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Postgraduate

MA Fashion Curation

MA Fashion Curation final project, Xinyi Li 2018-19
MA Fashion Curation final project, Xinyi Li 2018-19
College
London College of Fashion
Start date
September 2022
Course length
15 months

This postgraduate fashion curation course explores both theoretical and practical aspects of curating contemporary fashion and historical dress.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion

  • Career opportunities: previous graduate roles have included Fashion or Art and Design Curator, Arts and Events Management Assistant and Administrator or Consultant.
  • Unique course: this is the only MA in the world exclusively focused on Fashion Curation.
  • Facilities and resources: students have access to the unique archives at LCF and UAL.
  • Institution links: students will have the opportunity to learn through linked institutions such as the V&A, British Film Institute, Rambert Dance Company and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Location

This course is based at High Holborn and John Prince’s Street. Find out about the local area, including Lincoln’s Inn Fields and Clerkenwell, in our local area guides on the Student Life pages.

LCF’s move

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 High Holborn 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.

About MA Fashion Curation

Alumni discuss the course and a career in fashion curation.

Graduate Showcase

Explore work by our recent students on the UAL Graduate Showcase

Student and graduate work

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Maxime Laprade - The Shoe Workshop - Royal Runners. A Fashion Exhibition

Student project about the British Royal family and their trainers.

MA Fashion Curation at LCF

Graduation students from 2016 share their experiences of the course.

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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

MA Fashion Curation engages with the study of international fashion exhibition-making and related museological practices, ranging from the detailed investigation of objects to the processes and apparatus of their display in cultural and commercial presentations.

The course centres on investigation into the practices and theories of fashion exhibition-making, through critical engagement with historic and contemporary references, to reveal the diverse contexts that inform this aspect of fashion curation.

To complement enquiry into fashion exhibition-making the MA focusses on examination of the cultural value and interpretation of objects through processes of research, archival discovery, practices of collecting and the classification of collections.

Fashion Curation is a young and fast-developing discipline. Through contact with academics and industry professionals active in the field (including academics from the Centre for Fashion Curation, independent curators, private archives and commercial collectors, professionals from National and regional museums) students will keep abreast of the latest developments. The course is designed to allow flexibility of content so that contemporary topics (such as digital media, sustainability and the rise of brand-driven presentations) can be included in course content.

Fusing curatorial activities of exhibiting and collecting the course also engages critically with the origination and development of exhibition concepts and the translation of these concepts into innovative exhibition proposals. The course will support and encourage students to develop their own curatorial idiom within this dynamic discipline.

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Course units

Modes of Attendance

Students who attend full time start in September and normally have their taught sessions over two 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 – http://mycontacthours.arts.local/.

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

Full schemes of work are published on Moodle.

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 blocks (full-time). The first block is 60 credits and students who successfully complete this block are eligible for the award of a PG Cert. The second block is a further 60 credits and students who complete blocks 1 and 2 are eligible for the award of PGDip. The third and final block is the Master’s Project, this is a 60-credit unit and students who successfully complete this block are eligible for the award of a Masters. The final award grading is based upon the Master’s Project only.

Learning and teaching methods

Course content is delivered through a combination of methods that include; one-to-one tuition, lectures, seminars, discussions, tutorials, workshops, demonstrations, critiques, peer review, group-led activities and PPD activities.

Content is delivered by the course team which includes members of the Centre for Fashion Curation, and also incorporates sessions by other LCF and UAL staff, high-profile guest speakers, museum professionals and independent practitioners. 

Assessment methods

MA Fashion Curation is designed with formative assessment and feedback points throughout the course. These formative assessment points include tutorials, draft text submissions, peer-to-peer and staff reviews and student presentations. Formative assessments are intended to support student learning and development through to the final, summative assessments for each unit.

Summative unit assessment methods comprise student presentations and written assignments which may be supplemented with 2D work (such as portfolio, mood board) and 3D work (such as models, maquettes) where appropriate.

The final MA award classification is based upon the final master’s project grade only.

Staff

Jeffrey Horsley originally trained in Theatre Design completing a BA Drama at Manchester University and a PG Diploma at Croydon College. Subsequently, Jeff worked as curator: design at Manchester Art Gallery and head of exhibitions at Manchester Museum. Jeff returned to education, studying MA Fashion at Manchester Metropolitan University which led to a PhD, completed in 2012, at London College of Fashion. Jeff has been post-doctoral research fellow, Centre for Fashion Curation, LCF, since 2015 where his research interests focus on historic and experimental aspects of exhibiting fashion and fashion exhibitions and biographies. www.jeffreyhorsley.com

Nadia Malik is the Programme Director for the Performance Courses at London College of Fashion, UAL. She has previously been Course Leader for BA Costume Design and Making at Nottingham Trent University and Costume With Textiles at the University of Huddersfield, Head of Wardrobe at the University of Essex and lectured at various other universities.

Nadia is the Reviews Editor (Exhibitions and Events) for the journal Studies in Costume and Performance, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a committee member of the Society of British Theatre Designersand a PhD candidate at Aalto University, Helsinki. Her research work focuses on Knowledge Exchange between academia and industry through experimental pedagogical practice in costume. She holds a BA in Textile Design from Nottingham Trent University and an MA in Costume Design for Performance from London College of Fashion, UAL.

Nadia’s design work has encompassed new and classic writing, opera, folk and contemporary dance, experimental site-specific devised work and live art, including international festivals. With a collaborative approach to performance devising, her work explores the human body, movement, and how costume-led design practice can engage audiences with performance. She has also curated and produced costume events.

How to apply

Information for disabled applicants

UAL is committed to achieving inclusion and equality for disabled students. This includes students who have:
     
  • Dyslexia or another Specific Learning Difference
  • A sensory impairment
  • A physical impairment
  • A long-term health or mental health condition
  • Autism
  • Another long-term condition which has an impact on your day-to-day life
Our Disability Service arranges adjustments and support for disabled applicants and students. Read our Disability and dyslexia: applying for a course and joining UAL information.

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 qualifications;

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 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 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 team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • clear academic interest in the study of fashion curation and other curating practices;
  • appropriate knowledge and skills commensurate with planned entry into the course.

Making your application

This section includes all the information you need on how to apply, 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.

Deferring your place

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

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.

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and transcripts.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English if necessary) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

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).

Essay

Applicants should submit a review of a dress-based exhibition, or a catalogue, of 750-1,000 words. You might find it helpful to look at exhibition and book reviews published in 'Fashion Theory' for guidance about how to approach this.

If you are reviewing an exhibition:

  • Consider your evaluation by situating the show in relation to previous exhibitions that have relevance to the subject area and academic texts.
  • Consider the venue and how this exhibition fits with previous ones. Are the Curator's objectives made explicit? Are they achieved and if so, how?
  • Evaluate how the objects are displayed, juxtaposed and interpreted? Does the show break any new boundaries in its discipline? How did it make you feel when you entered? And, when you left?

Please provide a bibliography of any texts referenced and footnote any quotations used.

If you are reviewing a catalogue:

  • Please situate the subject within a history of previous exhibitions and publications. Does it chart new territory or add to existing knowledge?
  • Does it provide an insight into the intentions and nature of the exhibition or is it a 'stand alone' publication? Is there a statement from the Museum Director and/or Curator? Do they make their objectives explicit and what are their remits?
  • How are the clothes displayed, illustrated and labelled (are the captions like museum labels)?
  • Do you feel that it has provided you with a 'feel' for the exhibition and if not, does this or should it matter? You may wish to look at the Museum website and see what information is available about catalogue and exhibition.

Please provide a bibliography of any texts referenced and footnote any quotations used.

Study proposal

Applicants should submit an idea for an exhibition proposal that will form the basis of your final project.

It should:

  • state briefly the background for the exhibition proposal;
  • determine the precise area of study;
  • set out clearly and concisely your aims and objectives for the period of study.

Your Study Proposal should have the following structure:

Introduction

Introduce your idea for your proposed exhibition. Briefly outline recent developments prior to application. Describe your anticipated programme of study in detail, demonstrating your knowledge of the fashion, curation or exhibitions for your area of study. Focus on specific areas or issues that underpin and frame the proposal.

Programme of study

Outline the sequence of practical and theoretical steps 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 research 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.

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.

Portfolio

You may submit a digital portfolio of any previous curation work if you think it will enhance your application; the most important part of your application is the exhibition review and study proposal as detailed above.

You may include a URL link to your portfolio within your personal statement.

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. If you meet these requirements, you will be asked to submit a video task and attend an interview.

Video task

We'd like you to submit a 2-3 minute video to help us learn more about you.

  • Please speak clearly in English and face the camera.
  • Your video task is submitted via PebblePad.
  • Read our guidance for more information about how to submit your video task and the file types we accept.

As part of your video task, please respond to the following direction:

  • Tell us about your previous study or professional experience, why you have applied to MA Fashion Curation, what you hope to study on the course and how you feel you will use what you learn in your future career.

Interview

If the course team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to attend an interview.

If you are selected for interview, these will take place online using Teams from Microsoft – please ensure that you download this software prior to the interview date; this is available as a free download from the Microsoft website. We will send you further details at a later point about how we will connect with you for your interview.

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 this course can only be accepted for this year of entry. Applications for deferred entry cannot be accepted.

Application deadline

12 January 2022 or 13 April 2022

The equal consideration deadline has now passed. However, this course will remain open to applications until places have been filled. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible to allow the Admissions team to quickly resolve any queries.

If this course requires a portfolio, we will request this separately after initial processing of your application is complete. Once we request your portfolio, you will have 7 days to submit it.

When you'll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. Find out more about what happens after you apply.

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

There are 2 ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course:

Read our immigration and visa information to find out if you need a visa to study at UAL.

You can only apply to the same course once per year. Any duplicate applications will be withdrawn.  Read the UAL international application advice for further information on how to apply.

Deferring your place

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

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.

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and transcripts.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English if necessary) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

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).

Essay

Applicants should submit a review of a dress-based exhibition, or a catalogue, of 750-1,000 words. You might find it helpful to look at exhibition and book reviews published in 'Fashion Theory' for guidance about how to approach this.

If you are reviewing an exhibition:

  • Consider your evaluation by situating the show in relation to previous exhibitions that have relevance to the subject area and academic texts.
  • Consider the venue and how this exhibition fits with previous ones. Are the Curator's objectives made explicit? Are they achieved and if so, how?
  • Evaluate how the objects are displayed, juxtaposed and interpreted? Does the show break any new boundaries in its discipline? How did it make you feel when you entered? And, when you left?

Please provide a bibliography of any texts referenced and footnote any quotations used.

If you are reviewing a catalogue:

  • Please situate the subject within a history of previous exhibitions and publications. Does it chart new territory or add to existing knowledge?
  • Does it provide an insight into the intentions and nature of the exhibition or is it a 'stand alone' publication? Is there a statement from the Museum Director and/or Curator? Do they make their objectives explicit and what are their remits?
  • How are the clothes displayed, illustrated and labelled (are the captions like museum labels)?
  • Do you feel that it has provided you with a 'feel' for the exhibition and if not, does this or should it matter? You may wish to look at the Museum website and see what information is available about catalogue and exhibition.

Please provide a bibliography of any texts referenced and footnote any quotations used.

Study proposal

Applicants should submit an idea for an exhibition proposal that will form the basis of your final project.

It should:

  • state briefly the background for the exhibition proposal;
  • determine the precise area of study;
  • set out clearly and concisely your aims and objectives for the period of study.

Your Study Proposal should have the following structure:

Introduction

Introduce your idea for your proposed exhibition. Briefly outline recent developments prior to application. Describe your anticipated programme of study in detail, demonstrating your knowledge of the fashion, curation or exhibitions for your area of study. Focus on specific areas or issues that underpin and frame the proposal.

Programme of study

Outline the sequence of practical and theoretical steps 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 research 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.

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.

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.

If you meet these requirements, you will be asked to submit a video task and attend an interview.

Video task

We'd like you to submit a 2-3 minute video to help us learn more about you.

  • Please speak clearly in English and face the camera.
  • Your video task is submitted via PebblePad.
  • Read our guidance for more information about how to submit your video task and the file types we accept.

As part of your video task, please respond to the following direction:

  • Tell us about your previous study or professional experience, why you have applied to MA Fashion Curation, what you hope to study on the course and how you feel you will use what you learn in your future career.

Portfolio

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.

Interview

If the course team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to attend an interview.

If you are selected for interview, these will take place online using Teams from Microsoft – please ensure that you download this software prior to the interview date; this is available as a free download from the Microsoft website. We will send you further details at a later point about how we will connect with you for your interview.

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 this course can only be accepted for this year of entry. Applications for deferred entry cannot be accepted.

Application deadline

12 January 2022 or 13 April 2022

The equal consideration deadline has now passed. However, this course will remain open to applications until places have been filled. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible to allow the Admissions team to quickly resolve any queries.

If this course requires a portfolio, we will request this separately after initial processing of your application is complete. Once we request your portfolio, you will have 7 days to submit it.

When you'll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. Find out more about what happens after you apply.

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 and funding

Home fee

£11,550

This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students on courses lasting more than one year. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

Home fees are currently charged to UK nationals and UK residents who meet the rules. However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees and determining your fee status.

International fee

£23,610

This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students on courses lasting more than one year. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

Students from countries outside of the UK will generally be charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about tuition fees and determining your fee status.

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 advantage in the employment market, obtaining work in a wide range of vocational and academic fields related to fashion. MA Fashion Curation could lead to a breadth of exit profiles including Fashion or Art and Design Curator, Arts and Events Management Assistant and Administrator or Consultant. Graduates of the course have gone on to work in many roles within the industry, at organisations including the British Council, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Fan Museum Greenwich. The MA also provides an excellent preparation for higher level research degrees (MPhil or PhD), with an increasing number of graduates undertaking research, writing and teaching within fashion related subjects.