MA Fashion has an outstanding reputation sustained over more than three decades and is the only course that shows at London Fashion Week on the official London Fashion Week schedule. The profile of its alumni as design directors internationally and as own label designers is unrivalled. The course offers four pathways of study Womenswear | Menswear | Knitwear | Textiles for Fashion

This course is part of the: Fashion Programme

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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 2015/16: £5,940 year one. Year two £3,560 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. 

International Fee

Tuition fees for 2014/15: £14,300 year one. £8,600 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. 

Start DateSeptember 2015
Autumn Term DatesMonday 26 October 2015 – Friday 11 December 2015
Spring Term DatesMonday 11 January 2016 – Friday 11 March 2016
Summer Term DatesMonday 25 April 2015 – Friday 24 June 2015
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.

MA Fashion is part of the Fashion programme. 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 in London Fashion Week 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 

Course Units

Unit 1 – Diagnostic and Negotiated Phases.

During Unit 1 you will work on several types of project. There’s a degree of overlap in these projects so you may find yourself working on more than one at a time. All your projects require you to manage your time effectively to meet deadlines.



The Diagnostic Phase develops your work within the context of directed projects. It’s designed to diagnose your abilities, to challenge your assumptions, and to broaden your creative awareness through an expanding knowledge of your pathway and of the international aspects of the fashion industry. As part of this process you will develop analytical and interpretative skills and a self-critical approach to fashion. You will also undertake appropriate research and apply this to your project work. You will develop your knowledge of the professional designer environment while recognising the value of communication as a working tool. Throughout this diagnostic phase your work will be planned and directed by staff.  You will be expected to work as a member of a team in some projects and to take an active role in project critiques and discussions. All projects during this phase are supported by technical and presentation skills teaching.



The Negotiated Phase of Unit 1 further develops your fashion and design awareness and your interpretation skills. It fosters skills of critical appraisal, self-evaluation, analysis and observation, market awareness, and the ability to anticipate international market trends. You are expected to become more independent and experimental and to begin to initiate and manage your own projects through negotiation with the staff team. Strong emphasis is placed on creativity, individuality, personal development and enquiry to enable you to realise your full potential and establish your creative identity. 

Unit 2 – Independent Major Project.


In this unit you will work more independently developing a pre-collection and a final collection as your Major Project. The skills, knowledge and critical perspectives acquired during Unit 1 will support and inform the direction of your self-initiated and self-managed Major Project. You are expected to organise and pace your work professionally and will consult with staff at all stages, drawing up a coherent project development plan to be agreed by the course team. You will be expected to set clear objectives and to indicate any technical support, special processes and production methods you might need to realise your final collection.

  • Every student will have the opportunity to show their work at the end of Unit 2.
  • Selected students only will have the opportunity to show their work in the London Fashion Week catwalk show.

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: Peter Jensen

Knitwear Fashion Pathway Tutor: Annette Hultzsch

Textiles for Fashion Pathway Tutor: Fleet Bigwood


Course Technical Co-ordinator: Toni Tester
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, whilst some have chosen to build reputations under their own labels. 

  • Womenswear pathway destinations include the following companies: Adidas, Alexander Wang, Armani, Balenciaga, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Céline, Chanel, Chloé, Christian Dior, Coach, DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Dries Van Noten, Givenchy, Jil Sander, J.W Anderson, Lanvin, Levis, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Marni, McQ, Nike, Ports 1961, Prada, Pringle, Proenza Schouler, Puma, Roberto Cavalli, Sonia Rykiel, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford, Top Shop, Tory Burch, Versace, Viktor & Rolf.
    Own labels include Alexander McQueen, Ashish, Bora Aksu, Christopher Kane, David Koma, J JS Lee, Marios Schwab, Marques'Almeida, Masha Ma, Michael Van Der Ham, Palmer Harding, Peter Jensen, Richard Nicoll, Roksanda, Sophia Kokosalaki, Simone Rocha, Thomas Tait. 
  • Menswear pathway destinations include the following companies: Acne Studios, Adidas, Balenciaga, Balmain, Burberry, Carol Christian Poel, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Jil Sander, Lanvin, Levis, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Missoni, Neil Barrett, Phillip Lim, Puma, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Topman.
    Own labels include Christopher Shannon, Craig Green, Griffin, Peter Jensen, Nicomede Talavera, Shaun Samson, Todd Lynn. 
  • Knitwear pathway destinations include the following companies: Acne Studios, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Céline, Chloé, Gucci, Issey Miyake, John Smedley, Liz Claiborne, Marks & Spencer, Ralph Lauren, Sonia Rykiel, Stella McCartney, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent.
    Own labels include Helen Lawrence, Leutton Postle, Louise Goldin, Mark Fast, Phoebe English. 
  • Textiles pathway destinations include the following companies: Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Chanel, Dries van Noten, DVF, Kenzo, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Mulberry, Pucci, Puma, Top Shop, Ungaro, Valentino and Versace. Own labels include Basso & Brooke, Eley Kishimoto, Faustine Steinmetz, Jonathan Saunders, Mary Katrantzou, Louise Gray, Sadie Williams. 

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.



Apply

Home/EU and International applicants

Download your MA Fashion application form:

Each form contains detailed information about the application process.


Your application must include:

  • a completed application form
  • copies of your latest qualifications certificates
  • a personal statement
  • two original references on headed paper, at least one of which should be an academic or professional reference
  • International applicants should include a portfolio of work with their application. (See details below) 

Please ensure your application is complete. If you’re sending references separately, please state this clearly. Please send your application by registered mail. Due to the large number of applications we get, we cannot send confirmation that your application has been received. Please do not apply unless you meet the course requirements. 

International applicants portfolio

Please submit your portfolio as a non returnable A4 portfolio, or CD / USB memory stick (images should be arranged in a single PDF or Powerpoint file). The presentation of between 20 pages minimum and 50 pages maximum, should contain a minimum of four projects and should demonstrate your process and research as well as final outcomes. 

Further information for Home / EU applicants

Our website includes all the information you need to apply. However, if you still have unanswered questions about the admissions process, please use our course enquiry form.

Further information for International applicants

There are two ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course at Central Saint Martins:

To apply through the College, our website includes all the information you need to apply. However, if you still have unanswered questions about the admissions process, please use our course enquiry form

The University has a dedicated team to help prepare you for your studies. For help on visa requirements, housing, tuition fees and language requirements visit the University's International section.

 

The Language Centre offers international students quality language training from qualified and experienced teachers. The Pre-sessional Academic English Programme is available to all international (non-EU) students who have been offered a place on a full time course at the University of the Arts. For further information visit the Language Centre website.

 

We also offer a number of short courses that enable students to improve their portfolios and English skills before applying to their chosen course. For further information visit our Short Course section. 



Home/EU applicants please send your completed application to: 


Student Administration

MA Fashion

Central Saint Martins
University of the Arts London

Granary Building

1 Granary Square

London N1C 4AA.



International applicants please send your completed application to:


International Office

MA Fashion

Central Saint Martins

University of the Arts London

Granary Building

1 Granary Square

London N1C 4AA. 

When to Apply

Due to the high level of interest in MA Fashion we recommend that you return your application as soon as possible after the 31st of January but by the end of May at the latest for all other applications although we do consider applicants of exceptional talent up until 30th 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. 

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 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 final 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 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 Creative Scotland MA 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 Scotland.  

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 valued at £9,500 offers full Home/EU tuition fees.  

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 J.Crew 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 and to have graduated from the BA Fashion Course at Central Saint Martins.  

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 £12,000 towards living 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 is 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 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 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 Pringle of Scotland 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 Scotland and/or specialising in knitwear.  

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 £15,500 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 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

One Granary Profiles - 2013 Graduate Interviews

MA Fashion at London Fashion Week

View MA Fashion show galleries from 2006 to 2013 on Vogue.com:

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