MA Fashion

MA Fashion has an international profile second to none. It has extensive industry links, and graduates practise professionally at the forefront of international fashion. This postgraduate course is about leading not following.

The course is offered in four pathways that are interrelated and structured around the core subject of fashion and are taught by our excellent team of technical staff and practising designers. With an ethos of guided experimentation, you will explore your individual style while being challenged to innovate to the highest standards. The course offers four pathways of study Womenswear | Menswear | Knitwear | Textiles for Fashion

This course is part of the: Fashion Programme

Open days:

The next open days will take place between February to April 2017. Please check back here from mid January 2017 to book a place online. 

Scholarships, Awards and Funding available:

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships:
Home/EU | International
Alexander McQueen Scholarship
Christopher Kane in memory of Professor Louise Wilson Scholarship
IBF International Scholarship
Isabella Blow Foundation Scholarship
L'Wren Scott Scholarships
Ports 1961 Scholarships
Samsung Fashion and Design Fund Awards
Stella McCartney Scholarship
TECHNE Studentships
Theory Scholarship
Jane Rapley Scholarships

View all fashion-specific postgraduate funding options available at CSM. 

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

MA Fashion Show 2016, London Fashion Week 

MA Fashion Show 2015, London Fashion Week 

MA Fashion Show 2014, London Fashion Week 

MA Fashion Show 2013, London Fashion Week 

MA Fashion Show 2012, London Fashion Week

Facts

Course Director

Fabio Piras

Course Location

King's Cross, London. Tel: +44 (0)20 7514 7020

Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length1 year and 2 terms (45 weeks)
Home/EU Fee

Tuition fees for 2017/18: £6,310 year one. Year two £3,675 plus an inflationary increase.

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course. 

Use our Fees and Funding Calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.

International Fee

Tuition fees for 2017/18: £16,080 year one. £9,280 year two.

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course. 

Use our Fees and Funding Calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.

Start DateOctober 2016
Autumn Term DatesFirst year students: Monday 31 October – Friday 9 December 2016 Second year students: Monday 3 October – Friday 9 December 2016
Spring Term DatesMonday 9 January – Friday 17 March 2017
Summer Term DatesMonday 24 April – Friday 13 June 2017
Application Route

Direct application

Content and structure

MA Fashion has an international profile second to none. It has extensive industry links, and graduates practise professionally at the forefront of international fashion.



MA Fashion is fast paced to replicate working practices in the industry. 

This postgraduate course is about leading not following. It is about possibilities, goals and ideals, wider imagination, versatility, rigour and motivation.

The course is offered in four pathways that are interrelated and structured around the core subject of fashion and are taught by our excellent team of technical staff and practising designers. With an ethos of guided experimentation, you will explore your individual style while being challenged to innovate to the highest standards.

With an emphasis on research, and fashion awareness the course aims to produce professional and original designers ready to pursue careers, which will shape the future of the fashion industry. MA Fashion believes that truly relevant, innovative design is not purely a creative activity involving designers in the artistic process – it also recognises the ability to analyse markets and respond to the changes within industry and society.

MA Fashion emphasises presentation and communication skills: you will not only create relevant and innovative work but also be good communicators capable of convincing colleagues that your ideas are based on a mature understanding of market context. 

You will get involved in the debates generated by our Professional Speakers Talks, in project-base learning, and critiques that help you develop your analytical and communication skills. These activities, together with the staff team's wide-ranging professional practice, bring excitement and breadth to the course. 

About the course

  • MA Fashion lasts 45 weeks full-time. It is structured in two units over five terms of varying lengths commencing in late October.
  • MA Fashion sits outside the usual postgraduate framework as it shows on the official London Fashion Week schedule – the only course to do so. 

Course outline

A feature of MA Fashion is the interrelated nature of the four pathways offered. You will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other disciplines just as you need to in the professional world. MA Fashion benefits from the special atmosphere created by students from varied specialisms, backgrounds and nationalities – all of them committed to fashion – working together in close proximity.


Students study one of four pathways:

  • Womenswear Fashion
  • Menswear Fashion
  • Knitwear Fashion
  • Textiles for Fashion 

Staff

Course Director: Fabio Piras

PA to MA Course Director: Debbie Lotmore 

Womenswear Fashion Pathway Tutor: Jane Shepherd
Womenswear Fashion Pathway Tutor: Julie Verhoeven
Womenswear Fashion Pathway Tutor: Sarah Lawrence
Menswear Fashion Pathway Tutor: Mark Weston
Knitwear Fashion Pathway Tutor: Annette Hultzsch
Textiles for Fashion Pathway Tutor: Fleet Bigwood

All Pathways Unit 1 Leader: Louise Gray
All Pathways Technical Studies Leader: Mark Tarbard
 

Programme Technical Co-ordinator: Becky Edwards
Technician: Sanae Matsunaga
Knit Technician: Rodney Wilson
Print Technician: Imogen Evans
Programme Lead Administrator: David Mansfield
Student Administrator: Richie Kaboh

Careers

MA Fashion graduates have established notable careers as Designers and Design Directors worldwide, some have chosen to build reputations under their own labels. These alumni include:

Alexander McQueen, Ann-Sofie Back, Ashish, Bora Aksu, Caitlyn Price, Charles Jeffrey, Christopher Kane, Christopher Shannon, Craig Green, David Koma, Eley Kishimoto, Faustine Steinmetz, J JS Lee, John Alexander Skelton, Kiko Kostadinov, Marques Almea, Mary Katrantzou, Masha Ma, Matty Bovan, Palmer Harding, Peter Jesen, Phoebe English, Richard Nichol, Roksanda, Rotting Dean Bazaar, Sadie Williams, Simone Rocha, Todd Lynn.

Destinations for our graduates as designers and design directors include:

Acne, Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Céline, Cheap Mondays, Chloé, Coach, Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Dries Van Noten, DVF, Givenchy, J.W.Anderson, Jil Sander, Kenzo, Lanvin, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Lululemon, Marc Jacobs, Margaret Howell, Marni, McQ, Missoni, Mugler, Mulberry, Neil Barrett, Norse Projects, Paul Smith, Ports 1961, Pringle, Pucci, Raf Simons, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford, UNIQLO, Versace, Vetements, Victoria Beckham, Yeezy.

MA Fashion Industry Sponsored Projects

The course offers students the opportunity to participate in high level industry-sponsored projects: including most recently Bally, J. Crew and Tod's as well as a long standing relationship with Chloé and two extensive projects for Pringle of Scotland.

MA Fashion students have benefited from collaborations with companies worldwide and are expected to establish their own network of contacts and develop collaborations within industry as part of their project work whilst on the course. 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A relevant good honours degree or equivalent professional experience; significant creative ability in Fashion Design, Textiles or Knitwear with a strong interest in fashion as a subject of study. Mature students are encouraged to apply. 

Scholarships

Each year all successful Home/EU applicants are considered for one of the course's many bursaries. Please see the section further down this course page 'MA Fashion scholarships, bursaries and awards'. 

English language requirements

Fashion design pathways: All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you send us an English language test score together with your application to prove your level of proficiency. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please clearly indicate this on your application form. When you have received your test score, please send it to us immediately. The standard English language requirement for entry is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent. For further information visit the English Language support section.
 
 

Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the Visa and Immigration page, which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements. 

What we look for

The talent to move fashion forward, the skills to ‘realise’ your creative vision and commitment to succeed in this demanding, pressurised and fast-changing industry. 

Student selection criteria

Applicants to Womenswear Fashion, Menswear Fashion, Knitwear for Fashion and Textiles for Fashion are selected on their ability to demonstrate through a portfolio containing a minimum of four projects: 

  • A strong personal identity
  • Extensive research and rough work
  • Technical skills
  • 3-dimensional sense
  • Visual interpretation skills
  • Sensitivity to fabrication and colour 

The interview for all pathways (for applicants selected following submission of the application form, personal statement and supporting work in the form of a portfolio of work) is used to evaluate the extent to which you demonstrate: 

  • potential to benefit from the course
  • reason for choosing the course
  • communication skills
  • motivation and commitment 

Portfolio advice

If you are applying for Womenswear Fashion, Menswear Fashion, Knitwear Fashion or Textiles for Fashion you are required to bring to interview a substantial portfolio of design work (a minimum of four projects). This should include extensive research and rough work, together with a toile/garment/printed or knitted length or 3D work, as appropriate for your pathway choice.



How to apply

Applications for September 2016 entry are now closed.

You can apply for this course using our online application form – the link to this is below. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide. 

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • Referee details (this course requires two references, at least one of which should be an academic or professional reference). 

Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form. 

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes links to where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

Personal statement

Your personal statement should give us information about yourself and why you want to join the course. (Write between 300-500 words)

  • What are you doing at the moment educationally, professionally, personally?
  • Why do you wish to study on this course?
  • What is your relevant experience?
  • Do you have any relevant skills?
  • Why do you think you are a suitable candidate for acceptance?

Portfolio (international students only)

International applicants are required to submit a portfolio that features a minimum of four projects and demonstrates process and research as well as final outcomes. 

Please note, you can submit text and as many website links as you need to, but the portfolio form does not allow you to upload files.

Start your application now

Due to the high level of interest in MA Fashion we recommend that you return your application as soon as possible after 31 January 2016 but by the end of May 2016 at the latest, although we will consider applicants of exceptional talent up until 30 June.

 

It should be noted that you can submit your application after the closing date. However, if the course is full it will be filed as a late application, and you will only be interviewed if and when a place becomes available.

Deferred entry: Entry can only be deferred in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us before submitting your application if you're considering applying for deferred entry.

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you don’t need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

We will send you emails as you progress through the application process, so do check your inbox (and junk folder, just in case). These emails will contain important information about your application, and links to the online forms you should use to submit the extra information required.

What happens next?

We read and consider all application forms and personal references. Please note we pay particular attention to your personal statement and references.



Subject to your meeting the entry requirements and following consideration of your application form, preliminary selection is based on your personal statement and documentation of work and supporting information. You may then be invited to attend a portfolio review and, if successful, an interview. For candidates applying for external funding, interviews will be scheduled prior to funding body deadlines. 

Can't attend the interview?

If you are a Home/EU or international applicant unable to attend for interview, the MA Fashion Course Director would hope to discuss your application by telephone, Skype or email. 



In the case of applicants unable to attend for interview and unable to discuss their application by telephone or email, a decision regarding the offer of a place will be made on the basis of a review of the application materials. We keep notes about decisions made following the initial application review and the interview process.

 

Selection is by two members of staff (normally the Course Director and one other), and offers of places are made on the basis of our selection criteria. Applicants are informed of the decision via either the Student Administration or the International Office. 

Open days

Open days are a great opportunity to meet staff and students and to find out at first hand about courses, teaching and student life. Visit the open day section for dates to book your session. Bookings can only be made online, not by phone or email.


MA Fashion scholarships, bursaries and awards

All scholarships, bursary and awards listed below are exclusive to the MA Fashion course (with the exception of the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship, The Jane Rapley Scholarship, The Lane Crawford Scholarship and the Samsung Fashion Design Award).

The Alexander McQueen Scholarship

Who is it for? The Scholarship is available to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through postgraduate study. Applicants need to be ordinarily resident in the UK or any other member state of the European Union. 

Who can apply? MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible.  

What does it cover? The Scholarship will cover full Home/EU tuition fees with a contribution of £13,000 towards living costs. 

The Chloé Award 

Who is it for? A £5,000 prize will be awarded to an exceptionally talented and deserving student on the MA Fashion course.  

Who can apply? MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways will be shortlisted to present a project portfolio at the end of Summer Term.  

What does it cover? The award provides a contribution towards materials, tuition fees or maintenance costs.  

The Christopher Kane in Memory of Professor Louise Wilson Scholarship 

Who is it for? The Scholarship is available to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through postgraduate study. Applicants need to be ordinarily resident in the UK and considered a Home student.  

Who qualifies? MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible.  

What does it cover? The Scholarship will cover full Home/EU tuition fees with a contribution of £13,000 towards living costs.  

The Isabella Blow Foundation Bursary

Who is it for? The Bursary is available to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through postgraduate study. Applicants need to be ordinarily resident in the UK or any other member state of the European Union. 

Who can apply? MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible.  

What does it cover? The Bursary will cover full Home/EU tuition fees with a contribution of approximately £10,000 towards living costs.  

The Jane Rapley Scholarship 

Who is it for? The Scholarship is available to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through their first year of postgraduate study.  

Who can apply? Home/EU and International MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible and will need to be nominated by the Course Director.  

What does it cover? The scholarship awards a sum of £3,000 providing a contribution towards materials and maintenance costs. 

The Lane Crawford Scholarship

Who is it for? The Scholarship is available to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through postgraduate study. Applicants need to be ordinarily resident in Hong Kong or mainland China.  

Who can apply? MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible.   

What does it cover? The Scholarship will cover full International tuition fees with a contribution of £18,000 towards living costs.  

The L'Oréal Professionnel Scholarships 

Who is it for? The Scholarships are available to exceptionally talented and deserving applicants, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through their second year of postgraduate study.  

Who can apply? Home/EU and International MA Fashion second year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible and will need to be nominated by the Course Director.  

What does it cover? The Scholarships award a discretionary sum each year, providing a contribution towards materials, tuition fees or maintenance costs.  

The L'Wren Scott Fashion Scholarship

Who is it for? The Scholarship is available to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through postgraduate study. Applicants need to be ordinarily resident in the UK or any other member state of the European Union.  

Who can apply? MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible. 

What does it cover? The Scholarship will cover full Home/EU tuition fees with a contribution of £20,000 towards living costs.  

The MA Fashion Course Scholarship  

Who is it for? The Scholarship is available to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through postgraduate study. Applicants need to be ordinarily resident in the UK or any other member state of the European Union.  

Who can apply? MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible.  

What does it cover? The Scholarship will cover full Home/EU tuition fees with a contribution of £9.500 towards living costs.  

The Ports 1961 Scholarship 

Who is it for? The Scholarship is available to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through postgraduate study. Applicants need to be ordinarily resident in the UK or any other member state of the European Union.  

Who can apply? MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible.   

What does it cover? The Scholarship will cover full Home/EU tuition fees with a contribution of £14,000 towards living costs.  

The Samsung Fashion and Design Fund Award (SFDF)

Who is it for? A £ 4,000 prize will be awarded to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant studying on the MA Fashion course by a panel of judges.  

Who can apply? MA Fashion final year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible and are invited to apply by completing an application form.

What does it cover? The award provides a contribution towards materials, tuition fees or maintenance costs.  

The Stella McCartney Scholarship

Who is it for? A Home/EU student

Who can apply? A Home/EU studentaccepted on the MA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins, commencing October 2016 

What does it cover? The Scholarship will cover the course tuition fees and a contribution towards living costs. 

The Theory Scholarship Award 

Who is it for? The Scholarship is available to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through postgraduate study. Applicants need to be ordinarily resident in the UK or any other member state of the European Union.  

Who can apply? MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible.  

What does it cover? The Scholarship will cover full Home/EU tuition fees with a contribution of £13,000 towards living costs.  

The Vice-Chancellor's Postgraduate Scholarships 

Are also available for UK, EU and International applicants. 

Industry collaborations and projects

MA Fashion has unparalleled links with leading names in the industry. Some recent examples of collaborative projects include:

Pringle of Scotland - 'Princess Grace: More Than An Image', 2013 

The archive collection ‘Princess Grace: More Than An Image’ is the latest stage in a long term collaboration between Pringle of Scotland, The Nouveau Musée National de Monaco and Central Saint Martins' MA Fashion course. The collection was launched during Paris Fashion Week and sold globally.

More: Pringle of Scotland | French VogueUAL News 

J.Crew, 2013

The iconic American retailer announced a special design project and scholarship program with MA Fashion students that led to a pop-up concept store at King's Cross and a cashmere project to be designed by MA Fashion students  produced and distributed globally by J.Crew.

More: Vogue

Pringle Archive, 2011

Under the direction of Professor Louise Wilson OBE and working with Pringle of Scotland's specialised knitwear craftspeople in Scotland, MA Fashion students designed a cashmere collection inspired by the Pringle Archive which was launched at London Fashion Week and sold globally. 

More: Pringle of Scotland | Daily Telegraph 

Bally, 2009-12

This was a long-term, successful creative partnership that gave birth to a limited women’s shoes capsule collection in 2010 and a limited men’s shoes capsule collection in 2011.

More: Dazed Digital  

ShowStudio interviews and profiles - MA Fashion alumni and staff

MA Fashion at London Fashion Week

View MA Fashion show galleries from 2006 to 2016 on Vogue.com:

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