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					London College of Fashion
Deans Summary Report on Course Monitoring 2005/06
Foundation Degree Portfolio


Foundation Degree Portfolio
There are seven Foundation Degree (FD) courses at LCF:
FdA Fashion Design Technology (FdA FDT)
FdA Fashion Styling and Photography (FdA FSP)
FdA Specialist Make-up Design (FdA SMUD)
FdA Fashion Marketing and Promotion (FdA FMP)
FdA Fashion Marketing and Promotion (on line delivery) (FdA FMP OL)
FdA Fashion Design and Marketing (FdA FDM)
FdSc Beauty Therapy and Health Studies (FdSc BTHS)

1. Aims and current target/objectives
Following a review of the College management and curriculum structure, a
Dean and Associate Dean for Foundation Degree and Further Education
portfolios were established. A revised organisational structure for the
Foundation Degree (FD) Portfolio was implemented. This has enabled LCF to
consolidate Foundation Degree courses from the Schools of Fashion Design
& Technology and Fashion Promotion & Management, to benefit from the
sharing of best practice, and to establish the future direction of Foundation
Degrees in the context of both the College and University strategies. Director
of Programmes and Course Director/Programme Leader roles were also
established to manage curriculum areas. Roles of International Tutor,
Admissions Tutor and Group/Year Tutor have also been confirmed. These
roles need to be further embedded throughout the 2006/07 academic session.

There is also a need to strengthen the identity of some individual courses, for
example, the FdA Fashion Design and Marketing course following a
successful QAA review in November 2005. There is an opportunity to confirm
the future direction of all FD courses via revalidation, for example, FdA
Fashion Design Technology, FdA Fashion Marketing and Promotion (face to
face and on line delivery) and FdSc Beauty Therapy and Health Studies
during 2006/07.


2. Management
Communication with students is emerging as a common theme across a
number of courses for example FdA FMP and FdA SMUD. There is also a
need to ensure a standardisation of approach to annual monitoring including
the reader groups, as there were a number of staff involved in annual
monitoring new to the process. There is also a need to make certain that the
FD Portfolio is prepared for Institutional Audit.




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3. Benchmarking
Benchmarking against national standards will take place in response to the
development of a revised FD Credit Framework and programme of course
and elective revalidation.


4. Quality Standards
The standard of student work is high; this is supported by External Examiner
comments and QAA review.

The FD Portfolio responded positively to the QAA Review of FdA Fashion
Design and Marketing which took place in November 2005; clear links within
documentation between unit and course aims, use of assignment feedback
forms in a more developmental manner to further student learning, reconsider
formal work placements within the course, development of student feedback
unit questionnaires, provide a reporting template for external examiners which
addresses the characteristics of FDs, more identifiable audit trail for internal
verification.

The enhancement of the student experience is a common theme across the
Portfolio. A response to issues raised in the Student Survey 2006, an analysis
of the free text in the Student Survey and a response to the Student Support
questionnaire 2006 are priorities for the Portfolio during 2006/07, primarily
course organisation and management, assessment and feedback, academic
support and personal development.


5. Curriculum
During the academic year, the FD Portfolio successfully validated the FdA
Fashion Buying and Merchandising. Colleagues also supported the
development of the BA (Hons) Fashion: Specialism (Fda/FdSc Top Up).

A full time FD Co-ordinator for Cultural &Historical Studies was appointed; this
will support the review and revalidation of provision across courses during
revalidation in 2006/07 and support the enhancement of skills in critical
evaluation, research and analysis with students.

The FD Electives programme is currently inconsistent in its planning,
organisation and delivery across courses. Practice varies widely across the
provision, which now needs a consolidated approach. The electives review
will be carried forward from 2005/6 to fall within the Credit Framework Review
and revalidation schedule for 2006/07. Other enrichment activities such as
educational visits and a guest lecture programme need further attention.

Poor Retention on FdA Fashion Marketing & Promotion (on-line delivery)
course has prompted the course team to consider the mode of delivery during
revalidation.




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Revisions to the PPD model made through minor modifications need to be
embedded into curriculum delivery.

All courses need to focus on the industrial relevance of the curriculum through
work-based learning and ‘live’ projects; liaison with the Fashion Business
Resource Studio should support this. Students on some courses have
requested more careers advice and guidance.


6. Learning & Teaching
Excellent standards of teaching have been identified. The Student Survey
indicates high levels of satisfaction with ‘the teaching on my course’ (4.0
mean score) and ‘learning resources’ (4.1 mean score)

The Support for Students questionnaire indicates that students strongly
agree/agree with the statement ‘college tutors are helpful and know their
subjects’ (84%) and ‘I find Blackboard useful to support my learning’ (87%)

There is good practice and high levels of expertise in the use of Blackboard,
particularly on the FdA Fashion Marketing and Promotion (on line delivery).
There is an opportunity to share best practice in use of Blackboard, to monitor
& extend use of Blackboard as a learning tool. There is also an opportunity to
respond to and where possible contribute to an emerging University e-
learning strategy.


7. Assessment
External Examiners across the FD Portfolio have confirmed standards. It has
however been identified that a more rigorous approach to internal verification
is required on some courses (FdA FDM & FdSc BTHS). There is therefore a
need to review the approach to internal verification procedures to ensure
compliance with College policy.


8. Student Progression and Achievement

The FD portfolio at LCF has established its reputation externally and as a
result demand for courses generally remains steady with a high ratio of
applicants to places. Overall levels of achievement and retention were
consistently good; some improvements were made, for example retention on
the FdSc BTHS. In some instances retention and achievement exceeded the
UAL benchmark (FdA FDT).

Whilst course teams retain records, there is a need to develop a systematic
approach to tracking first destinations.


9. Research and Professional Activity
High levels of staff expertise and specialist subject knowledge is maintained
through research, continuing professional development and current industrial


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experience which contributes to a curriculum that is relevant to the needs of
industry and supports student progression. A number of staff are research
active.


10. Staffing and Staff Development
Staff have benefited from wide ranging staff development opportunities. A
significant proportion of staff, including Associate Lecturers, continue to be
supported in obtaining CLTAD PG Cert courses.

There is a need to complete the restructuring of the FD Portfolio, to complete
all staff appraisal and performance reviews and to fill vacant posts. Revisions
to the organisational structure for the FD Portfolio have highlighted the need
to stabilise course teams.

The University is currently reviewing the Teaching Observation Scheme
again. It has been agreed that teaching observations are to be overseen by
the College Learning and Teaching Co-ordinators and to target staff that have
not participated in the three-year cycle.

Staff Development priorities for 2006/07 are:
 Management training for new Programme Leaders
 Annual monitoring for new Course Directors and Programme Leaders
   including potential chairs of reader groups


11. Learning Resources
The inadequacy of some teaching spaces, the allocation of space and
timetabling is of importance to both staff and students. IT access, the
frequency of and availability of open access to a number of resource areas
are of concern. Multi site delivery is a priority area to resolve during 2006/07.
Over recruitment on some courses is a challenge to course teams in the
context of resource management, timetabling and room booking.


12. Student Support
The entry profile of students and implications for student support, needs to be
carefully monitored.


13. Recruitment and Admissions
Applications to courses are consistently high with one exception. There is a
need to strengthen applications and ensure recruitment to FdA FDT
Accessories and Knit. This is a priority for the current academic year as the
Accessories pathway failed to recruit a viable cohort of students for 2006
enrolment.

The balance of home/EU and oversees students needs monitoring, on some
courses there are a higher proportion of oversees students than home/EU
(FdA FMP) and this has implications for learning and teaching.


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14. Opportunities
The FdA FMP (on line delivery) course has the potential to be widely
delivered internationally




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Foundation Degree Portfolio Enhancement/Development Plan 2006/07

Issue                                                Action

1. Aims and current target/objectives

   Establish the identity and future
    direction of FDs in the context of both
    the College and University strategies
   Strengthen individual course identity

2. Management

   Ensure standardisation of annual
    monitoring including reader groups
   Ensure FD Portfolio prepared for
    Institutional Audit

3.Benchmarking

N/a
4. Quality Standards

   Respond to issues raised in the
    Student Survey 2006 including
    analysis of free text and the Support
    for Students questionnaire 2006
   Respond to QAA Review of FdA
    Fashion Design and Marketing

5. Curriculum

   Review FD Credit Framework
   Revalidation of FdA Fashion
    Marketing & Promotion (full time and
    on-line delivery), FdSc Beauty
    Therapy & Health Studies and FdA
    Fashion Design Technology
   Review FD Electives Programme
   Poor Retention on FdA Fashion
    Marketing & Promotion (on-line
    delivery) has prompted the course
    team to consider the mode of delivery
    during revalidation i.e. full or part time
   Embed revised PPD model into
    curriculum




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6. Learning & Teaching

   Share best practice in use of
    Blackboard, monitor & extend use of
    Blackboard as a learning tool
   Contribute to UAL e-learning strategy
    re FdA Fashion Marketing and
    Promotion

7. Assessment

   more identifiable audit trail for
    internal verification

8. Student Progression and Achievement

   Develop mechanism to track first
    destinations

9. Research and Professional Activity


10. Staffing and Staff Development

   Complete restructuring of Portfolio, fill
    vacant posts
   Complete all staff appraisal and
    performance reviews

11. Learning Resources

 Timetabling and multi site delivery
12. Student Support

 Monitor support needs year on year
13. Recruitment and Admissions

   Strengthen applications and
    recruitment to FdA FDT Accessories

14. Opportunities




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