Designer with dyslexia cut out for college

A designer from Cleveland College of Art & Design (CCAD) who suffers from severe dyslexia and left school without any qualifications has secured a place at the London College of Fashion.

Thomas Walker convinced CCAD tutors to allow him onto an introductory art and design course, despite his lack of GCSEs, after attending an open day three years ago.

He excelled at this before transferring to a level three BTec extended diploma in fashion and textiles course he completed this summer.

He started this month on a degree in menswear fashion design technology at the London College of Fashion whose famous alumni include Jimmy Choo and Patrick Cox.

Thomas said: “I never thought this would happen. I thought I’d struggle just to complete the CCAD courses, so to realise how far I’ve come now is a dream come true.

“I want to turn menswear fashion on its head.”

Tutor Stephen White said: “I’m blown away by Thomas’ talent. He is definitely one to watch for the future.” 


Cap: Cleveland College of Art & Design graduate Thomas Walker, aged 20, with a mannequin wearing a jacket he designed based on the shape of a stingray