Tuesday, 4 October 2016

10 things I learnt while studying Fashion at University

Hey everyone! So, I've planned out a series of posts all covering what's happened in my absence from blogging. These are going to be summed up in a number of posts; Studying Fashion at University being the first. I'm also going to cover getting my first job in fashion and all of that, so hopefully it'll call for some interesting reading!

But for this one, here's 10 things I learnt whilst studying Fashion at University.

1. You're told from day one what an unrealistic career it is. 

If you want to be the next big Fashion Designer - you can probably dream on. Unless you've gone to one of the top uni's I'd say it's almost impossible. Potentially yeah, you can make money from it, but you'll regularly be told how hard it'll be, be encouraged to take unpaid internships and spend thousands on a course that will probably be the last designing you do. Our graduation speech was even one big joke about what a waste of time art college is - congratulations BA Honours students!!

2. It's essentially a teach it yourself course.

I had 3 lectures a year and minimal teaching time - it worked out over £100 an hour. Brill.

3. Your loan definitely won't cover the course costs.

That craps expensive.

4. Being all 'Fashioney' means sunglasses are always acceptable.

Hoorah for covering up those hangovers. *perks*

5. It's all subjective.

And yep - the teachers have favourites. (can you tell I'm very slightly bitter here?)

6. 'It's not about what you know - it's who you know'

Not only will they tell you this, you'll also realise it very quickly. Universities have connections with companies which result in internships, placements and work projects. Do your research!! (we did a fab Louis Vuitton exhibition which was a brilliant experience)

7. That end of year stress still exists.

Fashion is definitely not an easy course, try writing your 10,000 dissertation based on a simultaneous project and handing it in at the start of January. Then sitting through the next 7 months of other students moaning that theirs is due in June and they're so stressed about it. *sigh*

8. Shopping is basically research.

Expect to feel very guilty about your bank balance.

9. Oh and coffee is life.

If you don't love it yet, you will. Let those late night library sessions and weekend sewing panics begin. 

10. And after all of that, it doesn't really prepare you for anything.

The Devil wears Prada taught me more than my degree. Fashion is bitchy. Work will always suck a little bit. And yes - you'll do coffee runs, overtime, weekend work and nope, you won't even get paid as much as your part time bar job you used to do. Don't let the unpaid internships fool you, be prepared for that kind of stuff for your entire career (unless you're Anna Wintour of course).

Hope you all enjoyed that lighthearted approach to Fashion courses at university. Honestly I love working in fashion and I wouldn't change my career path for the world (butterfly effect and all that) but hopefully this is an honest look at what you can prepare for if you're going to study Fashion.

Laura xx


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