We were delighted to welcome Mariana back to Brasil and for our prospective students of Fashion to be able listen to her experiences of studying at London College of Fashion, UAL and how she made the breakthrough into the market from her MA studies.
Mariana applied to UAL through the selection process organised by Language Partners back in 2011.
She was successful in being offered a place to study on the one year Graduate Diploma course at LCF, from which she progressed onto the MA Fashion Design Technology course.
She created her eponymous women’s wear label in 2013 and her MA graduate collection was one of the ten selected to represent the college in their London Fashion Week show in February 2014.
Her workshop in Vila Madalena offered students a remarkable first hand insight into just what is needed to successfully launch a Fashion Brand in London. Mariana gave valuable advice on areas such as how to find the right suppliers and network effectively while also talking humorously to our students about some of the struggles and challenges of being a student in London such as finding suitable accommodation and making sure you pay your TV License!
Students were also able to see examples of Mariana’s work and get a feel for the garments she produces.
For further details about Mariana and the workshop visit:
When Renata Estefan took part in the interview process to study at UAL in Rio, she was concluding her Fashion Design course at Senai Cetiq. Determined to achieve her goal of studying on the prestigious MA Fashion Womenswear course at Central Saint Martins, she joined the intensive Fashion Portfolio Development course at CSM:Fashion Folio.
From this program she achieved a place on the one year Graduate Diploma course at CSM in Fashion.
It was while she was in this course that the CSM tutors recognised both her ability and tenacious work ethic!
As well as studying, Renata has shown a dedication to helping other students achieve their goals by running workshops and offering individual advice to students about the development of their portfolios.
This is what Renata had to say about studying on the MA Fashion Womenswear course at CSM when I spoke to her recently.
Jeremy Madeley – Director Language Partners
(Official Recruitment Representative, UAL in Brazil)
A Renata Estefan fala da importancia de criar uma forte identidade no seu trabalho
O curso de mestrado em moda que estou fazendo atualmente na Central Saint Martins tem sido a experiência profissional mais intensa e engrandecedora que eu já vivenciei. Os alunos são excepcionais e os professores brilhantes. Eu já tive 5 projetos e em cada um desses projetos eu descobri mais de mim mesma. Conheço melhor o meu gosto, os clientes que quero vestir e as marcas com as quais pretendo competir. Temos um projeto em grupo que me permitiu entender perfeitamente a importância da liderança e do trabalho em equipe.
De todos os projetos , o que eu mais gostei foi o da pré-coleção, onde devemos pesquisar tudo e qualquer coisa que nos inspire ( roupas, moda, história, artes, etc ) e temos que criar três looks que dariam uma breve ideia do que pretendemos para nossa coleção final. Como eu aprecio a essência conservadora e austera em uma roupa , o meu maior desafio tem sido balancear isso com um pouco mais de frescor e contemporaneidade.
A parte mais difícil desse mestrado no geral é quando as críticas recaem sobre a identidade da sua marca. Muitos alunos ainda não estão seguros quanto a identidade das suas criações e isso atrasa demais o processo de desenvolvimento da coleção. Se você não conhece o seu gosto e o gosto dos seus clientes você fica literalmente perdido e dependente de grandes insights e ideais. Mas se você tem um estilo forte e identificável você não precisa de grandes ideias, apenas de peças bonitas e originais. Para saber se você tem uma identidade ou não é simples: Se o seu portfólio estivesse em meio à outros 50, sem o seu nome, seria possível reconhecer que esse trabalho é seu ? Quando sua coleção entrar na passarela em meio à outros 15 alunos, saberão que aquelas peças são suas ?Você reconhece que um desfile é Roksanda Ilincic assim que o vê e reconhece que um desfile é Chanel nos primeiros looks.
Isso é identidade. E ter uma identidade, nesse mestrado, se mostrou fundamental. O maior conselho que posso dar à um aluno de moda é esse: estude até dizer chega, todos os cursos possíveis. Todos os níveis existentes. Se existisse um PHD em moda eu faria. Não tenha pressa em trabalhar e ganhar dinheiro. Estudar é a melhor maneira de se preparar para enfrentar essa industria “Wild” que vemos hoje em dia.
Both courses focus on giving students a better understanding of the Fashion Industry which helps them to decide in which particular area they would like to work or continue studying:
From the second term of the course, students are given the opportunity to choose form one of three specialist pathways in the following areas:
Fashion Business and Management
Fashion Design and Technology
Fashion Media and Communication
While many students choose this program as a way of preparing for further study at undergraduate level, the course is also popular with students who want to develop their knowledge of the Fashion industry with a view to starting a career.
This is the case for Giorgia Moro who studied Law at Universidade Positivo in Brazil before becoming interested in the world of Fashion. Here’s what she had to say about the Introduction to the Study of Fashion course which she has just completed ( June 2016)
“Adorei o curso, achei essencial pra mim, me fez ver todos os lados da moda e qual é aquele que mais gosto. Tive uma visão geral de tudo e me dei conta do quão grande é este mercado e das várias oportunidades de trabalho que tem por aqui. Sem contar que melhorei muito meu inglês, quando cheguei meu IELTS era 5, fiz a prova de inglês equivalente o IELTS da própria UAL e meu resultado foi 6,5 (sem ter propriamente estudado).
Mesmo que o curso seja voltado para entrar em um B.A. achei que me agregou bastante conhecimento. Como já tenho um degree em Law no Brasil não pretendo fazer outro B.A. aqui.
Ainda com o curso descobri a área que eu mais gosto e com a qual eu quero trabalhar. Eu não vou voltar para o Brasil, vou continuar Aqui, ainda quero fazer um master, mas não agora, primeiro quero entrar no mercado de trabalho. Estou a procura de emprego na área de fashion Business que foi a área que mais me identifiquei.”
“One of the things I like the most about LCF is the tutors, from design or illustration to 3D realisation and technicians they are all there to help and teach you. They help us find the best we can be at what we are doing! I have been meeting people from all around the world and with this, learning from them as well. It is all about the relationships you make and how you connect them to your work to follow your biggest and most scary dreams! ”
“It’s a lot of hard work here, but it pays off everyday! I’m so thankful and lucky to be living in the most amazing city of the world and studying at Lcf! “
Livia is pictured with some of her illustrations that were exhibited in the LCF BA press show in June 2015. #DRAWFASHION is London College of Fashion’s annual fashion illustration competition in collaboration with Cass Art.
Livia is now an ambassador of Cass Art!
#DRAWFASHION celebrates the deeply analytical and emotional skills of drawing and fashion illustration, art forms that capture the wonder of the fashioned body. The competition encourages students to explore their design practice through observation, abstract thinking, traditional and digital drawing techniques.
Together LCF and Cass Art inspire more examination and re-imagining of the world around us through drawing and illustration.
The UAL IB Arts workshop held at St Paul’s on 10th November was to give students an experience of a typical class they can expect on one of the university’s Foundation courses.
Wendy Anderson, the International Academic coordinator from Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Colleges ( CCW) ran the workshop for students from St Paul’s, St Nicholas’s, St Francis’s and The American School Campinas ( EAC). The main theme of the workshop was Three Dimensional Design which is one of the pathways students can choose to follow on the Foundation courses at CCW and Central Saint Martins.
UAL’s Foundation Diploma in Art and Design gives students the chance to experience different art and design disciplines, while helping them build a portfolio for their application to an undergraduate course within University of the Arts London or beyond.
We are also holding Post Graduate workshops for students who would like to know more about how to apply to courses at this level at UAL.
Workshops were held on Monday 9th and Wednesday 11th at our Language Partners office in Vila Mariana. There will be another workshop on Monday 16th in Rio.
Wendy Anderson, the International Academic Coordinator from Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Colleges ( CCW) explains to students the entry requirements for the PG courses including advice on how to write a Study Proposal.
Students are also invited to show their work ( portfolios) to Wendy and other students attending the workshop
When the big day arrives for your face to face interview in Brazil, having previously attended one of the Postgraduate workshops will help you enormously. You will have acquired an insight into the kind of questions the academic coordinator is likely to ask you. You should make sure that you have studied thoroughly the details about the course on the UAL website so that you are knowledgeable about the program you are applying to and show an understanding of the course and the kind of study activities you will be engaged in.
Beatriz Mickle attended the most recent Central Saint Martins postgraduate workshop in Sao Paulo before her interview with Val Palmer from CSM at the end of February this year.
Beatriz has applied successfully to the MA Narrative Environments program at CSM. She graduated from USP in Architecture. During her interview she expressed with great clarity her interest in studying on the program and supported this through the presentation of her portfolio.
We look forward to further success stories like this during the next interviews which will take place in Sao Paulo from 24th to 25th April and Rio on 28th. The postgraduation workshops will take place in Sao Paulo on April 23rd and Rio on 29th. Further details can be found on our website www.languagepartners.co.uk
In order to help students better prepare for postgraduate study at UAL, students who have identified their chosen course of study are invited to attend a workshop which is offered three times a year at the same time as the interviews for the full time courses at the university. The workshop helps students to prepare their application before they present this at interview.
A lot of the MA programs at UAL will expect students to have considered what area of research they would like to pursue as part of their studies. As well as wanting to know the specific area of research a student wishes to investigate they will also be expected to explain how they wish to conduct this research, what methods they intend to use etc
Aspects of a PG application such as these will be discussed at the workshops together with guidance on what should be included in a student’s portfolio together with an insight into the kind of work and projects students can expect to be engaged in while studying at UAL.
UAL offers students great opportunities to study at postgraduation level.Interviews are held in Brazil three times a year for students who wish to study at the university. All students need to prepare their applications carefully in order to be accepted on their chosen course of study. It helps significantly if students attend a seminar or workshop before applying to find out more about the requirements especially at post graduate level.
At the end of 2014, students interested in applying at postgraduate level to Central Saint Martins had the opportunity to attend a workshop in Sao Paulo and Rio.