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MA Fashion Artefact

College
LCF
Start date
October 2020
Course length
15 months

Apply to start in October 2020

This course is now closed for International applicants for 2020/21 entry. This course has places available for Home/EU applicants for 2020/21 entry.

Coronavirus updates

All our courses starting in 2020/21 will be running as a mix of on-campus and online activities and will follow UK government safety advice. It may be necessary to make some adjustments to course delivery as a result of this. We will notify applicants and students of any changes directly.

For more information, read our guidance for prospective students during the Coronavirus outbreak.

This unique masters in fashion product design has an international reputation as a pioneering incubator for the creative designers and practitioners of the future.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion

  • Where graduates have gone on to work: graduates of MA Fashion Artefact have gone on to work in a number of roles within the fashion industry at companies including Burberry Prorsum and Alexander McQueen.
  • Facilities and equipment: MA Fashion Artefact is the only Master’s level course to have factory level equipment that manufacture to industry standards.
  • International recognition: this is the only course nationally and internationally that deals with artefact in its broadest sense. It is internationally recognised by industry leaders for its provocative approach to design, manufacture and context of the way fashion products can be viewed in the public domain.

Location

This course is based at Golden Lane. Find out about the local area, including Clerkenwell, Barbican and Shoreditch, in our local area guides on the Student Life pages.

London College of Fashion is planning to move to a new single campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2023. This is part of a new development for London, prioritising culture, education and innovation, known as East Bank. Some students studying this course from September 2021 may start their studies in Lime Grove and transfer to LCF’s new site in East London to complete them. Please see LCF’s move to the Olympic Park for more information about the College’s relocation.

Student and graduate work

Portfolio gallery

Why What Who; Ten years of MA Fashion Artefact at London College of Fashion

Latest news from this course

Facilities

Library, John Princes Street
Library, John Princes Street Photography by: Ideal Insight

LCF archives and library

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

MA Footwear Students at Work

Footwear, accessories and jewellery facilities

Take a tour of Golden Lane's workshops and leather room.

Mare Street Canteen

LCF's social spaces

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

Course overview

The MA Fashion Artefact course exists within the Craft Programme, in the School of Design and Technology (SDT) at London College of Fashion. The Programme also includes: MA Footwear BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear; BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion, Bags & Accessories and BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring. The SDT also includes MA Fashion Futures, which closely aligns to the MA Fashion Artefact course’s making and theory elements and provide collaborative opportunities and shared resources.  The course is a globally unique and well-established masters which has developed an international reputation as a pioneering incubator for the creative designers and practitioners of the future.

Course units

The Course is divided into three 15-week stages/blocks (full-time). The first stage is 60 credits and students who successfully complete this stage are eligible for the award of a PG Cert. The second stage is a further 60 credits and students who complete stage 1 and 2 are eligible for the award of PG Dip. The third and final stage is the Master Project, this is a 60 credit unit and students who successfully complete this stage are eligible for the award of an MA. The final award grading is based upon the MA project only. 

Stage 1 / Block 7: 

Collaborative Challenge Unit (20 Credits) 
Mastering Studio Methodologies Unit (40 Credits) 

Stage 2 / Block 8: 

Research Proposal Unit (20 Credits) 
Analytical Design and Manufacturing Methodologies Unit (40 credits) 

Stage 3/Block 9: 

Masters Project (60 Credits) 

Learning and teaching methods

The learning and teaching strategies focus on individual and small group tutorials and formative and summative assessment points. 

Blended learning environments offer a natural and logic platform for incoming students who have chosen to embark on a personal approach within the four key areas of studio practice that are key to the course philosophy. These four areas are: (1) Regional Craftsmanship and Heritage, (2) Artefact as a political voice, (3) Advanced manufacture and technology (4) Prosthetic design.

The course encourages collaboration allowing students to work with peers from other disciplines, or external partners and to learn critical professional skills to edit and peer reviewing their work and the work of others, in line with the Creative Attributes Framework.

The following learning and teaching methods are employed to support the integrated achievement of the course outcomes:

  • Lectures; seminars; discussions; tutorials; workshops, demonstrations; critiques; peer review and engagement with the Creative Attributes Framework (CAF).

Assessment methods

Throughout the course, students are given formative assessments and feedback via the tutorial system and peer group and staff reviews.  All the unit assessments are summative, as are the stage assessments, and final assessment.

The range of assessment methods include written assignments; individual and group oral presentations; presentations of 2D and 3D products and research materials; peer assessment and self-assessment.

The Masters Project is a 60 credit unit and students who successfully complete this stage are eligible for the award of an MA. The final award grading is based upon the Masters Project only.

Staff

Dai Rees is course leader, an artist, designer, curator and academic. He launched his eponymous fashion label in the Nineties, showing collections at London Fashion Week and selling to some of the most famous boutiques in the world. Read Dai Rees' full profile here.

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • 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
  • Or equivalent qualification

APEL (Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning)

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • OR a combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language Requirements

IELTS level 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Please check our main English Language Requirements .

Selection criteria

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

The course seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • a strong commitment and motivation towards a career in an aspect of the fashion industry;
  • an awareness, and relevant experience of, fashion;
  • appropriate knowledge and skills commensurate with planned entry into the defined course including the ability to design and manufacture fashion artefacts.

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.

Some key points to consider:

  • Make sure that personal statement is your own work and is about you.
  • Explain 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 900 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:

Introduction

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.

Evaluation

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.

Bibliography

Keep a full record of all original and documentary material consulted. List appropriate material using the Harvard Referencing System.

Appendices

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.

Portfolio

You will be required to submit a digital portfolio with a maximum of 30 images that you consider would help support your application. Submit your portfolio via the university’s digital portfolio tool, PebblePad. More details will be sent to you after you have submitted your application. Label and present any visual work with care, including dates and captions.

Making your application

This course has places available for 2020/21 entry. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open in Autumn 2020.

This section includes all the information you need on how to apply and how your application is considered, and what happens next.

UK/EU students can apply to a postgraduate course at LCF by completing a direct application.

Application deadline

There are no official deadlines to submit your application. Applications are accepted, and offers are made throughout the year. The course will be closed once spaces are filled so we advise that you apply early.

Deferring your place

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

If you are an EU offer holder, it is important to consider that, from 2021-22, you may be charged International fees, which are higher. Read our Coronavirus guidance for prospective students for details.

External Student Transfer Policy

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course and wish to continue your studies at London College of Fashion, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

What happens next

All application forms, personal statements and relevant documents are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry requirements and Selection Criteria sections.

Depending on the quality of your application, you may be asked to submit a number of images of your work. For this course your portfolio could include: drawings; photographs of realised designs; speculative design; sketch work; process; and photographs. Label and present any visual work with care, including dates and captions.

If the course team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to attend an interview. Interviews may be conducted in person, via telephone or via Skype. If you are selected for interview you will be asked to bring a portfolio of previous work, including developmental work where possible, and three artefact products you have made to evidence your skills.

If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Please note that applicants are not guaranteed an interview.

Please note that if you are unable to attend, the College may not be able to re-schedule.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

The result of your application will be communicated to you through your UAL Portal. If your application has been successful, you will receive a full offer pack including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.

We are no longer accepting International applications for 2020/21 entry to this course. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we are unable to say at this point if places will become available before the autumn intake. Please check this page regularly as places may become available later in the cycle and if they do, we will reopen applications.

This section includes all the information you need on how to apply and how your application is considered, and what happens next.

There are two ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course at LCF:

For further advice on how to apply please visit the UAL International Application page.

Application deadline

There are no official deadlines to submit your application. Applications are accepted, and offers are made throughout the year. The course will be closed once spaces are filled so we advise that you apply early.

Deferring your place

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

External Student Transfer Policy

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course and wish to continue your studies at London College of Fashion, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

What happens next

Immigration History Check

After you have applied, you will need to complete an Immigration History Check to identify whether you are eligible to study at UAL. Do be aware, if you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application.

Initial application check

All application forms, personal statements and relevant documents are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry requirements and Selection Criteria sections.

Depending on the quality of your application, you may be asked to submit a number of images of your work. For this course your portfolio could include: drawings; photographs of realised designs; speculative design; sketch work; process; and photographs. Label and present any visual work with care, including dates and captions.

If the course team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to attend an interview. Interviews may be conducted in person, via telephone or via Skype. If you are selected for interview you will be asked to bring a portfolio of previous work, including developmental work where possible, and three artefact products you have made to evidence your skills.

If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Please note that applicants are not guaranteed an interview.

Please note that if you are unable to attend, the College may not be able to re-schedule.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

The result of your application will be communicated to you through your UAL Portal. If your application has been successful, you will receive a full offer pack including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.


After you apply

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this Portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Once we’ve reviewed and assessed your application, we’ll contact you via the UAL Portal to let you know whether your application has been successful.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£11,220

This applies for the 2020/21 academic year.

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

International fee

£22,920

This applies for the 2020/21 academic year.

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.

Charges may be made for special clothing or equipment which students may need in order to participate in certain activities which form part of the course but which they retain. However, where such clothing or equipment is necessary for the student’s health or safety a charge may only be made for clothing and equipment which the student retains if the student also has the option of borrowing the clothing or equipment free of charge.

Accommodation

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

Progression discount

UAL alumni can receive a 20% tuition fee discount on a taught Masters course at UAL. Visit the progression discount page to find out more.

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.

Loans

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.

Scholarship search

Careers and alumni

All our postgraduate courses offer career development, so that you become a creative thinker, making effective contributions to your relevant sector of the fashion industry.

LCF offers students the opportunity to develop Personal and Professional Development (PPD) skills while studying through:

  • Access to to speaker programmes and events featuring alumni and industry.
  • Access to careers activities, such as CV clinics and one-to-one advice sessions.
  • Access to a graduate careers service
  • Access to a live jobsboard for all years.
  • Advice on setting up your own brand or company.

Career paths

Graduates from MA Fashion Artefact will be in a position to gain employment as innovators within the field of fashion design or object based fashion artefacts / accessories and may identify a fashion house, large corporate company or alternatively choose to build their own identity through the launch of their own product/design label. Graduates of MA Fashion Artefact have previously gone on to set up their own labels and work in a number of roles within the industry at companies including Burberry Prorsum and Alexander McQueen. Further employment opportunities include trend prediction, stylist, illustrator and freelance designer.

Masters graduates have an acknowledged advantage in the employment market, obtaining work in a wide range of vocational and academic fields related to fashion. Graduates from the MA Fashion Artefact will be in a position to gain employment as innovators within the fields of fashion design and technology, fashion communications, or management and marketing for the fashion industries. 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 both practice and theory.

Alumni

Una  Burke

Una Burke

Luxury leather Accessories Designer

Linda  Ramsvik

Linda Ramsvik

Leather Modelist