Today SMAPSE exprets want to talk about the direction of the fashion industry in the UK, namely to present 2 universities that stand out for their level not only in the UK, but all over the world.
Let's start with the university Westminster for a number of reasons. First, the university is located in the center of one of the largest cities in the world, the financial and fashionable capital of Great Britain - London. The Fashion Department of the University of Westminster is ranked among the TOP-10 fashion schools in the world by Fashionista magazine (2018). The university boasts that 100% of graduates are employed within 6 months, which is the highest rank. Recent fashion graduates are London Fashion Week designer Claire Barrow, Ashley Williams, Christopher Bailey, Burberry Chief Creative Officer; Katie Hillier, Hillier Bartley Creative Director and many others. Graduates of the last 3 years have been working in the following companies: Versus, Celine, Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford, Erdem, Gucci, Versace, H&M, Preen, Burberry, JW Anderson, Acne, Jacquemus, Paul Smith, MaxMara, Harrods, and Adidas.
SMAPSE expets would like to note the level of the teaching staff. Professor Andrew Groves was chief design assistant to Alexander McQueen prior to starting his academic career (until 1990). Later he worked with other designers and also released collections under his own brand. Some of Andrew's work is on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum at the National Collection of Textiles and Fashion, as well as at the Fashion Museum in Bath. He was among those who combined the Fashion Design BA Honors schedule with an international fashion calendar to allow students to showcase their work at fashion shows in London. In 2016, he developed the Menswear MA program, the world's first two-year course in menswear, and already in June 2018, graduates presented their collection at London Fashion Week Mens. In May 2019, graduates of the Fashion Design BA presented their collections and final works for the first time at the Paris showroom. Companies that came to appreciate the alumni's work included: Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Balmain, Calvin Klein, Christian Louboutin, Citizen K, Dior, FENTY, Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld, Kenzo, Lanvin, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Tommy Hilfiger, Vogue , Woolmark, and Y Project. Students could hear feedback on their work from world-class experts.
Fashion Marketing and Promotion
Tuition fees (2 Foundation semesters) are 16,480 £ with a progression in Fashion Design / Fashion Marketing and Promotion and 17,420 £ in Fashion Business Management.
The university believes that it is necessary to learn only from the best - the guest lecturers were Giles Deacon, Christopher Raeburn and the world-renowned Japanese expert in cutting Shingo Sato. Recent speakers include Creative Director of Graduate Fashion Week, Martyn Roberts, fashion journalist Hilary Alexander OBE and former editor of British Vogue, Alexandra Shulman.
Students do joint projects with companies such as Oasis, Boohoo, Mulberry, ASOS, River Island and Burberry, which is displayed in their CV and is a plus for further employment.
It is important for many students to learn from the experience and trends of other countries, so there is an opportunity for such students to apply for an exchange program at one of the partner institutions, including the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and many others. The university also makes educational trips - one of the most frequent at Paris Fashion Week. In addition, in the last year, students have been showing their work at the Degree Show in Nottingham, where representatives of fashion houses come. As a result, many are nominated for participation in Graduate Fashion Week in London. By the way, students often become winners there: in 2018 Georgia Lyne won the Tessuti Sports and Leisurewear Award, in 2017 Amy Vanderwal won the TU Menswear Scholarship Award, Caroline Booth won the 1st place in the Fashion Marketing Award.
The university offers progression in such areas as:
- BA (Hons) Fashion Design
- BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Branding
- MA Luxury Fashion Brand Management
- BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles
- BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion
- MA Fashion Communication
- BA Fashion Management
- MA Fashion Marketing
- MA International Fashion Management