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We invite you to spend your summer with API in England at the prestigious London College of Fashion. This exciting program offers you the opportunity to enroll in cutting edge fashion classes at LCF, ranked one of the top 10 institutions worldwide for fashion and known globally as a creative leader in the field. Enroll alongside students from across the world in a range of specifically tailored, professional, career-oriented courses in fashion (business and design) and footwear design.

Enhance your portfolio and your resume, earn valuable academic credit towards your degree, and see why London is consistently ranked the best city for university students and is always among the most visited locations in the world!

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Housing

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Suitable for beginning-level students
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Program of study statement
  • FOOTWEAR SUMMER SCHOOL: 5 drawings of shoes (these can be in any medium and should represent your drawing ability)
  • FASHION DESIGN SUMMER SCHOOL: Must have drawing/sketching ability
  • Entry requirements: valid passport and supporting documents (more information provided post-acceptance)
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer Jun 1, 2023 - Jul 29, 2023 $14,900 Apr 1, 2023 No Extension Apr 15, 2023

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. This API program includes an international excursion to Paris included within the program fee! In addition, students will participate in two of the three listed API London excursions. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API London programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • British Seaside

    This excursion is designed for students to escape the heat of London by visiting the British Seaside. Depending on the weather, activities could include water sports like surfing or kayaking or a traditional lunch of fish and chips. Students will also have some free time to explore the coastline, sun themselves on the beach, play games on the pier, or go shopping in town.

  • A Historic Royal Palace

    Explore one of the many historic royal palaces in and around London! These palaces show the extravagant wealth of the previous and current royal families of England and hold collections of art, furniture and jewels that are truly priceless. The buildings themselves are also marvels of architecture and show how each palace was adapted and redesigned for each monarch.

  • Caps, Cobblestones, and Cathedrals

    Fancy yourself a scholar? Join us for an excursion to either Oxford or Cambridge, two of the most popular university towns in the UK. For over 800 years, both Oxford and Cambridge have been home to universities that bear their names. Each place hosts popular activities like punting down the river, touring the beautiful campuses, and taking in historic sites. Walk in the footsteps of some of the world's most famous alumni like Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking, Rosamund Franklin, Riz Ahmed, Emma Thompson, Zadie Smith, Philip Pullman, and many more!

  • Paris Fashion & Culture Trip

    All summer programs at LCF include a trip to Paris! After starting with a boat trip, students explore this capital of culture, art, style, and inspiration through participation in a variety of carefully planned activities, walks and visits. Students visit a selection of museums, galleries, food markets, flea markets, designer boutiques, department stores, typical shopping districts as well as major sights, including: le Tour Eiffel, L’Arc de Triomphe, Sainte Chapelle, Louvre, Montmartre, Notre Dame, Musee d’Orsay, Le Marais, Champs Elysees and any major fashion/textiles exhibitions.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12 credits per semester

London College of Fashion has an international reputation as one of the most creative and forward-thinking educational establishments in the world, as a result of their unique relationship with the fashion, lifestyle and beauty industries. LCF offers the chance to study a range of specifically tailored, professional, career-oriented courses in fashion and footwear design. This program is carefully designed to ensure a balance of theory and skills-based learning, underpinned by valuable historical and cultural study. Students also benefit from experiencing the stimulating cultural resources of London and its fashion industry.

PARIS FASHION & CULTURE TRIP

All summer programs at LCF include a trip to Paris! After starting with a boat trip, students explore this capital of culture, art, style, and inspiration through participation in a variety of carefully planned activities, walks, and visits. Students visit a selection of museums, galleries, food markets, flea markets, designer boutiques, department stores, typical shopping districts as well as major sights, including: le Tour Eiffel, L’Arc de Triomphe, Sainte Chapelle, Louvre, Montmartre, Notre Dame, Musee d’Orsay, Le Marais, Champs Elysees and any major fashion/textiles exhibitions.

TRANSCRIPTS

Students receive an official transcript from the University of the Arts London (in conjunction with the London College of Fashion) upon completion of the program. Students are assessed on the basis of assignment work.

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    Stephanni Greenan

    Stephanni Greenan will be your Program Coordinator and will help you prepare to go abroad!

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    Sally Wippman

    Sally will be your on-site Resident Director and will be a resource for you while you are in England!
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    Vanessa Alves

    Vanessa will be an on-site London Student Services Coordinator and will be a resource for you while you are in England!

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COURSE OFFERINGS

Students who choose to study abroad in London will select a “course of study” from London College of Fashion, including Introduction to Fashion Business Summer School, Introduction to Fashion Design Summer School, and Footwear Design Summer School. The courses are open to students at all levels of experience and are designed to provide an intense, technical and creative approach to the subject matter and offer a curriculum of practical activity to enhance the learning process.

Each course of study has pre-set courses, listed below. All courses are mandatory within the chosen course of study.

Footwear Design Summer School (course descriptions in section below):

- Footwear Design (6 credits)

- Footwear Making (3 credits)

- Introduction to Rapid Prototyping and RHINO for Footwear (3 credits)

Introduction to Fashion Business Summer School (course descriptions in section below):

- Fashion Business and Product Development (3 credits

- Contemporary Culture and Fashion Studies (2 credits)

- Fashion Entrepreneurship and Marketing (3 credits)

- Fashion Media (1 credit)

- Styling (2 credits)

- Visuals for Fashion (1 credit)

Introduction to Fashion Design Summer School (course descriptions in section below):

- Fashion Business and Product Development (2 credits)

- Contemporary Culture and Fashion Studies (2 credits)

- Collection and Portfolio (3 credits)

- 3D Design and Experimentation (2 credits)

- Styling (2 credits)

- Visuals for Fashion (1 credit)

Students can expect to earn 12 semester credits through participation in one of the summer schools. The Fashion Business and Fashion Design programs are comprised of 6 units (courses) + the Paris Field Trip; the Footwear Design program is comprised of 3 units + the Paris Field Trip. Each unit (course) is worth two, three or six study abroad credits. A 2 credit unit receives 20 hours of instruction (contact time) within a session, and 10 non-class hours (self-directed study/homework) are expected in addition to this. A six-credit unit will receive 60 hours of instruction (contact time) within a session, and 30 non-class hours (self-directed study/homework) are expected in addition to this.

Teaching is not conducted in a traditional U.S. lecture-based setting; however, students receive guidance from faculty and help in identifying the resources needed to reach course goals. Courses are delivered in a variety of ways including individual and group tutorials, projects, seminars, lectures, and museum, gallery and studio visits. Some courses may require evening and/or Saturday work. This may cause students to miss certain API cultural events/excursions. Contact the API office for further information. All courses are taught in English. Course selection may vary, and no course is guaranteed. Note that there are prerequisites associated with certain courses. Some courses require additional fees for labs, equipment, etc. These fees are not included in the program cost.

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

Introduction to Fashion Design: 5 pieces of your best work. One of these needs to be a photograph of something you have made, the others needs to be drawings, sketches or illustrations. These images should be a selection of work which represents your skills and ability.

CREDIT INFORMATION

The colleges that make up the University of the Arts, London - or UAL - (including London College of Fashion) have offered recommendations for converting its alpha grades to American grades. Students who have enrolled full-time receive 40 credits at UAL each term. API recommends a conversion of 3 U.S. semester credits for every 10 UAL credit hours (e.g., a course representing 20 UAL credits would be awarded 6 US credits on the API translation).

Courses at London College of Fashion (Summer)

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Highlights
  • International excursion to Paris!
  • One of Europe's top art schoolsUAL is ranked #6 in Art and Design - QS World rankings
  • LCF ranked #6 for undergrad/post-grad courses in Fashion - QS World rankings
  • LCF placed 2nd in Global Graduate Fashion Business Courses
  • 62% of the 'British Designers of the Year' are UAL alumni

London is a large city, so all students can expect to use public transportation (i.e. tube or bus) to move around the city on a daily basis, both getting to school and for social/cultural activities. It is a part of life in London. Generally, it will take students 20-45 minutes to get to school from their housing via public transportation or walking. All housing will be located in Zones 1 and 2 on the tube map.

Students will be housed in student apartments. Most apartments have several single rooms with a shared living room and kitchen. Some have en suite bathrooms in each bedroom while others have shared bathrooms. The kitchens are equipped with ovens, stoves, microwaves, and refrigerators. Wireless Internet is provided in all flats.

We may place students in a few different student apartment buildings depending on where they are taking classes. We will prioritize having students share an apartment with other API students, but it is possible that API students would share an apartment with non-API students.