MA Psychology for Fashion Professionals

The first MA fashion psychology course in the world to apply psychology in fashion will help students gain a deeper understanding of a particular aspect of human behaviour in a fashion context using qualitative approaches (focus groups, interviews or case studies).

Double page spread from LCF MA 16 Fashion Cultures and Psychology book

Read the MA16 journal

LCF MA Fashion: Culture, History, Psychology Book 2016

Students discuss MA Psychology for Fashion Professionals and MSc Applied Psychology in Fashion.

Better Lives 2015 - Positive Psychology in Fashion

Illustration of three women dressed in pink. Fashion psychology course
Image by Zoe Sterling, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Surface Textiles, 2013

Read about Better Lives on LCF News

Carolyn Mair curates the annual Better Lives seminar series which is part of LCF's mission to use fashion as a discipline to drive change, build a sustainable future and improve the way we live .

Better Lives Lecture Series 2013: Fashion and Psychology

Funding opportunities

Use UAL's fees and funding calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.

Use UAL’s scholarships search to find out what you might be eligible for.

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.

Facts

Course Leader

Dr Carolyn Mair

Course Location

John Prince’s Street

Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time or Part time
Course Length12 months (Full time) or up to 5 years (Flexible)
Home/EU Fee

£8,250 (Full Time).

£920 per 20 credit unit (Flexible).
£2,760 per 60 credit unit (Flexible).

Please note that the fees payable on the Flexible route will be those of the academic year in which the unit(s) are studied.

Please note that students following the Flexible route are not eligible to apply for Scholarships and Bursaries.

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

Course fees may be paid in instalments

International Fee

£17,230 (Full Time).

UAL International alumni receive a £1,000 discount (Full Time only)
Course fees may be paid in instalments

Please note that the Flexible mode of study is not available for International students.

Start DateSeptember (Full time mode); February (Part time mode)
Autumn Term Dates12 Sept - 02 Dec 2016
Spring Term Dates09 Jan - 17 Mar 2017
Summer Term Dates18 Apr - 22 Sep 2017
Application Route

Direct to College

Application DeadlineApplications are accepted, and offers made, throughout the year. Early application is advised.

Content and structure

The MA Psychology for Fashion Professionals is situated in the Fashion Business School and has been developed to address the need of the fashion industry for psychologically literate graduates who possess relevant skills in research, analysis, information synthesis, communication, IT and data handling, who can solve problems and work effectively in teams or independently. This Masters programme is the first MA in the world to apply the scientific study of psychology to fashion.

The MA Psychology for Fashion Professionals emphasises qualitative methods and analysis that lead to deep, rich data and interpretation. In addition, to complement the units studied on the MA, students are encouraged to attend the MSc units Personality and Individual Differences and Quantitative Research Methods and Data Analysis, but are not assessed on these.
The MA Psychology for Fashion Professionals is designed to appeal to applicants from a broad range of backgrounds including psychology and other sciences, business, humanities and fashion.

By applying the scientific study of human behaviour in the context of fashion, students on the MA Psychology for Fashion Professionals develop the ability to identify current issues in the broad context of fashion that are worthy of investigation, conduct rigorous studies to address these issues, and analyse and interpret resultant findings using qualitative methodologies.

The aims of the course are to apply psychological science in the context of fashion to make a positive difference through increasing knowledge, improving performance and enhancing well-being. Therefore, graduates from this course will be able to investigate, analyse and interpret human behaviour focusing on small samples and case studies in a broad range of fashion contexts. The focus on the course will be on enabling students to develop strong research skills to enhance employability in many different roles within the fashion industries and beyond.

Course Structure

Full Time 12 months 3 terms  level 7 180 credits
Flexible up to 5 years level 7 180 credits

September - February

Research Methods in Psychology (20 credits)

Cognition and Creativity (20 credits)

Design Matters (20 credits)

 

February - June

Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis (20 credits)

Collaborative Unit: Psychology (20 credits)

Social Cognition and Lifespan Development (20 credits)

 

June-September

Masters Project: Psychology (60 credits)

Flexible mode

The same units are taught at the same times in the year as on the full time mode but you can complete the 20 credit units in any order and you have the option of taking longer to complete the course. You may build credits towards a Postgraduate Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma, or a Masters. If you get offered a place on the Flexible route your Course Leader will advise you on the best possible combination of units and when best to take them.

Please note that 120 credits must be successfully completed before the Masters Project is started. 

The Masters must be completed within five years.

 

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.

Staff

Dr Carolyn Mair CPsychol, CSci, AFBPsS, FHEA, is Subject Director Psychology. Carolyn created the Psychology programmes at London College of Fashion. She is Course Leader for the MA Psychology for Fashion Professionals and MSc Applied Psychology in Fashion. Her research interests lie in the application of theories from psychology to improve performance and enhance well-being within and across the broad realm of fashion and also in relation to academic, personal and professional development. Carolyn holds a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience for investigations into spatio-temporal aspects of visual memory, an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology for investigations into psychosocial aspects of facial disfigurement, and a BSc in Applied Psychology and Computing investigating the semiotics of corporate logos. Prior to becoming an academic, Carolyn worked as a visual merchandiser, graphic designer, dress-maker and portrait artist. - view full profile.

Dr Marie Stopforth is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. She is a BPS Chartered Psychologist and a Health & Care Professions Council registered applied psychologist and a coaching psychologist. Her research interests lie in motivation and behavior change, and she has a particular interest in positive psychology and psychological wellbeing. She has worked extensively with employees on professional development and performance whilst maintaining a healthy work/life balance. She has also worked with people building on resilience, effective leadership, stress management, building confidence and assertiveness. Prior to arriving at LCF, Marie worked in sport and exercise psychology helping people to adopt and maintain a healthy, active lifestyles and to maintain a healthy weight. She also worked with a variety of athletes in a number of sports including diving, cycling, and motor racing. Marie holds a PhD in the consequences of team referent attributions.

Lecturers

Dr Soljana Cili (Clinical Psychology) - read Soljana's research profile
Dr Kate Hefferon (Positive Psychology)
Patrick Fagan (Consumer Psychology) - read Patrick's research profile

Careers

Graduates who wish to continue their education at a higher postgraduate level are encouraged to progress to suitable research options within the College, the University or elsewhere.

Many postgraduates prefer to seek employment as soon as they have completed their Masters, and we expect graduates from this course to progress to careers in the international fashion industry, where the skills they have acquired on this course will be much in demand. This is a new course, so as yet we have no final year graduates. We are, however, confident that when we do our graduates will be highly employable within the fashion industry in a variety of roles.

It is envisaged that graduates from this course will be highly sought across the fashion industry. They will possess the skills, knowledge and, moreover, the aptitude demanded by employers. Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour so it can be applied in all contexts across the fashion industries and beyond.

Some examples of potential graduate destinations are:

  • a creative service-based industry which may be physical or virtual, start up or mature
  • an entrepreneurial role in an existing organisation
  • a business development role using 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

In addition, graduates are encouraged to consider joining the thriving PhD cohort at LCF by applying for doctoral study.

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

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.

The course seeks to recruit students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, and welcomes applications from mature students.

Course entry requirements

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 such as Psychology, Fashion, Art, Textiles or Business. However, applicants with a degree in another subject may be considered, depending on the strength of the application.

OR

  • Equivalent qualifications

OR

  • Relevant professional experience.

Please note that a portfolio is not required for this course.

Student selection criteria

What we look for

The course seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • A strong commitment and motivation towards a career within the fashion industry
  • An awareness of or relevant experience of fashion
  • 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 any one skill.

For more information, read the University's English Language requirements page.

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
  • Describe why you want to study on this particular course
  • Discuss how your existing skills and experience are relevant
  • Check that you have used correct grammar, spelling and punctuation before you submit your personal statement.

Rationale

Summarise (in English and in a maximum of 500 words):

Why applying psychology within the fashion industries is important.

Study proposal

Outline a study proposal (in English and in a maximum of 500 words) in which psychology would be applied within the fashion industries.

You should:

  • State briefly the background for the proposal
  • Determine an area of study
  • Set out your aims and objectives for study.

Applications for 2017 will open shortly.

Course units

Research Methods in Psychology

You will be introduced 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. 

Cognition and Creativity

Cognition refers to how we make sense of the world. Cognitive psychology is the scientific investigation of mental abilities: perception, learning, remembering, thinking, reasoning, understanding and communication. In short, cognitive psychology is concerned with how we make sense of the world we inhabit; how we acquire and apply knowledge or information. It is frequently demanded in interdisciplinary studies and is influenced by artificial intelligence, computer science, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, biology, physics, and neuroscience. In this unit we will study existing theories and evidence in Cognitive Psychology to understand and predict how people make sense of their world. In this unit, we consider how cognitive processes influence, and are influenced by, creative processes at individual, societal, community and global levels. 

Design Matters

In the Design Matters unit you will learn about the approach known as design thinking which applies empathy and creativity to generate, analyse and adapt solutions to a given problem. Design thinking is based on the understanding that knowledge about the processes and methods used in design to solve problems can lead to enhanced design practice and improved communication with designers.

Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis

Qualitative research methods enable you to ascertain a deeper and richer view of human behaviour with small samples or individuals. You will develop your knowledge of qualitative methods including grounded theory, discourse analysis, semiotics, narratology, ethnography, action research, and participant observation to be able to make an informed choice about the method you might wish to apply to your own work. You will learn how to analyse outcomes using dedicated software and apply coding techniques to interpret your data. Used together, qualitative and quantitative methods (mixed methods) are a powerful means of understanding phenomena. Qualitative methods produce information only on the particular cases studied resulting in hypothetical conclusions, whereas quantitative methods can be used to verify which of such hypotheses are supported. 

Collaborative Unit: Psychology

This unit is designed to enable you to innovate, to participate in developmental processes, and to engage with collaborative working practices. You will be encouraged to engage in the professional negotiation 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.

Social Cognition and Lifespan Development

This unit is concerned with understanding how individuals make sense of the world, and the processes that underlie social judgment and behaviour. You will explore how social and cultural influences impact on individual, group, community and organisation desires, goals and subjective experiences, and how these factors affect attitudes, judgments, and actions across the lifespan of the individual, group, community or organisation. Key topics include social perception, motivation, attitudes, embodiment, social judgment and decision making, and cultural influences.

Masters Project: Psychology

This is a major piece of work and the culmination of your Masters study. It provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired through your work on the course. 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, accompanied by an evaluative commentary/presentation on the development of the project.

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