MA Fashion Curation

A unique curation course that creates an opportunity to explore both the theoretical aspects and practical challenges of curating contemporary fashion and historical dress in a wide range of formats and locations.

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Funding opportunities

Use UAL's fees and funding calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.

Use UAL’s scholarships search to find out what you might be eligible for.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

Facts

Course Leader

Professor Judith Clark

Course Location

John Prince’s Street / High Holborn

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.

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

£17,230 (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 of study is not available for International students.

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 Curation is a unique opportunity to investigate the ways in which fashion and dress can be collected and displayed, and offers the opportunity to engage with theoretical discussions and debates that underpin this exciting and growing discipline. Fashion exhibitions are a key part of the national and international landscape of contemporary society, attracting some of the largest audiences to major museums. Fashion exhibitions have also become increasingly visible in department stores, galleries and the wider community. This shift represents the growing status of the curator as a central cultural mediator.

MA Fashion Curation will equip you with the skills to enter this fast paced and growing field. A key aspect of this course is the practical skills and experience gained in staging a live fashion-related exhibition. This group project presents students with an exciting collaborative opportunity to explore a range of approaches, mediums and practices that constitute the roles required in realising a curatorial project.

The changing possibilities of curating and the curator are introduced and examined through seminars, workshops, and lectures, given by LCF researchers and lecturers and key industry professionals. Students are encouraged to undertake internships whilst on the course and past placements have been at Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of London, Kerry Taylor Auctions, Alexander McQueen Archives, Rambert Dance Company Archives, Museum of the City of New York and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Taught by a team of internationally renowned curators, including Professor Amy de la Haye and Professor Judith Clark, this course makes full use of fashion-related collections and archives both within and outside London to explore the issues and concerns that consume today's fashion curators. Areas that are explored with the MA include: displaying dress; creating 'stories' from objects; writing texts to target audiences; model-making; collecting, handling and archiving garments.

Our growing number of alumni can now be found in a perse range of organisations, including museums, galleries, universities, as well as developing freelance careers as consultants, archivists and curators.

Course Structure

Full Time 15 months level 7 180 credits
Flexible up to 5 years level 7 180 credits

Full Time mode

Term One

The Past and Future of Fashion Curation (40 credits)
Research Methods (20 credits)

Term Two

Collect/Recollect (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.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. We strongly suggest you read the information on our Additional Costs page.

Course structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the course team.

Careers

Masters graduates have an advantage in the employment market, obtaining work in a wide range of vocational and academic fields related to fashion. MA Fashion Curation could lead to a breadth of exit profiles including Fashion or Art and Design Curator, Arts and Events Management Assistant and Administrator or Consultant. Graduates of the course have gone on to work in many roles within the industry, at organisations including the British Council, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Fan Museum Greenwich. The MA also provides an excellent preparation for higher level research degrees (MPhil or PhD), with an increasing number of graduates undertaking research, writing and teaching within 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

Course entry requirements

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 related discipline. Applicants with a degree in another subject may be considered, depending on the strength of the application.

OR

  • Equivalent qualifications

OR

  • Relevant and quantitative experience 

Selection for interview will be made on the basis of your application, including the personal statement, the reference, and the supporting written statement. If you are selected for interview you will be asked to bring examples of previous written work and to undertake a written aptitude test.

Student selection criteria

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

What we look for

The course seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • Clear academic interest in the study of fashion curation and other curating practices
  • Appropriate knowledge and skills commensurate with planned entry into the course 

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 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.

How to apply

You can apply for this course using our online application form – the link to this is below. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • Referee details (this course requires two references, one of which should be academic).

Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.

Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will need to contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes links to where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

Personal statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and your suitability for the course that you intend to study.

Some key points to consider: 

  • Make sure that personal statement is your own work and is about you
  • Why you want to study the course you are applying to
  • Try to link your skills and experience required to the course
  • Demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the course and link these with your personality
  • Make sure it is organised and literate (grammar, spelling, punctuation check).

Dress based exhibition review

Applicants should submit a review of a dress-based exhibition, or a catalogue, of 750-1,000 words. You might find it helpful to look at exhibition and book reviews published in 'Fashion Theory' for guidance about how to approach this.

If you are reviewing an exhibition:

  • Consider your evaluation by situating the show in relation to previous exhibitions that have relevance to the subject area and academic texts.
  • Consider the venue and how this exhibition fits with previous ones. Are the Curator's objectives made explicit? Are they achieved and if so, how?
  • Evaluate how the objects are displayed, juxtaposed and interpreted? Does the show break any new boundaries in its discipline? How did it make you feel when you entered? And, when you left?

Please provide a bibliography of any texts referenced and footnote any quotations used.

If you are reviewing a catalogue:

  • Please situate the subject within a history of previous exhibitions and publications. Does it chart new territory or add to existing knowledge?
  • Does it provide an insight into the intentions and nature of the exhibition or is it a 'stand alone' publication? Is there a statement from the Museum Director and/or Curator? Do they make their objectives explicit and what are their remits?
  • How are the clothes displayed, illustrated and labelled (are the captions like museum labels)?
  • Do you feel that it has provided you with a 'feel' for the exhibition and if not, does this or should it matter? You may wish to look at the Museum website and see what information is available about catalogue and exhibition.

Please provide a bibliography of any texts referenced and footnote any quotations used.

Study proposal

Applicants should submit an idea for an exhibition proposal that will form the basis of your final project. It should:

  • State briefly the background for the exhibition proposal
  • Determine the precise area of study
  • Set out clearly and concisely your aims and objectives for the period of study

Your Study Proposal should have the following structure:

Introduction

Introduce your idea for your proposed exhibition. Briefly outline recent developments prior to application. Describe your anticipated programme of study in detail, demonstrating your knowledge of the fashion, curation or exhibitions for your area of study. Focus on specific areas or issues that underpin and frame the proposal.

Programme of study

Outline the sequence of practical and theoretical steps that you intend to follow. This will be vital to your programme of study in the development stage in which the Study Proposal will progress and take shape. For example, describe in detail the methodologies that you follow and their significance for the research process. (Advice and support will be offered by tutors on the course). Any supporting material should appear in the Appendices at the end of the proposal.

Research sources

Give details of libraries, exhibitions, museums, galleries and special archives that you have visited as part of your research towards the proposal.

Bibliography

Keep a full record of all original and documentary material consulted. List appropriate material using the Harvard Referencing System.

Portfolio

You may submit a digital portfolio of any previous curation work if you think it will enhance your application; the most important part of your application is the exhibition review and study proposal as detailed above.

Please note, you can submit text and as many website links as you need to, but the portfolio form does not allow you to upload files.

Applications for 2017 will open shortly.

Course units

The Past and Future of Fashion Curation

This unit will provide an introduction to (and historical context for) the study of fashion exhibitions and exhibiting and the daily work of a fashion curator. Through case studies presented by the Course Leader and guests working on the international stage this unit will consider how, why and from whom objects are acquired and the documentation procedures involved. The major emphasis will focus on methods of representing dress in accordance with museum standards including selecting exhibits, writing labels and panels, and ideas about staging, from mannequins, to props. This museum emphasis will be balanced by the consideration of a number of other contexts (often through site visits) that add to the debate surrounding ‘what is curating today?' and 'what might be a sustainable future for this practice?’ This unit will develop the students’ intellectual, innovative, creative and practical skills through a synthesis of theoretical and practical approaches to learning. The unit will culminate in the design of a hypothetical fashion exhibition.

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.

Collect/Recollect

The broader culture of exhibition and display that informs the practice of fashion curation reveals a number of contexts (or cultural territories) that structure our relationship and understanding of material culture. This unit investigates how the cultural value of objects is inevitably defined by contexts networked through the process of exchange, the practice of collecting, the classification of collections and the presentational means of display. As such, it is an examination of why sensitivity to context is essential to the presentation of cultural artefacts.

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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