I really enjoyed seeing and hearing the presentations from the students and can only pass on my admiration for their enthusiasm and width of ideas! The technical skills they demonstrated were all strong and each brought new and exciting ideas to the table. They were all very impressive!
Menswear Designer at ASOS
It was an absolute pleasure to judge the student presentations at the Fashion Retail Academy. Their understanding of the digital marketing concepts, as well as their awareness of the latest industry trends, was truly impressive.
Marketing Manager at Jaeger (M&S)
It has been a great opportunity to work with the Fashion Retail Academy and its students on a project that is close to our hearts. River Island is always looking to support organisations in further developing and nurturing talent. We also believe that fashion can be a force for good, and that belief forms the foundations of our sustainability work.
Everyone who participated did really well. You could tell a lot of energy, hard work and team effort went into the briefs. They all considered their approach in a similar way to how we would work at Debenhams.com. The research, planning and execution are what make a successful campaign from start to finish.
Creative Manager at Debenhams.com (Boohoo Group PLC)
LOCATED IN THE HEART OF LONDON
One of the fashion capitals of the world, London is known for its diverse and creative fashion trends, both on and off the catwalk. A thriving city with an abundance of art, culture and entertainment, it's an exciting and vibrant place to study.
Fashion Retail Academy
15 Gresse Street,
London is one of the major fashion capitals of the world, hosting London Fashion Week twice a year in September and February. It’s also home to many brand head offices and flagship stores. Studying in London means you’ll have amazing access to networking and work experience opportunities, setting you up with the best possible start to your career. Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street are all within a 10-minute walk of the FRA.
Famous for its culture, London has plenty of museums and galleries that are free to visit, displaying world-class exhibitions and collections. The V&A has the largest fashion collection in the world, alongside their brilliant schedule of temporary exhibitions. The British Museum is just a 5-minute walk from our building. The Saatchi Gallery, Tate Modern and The National Portrait Gallery are also within easy reach of the Academy.
With over 100 cinemas and 350 live music venues, London is a haven for entertainment. There’s also over 7000 bars and pubs, and 5000 restaurants to choose from. See a show in the West End, watch world-class artists perform at the O2, or see the city from the sky at the top of the Shard. From brunch venues to rooftop bars, boardgame cafes to escape rooms, London has it all.
London is a large city, but very well connected. The excellent public transport systems including buses, tubes and trains mean getting around is very easy, even at night. Students can enjoy discounted travel too! London also has great connections to other cities. York, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Cardiff are all less than 4 hours away. London also has 6 major airports, including Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted.
No matter where you are in London, you’re never far from a tranquil garden or park. In fact, nearly 20% of the city is green space! The FRA building is close to Soho Square Garden and the square gardens in Bloomsbury. Larger areas like Richmond Park, Hampstead Heath and Hyde Park are all easily accessible by public transport.