University of the Arts London Summer: London College of Fashion
Europe’s largest university for art, design, fashion, and communications is a great choice for any aspiring artist. Choose an eight-week course of study in Fashion Business, Fashion Design, or Footwear Design, and you’ll work closely with faculty who are active designers and entrepreneurs in the fashion world, in the studio or in class.
Details at a Glance
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The London College of Fashion summer program includes a five-day trip to Paris, with visits to museums, galleries, churches, food markets, flea markets, designer boutiques, department stores, typical shopping districts, and the major sites.
Lab & Field Trip Fees
Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.
Course descriptions in the online course catalog include prerequisites and portfolio requirements that you must fulfill in order to apply to the course when applicable. You will be accepted to study in Year 1 or Year 2 of the course you have chosen, on the basis of your course background and experience. Students can take only one course of study in one subject, even if you have background and coursework in multiple areas.
- You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
- You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
- You must have completed at least one (1) year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.
Your application to this program will require one (1) academic letter of recommendation.
Not required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. A visa may be required if you are a citizen of another country.
Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.
- Windsor and Eton: Roughly half an hour by train from London, the beautiful Berkshire towns of Windsor and Eaton occupy opposite sides of the Thames. There’s no shortage of history here, with Windsor Castle—an imposing architectural study, built by Norman the Conqueror and now a residence for the British Royal family—and Eton College—a prestigious all-boys public school with a long list of famous alums.
- London’s Southbank Walk and Borough Market. Wander the River Thames then nosh on fish and chips, Thai curry, and more—there are hundreds of produce and street food stalls to choose from. Soak up some history as you refuel—food markets have stood here since the Middle Ages.
- Get to know the real London with Unseen Tours. No one knows London like the locals. Explore the East End’s Brick Lane—known for its street art and multicultural heritage—or the West End’s Covenant Garden—once orchard garden for Westminster Abbey, now home of theatre, opera, shopping, and food galore.
- Shakespeare’s Globe: In London’s Southbank, travel back to 1599 and explore what’s arguably the world’s most famous theatre. Along the way, learn about Shakespeare and the history of this legendary open-air structure.
- Buckingham Palace. On the bucket list for countless UK visitors, here’s your chance to see the majestic London home of British monarchs since Queen Victoria in 1837. (Look for the Royal Standard’s yellow, red and blue squares that signify the king is in residence.)
- Thames River Boat Cruise. Get a perspective on London you can’t find from land. See why England’s longest river has long been a vital link for trade and transport as you take in icons like Big Ben, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, the House of Parliament, and the London Eye, and more, depending on route.
- Independence Day BBQ. You may be in the UK, but you can still celebrate the fabulous U.S. Independence Day with a festive get-together and meal.
Housing and Meals
Students live in UAL residences or in centrally located flats (apartments) provided by IFSA. Options change each semester.
Take a look at Costume Store (a UAL residence named as a nod to its previous life as storage for the BBC costume collection) to see what your London home might be like:
- Location: North Acton in West London
- Commute: North Acton Tube station is across the street. The Tube ride to the College of Fashion site takes about 60 minutes. North Acton has easy connections to other UAL sites.
- Furnished flats: Designed for four to nine students, with single bedrooms, some with private bathrooms, some with shared bathrooms. Shared living space and kitchen with refrigerator, freezer, microwave, oven, and kettle. Sheets and towels not included.
- Meals: No meal plan. Students prepare or purchase meals.
- Additional details: Student art gallery. On-site laundry, coffee shop, and small supermarket. Receptionist on staff.
- Nearby: Shepherd’s Bush, BBC Television Centre, Wembley Stadium; easy access to all of London via Tube
Lightfoot Hall is typical of a central London housing option provided by IFSA:
- Location: Chelsea, an upscale area known for beautiful architecture, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and plentiful green space. Home of Chelsea Football.
- Commute: 30 minutes to most UAL locations; 60 minutes to UAL Camberwell; 30 minutes to IFSA Program Center in Mayfair
- Double rooms: Two students share one bedroom and one bathroom. Rooms include two single beds, desks, chairs, wardrobes, and TV. Bed linens are provided. Take advantage of fully equipped kitchens and comfortable, shared spaces for studying and socializing. (Students might be placed in single bedrooms, which incurs an additional fee.)
- Meals: No meal plan. Students purchase meals or prepare food in shared kitchens.
- Other details: Unlimited WiFi, staff and security on site 24/7. Laundry facilities on-site.
- Nearby: The Natural History Museum, King’s Road shopping, the Victoria & Albert Musuem, Battersea Park, Kensington Palace, the River Thames, and more.