• CollegeLCF
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length12 months

MA Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation

MA Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation course develops entrepreneurs who can build and capitalise on the existing strengths in the UK and international fashion industries.

About this course

The ethos that entrepreneurship serves as a catalyst for economic development underpins the philosophy of this specialist course. Strengthened by London College of Fashion’s unparalleled external and internal industry networks, MA Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation aims to develop new fashion concepts through to commercialisation.

Addressing the need for the fashion entrepreneur who can identify market opportunities in the industry, this programme is firmly aligned to 21st century, global business with all the challenges and potential this brings.

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

  • The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is recognised by Royal Charter as the professional body for managers in the UK, with qualifications designed to support the development of management and leadership skills and enable learners to identify the links between coaching, mentoring and the achievement of business goals. With effect from 2018/19, in line with the key teaching and learning strategy of team coaching, MA Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation has been accredited by the CMI giving you the opportunity to graduate with an additional qualification: the CMI Level 5 Award in Management Coaching and Mentoring.

As part of the SUMMIT, selected BA, MA and EMBA students and graduates present talks on topics pertinent to their study and the wider fashion business. Titled Fashion Talks, this is an unmissable opportunity to see the exciting and varied views of these future fashion business leaders.

Tanisha Arora

Tanisha Arora, 2014 - view Showtime profile.

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.

Close-up of handbag made in Rajastan
Shivani Suhag; Photographer: Marion Brasque Stylist: Richa Mehta Make up Artist: Erica Procopis Models: Annika A Lofti and Vitalina Baranova

Shivani Suhag used local leather crafts from the state of Rajasthan to create accessories. 


  • LCF Library

    Take a tour of LCF's world renowned fashion library, ideal for research and study.

  • Business facilities at High Holborn

    Take a tour of lecture theatres and tutorial rooms across our central London sites.

  • LCF's social spaces

    Explore our social spaces, for collaborative study and breaks, across our six sites in London.

Course detail

This course is subject to revalidation. Revalidation is a process that makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During revalidation there may be some changes to course content. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

MA Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation equips fashion creatives and entrepreneurs with the essential skills and toolkit to launch and scale new businesses effectively, and offers unrivalled networks across all sectors of the fashion industry.

In-depth studies of innovative emerging designers in the UK provide an understanding of the British fashion industry while extra-curricular international study tours provide valuable insights into the global fashion market. Industry presentations and factory tours have taken place previously in Paris, Milan and Shanghai and have explored everything from French Haute Couture to Italian craftsmanship and Asia’s luxury fashion boom.

MA Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a dynamic and interactive learning experience that is built through key collaborative relationships in education (such as IFM in Paris) and industry. Through a supported and structured programme that includes entrepreneurial practice, new business models and planning and management of creative enterprise, participants are encouraged to develop new thinking and innovative concepts. Former alumni have launched their own fashion businesses or taken on entrepreneurial roles in fields such as buying, corporate sustainable responsibility and international brand building for perse fashion companies that span luxury to high street.

Course structure

12 months -  3 terms -  level 7 -  180 credits 

Term one

Fashion Branding (20 credits)

Entrepreneurship and Innovation (20 credits)

Research Methods (20 credits)

Term two

Managing Creative Enterprise (20 credits)

Business Development and Planning (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.

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.

Course units

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. In Fashion Branding 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.

In a highly competitive global fashion marketplace, entrepreneurs generate new business models and seek disruptive ways to offer value through products and services in the fashion industry. Small and medium sized enterprises are the catalysts for economic growth and employment and require managers who are skilled at understanding market and business trends, handling uncertainty, measuring progress and building sustainable businesses through continuous innovation.The Entrepreneurship and Innovation unit explores theories of business modelling, innovation and opportunity analysis and examines their application to fashion start-ups, SMEs and established companies. The skills of critical thinking, analytical evaluation and real-time decision-making will be explored and applied where possible through live projects with fashion companies to enhance the development of your entrepreneurial mindset through experiential learning.

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 Research Methods 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.

The management of a fashion enterprise requires knowledge of business and project management, competencies in digital communication and online platforms as well as leadership and collaborative team working skills. The ability to define, create and run a successful enterprise in fashion is linked to the effective management of creativity and continuous innovation and the development of a proactive organisational environment. The Managing Creative Enterprise unit investigates the capabilities, conditions and resources that sustain entrepreneurial strategies and harvests creative and innovative solutions in fashion companies. You will begin to build knowledge and understanding of the diverse creative and sustainable enterprise business models, and identify the organisational and funding models for enterprise creation that are particular to the sector.

The Business Development and Planning unit encourages you to explore the commercial parameters, techniques and tools of business development and entrepreneurial strategic planning in theory and in practice. You will be able to acquire a focused understanding of an innovation within a particular fashion industry context and explore the concept of feasibility including forecasting, financial planning and resource management as tactics that support the implementation of an entrepreneurial strategy in fashion. You will begin to build a sound theoretical and practical understanding of benchmarking for business development and the techniques of planning for the survival and growth of new and existing businesses.

This Collaborative 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.

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.

Showing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCF and will last for up to 12 months after graduation. This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Briefings, tutorials and feedback
  • Collaborative Group project work
  • Library and workshop inductions
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Presentations
  • Learning Plans
  • Coaching

Assessments methods

  • Reports and dissertation
  • Peer evaluation and feedback
  • Blogs
  • Student self evaluation
  • Tutorials


Chitra Buckley is Course Leader - view her video profile

Pierre-Jean Hanard is a Lecturer.

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 and IP Centre partner and runs regular workshops, as well as being a mentor for the Royal College of Art Innovation Unit.

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and seek to recruit students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. We are committed to supporting all our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

Home / EU and international applicants

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements and selection criteria.

2018/19 entry

Both Home/EU and international students 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.

Alternatively, international applicants can apply through an overseas representative in your country.

Application form

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

When you are submitting your application form, you will also need to provide the following pieces of documentation in support of your application:

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.

Personal statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and your suitability for the course that you intend to study. Please write no more than 500 words.

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).


Write a 500 word essay (excluding references/bibliography) on the following topic:

‘Define and discuss the role of Entrepreneurs in the creative industries’ management in the 21st century.’

Study proposal

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


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

You may include a URL link to your portfolio within your personal statement.


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 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 opportunities within fashion through entrepreneurship and a multidisciplinary approach.
  • Awareness and relevant experience of fashion and the fashion industry at large.
  • 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 each 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.

International applicants should contact the Admission Office by emailing lcf.international@arts.ac.uk about portfolio requirements (if applicable), interview times and dates.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee


This applies for the 2018/19 academic year.

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

Course fees may be paid in instalments.


Home/EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 (called the 'ELQ' fee). Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held. For enquiries relating to ELQ fees, please complete the course enquiry form.

International fee


This applies for the 2018/19 academic year.

UAL International alumni receive a £1,000 discount.

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Additional costs

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


Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Career paths

Examples of expected Graduate destinations:

  • A role within a creative service based industry both physical and virtual; start up or mature.
  • An entrepreneurial role in an existing organisation.
  • A business development role using entrepreneurial thinking to develop and extend business through innovation. This could be in retail, design, production or media.
  • Working in Research and Development in a leadership/management role within service and design-led industries.
  • A leadership/management role within an existing business or group.
  • Establishing a new business venture.

Graduates of MA Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation have gone on to work in many roles within the industry, including Innovation team at Swarovski, Future Academy resident at AKQA and VIP Communications at David Morris.