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BA in Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation (Full Time)

University of the Arts London

Bachelor Degree , Product Design

Course Description

BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation is delivered with employment in the relevant industry in mind.  You will study a range of units that will equip you with the relevant professional, communication and business skills.  

What to expect 

  • Students may undertake live projects set by industry, including presentations to and from the companies involved.  

  • This course focuses on producing graduates who are encouraged to make an innovative and visionary contribution to footwear product development within the fashion industry.  

  • The Cordwainers and Leathersellers livery companies support the Cordwainers courses through prizes, scholarships and industrial visits. 

BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation is delivered with employment in the relevant industry in mind.  You will study a range of units that will equip you with the relevant professional, communication and business skills.   What to expect  Students may undertake live projects set by industry,...

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Course Content

In Stage 1 students are required to complete 120 credits at level 4 in order to progress to Stage 2.

  • Introduction to Footwear (20 credits)
  • Product Design and Technologies (40 credits)
  • Product Creativity (20 credits)
  • Better Lives (20 credits)
  • Fashion Cultures and Histories (20 credits)

In Stage 2 students are required to complete 120 credits of which a minimum of 100 must be at level 5.

  • Professional Practice (40 credits)
  • Cultural and Historical Studies Options (20 credits)
  • Creative Design (20 credits)
  • Industry Project (40 credits)

In Stage 3 students are required to complete 120 credits at level 6.

  • Concept Vision (40 credits)
  • Contextualising Your Practice (20 credits)
  • Concept Realisation (60 credits)

On successful completion of Stage 2 students are offered the option of a professional placement leading to an extra qualification; the Diploma in Professional Studies.

The Diploma in Professional Studies carries 120 credits, and constitutes an independent award. Credits achieved on the Diploma are not part of the final degree award.

This diploma is achieved through the optional 30-week industrial placement. It allows students the opportunity to experience the atmosphere, pace and discipline of working in the industry, through total involvement in the day-to-day activities of a company. It will build on the knowledge gathered through course work to practically demonstrate the roles and functions, and operations typical of the fashion industry and the student’s chosen specialism.

All students are entitled to a tutorial package that consists of:

  • one induction tutorial (group or one to one);
  • one tutorial per term for the duration for their course of study at LCF;
  • group tutorials as required;
  • an appropriate level of confidentiality.

In Stage 1 students are required to complete 120 credits at level 4 in order to progress to Stage 2. Introduction to Footwear (20 credits) Product Design and Technologies (40 credits) Product Creativity (20 credits) Better Lives (20 credits) Fashion Cultures and Histories (20 credits) In...

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Entry Requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

One or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications.

  • Two A Level Passes at Grade C or above (preferred subjects include English, Maths, Art, Design, Textiles and Science);
  • Pass Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects Art & Design);
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • Access Diploma or 64 new UCAS tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma
  • 64 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 160 old UCAS tariff points) from a combination of the above qualifications or an equivalent full Level 3 qualification
  • or equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications such as International Baccalaureate Diploma;
  • and three GCSE passes at grade A*-C or grade 9-4.

Entry to this course will also be determined by assessment of your portfolio.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning)

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • OR a combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language Requirements

IELTS level 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are: One or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications. Two A Level Passes at Grade C or above (preferred subjects include English, Maths, Art, Design, Textiles and Science); Pass Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma...

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Assessment Methods

The following assessment methods methods are employed to support the integrated achievement of the course outcomes:

  • Blogs
  • Essays, reports and ?dissertation
  • Final show examination
  • Mid-year reviews
  • Peer assessment
  • Portfolio of work
  • Presentation
  • Student self-evaluation
  • Tutorials

The following assessment methods methods are employed to support the integrated achievement of the course outcomes: Blogs Essays, reports and ?dissertation Final show examination Mid-year reviews Peer assessment Portfolio of work Presentation Student...

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Additional Information

Autumn term:

Monday 14 September - Friday 4 December 2020

Spring term:

Monday 4 January - Friday 12 March 2021

Summer term:

Monday 12 April - Friday 18 June 2021

Autumn term:

Monday 14 September - Friday 4 December 2020

Spring term:

Monday 4 January - Friday 12 March 2021

Summer term:

Monday 12 April - Friday 18 June 2021