It is essential in this time of creative ambiguity that we develop and empower the individual. Therefore, this entrepreneurial menswear MA will recruit ambitiously envisioned designers to work on their creative expression through personal research, process development and informed professionalism.
In order for our students to establish their aspirations and to define a sustainable career path within a global design context, the Course is delivered by the most inspiring menswear design professionals who provide a learning environment that is supportive, challenging and informed.
The taught project-based curriculum has two core modules that progressively develop students’ confidence in an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary context and encourages imaginative, practical and theoretical knowledge to the highest level of strategic and tactical competence.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
MA Menswear 1
This module is based upon a programme of personal and aimed at bringing research, design, specialist abilities and thinking to postgraduate level. There will be continuous tutor, peer and self-reflective evaluation with each project feeding into a final synoptic grade only assessment that champions a diagnostic, reflexive and critical approach.
MA Menswear 2
The second year module is self-directed with essential industry-related work aimed at developing the highest level of creative thinking, specialised process and professionalism aligned to each student’s individual aspirations. This summative module is designed to enable students to generate their own perspective on originality, the creation of the appropriate specialist techniques and a working process and context that establishes them as influential and informed design professional. Pre-requisites are the successful completion of the first year MA Menswear Module or demonstration of having achieved the equivalent.
This two-year course is the destination for the most creative, driven and original thinkers who will shape the contemporary menswear and design-based industries. Entry is based on a combination of formal qualifications, industry experience, portfolio, garments and demonstration of commitment through a considered study proposal.
We welcome applications from individuals who have either a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree in fashion, textiles or design-related subject areas, or the professional experience that demonstrates an equivalent knowledge and commitment to study for an Honours degree.
Selection for interview will be made on the strength of a virtual portfolio that evidences individual motivation and how this is developed through the process of designing. Applicants invited for an interview will be set a project to complete and add to their portfolio as a new body of work that identifies future direction. As the technical process is integral to design students will be asked to bring garments and toiles to interview.
Portfolios need to evidence a strong, unique style in response to a range of creative experiences. The ability to develop and apply personal research through accompanying sketchbooks and visual diaries are important. Critical engagement with a given brief and thoughtful, perceptive and responsible work will constitute an essential part of our evaluation.
You will be asked to identify in writing, through the set project and the interview process a specific area of personal interest aimed at creating a positive contribution to the menswear industry that they envisage studying in-depth while on the course.
The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each element.
Westminster has a long history of producing menswear graduates capable of working at the highest levels of the international fashion industry. Menswear graduates from Westminster in the last four years now work in design roles for companies including Tom Ford, Burberry Prorsum, Alfred Dunhill, Topman, Alexander McQueen, Harrods, GAP, Belstaff, J.W. Anderson, Bottega Veneta, H&M, Adidas, Pull & Bear, Aitor Throup, Timothy Everest, and James Long. Others go on to set up their own design brands including Aaron Tubb, who set up Bazar14 and Liam Hodges, who was recently awarded the NEWGEN award and shows at London Collection Men.