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17 MA Programs in Fashion Design

Fashion design has varied over time and place and is most influenced by social and cultural latitudes. It is the art of design and natural beauty or aesthetics to clothing and accessories. A Master of Arts (MA) program in this field studies a range of conceptual and commercial approaches to all levels of the fashion market, and provides students with the opportunity to explore sustainability, glob… Read more

Fashion design has varied over time and place and is most influenced by social and cultural latitudes. It is the art of design and natural beauty or aesthetics to clothing and accessories. A Master of Arts (MA) program in this field studies a range of conceptual and commercial approaches to all levels of the fashion market, and provides students with the opportunity to explore sustainability, global trends, innovations and textiles. 

What is an MA in Fashion Design? This program supports research into the digital and traditional approaches in developing clothing and accessories, with a focus on contemporary strategies. Many courses place an emphasis on garment modeling techniques and creative pattern cutting. Students will also learn about the influence of new materials based on local and global trends. Some of the courses available include sustainable design, garment construction, new materials and contemporary and future fashion.

There are many benefits for receiving a master's degree in fashion design. The student will learn construction skills, how personal aspirations can influence the industry and what the crossover between art and fashion is. Students will also benefit from the knowledge of what impact fashion can have on the environment and the ethical and sustainable design issues associated. They may also have the opportunity to partake in workshops that specialize in manufacturing technology. 

Depending on the institution and the country it is located, the registration costs will vary. Interested students should contact the school directly to find out if the courses match their career goal needs and what the associated fees will be.

Graduates of an MA can find careers within the marketing, merchandising or purchasing industry. Many who complete the program have the goal of working as a designer in a commercial fashion studio or running his or her own designer label. However, graduates can also find work as a stylist, illustrator or artist, or within an independent design company.

Many programs can take one year on a full time basis or two years if the student is part time. For students with busier schedules, online classes are also available with many, if not all, institutions offering distance learning modules. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Our MA Fashion: Design course is a contemporary and personalised postgraduate programme that will develop your individual approach to fashion. With unique industry opportuniti ... +

Our MA Fashion: Design course is a contemporary and personalised postgraduate programme that will develop your individual approach to fashion. With unique industry opportunities including internships with our partner Hearst Magazines UK, you will develop the professional skills, confidence and creative focus necessary to help you towards your ambitions of working in the fashion industry. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Norwich University of the Arts
Norwich, United Kingdom

Develop your signature style and explore the conceptual contexts of your work on our MA Fashion Masters degree course.

Develop your signature style and explore the conceptual contexts of your work on our MA Fashion Masters degree course. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Arts University Bournemouth
Poole, United Kingdom

MA Digital Fashion Innovation encourages and supports designers to explore and work with advanced digital technologies, interrogate and question current fashion practice and c ... +

MA Digital Fashion Innovation encourages and supports designers to explore and work with advanced digital technologies, interrogate and question current fashion practice and challenge the ideals around how a product is realised. Fashion is currently recognised as one of the most damaging industries on the planet, abusing natural resources, dumping masses of redundant waste and product into landfill and flushing tonnes of chemicals into the oceans on a daily basis. It is therefore critical the practice of a designer acknowledges and attempts to address and integrate a conscious and considered approach to both the design and realisation of a fashion product. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 

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AAS College
Thessaloniki, Greece

The course gives creative fashion design practitioners chance to explore personal interests at postgraduate level, underpinned by extensive research, and combined with benefit ... +

The course gives creative fashion design practitioners chance to explore personal interests at postgraduate level, underpinned by extensive research, and combined with benefits of debate and peer review. The individual will subsequently be able to view their role as fashion designer within the industry of the future. -
MA
Full-time
13 months
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
IFA Paris
Paris, France

Our Master of Arts in Contemporary Fashion Design was specifically designed to address these changes and is aimed at Fashion Design graduates who want to go beyond product des ... +

Our Master of Arts in Contemporary Fashion Design was specifically designed to address these changes and is aimed at Fashion Design graduates who want to go beyond product design and development. -
MA
Full-time
15 months
English
Campus
 
Accademia Italiana
Florence, Italy +1 More

Official Master's degree accredited by the Italian Ministry of Universities & Research. The Master of Arts in Fashion and Textile Design is proposed as a research and expe ... +

Official Master's degree accredited by the Italian Ministry of Universities & Research. The Master of Arts in Fashion and Textile Design is proposed as a research and experimental laboratory in which to study and develop, in collaboration with manufacturing industries and professionals in the sector, the design of innovative, sustainable, intelligent fashion collections that combine together the different creative processes (concepts of design and patterns, prints and threads, study of fibres, dying and embroidery, printing and weaving techniques) in relation to their technical characteristics, end-use destination and marketing. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English, Italian
14 Nov 2022
14 Oct 2022
Campus
 
AMD Akademie Mode & Design
Berlin, Germany

Developing sustainable design strategies and management approaches in the creative industries – the Sustainability in Fashion and Creative Industries Master's program seeks to ... +

Developing sustainable design strategies and management approaches in the creative industries – the Sustainability in Fashion and Creative Industries Master's program seeks to educate “change agents” who can make widespread changes in the creative industries with an integrated, sustainability-oriented approach. -
MA
Full-time
18 months
English, German
Campus
 
Academy of Art University
San Francisco, USA

The School of Fashion offers four MA degree programs. They are Design, Costume Design, Fashion Journalism, and Fashion Merchandising. The MA in Fashion and the MA in Fashion D ... +

The School of Fashion offers four MA degree programs. They are Design, Costume Design, Fashion Journalism, and Fashion Merchandising. The MA in Fashion and the MA in Fashion Design Emphasis degrees offer courses that include a wide range of design areas including textiles and knitwear. Studio courses hone the graduate candidate's mastery of fashion industry standards in design and construction, enhancing design excellence with computer skills, and preparing MA candidates to launch themselves into the industry upon graduating. -
MA
Full-time
4 semesters
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

The purpose of the program is to educate and train researchers who can contribute to the development of knowledge at an advanced level. The Master’s degree is earned by comple ... +

The purpose of the program is to educate and train researchers who can contribute to the development of knowledge at an advanced level. The Master’s degree is earned by completing a single advanced research project, culminating in the production and acceptance of a dissertation. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Feb 2023
31 Oct 2022
Campus
 
University of Westminster
London, United Kingdom

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 ... +

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. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
UCA University for the Creative Arts
Rochester, United Kingdom

Become a fashion designer with a brand identity, a full collection and a commercial business strategy - plus all the tools to promote yourself in the international market - on ... +

Become a fashion designer with a brand identity, a full collection and a commercial business strategy - plus all the tools to promote yourself in the international market - on our MA Fashion Design course at UCA Rochester. -
MA
Full-time
English
Sep 2022
Campus