Study at the World's number one ranked art and design university for five consecutive years (2015-2019) in the QS World University Subject Rankings.

About the Programme

A fearless approach to creative expression, fanatical technique and an informed professionalism is what we look for and encourage on this programme. The focus is towards strengthening this spirit of exploration through unique expertise and a polymathic debate with modern global awareness. We further encourage a strong work ethic across a broad variety of personally driven, industry-oriented and cross-programme design projects. The realisation of individuality within a global design context is enabled through our excellent links with practising designers, international fashion houses, cross-programme relations and a dedicated staff team.

New ideas, materials, methods and design applications are continually originated and progressed by our students. Fashion staff endeavour to create a course environment directed towards this creative self-discovery, one that offers each student both the conceptual tutelage and technical guidance to achieve their 3D design objectives.

Fashion Womenswear and Menswear offer

  • a programme geared towards creating ‘specialists in their field’: designer/makers who drive their discipline forward through strong personal vision and a passionate commitment to technique
  • one on one tutorials developing a vibrant intellectual debate about the work and ambition.
  • a curriculum designed to develop self-confidence by balancing creative expression, technical excellence, communication and professionalism
  • excellent technical facilities not only fashion specific but across other fields both technically and traditionally
  • vibrant and dedicated studio space and workshops
  • a constantly evolving range of Visiting Lecturers from all facets of the fashion industry, virtual spaces, bio-design, philosophy, games design, drawing: key players at the vanguard of their disciplines
  • active encouragement and facilitation of college-wide interdisciplinary investigation
  • project collaborations with international corporations, companies and fashion houses including Adidas, Brioni, Bill Amberg, IFF, Lesage, Missoni, The Science Museum,100%optical, Swarovski and Sophie Hallette
  • opportunities for representation in major exhibitions and competitions including ASVOFF, Burberry, Levis, Loewe, Swarovski, IFF, ITS (Trieste), Hyeres, H&M, Cunard, NJAL and CFDA

We maintain excellent graduate destinations including Adidas, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Burberry, Celine, Chloe, Faye Toogood, Gucci, Givenchy, Lanvin, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Martin Margiela, Paul Smith and Rapha.

Successful alumni with own collections include Christopher Bailey, Erdem, Holly Fulton, Marta Jacubowski, Christopher Raeburn, Heikki Salonen, Sibling. Studio XO, Maiko Takeda, Philip Treacey, Sophia Webster and Xiao Li.

MA Entrance Requirements

Candidates for all MA courses are assessed on their existing qualities as demonstrated in their work and in their interview, as well as on their potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve MA standards overall. The assessment will consider creativity, imagination and innovation evident in the work; ability to articulate the intentions of the work; intellectual engagement in relevant areas; appropriate technical skills; overall interview performance, including the oral use of English.

We seek to enrol students who:

  • are imaginative, self-motivated, determined, passionate about their discipline, technically curious and professionally orientated
  • understand that their commitment to the course is a significant investment in their future.

Digital Portfolio

All candidates are required to submit an online portfolio of work to be assessed by the programme’s senior staff team and student representatives.

The portfolio should illustrate the whole range of your creative work and give an insight into both the way you think, develop and research ideas, and to what excites you visually.

Please submit up to ten digital images of finished work or work in progress. Each main image can be accompanied by up to six supporting images of relevant visual research or preparatory work, such as drawings, sketchbook scans or contextual references that are relative to your creative thinking.

Images must be in JPG or PNG format (2MB max, and we prefer 1024 x 768 pixels or greater).

Interview (if invited)

As you made an online portfolio submission, you should bring a selection of your submission in its physical form, as well as your most recent work or work in progress. Please bring finished toiles/garments relating to one of your current portfolio design projects.

You will be required to present a portfolio of work in progress and a set project.

A personal research proposal is also required for discussion at this stage.

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Last updated March 12, 2019
This course is Campus based
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2 years
28,400 GBP
Tuition fees in 2018/19 - Overseas: £28,400 per annum (£56,800 total fee); UK/EU: £9,500 per annum (£19,000 total fee); Channel Islands and Isle of Man £14,200 (£28,400 total fee).
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