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hi ! so I'm applying this year for a foundation year for either fashion//art and design as I only did sciences for A-levels and last minute changed my mind.
Not many people around me are doing something creative so I'm quite stuck on application

Besides CSM what are other good courses for fashion design ?
Ultimately I want to got to CSM for undergraduate but I heard the foundation course is a bit unstructured ? so im looking for other alternative options as well
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Hi ssun,

A foundation course is the right step if you're going to pursue fashion and apply to CSM, however even for Foundation you will need to have a strong portfolio of work which may be challenging if you've not selected any creative subjects at A Level. You may want to look for some extra curricular courses that will help you develop a your work over the next few months.

For UAL's Foundation courses - one at CSM and one at Camberwell, the deadline is at the end of January so you will need to have your portfolio ready soon after that. If you apply to UAL for foundation you can only choose one and the CSM one has a 'fashion textiles' specialism. Camberwell also covers Textiles within its programme. Of course there are lots of other good foundation courses all across the UK with many students successfully applying to UAL from them.

I'd also suggest you look at London College of Fashion (LCF) - they are also one of the top fashion schools in the world and part of UAL. For any design/hands on courses you would need to have a foundation course, however LCF also offers study options in areas like Fashion Business which normally doesn't require a portfolio.

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Sian
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Hi ssun,

A foundation course is the right step if you're going to pursue fashion and apply to CSM, however even for Foundation you will need to have a strong portfolio of work which may be challenging if you've not selected any creative subjects at A Level. You may want to look for some extra curricular courses that will help you develop a your work over the next few months.

For UAL's Foundation courses - one at CSM and one at Camberwell, the deadline is at the end of January so you will need to have your portfolio ready soon after that. If you apply to UAL for foundation you can only choose one and the CSM one has a 'fashion textiles' specialism. Camberwell also covers Textiles within its programme. Of course there are lots of other good foundation courses all across the UK with many students successfully applying to UAL from them.

I'd also suggest you look at London College of Fashion (LCF) - they are also one of the top fashion schools in the world and part of UAL. For any design/hands on courses you would need to have a foundation course, however LCF also offers study options in areas like Fashion Business which normally doesn't require a portfolio.

Best wishes,
Sian
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hi Sian,

thank you so much for your reply!
I have a question about application, on the course page there isn't an application form to apply as it states "the course is closed to all applications for October 2020 entry" does this mean the form for 2021 application has not been put out yet, if so do you know when it might be?
Also can you apply to both the diagnostic art and design course as well as the specialist fashion and textiles course, or do I have to chose only one to apply to?

sorry for the excessive amount of questions, I've tried asking these questions through the website but I don't think my questions went through, is there an admissions email or number that prospective students can use for enquires ?


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hi Sian,

thank you so much for your reply!
I have a question about application, on the course page there isn't an application form to apply as it states "the course is closed to all applications for October 2020 entry" does this mean the form for 2021 application has not been put out yet, if so do you know when it might be?
Also can you apply to both the diagnostic art and design course as well as the specialist fashion and textiles course, or do I have to chose only one to apply to?

sorry for the excessive amount of questions, I've tried asking these questions through the website but I don't think my questions went through, is there an admissions email or number that prospective students can use for enquires ?


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Hi ssun,

Yes the applications for foundation starting in 2021 are not open yet. I do not know the exact date but recommend you keep checking the website for further updates. As Sian has said the deadline is in January so applications will open at least a month before that.

You can either apply for diagnostic or specialist. However if you applied for specialist but the tutor judging your portfolio thought you'd be best on diagnostic they may give you a place on that instead, if the specialist pathway you chose was super competitive that year or if they thought you may be better suited in another pathway.

I personally studied my foundation at CSM before progressing onto my BA there so if you have any more specific student experience based questions, please do not hesitate to ask and I'll try my best to answer them.

All the best,

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Hi ssun,

Yes the applications for foundation starting in 2021 are not open yet. I do not know the exact date but recommend you keep checking the website for further updates. As Sian has said the deadline is in January so applications will open at least a month before that.

You can either apply for diagnostic or specialist. However if you applied for specialist but the tutor judging your portfolio thought you'd be best on diagnostic they may give you a place on that instead, if the specialist pathway you chose was super competitive that year or if they thought you may be better suited in another pathway.

I personally studied my foundation at CSM before progressing onto my BA there so if you have any more specific student experience based questions, please do not hesitate to ask and I'll try my best to answer them.

All the best,

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Hi Tegan!

Thank you so much for your response !!
I'm thinking of applying for the diagnostic course at the moment and I was wondering what a typical day to day is like is for the student, are their lectures and workshops every week ? And are you taught anything or is it mostly just guidance as I heard CSM does very independent study.
also I'm just curious as to how your overall experience was at csm ?

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Hi Tegan!

Thank you so much for your response !!
I'm thinking of applying for the diagnostic course at the moment and I was wondering what a typical day to day is like is for the student, are their lectures and workshops every week ? And are you taught anything or is it mostly just guidance as I heard CSM does very independent study.
also I'm just curious as to how your overall experience was at csm ?

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Hey Sunita,

No worries, I hope it was of some help.

The first part of the diagnostic process is pretty full on as you try out each discipline in quite a short space of time. If it runs in the way it did when I was on foundation we were in 3 days a week and were set lots of short project briefs to keep us busy. You get taught lots of different skills such as screen printing and are given lots of time to experiment. Although only in for 3 taught days a week many people chose to go in the other days of the week either to the foundation studios or the library to get all the work done.

When you then specialize in your discipline it is a bit more independent with longer projects which you are left to complete on your own or with your peers. Compared to school/college they expect you to be very self motivated and driven on the CSM foundation. This may feel a little but of a challenge at the time but is great preparation for studying a BA.

Good luck with your application!

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