When I began writing this article my intention wasn’t to directly answer this question; as I believe that only you can judge whether what follows sounds like an exhilarating challenge or a course that just you don’t have the patience for. It’s all a matter of perspective. But, should you study fashion
However, having graduated from one of the UK’s most notable Fashion courses and after spending several years enveloped in the industry. There are a few lessons I’ve learned that I wish I knew before I clicked submit ‘BA (Hons) Fashion’. This is what I am going to share with you and I’ll leave the decision of submitting up to you.
You may be about to enrol on one of the educations most anticipated and stylish, but let’s not forget expensive and commitment testing courses available. If this is you, then do make sure that you are equipped with at least one of these fundamental qualities – either a sincere passion for the subject or an extraneous degree of determination. And if you happen to have a sewing bag full of ‘best of luck’, then don’t whatever you do use it in your Art & Design Foundation Diploma. Save it for your degree.
Even if you are sufficiently prepared with one of the above qualities, you will undoubtedly encounter a situation during your degree/ first year of employment/ Masters that will prompt you to question your desire of entering this industry at all. It is in these moments where that passion and determination I mentioned in the previous paragraph is going to prevent you from turning on your heels; and will ensure that you do re-stitch the entire lining of your woven lace Trench Coat… For the 4th time.
Now I know nearly everyone reading this envisages themselves sitting comfortably, in the Gabardine upholstered Director’s chair at Burberry HQ. And I bet you never would have stripped the brand of its iconic knight in armour and replaced it with…! However as beneficial as it is to have future objectives, flexibility will favour you once in industry. Upon graduation, the chance of winning a role that you have been fanaticising about from the age of 11 ¼, is about as probable as Nigel Farage being featured on the front cover of Vogue. Not impossible, but in all honesty, it’s not that likely. Being able to adapt to the role that you are initially presented with is vital for sustained employment. Despite spending the last 3 years accommodating all of your tutor’s ‘brilliant’ ideas; save that last remaining dash of flexibility and patience that you have for your first job.
The final detail I’ll mention, which I believe is essential and will benefit you long term, is having an aware and open mind. Know that the industry you want to work in is petite and roles tend to be diverse if not hybrids. Companies vary in size, but teams are concise and you will often find yourself being involved in areas that you hadn’t anticipated. By keeping a broad and foamy mind you can soak up additional skills, from the ‘approachable’ tutor and technician at university; or industry professionals that you come into contact with. Any additional experience you can accrue in preparation for employment will be an advantage in a practical sense; as well as a form of definition and identity from your peers upon graduation.
So if your enthusiasm for the subject of Fashion hasn’t been swayed by my brief account of the course and industry, then I think you are ready to submit your UCAS application. ‘Best of luck’
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