MA Pattern and Garment Technology

Develop your skills in innovative pattern-cutting and garment technology, to provide companies with creative technical solutions through focused research that will advance the commercial fashion industry.

*This Masters course has been developed from the Postgraduate Certificate Creative Pattern Design and the Postgraduate Diploma Pattern Design and Garment Technology.

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

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Laura Salisbury

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Ellika Svensson, 2015 - view Showtime profile.

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Course Leader

Susanne Baldwin

Course Location

Mare 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


International alumni receive a £1,000 discount

Course fees may be paid in instalments

Autumn Term Dates12 Sept - 2 Dec 2016 (Fourth term 18 Sep - 01 Dec 2017)
Spring Term Dates09 Jan - 17 Mar 2016
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

Please note that for this MA course applicants will apply to one of the two pathways:


MA Pattern and Garment Technology: Creative Pattern Cutting


MA Pattern and Garment Technology: Garment Technology

This new course, MA Pattern and Garment Technology, offers a unique experience in fashion education at postgraduate level. The course develops innovative pattern and garment technologists who will be able to provide creative technical solutions to current and future problems within the fashion industry. You will acquire strong 2D and 3D technical skills and will become aware of the challenges currently facing this sector of the industry. There is the opportunity to work collaboratively with a company in order to research into and develop new processes and techniques that advance current practice.

You will experiment with a range of digital and manufacturing technologies and techniques, materials and components in order to achieve your goals. Individual research, experimentation and analysis will be supported by a programme of workshops, lectures, team-working activities and industrial visits that will allow you to develop a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research or advanced knowledge.

As well as developing conventional and creative pattern cutting techniques, you will become conversant with digital pattern technology and you will explore digital pattern development through using 3D sampling software. You will also be encouraged to set up work placements which give you the opportunity to further your skills and knowledge and make valuable contacts within the industry. Your Masters Project will give you the opportunity to research and develop an initiative that breaks new ground in the field of pattern and garment technology. This project will be supported by extensive documented research, experimentation and analysis before the final outcome is achieved.

For this course we are looking for students who have gained a good degree from a fashion design course and have particular interest and skills in creative technical processes. Other routes to the course will be for pattern and garment technologists already working in the industry who want to expand their skills, or creative fashion designers seeking to develop their technical skills to advance their practice.

Course structure

Please note that the fifteen week blocks go across the term dates listed under Facts.

15 months, 4 terms, level 7, 180 credits

Block One September to February

You will study two units plus a pathway-specific unit:

  • Creative Technical Skills (core skills) (20 credits)
  • EITHER Creative Pattern Design for Creative Pattern Cutting Pathway (20 credits) OR Pattern Technology (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (20 credits)

Block Two February to June

You will study one unit plus two option units:

  • Technical Analysis (option unit) (20 credits)
  • Technical Development (option unit) (20 credits) 
  • Collaborative Unit (20 credits)

Block Three June to December

  • 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. Previous graduates of the PG Cert and PG Dip programmes have gone into the industry at companies including Roland Mouret, Topshop Unique, ACNE, Matthew Williamson and Vivienne Westwood.

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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 from a fashion based course, supported by a digital portfolio evidencing abilities in pattern development and garment construction to intermediate level


Equivalent qualifications in an alternative subject will be considered if supported by a digital portfolio which demonstrates significant evidence of technical skills


Relevant industrial experience for a minimum of three years

Applicants must submit an outline study proposal together with their application and digital portfolio.

Student selection criteria

What we look for

The course seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • A clear interest in the study of innovative approaches to pattern and garment technology
  • An interest in developing creative technical solutions to current and future industry problems
  • Relevant experience of fashion pattern development and garment construction
  • A capacity for intellectual enquiry and reflective thought
  • A developed and mature attitude to independent study and intellectual growth

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 page 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 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

Please note that this course is currently undergoing validation so the title and content of units may change.

Creative Technical Skills is designed to enable you to establish and develop your technical creativity and expand your practical skills. You will attend a programme of lectures offering theoretical and practical knowledge of pattern development techniques, manufacturing processes and CAD/CAM technology, while you will be introduced to the full range of supporting resources and facilities through workshop sessions. You will use these structured sessions to develop a portfolio of technical creative skills.

In the Creative Pattern Design unit you will further expand your technical ability through a personal project, combining technical thinking with design innovation to produce a portfolio of creative pattern designs. The core skills you learn in the Creative Technical Skills unit will underpin your work, as will your rigorous process of research, experimentation and analysis. With support from tutorial guidance and peer review you will be able to explore alternative solutions and possibilities, which will strengthen and expand your knowledge of original creative technical processes.

In the Pattern Technology unit you will further expand your technical ability through a personal project, combining technical thinking with design innovation to produce a portfolio of commercial pattern development. The core skills you learn in the Creative Technical Skills unit will underpin your work, as will your rigorous process of research, experimentation and analysis. With support from tutorial guidance and peer review you will be able to explore alternative solutions and possibilities, which will strengthen and expand your knowledge of original creative technical processes.

The purpose of the Research Methods unit is to introduce you to the range of research methods, approaches and tools that are available to you for conducting your postgraduate work. You will cover philosophy and ethics in research, primary and secondary research methods, including quantitative, qualitative and visual research methods, and will learn how to analyse, evaluate and disseminate research findings. You will explore research in a range of contexts relevant to the cultural and creative industries, and will gain an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice.

The Technical Analysis unit allows you to concentrate on the development of your studio practice and its evaluation, which you will underpin with in-depth research. Analysis within the specialist units of your MA course will help you to develop a wide range of specialist resources and methodologies that will enable you to develop your critical practice, to analytically review, and to revise your focus, in line with your expanding theories and in the context of your proposed market.

In the Technical Development unit you will engage in a process of technical development and testing in order to produce a range of prototypes and practical experiments that build on and develop your creative technical skills. The unit will cover traditional and digital processes and the potential for combining these to create alternative solutions to industry problems. You will be encouraged to challenge conventional production methods and to explore alternative materials.

The Collaborative Unit gives you the opportunity to innovate, to explore developmental processes, and to engage with collaborative working practices. You will be encouraged to develop the professional negotiation and networking skills that you will need to succeed in the cultural and creative industries. The emphasis in this unit is on student-led collaboration, which may be within your own course, with students on other courses, or with industry. The project that you undertake on this unit will depend on your discipline and the specific requirements of your course.

The Masters Project gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and skills through a substantial piece of work. This work may take a variety of forms by negotiation and is assessed by presentation in an agreed format, accompanied by an evaluative commentary/presentation on the development of the project. You will be allocated a supervisor for your project and will complete a learning plan outlining how you intend to develop and deliver your project. You will be guided and supported throughout your project by tutorials and peer and staff evaluation at interim stages.

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