Doing a degree in 2 years was hard work, but a great time-saver. Who wants to spend an extra year to get the same qualification when you need to get out there and work? We all graduated from Middlesex University at the end of the course & I was sad to leave the 'LCFS family'.
At the school, it was the teaching that was the best thing - they were brilliant. I felt that they really cared about my progress and always explained things and took the time to help me whenever i asked. If I struggled with an essay or some techinical thing, they were around to help out because there weren't hundreds of students waiting in front of you. the course was very practical and I've used all the skills i learnt in the job they put me forward for.
The price is high for EU students. If you qualify for fees being paid then there are cheaper places to go. As I understand it, if you are from outside the EU, it's the same price as any other college. Doing a degree costs a lot of money!
I loved my time there. It's a real nice small & friendly family vibe. Why go to a big college where nobody cares about you or knows who you are? I still go into visit LCFS whenever i'm in Islington just to say "Hi!".
I think LCFS was overall a very good school. I did 1 year professional diploma course in pattern-cutting & design. Very practical, very pattern-cuttingy etc. Not a lot of design/fashion shows/glitz but if you want to learn to do the practical stuff it seems to be the place to go. teaching was excellent. classes were small & friendly. I had a wicked time there & worked my a** off! No slacking, they drive you hard!! Particularly liked the industry bods who came down regularly to do critiques on our work. V.useful indeed.
Negatives? PCs, scanner etc were a bit on the old side. Didn't ruin things cos that wasn't my major focus but i hope they pick that side of things up a bit in the future.
All-in-all - totally reccommended. Learnt boat-loads & got sorted out with a job in the bargain.
I loved my time at London Centre for Fashion Studies. I got taught by the world renown Dr. Shoben, whose books & tools I've been using for years. I went from thinking i knew what i was doing to REALLY knowing what i was doing very quickly. By this i mean, it's very tempting for students to think they know it all if they know what's going on in the fashion world and can "talk the talk" if you know what i mean. At LCFS they really teach you the practical, hands-on stuff like pattern-cutting, sewing, draping as well as of course design etc. Bloody hard work! I got on very well with all of the teachers and they seemed to be able to explain things clearly. I did a 2 year Middlesex degree called "fashion product management" which was great that you could do it in 2 years.
Two smallish negatives: 1. because it's small, there is little in the way of an organised student life. 2. you don't get the grand, buzzy fashion shows of some of the other colleges. Other colleges seem to work towards a big show but this one doesn't. Their reasoning was that you spend all your last term working on the show and not learning anything else, which for a practical soul like me was a good enough reason.
Well worth a look if you want to have a career in fashion.
When i studied at LCFS i soon realised that i had stumbled upon one of hidden gems in fashion education. When I arrived, I was greeted warmly and given a lot of individual time from the administration team. The college is small and feels homely but the best thing about it was we spent over 19 hours a week with a teacher. My friends who went to St Martins and London College of Fashion tell me they struggle to reach that in a whole month. I learned so much in such a short space of time. They fixed me up with work experience and all the skills i required for a career in the industry. It's a private college so of course you have to pay, but i feel that this was money well spent, I couldn't sing its praises high enough. If you can afford it, I heartily reccommend it!
You would think that it would be too good to be true to be able to finish your fashion degree in just two years. Youre probably right. London Centre of Fashion Studies do offer a two year programme which saves a lot of time unless you would like to put up with the lack of equipments and facilities in the college. There are only six rooms in the college and students pay 10500 GBP a year. There is only twelve sewing machines and students would fight over it all the time.I am sure some can deal with that but having to put up with theconstant bad language especially sexually expilicit words and REQUESTS made it intolerable for people from a good background like me.
Worst, my emails were monitored and the owner also a teacher of the college read my mails everyday and would shamelessly hint me that he had access to my email. I couldnt be bothered so I didnt changed my password after I left but found out yesterday that some of my mails sent to me by a new college I am applying to were deleted.
There is no accomodation and the college would just give you a list of hostels. No arrangement was done between the college and the hostels. The hostels were always occupied, expensive and shared rooms.