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I’ve applied to both Westminster for fashion design and LCF for the fashion design and development course and have an offer from Westminster. I’ve been waiting on UAL for 4+ months and still haven’t heard a single thing.

Is UAL really worth the hype? I’m thinking of just firming Westminster and withdrawing my offer at the point. I’m due to miss out on Westminster accom otherwise but I know UAL is really high in the ranks so I’m not sure what to do?
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UAL - yes, its worth the hype. So wait until you hear from them before making any decisions.

Its a specialist University - it has the best facilities, teaching, focus etc for that course, and the best connections for graduate careers. Westminster is best known for business courses and you'll just be another Westminster graduate from 'another course' and without the obvious plus of UAL.
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I’ve heard from a lot of people that UAL often don’t have enough studio space for all students and lecture theatres are always cramped and course leaders can be quite rude and careless? I know Westminster have quite a lot of good connections as well with lfw, study abroad and placement but I guess they don’t have as much alumni as UAL. I’ve also heard that Westminster are much more technical based whereas ual are more about design, do you know if that’s true?
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'Heard'. From who - someone who is a current student, and doing the same course as you intend to, or some third-hand Twitter comment from a disgruntled student at an entirely different college and course at UAL? Be very careful about social media 'rumours' and 'I've heard' about any University - its often totally rubbish.
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From current students ^
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(Original post by rachelahon)
I’ve applied to both Westminster for fashion design and LCF for the fashion design and development course and have an offer from Westminster. I’ve been waiting on UAL for 4+ months and still haven’t heard a single thing.
Is UAL really worth the hype? I’m thinking of just firming Westminster and withdrawing my offer at the point. I’m due to miss out on Westminster accom otherwise but I know UAL is really high in the ranks so I’m not sure what to do?
Hi rachelahon,

Congratulations on your offer from Westminster! I am so sorry you haven’t heard from Ual yet and now found yourself in a tricky situation. Have you asked the university for an update? You can also reach out to the course leader and ask for an update on your application.

It is very important for you to go through the course curriculum for both the universities in detail and get a good understanding of what they will be offering. I know the rank and status of a university play a role in deciding which one to attend but don’t base your decision on just that. Read the course description to see which suits your style more, talk to alumni and current students from both places to get an understanding of the teaching pattern, see the work of alumni to know which you like more, attend a virtual open day to learn about all the facilities and perks both the universities offer.

Don’t let a good opportunity get by for the sake of ranking. I know how stressful this must be, the dilemma of deciding which to pick but do some more research and then take a call.

Both of the Universities are great and unique in their own ways so you will definitely have a lot to learn whichever one you decide to attend.

I hope I was able to help you a little in making that choice.
Good luck
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Thankyou Ananya thats really helpful x
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If it was csm defo csm but lcf no… lots of my friends chose to reapply for csm rather than going to lcf.. ual is hyped yeah but only csm fashion has crazy reputation. (Doesnt mean other courses are not good but when it comes to reputation yes) lcf fashion i wouldnt recommend (opinion from friends who studied there)
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(Original post by letty9299)
If it was csm defo csm but lcf no… lots of my friends chose to reapply for csm rather than going to lcf.. ual is hyped yeah but only csm fashion has crazy reputation. (Doesnt mean other courses are not good but when it comes to reputation yes) lcf fashion i wouldnt recommend (opinion from friends who studied there)
Thanks I decided to firm Westminster a few days ago! That’s very interesting to hear tho... the whole process has had me disappointed it didn’t feel like they wanted to have me whereas with Westminster it did. I feel like I’ve definitely made the right decision now so thankyou!
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(Original post by rachelahon)
I’ve applied to both Westminster for fashion design and LCF for the fashion design and development course and have an offer from Westminster. I’ve been waiting on UAL for 4+ months and still haven’t heard a single thing.

Is UAL really worth the hype? I’m thinking of just firming Westminster and withdrawing my offer at the point. I’m due to miss out on Westminster accom otherwise but I know UAL is really high in the ranks so I’m not sure what to do?
Hi there!

Congratulations on your offer from the University of Westminster. We would love to have you join us in September!
This is a very competitive and popular course and the University prides itself on delivering an exceptional Fashion Design experience for students where we specialise in enabling you to become a highly original and individual creative designer, capable of working at the highest levels of the international fashion industry. So it is great that you have applied with us.
The course is based at our Harrow campus in North West London which has outstanding design facilities. You’ll have a dedicated studio equipped with industrial sewing machines, pattern-cutting tables and mannequins.


You will also be provided with unique opportunities such as working at the London Fashion Week. We were the first undergraduate course in the world to show a selection of our students on the official London Fashion Week schedule. In addition, we can help connect you with industries to support your career and future aspirations. Our previous Fashion Design BA graduates have gained employment at companies including Versace, Rick Owens, Celine, Loewe, Alexander McQueen, Maison Margiela, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Carven, Tom Ford, Gucci, Versace, Ferragamo, Kenzo, H&M, Preen, MaxMara, Anya Hindmarch, Burberry, J.W. Anderson, Norse Projects, Acne, Jacquemus, Paul Smith and adidas.

As well as working in senior positions all over the world in many fashion roles and include such well-known brands or alternatively, have also gone on to study at PhD level and to further academic research. Others have set up their own business or successfully taken over a family run business.

Best Wishes,

James
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(Original post by rachelahon)
Thanks I decided to firm Westminster a few days ago! That’s very interesting to hear tho... the whole process has had me disappointed it didn’t feel like they wanted to have me whereas with Westminster it did. I feel like I’ve definitely made the right decision now so thankyou!
that is great to hear! xx
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Hey I also start fashion design this year! Sent you a PM
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Westminster accepts less than 9% of applicants and is often considered to be in the top 3 fashion courses worldwide - it’s the only undergraduate degree that shows at London Fashion Week (csm is No.1 and accepts about 5%), LCF accepts over 20% of applicants and is listed between 5th and 20th worldwide-depending on the criteria. LCF isn’t a bad course, but Westminster is significantly better, it’s run by an ex Course leader for CSM fashion, with the same industry contacts and is much more competitive.
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Westminster accepts less than 9% of applicants and is often considered to be in the top 3 fashion courses worldwide - it’s the only undergraduate degree that shows at London Fashion Week (csm is No.1 and accepts about 5%), LCF accepts over 20% of applicants and is listed between 5th and 20th worldwide-depending on the criteria. LCF isn’t a bad course, but Westminster is significantly better, it’s run by an ex Course leader for CSM fashion, with the same industry contacts and is much more competitive.
Interesting information! Can I ask you where did you get the source? X
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Hey I have applied to university of westminster for BA fashion design course. I'm a bit unsure about the next procedure. Do they conduct interviews for this course and when will I get to know if my application is accepted or rejected?
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I would choose Westminster over UCF because UCF is way too popular. I prefer to have a smaller sized class. That's why I had chosen Epsom's UCA over LCF / Westminster.

It is down to personal preference.
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