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MA Fashion Design Management

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MA Fashion Design Management event. © University of Arts London
College
London College of Fashion
Start date
September 2022
Course length
12 months

This rigorous specialist design management course helps to equip the next generation of creative managers for a dynamic career in fashion design and innovation management.

Course closed for International applications

This course has places available for UK applicants only. We are no longer accepting applications from international students for 2022/23 entry to this course. International applications for 2023/24 entry will open in Autumn 2022.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion

  • Career opportunities: Graduates enter careers within design, buying and merchandising, fashion consultancy, supply chain and production management, the craft sector and business start-ups, including work at companies such as Alexander McQueen, Burberry and Net-a-Porter.
  • Industry links: The course has several live projects with industry clients, alongside links with renowned international schools. Students will also be able to take advantage of the regular industry speaker programme.
  • Academic focus: The course focuses on academic depth and rigour, leading to some graduates progressing to higher level research degrees.
  • Specialist course: The course is a specialist Design Management course specifically developed for the fashion industry and this is a unique context for a Design Management postgraduate degree.

Open Days

The next Open Day for this course is taking place on Tuesday 15 November. Book now.

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.

Textile Institute

MA Fashion Design Management has been awarded Associateship level accreditation, CText ATI, by the Textile Institute. Internationally recognised, the Textile Institute is the chartered professional body for all the textile, clothing and footwear industries. As a student on this course you are eligible to apply for LTI (Licentiateship) when you graduate and CText ATI (Associateship) after one year working in industry (normally this would take 5 years). This qualification demonstrates to employers that as well as academic knowledge you have the vocational skills needed in the workplace. The qualification is globally recognised and internationally transferrable.

Student and graduate work

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Course trips

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    MA Fashion Design Management | Walk through Camden, London with students | London College of Fashion | University of Arts London
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    MA Fashion Design Management | Christopher Raeburn studio tour | London College of Fashion | University of Arts London
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    MA Fashion Design Management | Walk through East London with students | London College of Fashion | University of Arts London
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    MA Fashion Design Management | Christopher Raeburn studio tour | London College of Fashion | University of Arts London
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    MA Fashion Design Management | Christopher Raeburn studio tour | London College of Fashion | University of Arts London
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    MA Fashion Design Management | Walk through Camden, London with students | London College of Fashion | University of Arts London

Latest news from this course

LCF facilities

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    LCF archives and library

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

  • Business facilities at JPS and High Holborn

    Fashion business facilities

    Take a tour of our fashion business facilities at John Prince's Street and High Holborn.

  • Mare Street Canteen

    LCF's social spaces

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

Course overview

Introduction

The continuing growth of the creative industries in the UK, has created employment opportunities for fashion design leaders and managers. The high demand for fashion design management is reflected in the career sections of professional networking and employment sites. MA Fashion Design Management prepares future design leaders and managers for a career in the fashion industry.

Effective design management is a key strategy in developing and maintaining the success of global fashion businesses. MA Fashion Design Management will give you a critical understanding of the global impact of fashion design through the lenses of sustainable design strategies, transparent supply chain development and innovation management.

You will develop a range of essential practical management skills alongside a critical understanding of the global impact of fashion design. This will support your development towards a career in further research or in industry where a holistic appreciation of sustainable management is a pre-requisite. This exciting and dynamic course will help you develop a valuable knowledge base through opportunities to work on industry-relevant projects tackling design management challenges in the current global fashion industry.

What to expect

This course takes a holistic approach to draw together business and management from a creative perspective. A diverse range of teaching and learning methods is used and you will have access to a wide range of resources within the University of the Arts including Libraries, Academic Support, and the Language Centre. You can expect:

  • Master classes & industry guest speakers
  • Practice based units & prototype development
  • Individual & group presentations
  • Group work & peer assessment
  • Lectures, seminars & workshops
  • Reflective statements & self-evaluation
  • Formative assessment feed-forward sessions
  • Summative assessment
  • Online digital learning
  • Virtual museum and gallery visits
  • Written assessment including blogs; business reports; case studies and research projects  

Mode of study

MA Fashion Design Management is a full time course which runs for 45 weeks over 12 months. 

Mode of Attendance

Your course starts in October and taught sessions are held over two-three days per week. The emphasis at postgraduate level is on independent study and in addition to taught sessions you are expected to engage in extensive self-directed research and experimentation utilising the libraries and open access facilities.

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 this Masters programme are at postgraduate level 7.

Organisation of the Curriculum

This course is divided into three 15 week blocks (full-time), each of 60 credits. Students who successfully complete 60 credits are eligible for the award of a PG Cert, while students who successfully complete 120 credits are eligible for the award of PGDip. Once students have successfully passed the first two blocks, they are eligible to progress onto the Master’s Project; this is a 60 credit unit in the final block. Students who successfully complete the Master’s Project are eligible for the award of a Masters. The MA FDM final award grading (pass, merit or distinction) is based upon the Master’s Project only.

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Course units

Block 1

  • Collaborative Challenge (20 credits)
  • Design Management Principles (20 credits)
  • Sustainable Design Thinking (20 credits)

Block 2

  • Design and Innovation Strategy (20 credits)
  • Leading Design Practice (20 credits)
  • Research Proposal (20 credits)

Block 3

  • Masters Project (60 credits)

Learning and teaching methods

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

  • Lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Briefings, tutorials and feedback
  • Collaborative group project work
  • Research methods and academic skills workshops
  • Peer learning
  • Library induction
  • Online learning
  • Virtual museum, gallery and other visits

Assessment methods

The following assessment methods are employed to support the integrated achievement of the course outcomes:

  • Blogs and online content production
  • Essays and reports
  • Group and individual work
  • Portfolio of work
  • Oral and visual presentations
  • Dissertation / report 
  • Self-evaluation 
  • Tutorials
  • Peer assessment

Staff

Jeanne Nielsen is the course leader for the MA Fashion Design Management course. Having begun her academic career in 2012 as an external examiner, she now teaches across a wide range of   units including product development, supply chain management and sustainability. She is a graduate of London College of Fashion with a BA (Hons) in Fashion Buying and Merchandising and holds an MSc in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management. Her current research interest includes block chain technology implementation within fashion supply chains. Previous experience has involved managing critical paths, working with suppliers in India, China and Europe and a specialisation in design and product development of accessories at   companies including Friis & Co, Lily Gardner and Hackett London.

Marie Jones has worked at the heart of the fashion industry for over 30 years, holding Design Director and Head of Design roles for some of the UK’s leading retailers, such as Arcadia, House of Fraser and M&S. She is currently Lecturer in Fashion Design Management at London College of Fashion. Marie holds a BA (Hons) in Fashion & Textiles, and an MA with distinction in Fashion & Sustainability from London College of Fashion, and her research revolves around disrupting the paradigms surrounding fast fashion, consumerism, and the disposal of clothing. She holds  a PG cert Academic Practice: Art, Design and Communication, and is  a Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Alongside her  academic work, Marie is co-founder of Hendy & Jones, a sustainable  fashion brand which uses traditional and modern patch working techniques to upcycle preloved menswear.

Ronit Zilkha, a British fashion designer, studied fashion design in London, after which she launched her eponymous collection. Her unique designs, including inspired eveningwear and daywear, have been worn by members of the Royal family, celebrities, stars and fashion editors the world over, showcasing at London Fashion Week for 15 consecutive years. The Ronit Zilkha label achieved international recognition and success, as well as the eighteen independent Ronit Zilkha stores, and concessions in Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and House of   Fraser. With 27 years’ experience in the fashion industry. Ronit is an Associate Lecturer at the London College of Fashion in the MA Fashion Design Management, Grad Dip Fashion Management, BSc Fashion Management & MSc Strategic Fashion Management, Introduction to the Study of Fashion and BA Fashion Marketing courses, leading masterclasses, lectures and workshops whilst contributing to curriculum development.

Adam Rose is an independent consultant who also supports LCF in a Practitioner role across several buying and merchandising focused courses. He has gained over 30 years of retailing experience at Debenhams and his specialism is Merchandising - however having worked at Trading Director level and led large scale transformation projects he also has a wealth of valuable insight into a number of disciplines and product types and so is well placed to offer expertise across a broad spectrum of areas. In an industry in constant change, Adam is passionate about developments in technology and sustainability as well as understanding how best to manage and harness new thinking and approaches impacting people, processes and systems.

Dr Francesca Bonetti is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Marketing at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, and a Visiting Lecturer at universities across Europe, the USA and Asia. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at USC Marshall School of Business, conducting a research project on technological innovation in the fashion and creative industries across the USA, UK and Europe. Her research interests focus on   business technological innovation across cultures in the fashion and creative industries, and the digital transformation of retailing. Her PhD (University of Manchester, UK, 2020) explored the adoption of consumer-facing technologies in fashion retail settings from a managerial perspective. Her interests also include luxury fashion retailing in China and the consumption of fashion goods by Asian consumers. Her work is published in academic journals such as the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services and the International Journal of Technology Marketing, among others, and in a number of   books. She has international industry experience in marketing communications and retail and business development in the fashion and apparel sector. She currently consult for fashion brands, retailers and startup companies on distribution strategies, communications strategies and the use of   consumer-facing technology.

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
  • 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 (minimum of three years)
  • 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 every 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:

  • the potential to develop their practical and critical abilities through academic study;
  • critical knowledge of a subject area;
  • a capacity for intellectual enquiry and reflective thought;
  • an openness to new ideas and a willingness to participate actively in their own intellectual development;
  • initiative with a developed and mature attitude to independent study.

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

Your application form must be supported by the following 3 documents:

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A full CV to include your full education and employment history.

Masters Project proposal

You should outline a proposal for a research topic you would be interested in completing as your Masters Project. Your proposal should include the following:

  • A title
  • Rationale (reason for interest in topic)
  • Overall aim of research
  • A brief outline of methodology
  • References/bibliography

Your proposal should be a maximum of 500 words +/-10% (excluding references/bibliography).

Personal Statement

You should communicate your motivation for studying this course in no more than 500 words.  You should use the following questions as a guide:

  • Why do you want to study for this MA?
  • What are your main areas of research interest and how do they fit with the structure of this course?

Portfolio

There is no requirement to submit a portfolio for this course. However, if you wish to include a portfolio or other evidence to support your application, a digital portfolio may be submitted by providing a URL at the end of 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:

  • Please introduce the topic of your masters project proposal, and why you have chosen this subject. This will complement the written project proposal you will be providing as part your application.

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

This course receives a high volume of applications. We need to make sure that we give all applications equal consideration, so the course team will review them in two rounds. This means that offers won’t be sent to successful applicants until after the relevant application deadline date. Outcomes for Round 1 will be released by 31 March 2022 and outcomes for Round 2 will be released by 30 June 2022.

Remember to check the outcome of your application in the UAL Portal. If you apply in Round 1 and don’t hear back from us, we will consider your application within Round 2.

Find out more about what happens after you apply.

Course closed for International applications

This course has places available for UK applicants only. We are no longer accepting applications from international students for 2022/23 entry to this course. International applications for 2023/24 entry will open in Autumn 2022.

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

Your application form must be supported by the following 3 documents:

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A full CV to include your full education and employment history.

Masters Project proposal

You should outline a proposal for a research topic you would be interested in completing as your Masters Project. Your proposal should include the following:

  • A title
  • Rationale (reason for interest in topic)
  • Overall aim of research
  • A brief outline of methodology
  • References/bibliography

Your proposal should be a maximum of 500 words +/-10% (excluding references/bibliography).

Personal Statement

You should communicate your motivation for studying this course in no more than 500 words.  You should use the following questions as a guide:

  • Why do you want to study for this MA?
  • What are your main areas of research interest and how do they fit with the structure of this course?

Portfolio

There is no requirement to submit a portfolio for this course. However, if you wish to include a portfolio or other evidence to support your application, a digital portfolio may be submitted by providing a URL at the end of your Personal Statement.

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:

  • Please introduce the topic of your masters project proposal, and why you have chosen this subject. This will complement the written project proposal you will be providing as part your application.

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

This course receives a high volume of applications. We need to make sure that we give all applications equal consideration, so the course team will review them in two rounds. This means that offers won’t be sent to successful applicants until after the relevant application deadline date. Outcomes for Round 1 will be released by 31 March 2022 and outcomes for Round 2 will be released by 30 June 2022.

Remember to check the outcome of your application in the UAL Portal. If you apply in Round 1 and don’t hear back from us, we will consider your application within Round 2.

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.

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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 this course enter careers within design, buying and merchandising, fashion consultancy, supply chain and production management, craft sector and business start-ups.

Recent graduate destinations include Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Net-a-Porter, London Wei Consultancy and London Seoul Creative Fashion Studio.  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 practice or theory or entering into education as lecturers.