MA Fashion

About the course

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  • On this MA Fashion degree you will develop your professional skills as an fashion designer.
  • Work with design professionals of international standing.
  • This postgraduate degree will allow you to work in professional and industrial contexts.
  • Develop a range of research skills.
  • Exhibit your work and work as a tutor/mentor with our undergraduates.
  • Take a look at our MA Design Leaflet.

Why choose this course?

MA Fashion is a Masters award within the MA Art and Design programme at the School of Creative Arts. Within the programme there is strong emphasis on professional practice and the real-world applications of art and design. You will develop key research skills and gain a good understanding of the work of other practitioners in your field.

Through working alongside artists and designers on other Fashion postgraduate course, you will explore the possibilities for the fashion designer today, questioning conventions and refining your practice and design capabilities by working with and understanding materials. The course provides you with research skills and an understanding of fashion and its contexts and, at the end of your studies, you will have the expertise to promote your own practice, either as a small business or in the context of global fashion markets.

Our staff are experienced in research, industry and professional practice, and you will also benefit from contributions from visiting fashion designers and design professionals, as well as from involvement with our international exhibitions programme. Our fashion courses also have close links with a wide range of industry partners and contribute to major national and international events in the fashion industry.

The Postgraduate Fashion programme is to equipped to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to practice at an advanced level, as well as fostering your creativity and enhancing your employment opportunities. Induction, seminars and social events for students and staff mean that you will be part of a friendly and supportive postgraduate community, which also includes film makers, musicians and professionals working in new media. Senior research staff and internationally renowned artists work with postgraduate students, helping you to develop original and challenging work.

Entry requirements...

An honours degree (2:2 or above) in a field relevant to the award you want to study. If you do not have a degree, you will need to show you have appropriate professional experience and skills to benefit from the course. We may also be able to take into account accredited prior learning (APL) or accredited prior experiential learning (APEL). If your degree is in a different field, you will need appropriate knowledge, skills or experience in the field you wish to study, or be able to show that you are prepared for intensive new learning. In all cases you will need to demonstrate through a portfolio or interview your preparedness for study at postgraduate level.

If English is not your first language, you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

Careers

This course is designed to help you develop your practice and give you the skills recovery to further your career in industry both in the UK and abroad. The course includes practice based modules where you will explore and develop your work as a fashion designer. It also contains course or research skills, entrepreneurialism and professional practice. The final part of the course enables you to complete a major project.

Work Placement

Particular emphasis is given to providing you with the skills necessary to further your career as a fashion designer. The course is designed to help you understand and work within the contemporary industrial environment and particular attention is given to helping you acquire entrepreneurial skills.

Structure

Year 1

Core Modules

  • Creative Economies

    The Creative Economies module enables students to explore and engage with creative economies relevant to their individual practice. The module delivers a series of lectures and workshops examining creative economies. The taught sessions examine the social, political and economic dimension of creative practice across a range of professions and consider the transitional nature of creative economies. The module provides an opportunity for students to engage with people and environments, seeking an understanding of how their own practice may be located within these contexts, locally, nationally or globally.

  • Discourse/Reflection: Art and Design

    This module provides students with a detailed understanding of some of the issues and critical debates that inform current movements in contemporary art, design, media and other cultural practices. Particular emphasis is given to using the module as a crucible for informed analysis and debate for use as a tool to advance students' practice. A series of lectures about cultural theory relating to contemporary practice outline the themes of the module. Emphasis is then placed on students' ow n investigations culminating in the submission of a written text of 4000 words (or alternative submission by negotiation) and a series of student presentations that consist of formally presented papers based on a critical evaluation of some aspect of advanced scholarship, research and/or creative practice that relates to students' practice. The delivery of the module is concurrent with the Practice 1&2 Modules in which students are required to test their studio based practice against various external critical, commercial and/or aesthetic imperatives that have arisen through the process of research.

  • Major Study: Fashion

    The module enables students to develop and realise their practice in the form of a final presentation of Fashion Design work, which demonstrates an accumulation of specialist know ledge and creative endeavour. Students build upon ideas established and explored in earlier parts of the programme and bring together various practical, theoretical, commercial, social and ethical concerns to complete a sustained body of original and innovative practice. This body of work will evidence creative autonomy, demonstrate professional excellence and in-depth know ledge of contemporary practice in Fashion. The realisation of this body of work is supported by work-in-progress seminars involving students from all of the Art & Design MAs, group and individual tutorials. At the culmination of the module students are required to present a summary of their work in a Postgraduate student symposium.

  • Practice 1: Art and Design

    This module is designed to enable students to develop a proposal for Masters level study which forms the basis for the development for their practice during the MA. It aims to help students make a critical evaluation of their work, to identify and acquire the skills necessary to begin to realise the proposal and develop a methodology by which they expand and explore the project/theme. Furthermore, the module aims to help students develop an exploratory and expansive approach to their work and to carry out research into the contemporary social and commercial contexts appropriate to their practice. During the module, the student's practice will be refined and ideas and concepts within the proposal will be debated, developed and challenged through a series of student-led seminars and tutorials.

  • Practice 2: Art and Design

    Based on the formative and summative feedback received from Practice 1, Practice 2 enables students to further develop their work in preparation for its final realisation in the Major Study module related to one of the following awards: Contemporary Crafts, Contemporary Textiles, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Architecture and Design, or Product Design. Students are required to investigate and prepare a body of advanced practice-based work, together with a summary contextualising document that demonstrates how the work has been developed, the key aesthetic, commercial and contextual issues that have arisen and the impact of these factors on the resulting portfolio of practice. The module is delivered through individual tutorials and student led work-in-progress online discussions.

  • Research and Enquiry

    This module aims to provide students with a range of research skills suitable for postgraduate-level study in art, art therapy, design, film, media and music. The module views creative, technical and therapeutic practices as research processes and helps students locate their own work within contemporary, advanced-level practice in their discipline and to make a critical evaluation of the bodies of practice and ideas that sustain them. Key skills addressed include those of research management, critical evaluation, academic conventions, notions of creative, technical and therapeutic practice as research methodologies, and a range of modes of contextual analysis. The skills gleaned on this module will provide students with a platform for research for the remainder of the programme and in their future careers.

Optional

  • Creative Economies (Online)

    The Creative Economies module enables students to explore and engage with creative economies relevant to their individual practice. The module delivers a series of lectures and workshops examining creative economies. The taught sessions examine the social, political and economic dimension of creative practice across a range of professions and consider the transitional nature of creative economies. The module provides an opportunity for students to engage with people and environments, seeking an understanding of how their own practice may be located within these contexts, locally, nationally or globally.

  • Research and Enquiry (Online)

    This module aims to provide students with a range of research skills suitable for postgraduate-level study in art, art therapy, design, film, media and music. The module views creative, technical and therapeutic practices as research processes and helps students locate their own work within contemporary, advanced-level practice in their discipline and to make a critical evaluation of the bodies of practice and ideas that sustain them. Key skills addressed include those of research management, critical evaluation, academic conventions, notions of creative, technical and therapeutic practice as research methodologies, and a range of modes of contextual analysis. The skills gleaned on this module will provide students with a platform for research for the remainder of the programme and in their future careers.

Fees & funding

The government has yet to announce the upper limit of Tuition Fees for applicants wishing to study an undergraduate course in 2018/19. As soon as this information becomes available, our website will be updated and we will contact everyone who has applied to the University to advise them of their Tuition Fee.

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Full time: £8,150 for the 2017 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £680 per 15 credits for the 2017 academic year

International Students

Full time: £12,600 for the 2017 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1050 per 15 credits for the 2017 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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How to apply

2017

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22/09/201718/09/2018Apply online (Full Time)
22/09/201718/09/2018Apply online (Part Time)

2018

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22/09/201818/09/2019Apply online (Full Time)
22/09/201818/09/2019Apply online (Part Time)

2019

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22/09/201918/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
22/09/201918/09/2020Apply online (Part Time)