MA Fashion Photography

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 within the media and its potential reach.

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

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

Portrait by MA Fashion Photography student Kovi Konowiecki - 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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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

Paul Bevan

Course Location

Lime Grove and 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

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

15 months, 4 terms, level 7, 180 credits

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)

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 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

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 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.

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 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.

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).

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 area of study
  • Set out clearly and concisely what your aims and objectives are for the period of study
  • Refer to critical discourses that may underpin your practice and how your work may contribute to these
  • State your intended methodology and audience/ location. This should include how you intend to conduct your project and who you intend to address.

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.

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.

If selected for interview you will be asked to bring additional portfolio work with you.

Applications for 2017 will open shortly.

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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