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A dynamic menswear course with an international reputation for challenging the conventions of fashion design, nurturing and refining talent to produce some of the most forward thinking creatives in menswear design today.

MA FDT Menswear catwalk show during London Collections: Men in January 2015

Out of focus shot of three models wearing black coats and hats in front of a white curtain
Fashion:Ryuki Yamaga

Ryuki Yamaga, 2014 - view Showtime profile

Three images of a man in an oversized salmon pink coat.
Fashion: Xue Feng

Xue Feng, 2014 - view Showtime profile

A male model in a white hat and monochrome printed top with his eyes closed
Fashion: Tan Wen

Tan Wen, 2014 - view Showtime profile

Men in white suits, helmets and face masks are attached in a line with white straps.
Fashion: Dandan Zhang

Dandan Zhang, 2014 - view Showtime profile

A man in a blue trench coat and tailored shorts swirls around against a navy background
Fashion: Byungmun Seo

Byungmun Seo, 2012 - view Showtime profile

Models in black lie on a white floor

MA Fashion Design Technology Menswear end of year show 'HOMOSENSUAL 11.12.13'

Work by Anna Bezgubenko

Anna Bezgubenko, 2013 - view Showtime profile

Work by Kay Kwok

Kay Kwok, 2012 - view Showtime profile

Screenshot of the MA14 catwalk gallery on Vogue.com
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The MA13 catwalk show gallery on Vogue.com.

A male model in a pink shirt and suit.
Image: Felix Cooper

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MA14 Editorial Shoot, styled by Anders Sølvsten Thomsen, Fashion Director at Love magazine

Funding opportunities

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Facts

Course Leader

Darren Cabon

Course Location

John Prince’s Street

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

£8,000 (Full Time)

£900 per 20 credit unit (Flexible)
£2,700 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.

Please note that students following the Flexible route are not eligible to apply for Scholarships and Bursaries.

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

Course fees may be paid in instalments

International Fee

£15,950 (Full Time)

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

Course fees may be paid in instalments

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

Autumn Term Dates14 Sept - 04 Dec 2015 (Fourth Term - 19 Sep - 02 Dec 2016)
Spring Term Dates11 Jan - 18 Mar 2016
Summer Term Dates18 Apr - 08 Jul 2016
Application Route

Direct to College

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

Content and Structure

MA FDT Menswear at London College of Fashion has built an international reputation for design that asks questions and presents unexpected solutions to the mainstays of fashion design and garment construction. It is a course where innovation and craft intersect at the crossroads of modernity to produce pioneering menswear designers.

Students investigate their own practice to define design methodologies that encompass key concepts of fabric, cut and silhouette. Based on rigorous research and analytical thinking, the course encourages fresh perspectives in menswear design.

Students come from a wide range of backgrounds bringing a breadth of experience to their peer group and discipline. Emerging from a diversity of practice and theory based undergraduate studies, including Womenswear, Fine Art, Architecture and Semiotics, they are able to explore the potential of their transferable skills and knowledge into menswear design methodologies.

Alumni have gone on to set up successful design labels, work for international brands or continue their research to PhD level. This is the course where menswear talent is nurtured and refined to produce some of the most forward thinking creatives in menswear design today.

Course Structure

Full Time 15 months 4 terms, level 7 180 credits
Flexible up to 5 years level 7180 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.

Careers

Masters graduates have an acknowledged advantage in the employment market, obtaining work in a wide range of vocational and academic fields related to fashion. The course provides the industry with graduates who will have the capability to work as part of a creative team as a colleague and an individual. Graduates will have transferable skills for the creative industries including an understanding of high levels of design, time and project management, production and technical knowledge of types of manufacture supported by an aesthetic awareness and academic underpinning.

The course in the past has benefited from constant contact with the industry. External assessors and tutors, leading buying and merchandising teams, stylists and photographers, journalists and editors, entrepreneurs and business consultants show an increasing interest in the emerging talent the course generates. International employers include Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen, Zac PosenChloe, Loewe, Pringle, Hussein Chalayan, Roland MouretHugo Boss, Levi's, Givenchy, Gieves and Hawkes, DKNYBrowns Focus, Harvey Nichols, Topman and Savile Row tailors.

Graduates from the current MA Fashion Design and Technology have gained employment as innovators within the broad field of fashion design and technology or have identified a fashion house, large corporate company or alternatively choose to build their own identity through the launch of their own design label. Further employment of graduates has included trend prediction, stylist, illustrator, freelance designer or broad aspects of the creative industries.

Further employment opportunities include trend prediction, stylist, illustrator, freelance designer or broad aspects of the creative 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.

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 fashion or clothing design and/or production. Applicants with a degree in another subject may be considered, depending on the strength of the application.

OR

  • Equivalent qualifications

OR

  • Relevant and quantitative industrial experience for a minimum of three years

We welcome applications from mature students.

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 two menswear garments 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, pattern cut and manufacture clothing.

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 University's 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.
Email: student.admin@fashion.arts.ac.uk

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.
Email: international@fashion.arts.ac.uk

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 two menswear garments 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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