, Heineken, United Nude, Bikker Shoes, Bazar Coffee and Agi & Sam, developing and building relationships to support the student experience in every way. He obtained his BFT (Bachelor Film and Television) at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy with his exam film ‘About Roses’, which was nominated for a Student Oscar® by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the category of ‘Best Foreign Film’.
Joanna Piotrowska is a lecturer and since graduating from the Royal College of Art Joanna has participated in various exhibitions including: Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, Warsaw, (2016); Southard Reid, London, (2015), FROWST, Ethnographic Museum, Cracow, (2015), Project Space, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, (2014), Project Space, Hayward Gallery, London, (2014), Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London, (2013), Prada Foundation, Milan, (2016), Sadie Coles, London, (2016), Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, (2017). Joanna works commercially as a fashion/fine art photographer and is represented by Mini Title in London. Clients include: Dazed Magazine, Office Magazine, Modern China Weekly Magazine, Tank Magazine, REVUE amongst others. Joanna’s first book “Frowst” published by MACK Books, was awarded the Leica Prize, and nominated for Paul Huf Award at FOAM Museum in Amsterdam. In November 2016 Joanna was the recipient of the Reda Prize – an award sponsored by CAMERA – Italian Centre for Photography.
Lillian Wilkie is an artist, editor and publisher. She is founder of arts imprint Chateau International and co-director of Bound Art Book Fair. Lillian studied photography and fine art at the University of Westminster and Chelsea College of Art and Design, and lectures in contextual studies, research as practice, photographic sequences, editing and publishing. Her practice incorporates photography, video, performance, sound and publishing to explore the official and unofficial narratives bound to architecture, industry and the natural world. She has exhibited across the UK and Europe including at Tenderpixel, Bergen Kunsthall, &Model, Flat Time House, Jerwood Space, the Austrian Cultural Forum, Avalanche and [SPACE]. She has almost a decade of experience working on large scale productions related to arts and photography such as Frieze Art Fair, Art Basel, New York Art Book Fair and Los Angeles Art Book Fair, and has collaborated on major fashion image presentations through her previous role as Deputy Director of Claire de Rouen Books.
How to apply
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Careers and alumni
All of our undergraduate courses offer career development, so that you become a creative thinker, making effective contributions to your relevant sector of the fashion industry.
LCF offers students the opportunity to develop Personal and Professional Development (PPD) skills while studying through:
- An on-course work experience or placement year. Please note, this is not available on every course; please see the Course Details section for information about work placement opportunities.
- Access to to speaker programmes and events featuring alumni and industry.
- Access to careers activities, such as CV clinics and one-to-one advice sessions.
- Access to a graduate careers service
- Access to a live jobsboard for all years.
- Advice on setting up your own brand or company.
Graduates who wish to continue their education at postgraduate level can progress to suitable courses within the College, the University or elsewhere.
Many students become self-employed, working as freelance fashion photographers, or assisting established fashion photographers, or working in the broader fashion industry at studios, processing labs, model agencies, photographic agencies, magazines.
Alumni clients list includes Gucci, Maison Martin Margiela, Oswald Boateng, Miu Miu, Mulberry, Vice, Vogue, Dazed & Confused, i-D, King Kong, Dust, Le Monde, Harvey Nichols, Monsoon, GQ, Adidas, Nike, Paul Smith, Stella McCartney, Gap, A.P.C.
Alumini and current students assist various professional Fashion Photographers including: Mert & Marcus, Juergen Teller, Tyrone Lebon, Jamie Morgan.
Technical skills acquired on the course can facilitate the opportunity for employment opportunities in post-production roles: Photographic retoucher, Phase One/Capture One operative. The ability to professionally manage various post-production processes can offer a very lucrative avenue for employment, and broaden the scope for potential career paths within the fashion image industry.
LCF Careers provides a comprehensive career management service supporting our students to become informed and self-reliant individuals able to plan and manage their own careers.
Many of our alumni are now impressive, leading, industry figures. Find out about them and what the benefits of being an LCF alumni are.
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