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MA Fashion Design Management

Start date
September 2018
Course length
12 months

Course summary

Places available 2018/19

This course has places available for UK and EU applicants only. Applications have now closed for international students.

This postgraduate management course equips students with the knowledge and expertise to pursue a career in creative leadership.


MA Fashion Design Management teaches skills in areas such as project management, strategic problem-solving and innovative design solutions. A critical understanding of the global impact of the fashion industry gives context to this business focused course. This MA provides an excellent preparation for undertaking a higher level research degree (MPhil or PhD).

Great reasons to apply 

  • Graduates enter various careers in the cultural sector as professional, creative thinkers.
  • Benefit from collaboration with live industry projects, guest speakers and international study tours.
  • Gain a balanced perspective on managing design within the economic and social background of the fashion industry.


The 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.

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Student and graduate work


Latest news from this course


Library, John Princes Street

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 details

MA Fashion Design Management is suited to design graduates from a range of disciplines who wish to develop creative management or leadership roles in the fashion industry.

Students develop an understanding of the global implications for the fashion industry from many perspectives, which include; branding, creative thinking, ethics, new technologies and potential futures.

Course structure

12 months, 3 terms, level 7, 180 credits

Term one

Design Thinking (20 credits)

Fashion Branding (20 credits)

Research Methods (20 credits)

Term two

Creative Futures (20 credits)

Managing Fashion Projects (20 credits)

Collaborative Unit (20 credits) - find out more

Term three

Masters Project (60 credits)

Travelling across London

The renowned London College of Fashion library is at our John Prince’s Street site, and you will need to travel to this site, and possibly others, during your course to use the library, which is open seven days a week in term time, and for tuition and special events.

Course structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the course team.

Course units

In recent years businesses and business schools have become increasingly interested in design thinking and its relationship with the creative process. The Design Thinking unit examines the main concepts that underpin creative problem solving and the strategies and processes adopted for creating a holistic innovative organisational environment in fashion. The unit examines the design process and experiential literacy in related design disciplines and their application to fashion. It examines the management of creative people, environments and creativity and contextualises the design and fashion industries in terms of legal, ethical, sustainability and environmental issues.

The international fashion consumer increasingly seeks the tangible and intangible benefits of a wide variety of local and international fashion brands. Fashion brands and their associated marketing communications have now reached revered status throughout the global economy. The design, development, marketing and retailing (DDMR) of fashion brands have now become an increasingly important and integrated part of many fashion businesses. In Fashion Branding you will investigate and examine all aspects of international fashion brand marketing and look at its significant modern growth from both a European and global perspective. This will enable you to acquire a sound theoretical and practical understanding of strategic fashion brand development and management.

The purpose of the Research Methods unit is to introduce you to the range of research methods, approaches and tools that are available to you in order to conduct your post graduate project. The unit will cover philosophy and ethics in research, primary and secondary research methods, including quantitative, qualitative and visual research methods, and how to analyse, evaluate and disseminate research findings. The unit will consider research in a range of contexts relevant to the cultural and creative industries and enable you to understand the relationship between theory and practice.

Whilst predicting the future is difficult, organisations and individuals who have a good understanding of what that future may hold, stand a greater chance of maintaining their competitive advantage. The Creative Futures unit outlines conventional, established and emergent management and marketing theories and questions their relevance in an increasingly accelerating period of consumer, technological and global development. It examines the potential sustainable business models and new product development models of the future as well as the skills, attributes and knowledge that creative managers will need to acquire. This unit explores techniques of risk assessment and encourages experimentation and curiosity.

The Managing Fashion Projects unit provides an introduction to core theories and practices of design management strategy with a focus on project management. This involves the management of "collection" development by designers and the creation of value through the design process. Design planning, researching, formulating a specific brief, briefing and post analysis will be considered along with the supporting roles in the communication of value in fashion. Design strategy development and project management in fashion organisations of all sizes will be considered; from small independent designers to global corporations.

The Collaborative Unit is designed to enable you to innovate, engage in developmental processes and participate in collaborative working practices. You will be encouraged to develop the professional negotiating and networking skills that you will need in order to be successful in the cultural and creative industries.

The unit is student-led collaboration with selected industry partners that include Kering and Diesel. Remi Schellinger, from MA Fashion Design Management, was part of the team that won the 2017 Kering and Centre for Sustainable Fashion Outstanding Project award.

He had this to say about the project:

"The aim of the project was to propose a viable business model for fashion that counteracts extreme consumption, increasing its value whilst producing and consuming less. Our manifesto was to challenge the perception of value and to explore the consumer relationship with fashion. We explored creating our own biosynthetic materials and saw the opportunities in the application and creation of this material in fashion. We proposed a new retail concept which allows consumers to be a part of the production process using biosynthetic materials, this in turns allowed customers to customise and connect with their creations. Our business model was presented to Kering with our constructed biosynthetic fashion accessories and included a VR experience of the retail space."

The nature of this collaboration may be within your own course, with students on other courses or with industry. The project that you undertake will depend upon your discipline and the specific requirements of your course. Further details will be available in your unit handbook.

The Masters Project is an important piece of work central to achieving the course aims, which will provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in relation to the course learning outcomes. Throughout the Masters Project, you are guided and supported by tutorials and peer and staff evaluation at interim stages. You will be allocated a supervisor for your project and will complete a learning contract outlining how you intend to develop and deliver your project. The Masters Project may take a variety of forms by negotiation and is assessed by presentation in an agreed format.

Showing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCF and will last for up to 12 months after graduation. This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Online and digital learning
  • Museum and gallery visits
  • Feed-forward (formative assessment) sessions
  • Tutorials
  • Small group presentations
  • Masterclasses
  • Guest speakers
  • Group work
  • Optional international study tours

Assessments methods

  • Business reports, case studies and dissertation
  • Practice-based assessments including prototype development
  • Blogs
  • Peer assessment
  • Reflective statements and self-evaluation
  • Presentations
  • Group (collaborative) work


Julie Dennison is the Course Leader for the MA Fashion Design Management, having started her academic career at UAL in 2007. She is an experienced Senior Lecturer and academic, with extensive experience of designing and managing courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Prior to her teaching career, Julie worked for over a decade as a Senior Fashion Buyer, specialising in fast fashion and CMT operations for major UK High Street brands such as River Island and Dorothy Perkins. Her research and recent publications have focused on consumer behaviour in digital environments. She holds a BA (Hons) in Textiles and Fashion, a Masters in Strategic Fashion Marketing, a PG Cert in Academic Practice and is a Fellow of the HEA.

Matteo Montecchi is (acting) Fashion Management Programme Director. His expertise is strategic marketing for fashion, lifestyle and luxury products, digital and social media marketing for luxury brands and online retailing. He has extensive experience in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including MBA and executive courses, both in the context of specialist fashion colleges and business schools.

Matteo’s research investigates how digital technologies and emerging social platforms influence the creation, development and management of fashion and luxury brands. Matteo has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics, an Executive Masters in Marketing and Sales, a Master’s Degree by Research in Marketing and a PG Cert in Academic Practice.

Kirsty Herd is Lecturer in Retail Management/Operations/Strategy. Kirsty has worked in the fashion industry for over ten years as buyer and then a business development and innovation expert working for Harrods, Lyle & Scott and Gloverall in Europe, the USA and the Far East. Kirsty has extensive experience in fashion retailing from store management and retail operations to buying, merchandising and new business innovations. She is a graduate of Glasgow Caledonian University with a BA in Business and an MSc in Fashion Marketing. Her research interests lie in the future of fashion, with particular interest in how new technologies in both retail and product are engaging, converting and retaining consumers.

Liz Parker is a specialist in Fashion Sustainability and teaches at several prestigious universities including London College of Fashion and Central St Martins . She has extensive in-depth insights into fashion supply chain and corporate social responsibility developed through a career spanning more than fifteen years as an activist, researcher and project manager working with organisations such as Clean Clothes Campaign, LCF Centre for Sustainable Fashion, Fashioning an Ethical Industry and Ethical Fashion Consultancy. Her publications include chapters in two pivotal books on fashion sustainability by Kate Fletcher, Mathilda Tham and Sandy Black.  She has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Systems Thinking and Sustainability and is currently in the final stages of an MA in Teaching and Learning in HE.

Michael Tomczak is a Creative Director who has spent more than two decades in the global fashion industry working for companies that include Levi’s, Reebok, and John Lewis, and is the owner of design consultancy The Trend Factory Ltd. In addition to his vast industry experience, Michael is a regular contributor to the MA Fashion Design Management course, leading Masterclasses, lectures and workshops whist contributing to curriculum development. Michael studied at the prestigious FIT in New York and has worked as a designer, trend forecaster, head of design and creative director for a raft of high profile fashion businesses.

Johnny Martin FCA is Entrepreneur in Residence at London College of Fashion. He is professionally, The Numbers Coach – an experienced director who now passionately explains business numbers and jargon to help young businesses find their business model. He is a British Library Business and IP Centre partner and runs regular workshops, as well as being a mentor for the Royal College of Art Innovation Unit.

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and seek to recruit students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. We are committed to supporting all our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

Home / EU and international applicants

Please note, this course has places available for UK and EU applicants only for 2018/19 entry. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018.

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements and selection criteria.

Both Home/EU and international students can apply for this course using our online application form – the link to this is below. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide.

Alternatively, international applicants can apply through an overseas representative in your country.

Application form

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history

Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.

Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will need to contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).

Extra information required for applications to this course

When you are submitting your application form, you will also need to provide the following pieces of documentation in support of your application:

Personal statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and your suitability for the course that you intend to study. Please write no more than 500 words.

Some key points to consider:

  • Make sure that personal statement is your own work and is about you.
  • 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).

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.


Essay title: In his seminal article on design thinking in the Harvard Business Review, Brown (2008, p. 86) states: ‘put simply, [design thinking] is a discipline that uses the designer’s sensibility and methods to match people’s needs with what is technologically feasible and what a viable business strategy can convert into customer value and market opportunity.’ Critically analyse, using relevant theory, how design thinking can add differentiation and competitive advantage to organisations using (fashion) retail industry examples of your choice.

Please write a 500 word essay on the above topic, and include a reference list.

Study proposal

The 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 study proposal should be a maximum of 300 words (excluding research sources, bibliography and appendices).


If you’re a designer, you may submit a digital portfolio containing six images. Ensure all work is carefully labelled.

You may include examples of:

  • Fashion apparel
  • Accessory design
  • Illustration
  • Styling
  • Artefacts / window displays

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


Applications for 2018/19 entry for this course are now closed for international applicants. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018.

Entry requirements

Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.

  • An Honours degree at 2.1 or above in a related discipline. Applicants with a degree in another subject may be considered, depending on the strength of the application;


  • Equivalent qualifications;


  • Relevant and quantitative industrial experience for a minimum of three years.

Selection for interview will be made on the basis of your application, including the personal statement, the supporting written assignment and project proposal. If you are selected for interview you may be asked to bring a portfolio of previous design work and/or may be required to undertake a written aptitude test.

Student selection criteria

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

What we look for

The course 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 and a developed and mature attitude to independent study.

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.

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

International applicants

The Admissions office at the London College of Fashion will help to guide you through the application process and answer any specific questions that you may have regarding our courses. This may include portfolio advice, the application process and fee advice. We offer a ‘drop-in’ facility for applicants who may be in London and wish to obtain further course and admissions information. Please contact us for further information on this facility. We can also arrange a tour of our facilities if we are given prior notice. Our contact details are:

Address: London College of Fashion, International Office, 20 John Prince's Street, London W1G 0BJ.

If you have a question, you can contact our International Recruitment Office by calling +44 (0)20 7514 7656 / 7678 / 7629 or completing this register your interest form.

International applicants should contact the Admission Office by emailing about portfolio requirements (if applicable), interview times and dates.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee


This applies for the 2018/19 academic year.

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

Course fees may be paid in instalments.


Home/EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 (called the 'ELQ' fee). Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held. For enquiries relating to ELQ fees, please complete this register your interest form.

International fee


This applies for the 2018/19 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.


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.


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 this course have an advantage in the employment market, obtaining work in a range of fashion industry fields, and graduate destinations this year include Net-a-Porter, London Wei Consultancy, London Seoul Creative Fashion Studio, Korea. 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.

The curriculum is designed to communicate and open up the possibilities of your own creativity by developing your career aspirations and professional awareness for enterprise and employability, whether for the creative and cultural sector or beyond.

Enterprise and employability is about more than getting a job, it is about enabling you to find, make and take opportunities and to meet your aspirations in a changing world, whether as a successful creative professional, innovator, practitioner, employee and/or entrepreneur in the UK and globally.

As a student or graduate you can:

  • Develop the skills you need to get a job, freelance or start a business using our extensive online resources and practical guides and workshops, guiding you through everything from CV writing and interview skills to pricing your work or producing a business plan.
  • Attend exciting and informative events and industry talks which take place throughout the year across UALs six colleges.
  • Access funding to help develop your practice, start your own business or showcase your work at exhibitions and trade fairs.
  • Get professional and practical advice about your Intellectual Property and how to make work, sell work, find work and network.

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