Postgraduate online application form

We will be launching an online application form for this course before the end of December 2015.

If you would like to apply before this time, or have already started your application, please continue to use the below application forms and submit as instructed – your application will not be disadvantaged in any way. 

Internationally recognised as a pioneering incubator of original designers who challenge the notion of how fashion products change and influence the world we live in.

Model wearing large pendant earrings against lime green backdrop.
Photographer James Rees, Creative Direction Rob Phillips, Beauty Pace Chen

Alexandra Druzhinin - Showtime profile

Model wearing black sequin headpiece and necklace.
Photographer:James Rees, Creative Direction: Rob Phillips, Beauty: Pace Chen, Nails: Melissa Wong

Maria Sokolyanskaya - Showtime profile

Vanity cases by Lauren Moore

Lauren Moore, 2014 - view Showtime profile

Ana Rajcevic's collaboration with the Royal Ballet

Ana Rajcevic's collaboration with the Royal Ballet - view Ana's Showtime profile

Work by MA Fashion Artifact student Oliver Ruuger

Oliver Ruuger, 2011 - view Showtime profile

work by MA Fashion Artefact student Una Burke

Una Burke, 2009 - view Showtime profile

Work by Taeseok Kang

Taeseok Kang, 2012 - view Showtime profile

Footwear by Meline Katchi, 2014

Meline Katchi, 2014. View Showtime Profile

Funding opportunities

View all Postgraduate Scholarships, Bursaries & Awards


Course Leader

Dai Rees

Course Location

Golden Lane

Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time or Part time
Course Length15 months (Full time) or up to 5 years (Flexible)
Home/EU Fee

£8,250 (Full Time).

£920 per 20 credit unit (Flexible).
£2,760 per 60 credit unit (Flexible).

Please note that the fees payable on the Flexible route will be those of the academic year in which the unit(s) are studied.

UAL Home/EU alumni receive a £1,000 discount.

Course fees may be paid in instalments

International Fee

£17,230 (Full Time).

Please note that the Flexible mode is not available for International students.

UAL International alumni receive a £1,000 discount (Full Time only).

Course fees may be paid in instalments

Autumn Term Dates12 Sep - 02 Dec 2016 (Fourth Term 18 Sep - 01 Dec 2017)
Spring Term Dates09 Jan - 17 Mar 2017
Summer Term Dates18 Apr - 07 Jul 2017
Application Route

Direct to College

Application DeadlineApplications are accepted, and offers made, throughout the year. Early application is advised.

Content and Structure

MA Fashion Artefact is as original as its name suggests. The course is recognised as a pioneering incubator of ideas and philosophies and has been hailed as a leader in educational studio practice. It has developed and nurtured an impressive roster of alumni who have been awarded top prizes at many international competitions and had their work showcased at prestigious international exhibitions.

Students within Fashion Artefact develop both a comprehensive and personal perspective on fashion in its widest context. The course defines its position within education and the wider creative industries by focusing on the provocative possibilities of an ever-changing spectrum of arenas and audiences.

We believe that fashion is one of the most influential forms of expression in contemporary culture, serving as a reflection of our social behavior. We define fashion artefact as a post-modern metaphor of what occurs in today’s society. Consideration of the fashion artefact in its theoretical and social contexts allows us to gain an insight into complex underlying meanings and open them up for discussion and contemplation.

We strive for perfection and originality in both the exploration and pursuit of material methodologies in construction and manufacture, exploiting both hand-crafted and new technologies. The course leader and teaching team are all internationally recognised practicing artists and designers and are at the forefront of research within studio practice.

Course Structure

Full Time 15 months, 4 terms, level 7, 180 credits

Flexible up to 5 years, level 7, 180 credits                                      

Full Time mode

Term One

Creative and Technical Innovation (40 credits)
Research Methods (20 credits)

Term Two

Collaborative Unit (20 credits)
Technical Analysis and Development (40 units)

Term Three

Masters Project (60 credits)

Flexible mode

The same units are taught at the same times in the year as on the full time mode but you can complete the 20 credit units in any order and you have the option of taking longer to complete the course. You may build credits towards a Postgraduate Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma, or a Masters. If you get offered a place on the Flexible route your Course Leader will advise you on the best possible combination of units and when best to take them.

Please note that 120 credits must be successfully completed before the Masters Project is started.

The Masters must be completed within five years.

Travelling across London

The renowned London College of Fashion library is at our John Prince’s Street site, and you will need to travel to this site, and possibly others, during your course to use the library, which is open seven days a week in term time, and for tuition and special events.


Graduates from MA Fashion Artefact will be in a position to gain employment as innovators within the field of fashion design or object based fashion artefacts / accessories and may identify a fashion house, large corporate company or alternatively choose to build their own identity through the launch of their own product/design label. Graduates of MA Fashion Artefact have previously gone on to set up their own labels and work in a number of roles within the industry at companies including Burberry Prorsum and Alexander McQueen. Further employment opportunities include trend prediction, stylist, illustrator and freelance designer.

Masters graduates have an acknowledged advantage in the employment market, obtaining work in a wide range of vocational and academic fields related to fashion. Graduates from the MA Fashion Artefact will be in a position to gain employment as innovators within the fields of fashion design and technology, fashion communications, or management and marketing for the fashion industries. The MA also provides an excellent preparation for higher level research degrees (MPhil or PhD), with an increasing number of graduates undertaking research in fashion related subjects, in both practice and theory.

LCF Careers

LCF Careers provides a comprehensive career management service supporting our students to become informed and self-reliant individuals able to plan and manage their own careers.

Entry Requirements

Student Selection Criteria

The course seeks to recruit students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, and welcomes applications from mature students.

Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.

Course Entry Requirements

  • An Honours degree at 2.1 or above in a related discipline, such as fashion, textiles, product design and/or production, Applicants with a degree in another subject may be considered, depending on the strength of the application.
  • Equivalent qualifications
  • Relevant and quantitative industrial experience for a minimum of three years.

Selection for interview will be made on the basis of your application, including the personal statement, the reference, a CD ROM showing examples of your design work, the supporting written assignment and project proposal. If you are selected for interview you will be asked to bring a portfolio of previous work, including developmental work where possible, and three artefact products you have made to evidence your skills.

What We Look For

The course seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • A strong commitment and motivation towards a career in an aspect of the fashion industry
  • Awareness and relevant experience of fashion
  • Appropriate knowledge and skills commensurate with planned entry into the defined course, including the ability to design and manufacture fashion artefacts.

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one skill.

For more information, read the UAL English Language Requirements page. 

International Applicants

The International Recruitment Office at the London College of Fashion will help to guide you through the application process and answer any specific questions that you may have regarding our courses. This may include portfolio advice, the application process and fee advice. We offer a ‘drop-in’ facility for applicants who may be in London and wish to obtain further course and admissions information. Please contact us for further information on this facility. We can also arrange a tour of our facilities if we are given prior notice.

To find out more about studying in London, please visit the International students section of the London College of Fashion website.

Masters Preparation Online Short Course

LCF runs a short online course to help students who would like to study for a Masters qualification but need more preparation to acquire the requisite knowledge and skills to undertake postgraduate study at this level.

Visit the Introduction to Masters Level Study (Online Short Course) page for full details.

How to Apply

Before you start your application, please read the Guidance Notes for this course, as they give information on what to include in your application. The Guidance Notes are towards the bottom of this section, just above the "Selection Process" heading.

Home/EU Applicants

Applications to study for a Graduate School course should be made directly to the College using the Graduate Application Form, accompanied by two references (one of which should be academic) and a copy of your highest qualification to date.

Most Graduate School courses require you to submit a detailed study proposal and / or essay. Please read the specific guidance notes before applying to this course.

Alternatively, you can request an application form by calling +44 (0)20 7514 7973 / 7582 / 7344. If you have a question, you can ask us through our Course Enquiry Form.

Please send your completed application form and supporting documents to the following address:

Address: London College of Fashion, Student Administration, 20 John Prince's Street, London W1G 0BJ.

Applications are accepted throughout the year. Early application is advised.

International Applicants

Please apply directly to the College using the International Graduate Application Form, accompanied by contact details of two referees (one of which should be academic) and a copy of your highest qualification to date. We will write to your referees and obtain your references. You must also complete and send the Tier 4 Student Visa: UK Immigration History Form to the LCF International Recruitment Office with your portfolio (if required) and supporting documents.

Most Graduate School courses require you to submit a detailed study proposal and / or essay. Please read the specific guidance notes before applying to this course.

Please send your completed application form to the following address:

Address: London College of Fashion, International Recruitment Office, 20 John Prince's Street, London W1G 0BJ.

If you have a question, you can contact our International Recruitment Office by calling +44 (0)20 7514 7656 / 7678 / 7940 / 7629 or completing our Course Enquiry Form.

Guidance Notes

Selection Process

The course team will review your application and you may be called to interview. If you are selected for interview you will be asked to bring a portfolio of previous work, including developmental work where possible, and three artefact products you have made to evidence your skills. From this work and the interview the course team will decide if you are to be offered a place on the course.

Applicants have the right to ask for feedback if their application is unsuccessful. Requests must be made in writing to the Student Administrator, and we will respond within 20 working days.

Course Units

Creative & Technical Innovation

The unit is designed to establish and develop a balance to creative thinking and expand on your practical level of skills. Work will develop individually in response to the particular workshop sessions and introductions of supporting facilities and equipment available. You will evaluate and expand your technical and practical skills in relevant methodologies pertinent to the technological and/or craft based skills you have appropriated. Through tutorial guidance and peer review you will explore alternatives and possibilities to strengthen and expand your initial ideas into a revised proposal for presentation and development in the next stage of the MA.

Research Methods

The purpose of this unit is to introduce you to the range of research methods, approaches and tools that are available to you in order to conduct your post graduate project. The unit will cover philosophy and ethics in research; primary and secondary research methods, including quantitative, qualitative and visual research methods; and how to analyse, evaluate and disseminate research findings. The unit will consider research in a range of contexts relevant to the cultural and creative industries and enable you to understand the relationship between theory and practice.

Technical Analysis & Development

The unit is designed to support the planning and development of your Masters Project. In order for you to achieve a coherent and original body of work by the end of the course, this unit concentrates on the further development of your studio practice and the evaluation, which is underpinned by sound research. Analysis within the previous specialist units of your MA course will inform you of ways to consult and develop a wide range of specialist resources and methodologies. You are required to develop and scope your critical practice, to analytically review, and revise your focus in line with your expanding theories and in the context of your proposed market. The process of development and review culminates in an oral presentation and written proposal for assessment.

Collaborative Unit

This unit is designed to enable you to innovate, engage in developmental processes and participate in collaborative working practices. You will be encouraged to develop the professional negotiating and networking skills that you will need in order to be successful in the cultural and creative industries. The nature of this collaboration may be within your own course, with students on other courses or with industry. The project that you undertake will depend upon your discipline and the specific requirements of your course. Further details will be available in your unit handbook.

Masters Project

The Masters Project is an important piece of work which will provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in relation to your discipline and chosen project. Throughout the Masters Project, you are guided and supported by tutorials and peer and staff evaluation at interim stages. You will be allocated a supervisor for your project and will complete a learning contract outlining how you intend to develop and deliver your project. The Masters Project may take a variety of forms by negotiation and is assessed by presentation in an agreed format.

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