I’m currently studying abroad in London at CSM for the fashion design knitwear pathway. at FIT I will be in my 6th semester when I get back concentrating in sportswear. So if you are interested in applying for your 5th semester of fashion design I would say go for it! Just consider that the schools are very different from each other so the best advice I can give is to really keep an open mind and in a way forget what you have learned thus far and take in the new ways of learning while you are here for the best results.
The biggest difference I have found here is that CSM is very independent type of study. You only see your tutor (a.k.a prof) about 2 or 3 times a week for a few hours usually 10-4pm. and the school sewing machines and electrical equipment shut down at 5pm unless there is a night class (which I found a bit difficult when it came to the final project) so no 2am late nights like at FIT haha. But i guess they do that for a reason cause either way the tube (a.k.a subway) closes at midnight so you wouldn’t be able to get back home unless you caught the night busses. Also I only had like 2 big projects and then a group project in the beginning of the term so something I found helpful was not having to worry about so many diff classes at a time. I really got to focus, research and experiment more for an individual project which really pushed my creativity.
I don’t want to ramble so I will be posting frequently since my program ends next week and I want to be able share with you all as much as possible! without writing an essay haha. If you have any questions I’d be more than happy to answer them as soon as I can.