The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:
IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our main English language requirements webpage).
Exceptionally applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:
Or a combination of these factors.
Each application will be considered on its own merit but cannot guarantee an offer in each case.
MA Fashion develops your imagination and creative identity. The course will provide a framework for self-directed work, backed by informed knowledge of your industry. It will broaden and deepen your existing expertise, providing you with the experience, sophistication and confidence to practice professionally at the forefront of the international fashion industry. The course is delivered by a team of practising designers and exceptional technical staff. With an ethos of guided experimentation, you will explore your individual style while being challenged to innovate to the highest standards.
The course provides the opportunity to study on one of four pathways: Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear for Fashion and Textiles for Fashion. The inter-related pathways are all structured around the core subject of fashion. While much of your time and teaching will be concentrated within your selected pathway, there will be opportunities to work with your colleagues from other pathways. You will work collaboratively across disciplines, reflecting the needs of the professional world.
Across pathways, the programme is designed to provoke debate around attitudes and approaches to fashion. You will be expected to carry out intensive personal research throughout your studies. Teaching and research will help you develop your creative ideas, originality, aesthetic judgements and technical skills. Alongside the ability to create the right product for the market, you will learn presentation and communication skills.
MA Fashion promotes the idea that relevant, innovative design is not purely a creative, design endeavour; it also analyses markets, the industry and society in general. As such, the course places great emphasis on research, market and industry awareness. You will be encouraged to develop these skills comprehensively throughout your projects. You will learn to synthesis design and communication, allowing you to interact effectively with your colleagues and management in industry
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MA Fashion graduates have established notable careers as Designers and Design Directors worldwide, some have chosen to build reputations under their own labels.
Alexander McQueen, Alistair Mackie | AnOther Man, Professor Andrew Groves, Ann-Sofie Back, Ashish, Bora Aksu, Charles Jeffrey, Charlotte Knowles, Christoffer Lundman | Tiger of Sweden, Christopher Kane, Christopher Shannon, Chopova_Lowena, Craig Green, David Koma, Daniel Lee | Bottega Veneta, Eftychia, Faustine Steinmetz, J JS Lee, John Alexander Skelton, Kiko Kostadinov, Kim Jones | Dior Homme, Louise Gray, Mark Fast, Marques 'Almeida, Mary Katrantzou, Masha Ma, Matty Bovan, Halpern, Palmer Harding, Peter Jensen, Phoebe English, Rejina Pyo, Richard Nicoll, Richard Quinn, Roksanda, Rottingdean Bazaar, Sadie Williams, Sies Marjan, Shelley Fox, Simone Rocha, Stefan Cook, Todd Lynn, Yuhan Wang.
Destinations for our alumni as designers and design directors include:
Acne Studio, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Bottega, Veneta, Brioni, Burberry, Chloé, Coach, Christian Dior, Courrèges, Diane Von Furstemberg, Dries Van Noten, Dunhill, Emilio Pucci, Givenchy, Gucci, Helmut Lang, J.W.Anderson, Jil Sander, Kenzo, Lemaire, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Lululemon, Maison Margiela, Marc Jacobs, Margaret Howell, Marni, McQ, Missoni, Mulberry, Neil Barrett, Paul Smith, Ports 1961, Prada, Pucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney, Tiger of Sweden, Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch, Uniqlo, Valentino, Vera Wang, Versace, Victoria Beckham, Yeezy.
Insurance – Single: 300 GBP per year