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Award-winning British designer Holly Fulton has been appointed Head of Fashion at Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts (CSVPA). As a practicing designer with an internationally acclaimed fashion brand, Holly brings with her both a deep understanding of the fashion industry and a wealth of education experience.
What made you decide to take the position as Head of Fashion?
I have been involved with the education sector for over 15 years. I have been global ambassador for Graduate Fashion Week for two years, and have been working with them for over five years now. I have always kept a strong connection with education, serving as a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art, Kingston University, and Ravensbourne, among others and serving as an external examiner for the last 3 years. This is my first permanent role, which is very exciting. Education is something I am passionate about and this role feels very natural for me. I have had some great mentors and now I am in a position to give something back. Plus teaching informs my own practice. It inspires me and keeps me on my toes!
Why The Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts?
CSVPA appealed to me because the college is small and intimate, and I can really make a difference. Having visited CSVPA before as a guest lecturer I have seen how the students benefit from a strong teaching resource and it allows me greater scope to shape the course and work closely with the student body.
What are the benefits of studying at CSVPA?
What is unique and great about CSVPA is the small class sizes and the incredible facilities. I have witnessed, in large education institutions, huge class numbers, sometimes spanning ninety students in two days. There is often a lack of continuity, and it can be an unsatisfactory student experience. In my experience, the amount of time the students have with the teaching staff at CSVPA is unparalleled in the UK. We have a very strong technical team who bring industry expertise from the high-street experience to designers such as Vivienne Westwood. There are around 10 students in the class and we want to keep it small, as it is very important to maintain that close contact. Everyone has a personal tutor, and I oversee all the students and am the main point of contact. There is a roster of technical staff to assist the students, including three pattern cutters, high level technicians, designers and a broad cross section of visiting industry professionals.
CSVPA enjoys visits from industry professionals like Noel Stewart
What is unique about this fashion design course?
I am a practicing designer, with my own design studio and have a wide range of high level connections in the fashion industry. I work with many brands as a designer and bring a fresh perspective to the course with a 360 degree view of the industry. I am currently organising a series of student fashion designer workshops for next year, where my students will get one-on-one access to leading designs to showcase their work and get feedback from leaders in the industry. We’ve already had lectures and workshops from the world renowned embroidery and embellishment house Hand & Lock as well as London based milliner Noel Stewart.
CSVPA has organised workshops for students with well-known embroidery house Hand & Lock
Click here to find out about our BA (Hons) Fashion.
Interested in applying? Get your UCAS application in by 15th January 2018 to avoid disappointment and get first-hand experience of the industry.
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