If you are serious about a career in Fashion. Studying fashion at degree level will offer you the balance of academic knowledge, practical skills and technique. In many cases, a degree in fashion will involve industry projects. These will give you the valuable hands on experience that you need.
We spoke to Lucy Fine, Senior Lecturer on the Fashion Communication and Styling BA at Middlesex University. She gave us the low down on everything, from what to expect at interview, to career prospects and the future opportunities for graduates in the industry…
” We have a strong alumni network employed in some of the most exciting areas of the Fashion industry in London, Paris, Milan and New York.”
Q1: All interviewers who are looking to study fashion will expect to see a portfolio as part of the application process. What advice can you give our students about making sure that their portfolios are up to scratch?
Read and re-read the portfolio requirements. Do not be afraid to add independent work to your portfolio. Especially if your current course is broader than the specialism you are now applying for. Independent work demonstrates passion and determination.
Q2: What are the typical questions that are likely to come up at interview. What do you need to hear from our students to be sure that the course is right for them?
We always ask questions about where prospective fashion students look for inspiration. Being able to fuel your imagination is a key requirement when studying fashion. We would expect a student interested in our course to be able to name some contemporary fashion image-makers, photographers and stylists. We would also ask – what are your favourite fashion publications?
Q3: Do you offer the option to study a fashion degree at foundation level for those students that don’t quite make the grade for the degree course?
Yes. We successfully launched a fashion specific foundation course two years ago. This provides a great platform to study fashion all three of our BA Fashion pathways. Fashion Design, Fashion Textiles and Fashion Communication & Styling. This is a great option for students that are not quite ready for the degree course. It gives them the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills over a twelve month period.
Q4: Can you tell us about the different types of learning experiences students can expect to be involved in whilst studying towards their fashion degree?
Our course provides a really interesting mix of individual, collaborative and live industry projects. We have technical support from industry specialists. These specialists lead digital, film and graphic workshops. Ensuring all skills are industry relevant and up to date in terms of new developments. As part of the year 2 curriculum students take part in a 6-week internship within the industry. There is also the option to do a yearlong internship, which can really elevate employability.
Q5: What sort of career prospects can your graduates expect once they have completed their fashion degree?
We have a strong alumni network employed in some of the most exciting areas of the Fashion industry. In London, Paris, Milan and New York. Amongst our students who have studied fashion with us, we have established photographers, filmmakers, stylists, casting directors and art directors. Some of our students also choose to continue their education and specialise even further by studying for a post graduate qualification. The options really are endless!
Many thanks Lucy for your great advice. If you are looking to study fashion and want to know more please contact one of our advisors now.