The BA (Hons) 3D Effects for Performance and Fashion course is situated in the School of Media and Communication, and is for students who want to be designers and makers of 3D effects for performance. This includes the broad categories of theatre, film, music and television, as well as more specialised or multi-disciplinary performances, such as circus and carnival, where several elements are combined. The course integrates the intellectual demands of interpretation of the text or other written element within the performance context, with the specialised design and craft skills required for the realisation of original technical effects. The cultural and historical context of the subject is explored, to enhance the design and realisation of the practical work. Working in performance is always a collaborative venture, where the success of the production depends upon the joint efforts of a number of creative and specialised designers and makers, who work together with the director and performers. Students on this course have the advantage of being able to work with students from the related disciplines of costume and hair, make-up and prosthetics. Students have the opportunity to do a short work placement in the industry, and there are several industry-facing projects within the course. The course receives a number of requests each year for students to work with the industry on live projects, including in 2012 the Olympic Games ceremonies. Our long standing relationship with the National Theatre and other major companies provides our students with work experience. All the subject tutors teaching on the course are practitioners with extensive experience of the industry. BA (Hons) 3D Effects for Performance and Fashion is based is based at Lime Grove in Shepherd’s Bush, just west of Holland Park and Notting Hill. The area, which is rich in cultural influences from across the world, is home to Shepherd’s Bush Market and the many fabric shops lining the Goldhawk Road. There are numerous restaurants, cafes, delis and food stores, as well as the market, which reflect the many cultures of the people living there. Nearby is the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, an excellent venue for live bands, and the Westfield Shopping Centre, one of the largest retail complexes in Europe that caters for the luxury market as well as the high street. Holland Park with its Orangery and Leighton House Museum are both worth visiting.
Developing your skills All our undergraduate courses are concerned with the development of your personal and professional skills. On your course you will evolve from learning basic skills in your discipline through to a position where you are an independent creative thinker capable of making an effective contribution to the relevant sector of the fashion industry. Personal and Professional Development (PPD) skills are embedded in all units on every course. Speaker programmes with contributions from alumni, members of industry and others are a part of many courses, as are work placement opportunities in industry. Where relevant, students have the chance to attend trade fairs, enter industry competitions, visit exhibitions and go on field trips and visits. The central position of our John Prince’s Street site in the West End affords students easy access to all sectors of the fashion retail market. In addition, our position as a constituent College in the University of the Arts London means that our students have access to the wide range of activities and events that occur in all the Colleges and at the University’s centre. Last but not least, being in London gives every student opportunities to explore and be inspired by the cultural, intellectual and social life of one of the great capital cities of the world. Future Careers and Graduate Prospects Graduates who wish to continue their education at postgraduate level are encouraged to progress to suitable courses within the College, the University or elsewhere. Many graduates prefer to seek employment as soon as they have completed their undergraduate studies. Recent graduates from this course have found employment with the National Theatre costume props department, with Madame Tussauds and the Tussaud’s studio, and on many film productions, including the Harry Potter films, Hellboy and Hellboy II, Batman Begins, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, Corps Bride, the new Tim Burton film Dark Shadows and the latest Ridley Scott Alien film. Graduates have also worked with the artists Ron Mueck and Damien Hirst and the fashion designer Hussein Chalayan. Some graduates from 2013 have been selected as finalists for the annual competition, World of Wearable Art, that takes place in New Zealand. The London College of Fashion and the Performance courses have been selected by the organiser as a chosen UK link to the competition.