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

MA Fashion Show 2013, London Fashion Week 

MA Fashion Show 2012, London Fashion Week

  • Facts

    Course Director

    Fabio Piras (Acting)

    Course Location

    King's Cross, London. Tel: +44 (0)20 7514 7023

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

    Tuition fees for 2014/15: £5,310 year one. Year two £3,190 plus an inflationary increase.

    £500 per annum discount for Home/EU 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: £13,650 year one. £8,190 year two.

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

    Start DateSeptember 2014
    Autumn Term DatesMonday 27 October 2014 – Friday 12 December 2014
    Spring Term DatesMonday 5 January 2015 – Friday 6 March 2015
    Summer Term DatesTuesday 27 April 2015 – Friday 26 June 2015
    Application Route

    Direct application

  • Content and Structure

    MA Fashion has extensive international links, and graduates practise professionally at the forefront of the international fashion industry.

    MA Fashion is fast moving. Students build up momentum in their design work which replicates working practices in the industry.

    This postgraduate course is about leading not following, accepting criticism, learning and moving on. It is not a hobby. It has an international profile second to none.

    MA Fashion is offered in four pathways that are interrelated and structured around the core subject of fashion. It is part of the Fashion programme.

    With an emphasis on research, market intelligence and industry awareness, 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, the industry and society in general. Designers or journalists must not only be conversant with the broad fashion context; they must also be able to diagnose markets accurately and to communicate with colleagues and management.

    MA Fashion emphasises presentation and communication skills. Students must not only create the right product for the market but also be good communicators capable of convincing colleagues that their ideas are based on a mature understanding of markets and competitors.

    You’ll get involved in the debates generated by our Professional Speakers Talks, related projects, and the inter-pathway critiques that help you develop your critical and communication skills. These activities, together with the range and reach of staff connections with the industry, bring excitement and breadth to the course.

    About the course

    • MA Fashion lasts 45 weeks full-time, structured in two units over five terms (which may vary in length) commencing in late October.
    • MA Fashion sits outside the usual postgraduate framework as it normally shows in London Fashion Week on the official London Fashion Week schedule - the only course to do so. For the latest coverage, visit Style.com.

    Course outline

    A feature of MA Fashion is the interrelated nature of the five 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 a wide variety of disciplines, 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’ll work on several types of project. There’s a degree of overlap in these projects – 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’ll develop analytical and interpretative skills and a self-critical approach to fashion. You’ll also undertake appropriate research and apply this to your project work. .You’ll 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’ll 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 develops your fashion and design awareness and your interpretation skills further. It fosters critical appraisal, self-evaluation, analysis and observation, market awareness, and the ability to anticipate international market trends. You’re expected to be 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. Where appropriate you’ll liaise with students from other course pathways in order to discover and explore alternative approaches that support your project objectives.

    Unit Two – Independent 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’re expected to take personal responsibility for your Major Project and to organise and pace your work professionally. You’ll consult with staff at all stages, drawing up a coherent project development schedule to be agreed by a due date with theMA Fashion Course Leader and your tutor. You’ll be expected to set clear objectives and to indicate any technical support, special processes and production methods you might need.

     

  • Staff

    Course Director: Fabio Piras (Acting)
    PA to MA Course Director: Debbie Lotmore

    Womenswear Fashion Pathway Tutor: Jane Shepherd
    Womenswear Fashion Pathway Tutor: Julie Verhoeven
    Womenswear Fashion Pathway Tutor: Fabio Piras
    Menswear Pathway Tutor: Peter Jensen
    Knitwear Tutor: Sarah Gresty
    Textiles for Fashion Pathway Tutor: Fleet Bigwood
    Fashion Journalism Pathway Tutor: Roger Tredre

    Course Technical Co-ordinator: Toni Tester
    Programme Technical Co-ordinator: Becky Edwards
    Technician: Rose Lilley
    Print Technician: Imogen Evans
    Knit Technician: Rodney Wilson
    Programme Lead Administrator: David Mansfield
    Student Administrator: Richie Kaboh

  • Careers

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

    • Womenswear pathway destinations include the following companies: Acne Jeans, Aquascutum, Adidas, Alexander Wang, Armani, Balenciaga, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Celine, Cerruti, Chanel, Chloe, Christian Dior, DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Dries Van Noten, Jil Sander, Lanvin, Levis, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Marni, Nike, Prada, Pringle, Puma, Roberto Cavalli, Sonia Rykiel, Stella McCartney, Top Shop, Versace and Viktor & Rolf. Own labels Include Alexander McQueen, Ashish, Basso & Brooke, Bora Aksu, Christopher Kane, David Koma, J JS Lee, Marios Schwab, Maarten van der Horst, Michael Van Der Ham, Palmer Harding, Peter Jensen, Richard Nicoll, Roksanda Ilincic, Simone Rocha, Sophia Kokosalaki, Thomas Tait and Todd Lynn.
    • Menswear pathway destinations include the following companies: Adidas, Balmain, Balenciaga, Burberry, Carol Christian Poel, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Jil Sander, Lanvin, Levis, Loui Vuitton, Missoni, Neil Barrett, Phillip Lim, Puma, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent and Topman. Own labels include Peter Jensen, Griffin, Shaun Samson, Christopher Shannon and Craig Green.
    • Knitwear pathway destinations include the following companies: Balenciaga, Banana Republic, Celine, Chloe, Gucci, Issey Miyake, John Smedley, Liz Claiborne, Marks & Spencer, Ralph Lauren, Sonia Rykiel, Stella McCartney, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent. Own labels include Leutton Postle, Louise Goldin, Mark Fast and Phoebe English.
    • Textiles pathway destinations include the following companies: Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Chanel, Dries van Noten, DVF, Ghost, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Mulberry, Puma, Top Shop, Ungaro, Valentino and Versace. Own labels include Jonathan Saunders, Basso & Brooke, Eley Kishimoto, Louise Gray and Mary Katrantzou.
    • Journalism pathway graduates work in the following companies: ID Magazine, Another Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Self Service, The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Times, Marie Claire, The Telegraph, Vogue, vogue.co.uk, Vogue USA, Vogue China.

    MA Fashion Industry Sponsored Projects

    The course offers students the opportunity to participate in high level industry-sponsored projects including Bally and Pringle as well as a unique 10 year relationship with Chloe. The most recent Pringle project enabled students to collaborate with BA Fashion History and Theory students who had researched the archive of Princess Grace of Monaco at the Nouveau Musee National de Monaco. They generated design concepts for knitwear capturing the essence of this iconic figure and re-presenting it for a 21st century audience.

    MA Fashion students have benefited from collaborations with companies worldwide. They are expected to establish their own network of contacts in London and beyond, 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, Knitwear or, for the Fashion Journalism pathway, a high level of writing skills with a strong interest in fashion. 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.

    MA Fashion Journalism: 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 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 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

    Applicants to Fashion Journalism are not expected to provide a portfolio at interview but are required to submit a written piece (2,000-3,000 words) with their application prior to being selected for interview. This must be well presented and on a fashion topic. It must demonstrate:

    • ability to develop a critical argument based on research
    • analytical and interpretative skills
    • ability to present items in a concise and coherent form

    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 or written 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 yo're 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.

    If you are applying for Fashion Journalism you are not expected to provide a portfolio at interview but you will be required to submit a written piece with your application prior to being selected for interview. This must be a well-presented piece of written work on a fashion topic (2,000-3,000 words). Evidence of research and market segment aimed at must be indicated and illustrations may be included where appropriate. Your piece of written work, application form and personal statement (see section five of the application form) must be sent with the application.

    Top tip - if we have asked for a substantial portfolio, etc. as above it's best to submit just that and not over-edit.

  • Apply

    Central Saint Martins would like to affirm to all applicants to the MA Fashion course that the course will continue to be delivered to the highest standards of creative excellence set by Professor Louise Wilson OBE, who tragically passed away on 17th May. 

    The course team, who have worked alongside Louise for many years, are committed to delivering the highest quality of fashion education under the new Acting Course Director, Fabio Piras, who has the clear support and endorsement of the current students and staff. Fabio was acting MA Fashion Course Director when Louise was on sabbatical in New York and has extensive industry experience, as well as years of experience teaching on the MA Course with Louise. The ethos of the course continues to receive significant support from the fashion industry and alumni, including the course’s Practitioners in Residence, Christopher Kane and Kim Jones, both of whom are engaged in the development of the course.

    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 contact us. Email: info@csm.arts.ac.uk

    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 contact us. Email: international@csm.arts.ac.uk

    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 College of Arts and Design
    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 College of Arts and Design
    University of the Arts London
    Granary Building
    1 Granary Square
    London N1C 4AA.

    When to Apply

    Due to the popularity of 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’re a home/EU or international applicant unable to attend for interview, the MA Fashion Course Leader 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 Leader 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 unique to the MA Fashion course (with the exception of the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship and the Samsung Fashion Design Award).

    Isabella Blow Foundation Bursary

    MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible.  The Isabella Blow Bursary (worth £19,500) aims to offer full Home/EU fees and a living stipend to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through postgraduate study.

    J.Crew Scholarship

    MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible if they previously have studied on the BA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins.  The J.Crew bursary (worth £21,500) aims to offer full Home/EU fees and a living stipend to an exceptionally talented applicant and underscores the brand’s commitment to nurture up and coming design talent.

    L'Oréal Professionnel Scholarships

    Applicants from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible. L'Oréal Professionnel has created three scholarships which aim to offer funding towards postgraduate study to talented and deserving applicants who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through postgraduate study.

    MA Fashion Course Scholarship

    Applicants from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible. The MA Fashion course has created one scholarship which aims to offer the opportunity for postgraduate study to talented and deserving applicants who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through postgraduate study.

    Stella McCartney Scholarships

    MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible. Stella McCartney has created three scholarships which aim to offer payment of Home/EU fees for postgraduate students.

    The Creative Scotland MA Scholarship

    MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible. Creative Scotland has created one scholarship which aims to offer full payment of Home/EU fees for postgraduate students who must be ordinarily resident in Scotland. Find out more about the Creative Scotland Scholarship.

    Chloé Award

    A financial prize (£5,000) will be awarded to a student studying on the MA Fashion Course by a panel of judges, one of whom will be the Creative Director of Chloé.

    The Theory Scholarship Award

    The Theory Scholarship Award is available to one student ordinarily resident in the UK or any member state of the European Union. The scholarship is worth £22,500, inclusive of payment of tuition fees.

    The Samsung Fashion Design Award (SFDF)

    A financial prize (£4,000) will be awarded to a final year student studying on the MA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins by a panel of judges. Final year MA Fashion students are invited to apply by filling in an application form.  

    The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship

    Postgraduate scholarships are available to Home/EU students that are able to show a strong likelihood of achieving academic excellence.  Applicants will need to have an offer of a place on one of the eligible courses and take up their place in the 2013/14 academic year. Scholarships will be awarded based upon your course application, subsequent portfolio and interview. Recommendations will be made by Course Leaders or Programme Directors. 

  • 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: Bally | Dazed Digital  

  • ShowStudio Interviews and Profiles - MA Fashion Alumni and Staff

  • One Granary Profiles - 2013 Graduate Interviews

  • MA Fashion at London Fashion Week

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