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MA Fashion Cultures: History and Culture

College
LCF
Start date
September 2019
Course length
12 months

Applications closed 2019/20

Applications for 2019/20 entry to this course have now closed. Visit the ‘Courses with places available’ page for a full list of UAL courses that are open for application.

MA Fashion Cultures: History and Culture offers students a unique opportunity to study fashion and dress within its historical, theoretical, social and cultural contexts to become informed critics and communicators.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion

This course offers an individualised experience in fashion education at postgraduate level.  Theoretical and methodological perspectives give a grounding in the history and culture of fashion enabling students to critically examine contemporary fashion practices, experiences and communication.

  • Graduates of this course have progressed to careers in fashion education, curation and archives, journalism, publishing and retail consultancy.
  • The opportunity to develop deep, specialised knowledge in fashion theory as a means of critical intervention and innovation of contemporary fashion debates and practices.

Location

This course is based at Lime Grove. Find out about the local area 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 2022. This is part of a new development for London prioritising culture, education and innovation, known as East Bank. Students studying this course will begin their studies at Lime Grove and are likely to be transferred to LCF’s new site in East London, to complete their studies there, from September 2022. Please see ‘4Fashion: LCF’s move to the Olympic Park’ for more information about the College’s relocation.

About MA Fashion Cultures

Investigate fashion, dress and style in culture and society.

Course trips and visits

Student writing

Rosie Findlay on BBC News

Rosie Findlay joined BBC News (World) to discuss how Kylie Jenner has leveraged her personal brand (and that of her family) to become the world's youngest billionaire.

The history of bras

Alumna Lorraine Smith talks to The Pool about the history of bras

Vanessa Lingham - Cultural Threads exhibition

A project about young Gypsy and Traveller women

MA fashion cultures stories

Student Life: Budget tips on campus

Welcome to all our new students on campus! A lot of view will have just moved to London, and we know it’s an expensive city to live in as a student. So here are our tips in order to save while studying at LCF.

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.

Photo Studio, Lime Grove

Media and communication facilities

Take a tour of our media facilities from photographic studios to darkrooms.

Mare Street Canteen

LCF's social spaces

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

Course overview

With two distinctive but interrelated pathways MA Fashion Cultures is a theoretically based course that explores fashion and dress within its historical, social and cultural contexts. On the History and Culture pathway you will investigate fashion as object, representation and practice through an interdisciplinary approach from both historical and contemporary perspectives. On Fashion/Film you will investigate the on-going changing relationship between fashion, costume and forms of film as well as the relationship between cinema and consumption within a global context. The Fashion/Film unit offers students from a fashion background the opportunity to learn more about the history of cinema and the critical theories deployed within film studies. Students whose first degree is in cinema or media studies will be provided with the chance to learn about the history of fashion, its emergence as an academic discipline and the different theoretical approaches now utilised within the field. Students who wish to make films when appropriate to the unit will be supported with the necessary skills and facilities. LCF provides workshops, lectures and seminars on filmmaking that will support students wishing to undertake this opportunity. Studio space and technician support is also available to support film making. This is offered to students with existing experience and to those new to this field. While you will choose one pathway, you will have the opportunity to attend the lectures for the other pathway if you wish to, so you can gain the fullest possible understanding of a variety of disciplines and their impact upon visual and material cultures. You will enrol onto your chosen pathway as decided at your interview and will exit with the appropriate pathway award.

Students on this course might be invited to participate in study trips. This may involve, for example, visits to key areas of capital cities, factories, stores and museums. Attendance on these trips is not compulsory but recommended. Details regarding timings and costs will be issued closer to the relevant trips, however an indication of timings and approximate cost is available from your course leader.

Course units

Modes of Attendance

Students who attend full time start in September and normally have their taught sessions over two/three days per week. The emphasis at post graduate level is on independent study and in addition to taught sessions you will be expected to engage in extensive self-directed research and experimentation and to utilise the library and open access facilities. Details of the contact hours for your course are available via MyArts – https://mycontacthours.arts.ac.uk/home

Each unit will be completed over a period of 15 weeks (full time)

Credit Framework

The credit framework conforms to the University of the Arts London framework in which the unit of credit is 20 credits (equivalent to 200 hours of student study time). All credits on the MA programme are at postgraduate level 7.

Organisation of the Curriculum

The course is divided into three 15 week stages, which are each 60 credits. Students who successfully complete 60 credits are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate, while students who successfully complete 120 credits are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma. The third and final stage is the Master’s Project; this is a 60 credit unit and students who successfully complete this stage are eligible for the award of Masters. The final award grading is based upon the Master’s Project only.

Staff

Dr Rosie Findlay is course leader of MA Fashion Cultures: History and Culture. Her disciplinary background is in Performance Studies, having gained her BA (hons) and PhD from the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include digital fashion media, contemporary fashion branding and brand experiences, and the intersection between dress, memory, imagination and the embodied self. Her work has appeared in Fashion Theory, About Performance, Cultural Studies Review, and the Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, and her monograph, Personal Style Blogs: Appearances that Fascinate, was published by Intellect Books in 2017. Read her full profile

Dr Anna-Mari Almilla is research fellow in the Sociology of Fashion. She has BA and MA degrees in Art and Design, with the major subject of Clothing, from the University of Lapland, in Finland. She has a PhD from the Department of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She is both a designer and a sociologist, with interests in both the theory and the practice of dress and fashion. Her publications have focused on explorations of visibility and equality in the public sphere, and in public spaces, in particular that of Muslim women and veiling practices. Read her full profile

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

  • 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 qualifications
  • OR - Relevant and quantitative industrial experience for a minimum of three years

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 each skill.

Selection criteria

The course seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  1. a clear academic interest in the study of fashion and/or film through a multidisciplinary approach;
  2. evidence of cultural awareness and engagement with social and historical debate;
  3. relevant experience of fashion and/or film;
  4. a capacity for intellectual enquiry and reflective thought;
  5. a developed and mature attitude to independent study and intellectual growth

Making your application

Applications for 2019/20 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2020/21 entry will open in Autumn 2019.

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

London College of Fashion does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Postgraduate transfers:

If you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course at another institution 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 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.

Applications for 2019/20 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2020/21 entry will open in Autumn 2019.

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.

London College of Fashion does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Postgraduate transfers:

If you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course at another institution 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 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

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.

London College of Fashion does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£11,220

This applies for the 2020/21 academic year.

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

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

International fee

£22,920

This applies for the 2020/21 academic year.

UAL International alumni receive a £1,000 discount.

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.

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

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 have gone on to lecture in related fields in Europe and America, worked in fashion curation and archives, journalism, styling, retail consultancy, as well as to higher level research degrees (MPhil or PhD). Our graduates are working within the industry at institutions including Museum of London, the V&A, BBC, Parsons, Kerry Taylor Auctions and Garde Robe, as well as for commercial brands such as Net-a-Porter and Burberry.

Alumni

Amber  Butchart

Amber Butchart

Fashion Historian and Associate Lecturer

Lorraine  Smith

Lorraine Smith

Independent Researcher

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