MA Fashion Design Management

A fashion design management course with a global perspective for students wishing to enter managerial roles within the fashion and design industries.

Please note, the previously advertised flexible mode of study for this course is no longer available.

Diagram by Jennifer Poage, a graduate from MA Fashion Design Management.
Jennifer Poage

Jennifer Poage, 2016 - view Showtime profile.

Model on catwalk in Gerda Micke
Gerda Micke

Graduating students from across the Fashion Business School took part in FBS Summit 16, a showcase of student work that included talks, film and products.

Justin Cooke, CEO of innovate7 (previously Chief Marketing Officer at Topshop and Vice President of PR at Burberry) speaks to LCF students on this fashion buying course.

Read more on LCF News

Justin Cooke, CEO of innovate7 (previously CMO at Topshop and VP of PR at Burberry) speaks to LCF students.

Funding opportunities

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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.


Course Leader

Francesca Bonetti

Course Location

John Prince’s Street / High Holborn

Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length12 months (Full time)
Home/EU Fee


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

Course fees may be paid in instalments

International Fee


UAL International alumni receive a £1,000 discount
Course fees may be paid in instalments


Autumn Term Dates11 Sep – 1 Dec 2017
Spring Term Dates8 Jan - 16 Mar 2018
Summer Term Dates16 Apr – 21 Sep 2018
Application Route

Direct to College

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

Content and structure

Many Design, or Business trained students want to develop their managerial and business skills, to enter a fast moving and dynamic industry that appreciates the value of design above all things and demands individuals with diverse skills and abilities. The aim of this course is to produce versatile individuals who can operate as advocates for their profession, undertaking everything from project management through to creative business problem-solving and visionary product and organisational development.

MA Fashion Design Management is suited to design graduates from a range of disciplines who wish to develop creative management or leadership roles in the fashion industry. Students develop an understanding of the global implications for the fashion industry from many perspectives, which include; branding, creative thinking, ethics, new technologies and potential futures.

Course Structure

12 months 3 terms level 7 180 credits 

Term One

Design Thinking (20 credits)
Fashion Branding (20 credits)
Research Methods (20 credits)

Term Two

Creative Futures (20 credits)
Managing Fashion Projects (20 credits)
Collaborative Unit (20 credits) - find out more

Term Three

Masters Project (60 credits)

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.


Francesca Bonetti is a PhD researcher in fashion business, digital marketing and retailing at The University of Manchester, School of Materials, and a lecturer at undergraduate and postgraduate level in fashion marketing at London College of Fashion. She has teaching and research expertise in strategic fashion marketing, fashion marketing communications, digital fashion marketing and international marketing. Her academic research also focuses on distribution strategies within the Chinese market and the consumption of fashion goods by Asian consumers, areas on which she has published. Francesca has international industry experience in marketing communications and business development in the fashion and apparel sector, through which she developed an extensive knowledge of the international media landscape. She was awarded her Master’s Degree in Marketing with Distinction from the University of St Andrews in 2012.

Johnny Martin FCA is Entrepreneur in Residence at London College of Fashion. He is professionally, The Numbers Coach – an experienced director who now passionately explains business numbers and jargon to help young businesses find their business model. He is a British Library Business & IP Centre partner and runs regular workshops, as well as being a mentor for the Royal College of Art Innovation Unit.


Graduates from this course have an acknowledged advantage in the employment market, obtaining work in a range of fashion industry fields. 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 into education as lecturers.

The curriculum is designed to communicate and open up the possibilities of your own creativity by developing your career aspirations and professional awareness for enterprise and employability, whether for the creative and cultural sector or beyond.

Enterprise and employability is about more than getting a job, it is about enabling you to find, make and take opportunities and to meet your aspirations in a changing world, whether as a successful creative professional, innovator, practitioner, employee and/or entrepreneur in the UK and globally.

As a student or graduate you can…

  • Develop the skills you need to get a job, freelance or start a business using our extensive online resources and practical guides and workshops, guiding you through everything from CV writing and interview skills to pricing your work or producing a business plan.
  • Attend exciting and informative events and industry talks which take place throughout the year across UALs six colleges.
  • Access funding to help develop your practice, start your own business or showcase your work at exhibitions and trade fairs.
  • Get professional and practical advice about your Intellectual Property and how to make work, sell work, find work and network.

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


  • 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 supporting written assignment and project proposal. If you are selected for interview you may be asked to bring a portfolio of previous design work and/or may be required 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:

  • The potential to develop their practical and critical abilities through academic study
  • Critical knowledge of a subject area
  • A capacity for intellectual enquiry and reflective thought
  • An openness to new ideas and a willingness to participate actively in their own intellectual development
  • Initiative and a developed and mature attitude to independent study 

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. Our contact details are:

Address: London College of Fashion, International 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 / 7629 or completing our Online Enquiry Form.  

International applicants should contact the Admission Office by emailing about portfolio requirements (if applicable), interview times and dates.

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

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).

Curriculum Vitae

You will be required to submit a Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) in support of your application. This should include your full education and employment history.


‘Design Management has traditionally used a Design Thinking approach to develop compelling products and services that resonate with customers, consistently producing financial rewards, and building brand loyalty. But beyond customer-centric empathy, beyond creative iteration [….], design thinking has more to offer the modern organisation as a means to cultivate creativity and innovation in an organisation’ Design Management Institute, 2016.

Please write a 1,500 word Essay that defines the Design Thinking approach to Design Management, scoping the topic by selecting a fashion case-study of your choice. The essay should demonstrate a minimum of 5 relevant academic sources from the field of design management.

Study proposal

The proposal should include the following:

  • A title
  • Rationale (reason for interest in topic)
  • Overall aim of research
  • A brief outline of methodology
  • References/bibliography.

Your study proposal should be a maximum of 300 words (excluding research sources, bibliography and appendices).


If you’re a designer, you may submit a digital portfolio containing six images. Ensure all work is carefully labelled.

You may include examples of:

  • Fashion Apparel
  • Accessory Design
  • Illustration
  • Styling
  • Artefacts / window displays.

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.


Course units

Design Thinking

In recent years businesses and business schools have become increasingly interested in design thinking and its relationship with the creative process. This unit examines the main concepts that underpin creative problem solving and the strategies and processes adopted for creating a holistic innovative organisational environment in fashion. The unit examines the design process and experiential literacy in related design disciplines and their application to fashion. It examines the management of creative people, environments and creativity and contextualises the design and fashion industries in terms of legal, ethical, sustainability and environmental issues.

Fashion Branding

The international fashion consumer increasingly seeks the tangible and intangible benefits of a wide variety of local and international fashion brands. Fashion brands and their associated marketing communications have now reached revered status throughout the global economy. The design, development, marketing and retailing (DDMR) of fashion brands have now become an increasingly important and integrated part of many fashion businesses. You will investigate and examine all aspects of international fashion brand marketing and look at its significant modern growth from both a European and global perspective. This will enable you to acquire a sound theoretical and practical understanding of strategic fashion brand development and management.

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.

Creative Futures

Whilst predicting the future is difficult, organisations and individuals who have a good understanding of what that future may hold, stand a greater chance of maintaining their competitive advantage. This unit outlines conventional, established and emergent management and marketing theories and questions their relevance in an increasingly accelerating period of consumer, technological and global development. It examines the potential sustainable business models and new product development models of the future as well as the skills, attributes and knowledge that creative managers will need to acquire. This unit explores techniques of risk assessment and encourages experimentation and curiosity.

Managing Fashion Projects

This unit provides an introduction to core theories and practices of design management strategy with a focus on project management. This involves the management of “collection” development by designers and the creation of value through the design process. Design planning, researching, formulating a specific brief, briefing and post analysis will be considered along with the supporting roles in the communication of value in fashion. Design strategy development and project management in fashion organisations of all sizes will be considered; from small independent designers to global corporations.

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 central to achieving the course aims, which will provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in relation to the course learning outcomes. 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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