Anonymous asked: Could you go into more detail about the course you are doing? How long is it, what experience have you had before applying, how did this help you, what did you wear to the interview and what was asked at the interview, what does your portfolio include? I know I'm asking a lot but I'm really interested in going and a students POV is always the best. Any tips for applying as well would be great, thank you beautiful.
hello! The course I’m doing is a foundation degree and lasts two years, it then has the option of a top up year in fashion photography bringing the full qualification to a BA. LCF even has the option of a fourth year for a MA. I think this is a really good way to study fashion. Seeing as most students don’t know how successful they’ll be in a year or so time they have no obligation to complete the full four years, so if they already have a successful portfolio at the end of the FdA they could finish their education. Personally I want to continue to the full BA but I’m also considering doing a post graduate course after as well in something else. My course allows enough freedom to intern and get a job which is crucial to building up a portfolio.
When I applied I hadn’t even completed ASlevel photography but at the interview they told me they were impressed that I’d done so much off my own back. I had A levels in film, English literature & language and media - all helping me to explore my creativity. I had organised shoots myself, styling them all too - the interviewers were impressed that I was skilled in both fields. Certain things on my personal statement helped me get the interview in the first place, such as I volunteer a lot for charity, I was editor in chief of my school year book, I ran a successful online vintage clothing boutique, I was a member of the first youth council in the country, I’ve won a wide range of art & English awards and I was one of 12 “gifted and talented” young people in Somerset selected for a summer fashion course. I remember panicking and thinking I’d have nothing to put on my personal statement, but in the end I had to cut out three quarters of it to fit the word count.
To the interview I wore a chic black and white outfit that my interviewer who turned out to be my tutor instantly commented on. She was wearing a very similar black and white outfit and she made it clear she liked my styling - of myself, and in my work. Although it was great that I had a similar style to my tutor, how you dress to the interview will not be the deciding factor of whether you get in or not. Out of everyone in my class of 50, only one other girl has a similar style to me (Who just so happens to be my housemate) because everyone’s style is so diverse and unique - and that’s encouraged at LCF. Just make sure you express your own personal style when you go to the interview, you can always tell when someone’s just tried to copy someone else. Be yourself :)
A range of questions were asked at the interview but I’m not going to blog about it because I think it would give an unfair advantage. I don’t mind talking about my portfolio and personal statement because at the end of the day it is YOU who has to actually go out and do those things. If I tell you the questions you could just rehearse answers - and that’s unfair. I think how you handle interviews and come across to people is vital in the fashion industry anyway, so perhaps the interviewers want to see how well you come across when being put on the spot. Thankfully I’ve always come across well in interviews because I can handle pressure really well. I just went in there feeling very relaxed, confident, friendly and passionate about the course.
I hope that helps and if you need any more advise let me know :) Good luck!