Sketch: The Communications Factory

  • Suzanne Rankin-DiaEmail author
  • Rob Lakin


The factory model is a co-curricular initiative aimed at enhancing student engagement and the student experience at The London College of Fashion. The factory model applies a range of playful approaches to short workshops around a pedagogic theme. A series of factories have been developed around a range of themes such as ‘the drawing factory’, ‘the ideas factory’ and ‘the communications factory’. The Communications Factory is aimed at putting students at ease with intercultural communication in a global classroom. Students sign up to series of self-selected playful approaches to intercultural communication that value and at times laugh at our differences with a view to building an enhanced sense of belonging within a learning community.


Fashion Intercultural learning Learning community Belonging 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.London College of FashionUniversity of the Arts LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Fashion Business SchoolLondon College of FashionLondonUK

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