Work placements are run during the end of the first year of study. The students are helped through the process by the knowledgeable staff team allowing students to focus upon their interests towards specific areas of the industry.
Students are asked to take part in this experience for a minimum of ten days and up to a maximum of one month. On return the students are asked to present a report based upon their findings and experiences.
Many students continue placement during their holiday times, finding other relevant placements experiences to benefit their studies into the second and third years and ultimately their careers.
Work placements have ranged from working with fashion designers such as Matthew Williamson, Eley Kishimoto and Zandra Rhodes, to design studios such as Mirjam Rouden and Eyefix. In addition placements have included; Mollie Regan – designer of bespoke textiles for interiors and the contemporary british artist Susan Stockwell.
"The internship was a really amazing experience! The design studio is very small and everybody works very closely together, so it was really interesting to see how the things we produced in the design room was worked upon in both the print room and the garment production room. I had not realised how valuable my position there would be - fortunately I had a much more important role there than just making cups of tea! We were working on designing the new collection which would be showcased at London Fashion Week and was Zandra's first show there in many years.