Achieving innovation in contemporary fashion design requires creativity driven by technical excellence. The MA Fashion at NUCA emphasises the strong interdependence between creative skills, craft technique, attention to detail and refinement.
With a focus on preparing you both intellectually and professionally for employment, the course supports students who aspire to become leaders in their chosen field within the creative industries. The MA course team encourage students to master traditional skills and couture techniques while developing innovative, conceptual designs. A thorough understanding of technical skills such as pattern cutting, bespoke tailoring, haute couture, draping, garment construction and hand and machine finishing techniques are the hallmark of this professionally focused degree which responds to the requirements on the industry.
The curriculum is highly relevant to both fashion graduates and those already working in the industry looking to advance their skills and knowledge. Working in the University College's contemporary fashion studio with industry standard equipment, you will be encouraged to take risks, challenge yourself and be open minded as you progress to the high level of practice expected.
Applicants should have a background in Fashion Design and be able to demonstrate skills in pattern cutting and construction along with a strong individual creative approach. The course provides an intensive, expertly supported opportunity for personal development and will give you a head-start as you embark on a career in the creative industries or progress to doctoral study.
The offer of entry onto a Masters Degree (MA) is based on an expectation that you have the potential to fulfil the aims of the course of study and achieve the standard required to successfully complete the award. Entrants should normally have achieved a BA (Hons)/BSc Degree of 2:1 or above (or its equivalent), in a subject related to your proposed course of study.
Applicants who hold a Degree from another discipline may also be considered for entry, subject to the submission of a satisfactory portfolio of art, design or media-related work in support of their application.
The majority of applicants to courses at NUCA will be invited to attend an interview. This provides an invaluable chance to meet face-to-face and is the major factor in determining the success of your submission. The interview is an opportunity to assess your work and the suitability of your application and also provides you with a chance to assess NUCA's staff, campus and facilities and ask questions. The key focus of your application process is on your portfolio. Some courses may require additional entry requirements or passes in specific subjects.
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