MA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear

Guided by experienced staff and resourced with state of the art equipment, this postgraduate fashion design course nurtures talent and develops directional womenswear designers whose cutting-edge fashion influences the future of the industry.

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

Zhixian Wang

Zhixian Wang, MA15 - view Showtime profile.

Model in gold suit and image of a bunch of dried flowers.

Jessica Wakeman, MA16 - view Showtime profile.

MA FDT Womenswear catwalk show during London Fashion Week in February 2015.

Ioana Ciolacu was selected to win the Designer for Tomorrow award 2013.

Work by Jennifer Morris, the Scottish Fashion Awards Young Designer of the Year 2013 on this ma fashion course.

Work by Jennifer Morris, the Scottish Fashion Awards Young Designer of the Year 2013

Screenshot of the MA15 catwalk gallery on
A model in frayed denim and check.
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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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

Nigel Luck

Course Location

John Prince's Street

Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length15 months
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 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 Design Technology Womenswear seeks to recruit ambitious, creative designers who have a long-term fashion focus and wish to work for a key brand or set up their own label. Based primarily in London’s West End at John Prince’s Street and resourced by the specialist equipment at our other central sites, contemporary technology is at the core of this course. 

CAD CAM, state of the art knitting machines and facilities for digital print, rapid proto-typing and laser cutting allow students to produce womenswear collections that innovate in the field.

By nurturing creativity and specialist research, the course enables individuals to produce high quality and innovative work through illustration, design, cutting and modern manufacturing.

Students are supported to develop collaborations with industry specialists and international fabric suppliers, a process that not only builds important contacts for the future but one that enriches student experience and refines design sensibility. Using diverse production techniques - from couture craftsmanship to futuristic experimentation - students are able to explore their own perspectives to form the basis of their MA collection.  Guided by experienced staff, this also has the potential to incorporate a further specialism such as embroidery, knitwear or digital concepts.

Course Structure

15 months, 4 terms, level 7, 180 credits                            

Term One

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

Term Two

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

Terms Three and Four

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.


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. The graduate 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 Posen, Chloe, Loewe, Pringle, Hussein Chalayan, Roland Mouret, Topman, Savile Row Tailors, Browns Focus, Harvey Nichols, Topman, Savile Row Tailors and Browns Focus.

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.


Nigel Luck - Course Leader - read full profile

Patrick Thomson is a Specialist teaching and learning MA Menswear Technician, and designer and pattern maker trained in Fashion Menswear at the Royal College of Art. Patrick showed his own label at London Fashion Week for five seasons, including Fashion East and invited by The British Council to show in Durban, South Africa. He has also worked with names including Vivienne Westwood, Luella Bartley, Kohji Tatsuno, Xavier Foley, Jasper Conran, Thomaz Starzewski, Biba, All Saints and Ben Sherman. His teaching experience includes three years at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University as BFA womenswear CDPF (cut, drape and flat pattern), menswear BFA construction, BFA menswear design coordinator and directed study with MFA menswear. Patrick currently designs his own range of bags and home textiles. His bags sell through Marianna Kennedy in London and Neue Gallery in New York. His home products sell at The New Craftsmen in London’s Mayfair.

Sarah-Anne Smith trained at CSM on the PGCert course and is an experienced Pattern Cutter with a wealth of ready to wear industry knowledge, including six years as technical manager Mary Katrantzou, Simone Rocha, Haizhen Wang and Roland Mouret. Skilled in both flat and stand work, Sarah-Ann has been responsible for many showpieces and VIP client work.

She is currently researching a cross comparison of international pattern cutting methods of drafting and draping.

Matteo Molinari is research methods and collaborative unit consultant and an Italian menswear designer and Doctor in Philosophy. After gaining his MA in philosophy of the languages and semiotic in Bologna, supervised by a former Umberto Eco collaborator, he worked as a freelance designer for companies such as Borbonese and Redwall (accessory), OMP (sport apparel), Mihara Yushiko (prêt a porter) and the Futurenet Group (Raf Simon’s former manufacturer). From 2010 he is living in London where he accomplished his MA in Fashion Design and Technology at LCF, awarded as best collection of the year, and then he progressed into PhD thanks to the Artscom Progressive Bursary awarded by LCF. Matteo’s academic research is focused on menswear and tailoring, traditional handmade crafts and material culture applied to the study of textile artefacts of both Italian and British traditions. On the side of his academic activities as visiting practitioner and teaching assistant, Matteo is currently freelancing as menswear/accessories designer and producing a line of eyewear manufactured in Italy.

Alan Cannon-Jones is Visiting Practioner to the MA Menswear Tailoring Masterclass. Alan is a long serving practice based tailor contributing to MA Menswear at LCF. After serving a tailoring apprenticeship Alan worked for Chester Barrie first as a management trainee and then Production Manager. After 20 year in tailoring manufacturing his career moved to London College of Fashion to become Principal Lecturer and Director for the BA Menswear and Bespoke Tailoring courses. In 2009 he developed the Post Graduate course in Pattern Design and Garment Technology which added both creative pattern cutting and CADCAM into the curriculum. ACJ Menswear Consultancy has been in operation since 1986 and has undertaken a range of Fashion Design Technology projects for clients including John Rocha, Dirk Bikkembergs, Dockers, JB Armstrong, DTI, A Suit That Fits, SCABAL and Paul Smith. Since retiring from LCF in 2012 Alan has been retained as a Consultant and also taken a position on the Board with the CAPITB Trust whilst still undertaking projects with his own consultancy.

Changwook - Jay Kang is Senior Lecturer Creative Pattern Design, a pattern cutter, tailor, designer and technician. He has highly specialised knowledge of menswear pattern cutting and production based on varied experience of working as a cutter in higher education and industry. With his great interest of industrial machinery, he provides manufacturing consultancy for students who need support in a studio environment. Jay also produces beautifully handmade tailored suits.

Michiel Meewis is a Dutch photographer who lives and works in London. As an alumnus of London College of Fashion with a Masters in Fashion Photography himself, Michiel was awarded the first place in the category ‘fashion’ by the International Photography Awards Competition. His photographic series have been featured on record covers and numerous publications including Wallpaper*, Fucking Young! Magazine, Port and l’Officiel amongst others. Michiel’s practice as a photographer, mainly exploring the changing perception of masculinity within menswear fashion over time, has resulted in his work being exhibited nationally and internationally. He also works closely with companies such as Lacoste, Viktor & Rolf, Heineken, United Nude, Bikker Shoes, Bazar Coffee and Agi & Sam, developing and building relationships to support the student experience in every way. He obtained his BFT (Bachelor Film and Television) at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy with his exam film ‘About Roses’, which was nominated for a Student Oscar® by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the category of ‘Best Foreign Film’.

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 fashion or clothing 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, 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 womenswear garments you have made to evidence your skills

For this course your digital portfolio should show evidence of: drawing/presentation skills; contemporary fashion/cultural awareness; a level of research, exploration and experimentation; fabric and material selection/knowledge; construction/technical competence; ability to think/work in 3D; and visual communication.

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:

  • 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.

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.    

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, 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).

Study proposal

Your study proposal should be no more than 600 words (excluding research sources, bibliography and appendices). It should:

  • State briefly the background for the proposal
  • Determine the precise area of study
  • Set out clearly and concisely your aims and objectives for the period of study within the course structure
  • Refer to critical ideas that may underpin your practice
  • State the form of realisation/ outcome of the study proposal.

Your Study Proposal should have the following structure:


Introduce your work. Briefly outline recent developments prior to application. Describe the anticipated programme of study in detail, demonstrating your knowledge of the historical and contemporary context of your area of study. Focus on specific areas or issues that underpin and frame the proposal.

Programme of study

Outline the sequence of practical, theoretical and research 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 design 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.


Evaluate your work to date. Draw any conclusions you are able to make.

Research sources

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


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


Insert any additional material that you consider relevant but not part of the core of the study proposal. This could include links to notes, drawings and additional research material.


You will be required to submit a digital portfolio. You should include essential development work from sketchbooks to portfolio final presentations with photography of garments. If selected for interview, you will be asked to bring garments with you and additional portfolio work.

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

Creative and 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 and 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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