MA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear
This postgraduate fashion design course nurtures talent and develops directional womenswear designers.
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 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.
Take a tour of LCF's world renowned fashion library, ideal for research and study.
Discover our design studios and workshops across JPS, Mare street, Curtain Road and Lime Grove.
Explore our social spaces, for collaborative study and breaks, across our six sites in London.
You will experiment with a range of digital and manufacturing technologies and techniques, materials and components in order to achieve your goals.
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.
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:
Block two February to June
You will study one unit plus two option units:
Block three June to December
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.
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.
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.
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 Technologyunit 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.
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.
Susanne Baldwin is Course Leader for MA Pattern and Garment Technology at London College of Fashion. She has taught for 13 years at FE and HE level, being responsible for developing and delivering courses with emphasis on digital pattern design, fit analysis and garment technology processes. Prior to teaching, Susanne worked for leading high street manufacturers and retailers in various technical roles and experienced a range of product areas across menswear, womenswear and childrenswear.
Susanne draws on industrial processes as a significant part of her teaching practice. Most recently she has been exploring the garment technology practice of product engineering in the context of object-based research through the study of archive couture pieces. These are then re-engineered using 2D digital pattern technology. The practice will continue to be developed to explore 3D digital possibilities. Within this structure, students are encouraged to make connections between these disciplines and experiences, thus establishing a solid skill-base from which to seek employment or develop their own label.
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.
This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements and selection criteria.
Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in October 2017.
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.
You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:
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).
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:
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:
Your study proposal should be no more than 600 words (excluding research sources, bibliography and appendices).
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.
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.
Entry to this course is highly competitive; applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.
Applicants must submit an outline study proposal together with their application and digital portfolio.
The course seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:
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 each skill.
For more information, read the University's English Language requirements page.
International applicants should contact the Admission Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org about portfolio requirements (if applicable), interview times and dates.
This applies for the 2018/19 academic year.
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.
This applies for the 2018/19 academic year.
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.
There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.
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.