Fashion Your Future in a Classroom ; If Design Is Your Passion and You Want to Develop Your Skills or Turn a Hobby into a Potential Career, the London College of Fashion Could Well Have a New Year Course to Suit You, Writes Sarah Richardson
Richardson, Sarah, The Evening Standard (London, England)
[broken bar] F you are seeking a chance to fashion your future in the New Year, then the London College of Fashion (LCF) could be for you. With its impressive alumni including Jimmy Choo and Linda (LK) Bennett, the college's rich heritage and responsiveness to changes in design practice have positioned it as a leading global provider of fashion education, research and consultancy.
According to senior business manager Linda Roberts, New Year dates for evening, weekend and short courses are increasingly popular.
"[They attract] students looking to pursue a career in fashion or those who resolve over the festive period that they want to up- skill and improve their knowledge," she says. "This year we're offering over 100 different courses with New Year start dates, and new courses for 2012 include bridal make-up and hairstyling, social media for fashion and introduction to fashion PR (for 16-18-year- olds).
She adds: "Our students choose LCF because we're the largest provider of specialist fashion short courses in the world. Many of our short-courses tutors work in industry, or also teach on our undergraduate or postgraduate courses. That's how we make sure our students are kept up to speed with the latest industry methods and best working practises."
When Andrew Gonsalves signed up for the fashion journalism 1 course at LCF all he knew was he wanted to turn his passion for writing into something more, but hadn't a clue how to.
"Yet over nine shorts weeks I managed to develop the foundations of a new career doing something I love," he says.
"The course did exactly what it said on the tin, and introduced me to the most important facets of fashion journalism, all of those things that you don't think about when you're contemplating a career as a journalist but are as important as your ability to write."
The course is taught by Paul Tierney, a successful freelance journalist with 20 years' experience who is a visiting lecturer at LCF.
Tierney is regularly commissioned by the world's leading newspaper and magazines including French Vogue, Vogue Hommes International, The Independent, Pop and i-D. "The fact that the course was run by an established journalist was invaluable as he didn't run the classes using any academic waffle," says Gonsalves. "He simply gave me the benefit of his experience and taught me the most important things I need to know.
"I don't see myself writing about fashion for the whole of my career but the classes taught me the essentials of journalism that apply whether I'm writing about pret-a-porter or Pret A Manger."
Aa well as an introduction to journalism The fashion journalism 1 course offers for the fashion industry, with some crossover into the beauty sector. The syllabus includes research, generating ideas, interview and profile writing, use of language, ideas for features, writing to a brief and writing for specific markets, compiling news stories and reporting fashion shows. …