I constantly get asked about the London College of Fashion courses in Dubai being a graduate from the London College of Fashion with an Access diploma and a BA Bachelors Honors, My answer was always… “I have no idea, because you can’t compare it to the actual university.” Being a person that loves to learn, and don’t believe the fact that you should stop after university – I decided to take a Styling course, “Fashion Media Styling” from LCF here in Dubai in Feb 2014 taught by Celebrity stylist and LCF professor, Lucy Clements. The course consisted of the basics of Styling – from editorial to runways etc. and how to turn a concept into a reality.
Fashion is on everyone’s minds and interests, but by taking a course you can see if Fashion as a business is really for you. London College of Fashion is a fashion institution that teach a range of things from BA (hons) degrees, diploma courses to short courses.
Why would one take it? This by no means counts as a Bachelors or a diploma, but perfect for women who want to take it pre University to get an idea of what aspect of Fashion they enjoy, or during University to add to the skills they’re currently learning or post University to discover new talents, or use it for your next career move/step.
The courses: The vast range – short, intensive and you can take any depending on the courses. I like the fact that they’re short and intensive – which means women from the Middle East can fly out to Dubai for a 4-5 days to take it. This is the second time they’ve come down to host their courses in Dubai for Women that can’t fly out to do the courses, or people based on this side of the world. This time, they’ve gone for 13 courses running at the same time – with everything from Fashion Marketing, styling, Social & Digital, to Visual Merchandising. Look out for the full list of courses below…
What MY course consisted of:
-Basics of Styling and the different kind of ways Styling is used.
-Decoding visuals, shows and styles.
-Mood boards, conceptual boards and call sheets.
Cost: They range up from £750 to over £1000.
Where do they take place? Dubai. The exact locations are mentioned on the website – The one I took which was Fashion Media Styling was based at the Chic, Vida Hotel in Downtown Dubai. XXX
Pre Course Preparation: This is where I had a bit of an issue. The course co-ordinator that would email me with details never responded back to emails (which were questions that weren’t answered within those emails). As a Student, that is super frustrating.
Refreshments: You get a break mid course where there are water, soft drinks and coffee as well as cakes, cookies and mini sandwiches.
• Fashion business start-up consultancy
• Fashion buying & merchandising 1
• Fashion communication
• Fashion design 1
• Fashion fabrics for designers
• Fashion marketing
• Principles of fashion styling 1
• Principles of fashion styling 2
• Social and digital media for fashion
• Starting your own fashion label
• Styling the image
• Visual merchandising 1
• Visual merchandising 2
Final Notes: Personally, if you’ve never studied Fashion before academically, have an interest and want to take it to the next level but don’t have the time to go to Fashion School, this is definitely for you. The courses don’t come cheap, but if this isn’t a problem for you – dabbling with a few courses (2-3) to find out which aspect you enjoy the most, that would be a smart choice.