Postgraduate online application form

We will be launching an online application form for this course at 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. 

The course situates fashion photography within a range of social, cultural and theoretical models of practice and dissemination. Students develop significant project work - based on personal, professional and collaborative initiatives - that comes to define new possibilities of fashion photography and its reach.

Girl with afro profile, in front of a brick wall.
Photo by MA Fashion Photography student Emmi Hyyppa.

Emmi Hyyppa, MA Fashion Photography - view Showtime profile

Body in sheath, clutching amber cuff.

Ekaterina Turkina, MA Fashion Photography 2015 - view Showtime profile.

Model in fantastical setting.

Bo Li (Muka), MA Fashion Photography 2015 - view Showtime profile.

Nick Knight in conversation with Colin McDowell and Head of LCF Frances Corner

Inside the Industry series October 2013: Nick Knight in conversation with Colin McDowell and Frances Corner.

Funding opportunities

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Course Leader

Paul Bevan

Course Location

Lime Grove and 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

£8,250 (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

A The Caspian Arts Foundation Scholarship is available to a student on this course ordinarily residing in countries situated in the Middle East and North African regions

Autumn Term Dates12 Sept - 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 Photography relates directly to its philosophy and structure and remains based essentially on practice, as opposed to theory.

The course explores the rhetoric of fashion photographic production and contextualises theory and practice within fine art, popular culture and mass media. Through photographic practice, you will examine social, cultural and critical issues involved in the practice of fashion photography and the impact and construction of the fashion image as a spectacle. In broad terms, it is a multidisciplinary framework for independent study leading to an original body of photographic or written work proposed and negotiated by you.

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

Interplays: fashion and photography (40 credits)
Research Methods (20 credits)

Term Two

New iterations in fashion photography (40 units)
Collaborative Unit (20 credits)

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.


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 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 practice or theory or entering education as lecturers. Graduates of this course have recently gone on to work for Solve Sundsbo and Paul McCartney.

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.                                                                                                                                                
  • An Honours degree at 2.1 or above in a photographic discipline. 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 of photographic images and supporting work, and the supporting written statement. If you are selected for interview you will be asked to bring a portfolio of additional examples of previous photographic work.                                                                                                                                                             

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 fashion photography or fashion media
  • Awareness and relevant experience of fashion
  • Appropriate knowledge and skills commensurate with planned entry into the fashion photography course.

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.

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 additional examples of previous photographic work and undertake a written test. From this 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

Interplays: Fashion and Photography

This unit offers a catalytic practical, theoretical and conceptual experience within which to explore and develop relationships between photography and fashion. It is designed to develop and position your own practice and thinking against this framework, and to stimulate a new and invigorated relationship with your own work, markets and audiences. At a level of image, fashion and photography are synonymous; a series of practical classes and project development, historical and theoretical lectures, and discussion, will generate further interplays between photography and fashion, and body and image, and issues of ethical and sustainable practice will be explored. These may be formative, operative, notional or iterative, but never exhaustive; this is the material for project work, research and visualisation. This unit will assert experimentation in thinking and making, and the development of ideas and methodologies through practical engagement, collaboration and teamwork, tutorial guidance and peer presentations. You will begin to identify and explore your own personal and professional aspirations and test out ideas, markets and audiences that may come to support the evolution of your Masters Project.

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.

New Iterations In Fashion Photography

In this unit, you will be encouraged to make new work that should engage with the protocol and convention of fashion photography initiation, production and dissemination in both new and established ways. New iterations might include photographic methodologies, application or events; themes or narrative; research and referencing; casting; fashion choices; styling/ hair and makeup; collaborations; dissemination methods; and other progressive/ defining aspects of fashion photography. The first stage of the unit provides a project framework in which you can develop ideas through newly-initiated personal/ professional practices to produce creative, critically-informed, individual photographic work. You will evaluate and improve your conceptual and technical skills through experimentation, production and presentation, both internal and external to the course wherever possible and appropriate. During the second part of the unit you will extend your personal/ professional photographic practice, through a more negotiated project brief that should explore further the relationship and dialogue between photographic concepts, audiences and markets with consideration of potential business and enterprise opportunities, legal, ethical and other concerns, and the creative cultural context and capitol of your output(s).

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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