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MA Fashion Design Management

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College
London College of Fashion
Start date
September 2024
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.

Apply to start in September 2024

This course has places available for UK applicants only. We are no longer accepting applications from international students for 2024/25 entry to this course. International applications for 2025/26 entry will open in Autumn 2024.

Course subject to re-approval

Please note that this course is undergoing re-approval. This is the process by which we ensure the course continues to provide a high quality academic experience. During re-approval there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about the course.

Applying for more than 1 course

You can apply for more than 1 postgraduate course at UAL but we recommend that you apply for no more than 3. Find out more in the Apply Now section.

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.
  • Textile Institute: MA Fashion Design Management is accredited by the Textile Institute.

Course overview

Introduction

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 approach to sustainable product management is essential. This exciting and dynamic course will help you develop a valuable knowledge base through opportunities to work on industry-relevant projects and live industry briefs tackling design management challenges in the current global fashion industry. 

What to expect 

  • Cutting edge research: Learn directly from academic and business leaders at the forefront of sustainable design strategies, supply chain and innovation management.  
  • In-demand skills and knowledge: Gain design management skills needed for design, product development, buying, merchandising, sourcing, sustainability-related job roles in the creative industry along with the ability to manage innovation development.  
  • Industry informed curriculum: Academic content is continuously revised to adapt to current developments in industry.  
  • Knowledge Exchange: Take part in industry-led workshops, expert speaker series, and work together with students across LCF. 
  • Enterprise: Proactively engage in innovative problem-solving to tackle real-world challenges.

Industry experience and opportunities 

The course has strong links with the industry and provides a range of live projects with purpose-led industry partners introducing you to a range of different business models in the fashion industry. This allows you to directly apply theory to practice and build up your network in the industry. You are encouraged to engage with extra-curricular opportunities, for example: the Postgraduate Mentoring Network, Graduate Futures workshops and individual support and networking events at the university. 

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. 

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. 

Climate, Social and Racial Justice 

We are committed to developing ethical Fashion Business practices. To achieve this and promote awareness, we aim to embed the UAL's Principles for Climate, Social and Racial Justice into the course.  

The course explores the positive impact of design by challenging the status quo and exploring innovation with the aim to address wicked problems. We believe that design thinking and design practice has the power to shape positive futures and strategic change for the fashion industry. You will explore how to support welfare, by championing causes, enable inclusivity and nurture wellbeing. 

Course units

Block 1 

Design Management Principles (20 credits) 

This unit will introduce you to key principles and theories of Fashion Design Management. You will explore and challenge the value of the design discipline within the current dynamic global business environment. You will be required to critically apply strategic design management tools, frameworks and theories to justify your design strategy recommendation. 

Sustainable Design Thinking (20 credits) 

This unit examines the concepts that underpin sustainable design thinking and the processes required to adopt a people-centred, innovative approach to an evolving fashion industry. You will critically explore the design thinking process within a global fashion environment to offer sustainable emergent design solutions to complex contemporary issues. 

Design and Innovation Strategy (20 credits) 

This unit explores the future direction of fashion design and innovation management in an accelerating period of consumer, technological and global change. It evaluates the potential sustainable business and new product development strategies of the future as well as exploring the knowledge and resources required by fashion organisations. 

Block 2 

Elective Units 

In block 2, students will have an opportunity to take an elective unit. Individual unit descriptors can be found in the Electives Handbook. 

Leading Design Practice (20 credits) 

This unit examines the process and implementation of design strategies by applying project management principles in practice. The key tools and techniques of researching, designing and planning a range of fashion related products to a specified brief will be examined alongside sustainable supply chain management and enterprising fashion business models. 

Advanced Research Methods for Fashion Business (cross-course) (20 credits) 

Developing effective approaches to research is crucial for success in your Masters' project and in your wider career. In this unit you will start to develop and explore your individual research project in preparation for your Masters' project. In the process of developing your research proposal you will consider a range of research methodologies, methods and approaches, evaluating how you will utilise primary research tools effectively in your Masters' project. 

Block 3 

Masters Project (60 credits) 

The Masters Project is the final stage of your Masters’ course and is the culmination of your studies and provides you with a space to synthesise all the knowledge and skills you have gained on the course so far. Upon completion of your project, you will have generated a high-level Masters’ quality piece of work that will showcase your practice, academic literacy and the professional standards that will act as a platform for your future career and professional development.

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  
  • Online learning 
  • Museum, gallery and other visits

UAL Showcase

Explore work by our recent students on the UAL Showcase

  • Turning Customers into Co-Designers
    Turning Customers into Co-Designers, Marie Campana, 2024 MA Fashion Design Management, London College of Fashion, UAL
  • Digital Tailoring: Adaptive Trousers for Mobility
    Digital Tailoring: Adaptive Trousers for Mobility, Wangyiyang Zhang, 2024 MA Fashion Design Management, London College of Fashion, UAL
  • Unleashing the Possibilities of the Metaverse
    Unleashing the Possibilities of the Metaverse, Zenna Soon, 2023 MA Fashion Design Management, London College of Fashion, UAL
  • Devising a Creative Direction for Music Artists
    Devising a Creative Direction for Music Artists, Jose Aponte, 2024 MA Fashion Design Management, London College of Fashion, UAL

Jeanne Langford | Course leader | MA Fashion Design Management

Marie Jones | Lecturer | MA Fashion Design Management

Postgraduate Mentoring Network

Student and graduate work

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  • MAFDM_GALLERY_Kinship-mood-board_Christina-Joseph.jpg
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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

Student Eika Sada | MA Fashion Design Management

Student Swati Nair | MA Fashion Design Management

Alumni Matan Gluck | MA Fashion Design Management

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Staff

Jeanne Langford 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.

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.

Eleanor Rockett
Eleanor Rockett graduated with distinction from MA Fashion Design Management at LCF and holds a first-class LLB Law Degree. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and her research focuses on optimising intellectual property management to create innovative business models for fashion brands. Eleanor is a lecturer in Fashion Law at LCF and also works as an Intellectual Property Educator across UAL. Previously she has worked as a researcher in Digital Fashion at the Royal College of Art and a lecturer on the MBA at London Business School. She has industry experience as a business consultant with clients going on to win British Fashion Council NEWGEN and stocking in Selfridges, Harrods and Farfetch. She has worked as a strategist at a number of fashion technology start-up companies that have been featured in WWD, Forbes and Vogue Business.

Julie Dennison
Julie Dennison is a senior lecturer and academic, having extensive experience of teaching and curriculum development at undergraduate and postgraduate level since joining UAL in 2007. Julie currently holds the role of Senior Lecturer in Fashion Business Research Methods, focusing on developing specialist research methodologies with students to enable them to complete diverse advanced level research outputs at postgraduate level. Prior to her teaching career, Julie worked for over a decade in product design and development as a Senior Fashion Buyer, specialising in CMT operations for major UK High Street brands such as River Island and Arcadia. Her published research focuses 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.

Jade McSorley
Jade McSorley is a PhD researcher, sustainability advocate and digital ethics activist. After a 16 year international career as a fashion model, she now focuses her work on building a sustainable fashion future. Her PhD research follows on from her Masters in Fashion Futures at University of Arts London in which she received a distinction. She subsequently worked at the Fashion Innovation Agency at LCF. Jade’s research explores the connection between digital fashion consumption, identity and sustainability. Jade is also the co-founder of tech start-up LOANHOOD, a circular fashion community offering more sustainable ways to experience fashion through circular commerce solutions. She has spoken at numerous events, including TEDx, discussing innovative business models, digital identity and fashion within the metaverse, as well as working being a member of the Sustainable and Social Justice Committee for Fashion Roundtable. She is an advocate of responsible innovation and is keen to understand the sustainable and ethical implications of emerging technologies within the fashion sector.

Gemma Metheringham
Gemma Metheringham is a circular fais a circular fashion consultant, committed to understanding how the current growth in the secondhand fashion market can be leveraged to support reductions in fashions overall carbon emissions. Originally trained as a Designer at Nottingham Trent University, Gemma worked for over 30 years as a Design and Creative Director in the Fashion Industry. At Karen Millen she led teams responsible for product design, development and sourcing, and all consumer touchpoints across brand, marketing, retail design and in store experience globally. In 2016 she returned to Next to launch a new collaborative project, Label/mix. She started her The Elephant in my Wardrobe Instagram feed to challenge throwaway fashion consumption in 2020 and the conversations started here, combined with a growing passion for sustainability, led her to complete the Fashion Futures MA at LCF in 2022/23. Gemma is currently continuing her research into the fashion resale market, mentoring, lecturing and writing on circularity.

Terence Senford
An alumnus of the London College of Fashion, Terence Senford holds a BA in Fashion Design Technology. He began his career on Savile Row as lead designer at Ozwald Boateng, for collab and diffusion lines as well mainline product creation. He has since held numerous creative leadership roles at globally renowned brands including Hugo Boss, Umbro, Puma, and Adidas.

He teaches across both the business and design schools, centring his interests on creative concept, trend futures, innovation, and strategic leadership. Terence is passionate about using mentoring and coaching toward collective creative learning and development of the self through the lens of creativity. Additionally, he is involved in creative outreach programs aimed at inspiring young people. Beyond his academic pursuits, Terence is also a fashion tech start-up advisor and maintains a creative/art practice.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£13,330

This fee is correct for 2024/25 entry and is subject to change for 2025/26 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.

International fee

£28,570

This fee is correct for 2024/25 entry and is subject to change for 2025/26 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

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.

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Application deadline

Deadline

Round 1:

13 December 2023 at 1pm (UK time)

Round 2:

3 April 2024 at 1pm (UK time)

Video task deadline

Round 1:

16 January 2024

Round 2:

16 April 2024

Decision outcome

Round 1:

End of March 2024

Round 2:

End of June 2024

Round 1
Round 2
Deadline
13 December 2023 at 1pm (UK time)
3 April 2024 at 1pm (UK time)
Video task deadline
16 January 2024
16 April 2024
Decision outcome
End of March 2024
End of June 2024

This course is still open to applications from UK students and will remain open until 31 July or until all places are filled.

Read more about deadlines

Apply now

Application deadline

Deadline

Round 1:

13 December 2023 at 1pm (UK time)

Round 2:

3 April 2024 at 1pm (UK time)

Video task deadline

Round 1:

16 January 2024

Round 2:

16 April 2024

Decision outcome

Round 1:

End of March 2024

Round 2:

End of June 2024

Round 1
Round 2
Deadline
13 December 2023 at 1pm (UK time)
3 April 2024 at 1pm (UK time)
Video task deadline
16 January 2024
16 April 2024
Decision outcome
End of March 2024
End of June 2024

We are no longer accepting applications to this course for 2024/25 entry from international applicants. Applications for 2025/26 entry will open in autumn 2024.

Read more about deadlines

How to apply

Follow this step-by-step guide to apply for this course

Step 1: Initial application

You will need to submit an initial application including your personal statement, CV and study proposal.

Personal statement advice

Your personal statement should be maximum 500 words and include:

  • your reasons for choosing the course
  • your current creative practice and how this course will help you achieve your future plans
  • any relevant education and experience, especially if you do not have any formal academic qualifications.

Visit our personal statement page for more advice.

CV advice

Please provide a CV detailing your education, qualifications and any relevant work or voluntary experience. If you have any web projects or other media that you would like to share, please include links in your CV. If English is not your first language, please also include your most recent English language test score.

Study proposal advice

Please provide a summary of your study proposal (500 words)

It should:

  • describe the area of study that you plan to focus on for your master’s project, including particular text(s), theories and themes that you might want to explore
  • outline the rationale, aims and objectives for your project
  • highlight the proposed methodology that you plan to follow for your project
  • include a bibliography and references if necessary. This is not included in the word count.

Please note, your proposal serves to inform your application and we understand that your ideas will inevitably develop and change throughout your studies.

Step 2: Video task

We will review your initial application. If you have met the standard entry requirements, we will ask you to submit a video task.

You’ll need to submit this via PebblePad, our online portfolio tool.

Video task advice

We’d like you to submit a 2-3 minute video to help us learn more about you. When recording your task, please face the camera and speak in English.

What to include in your video task

  • Introduce the topic of your master's project proposal and explain why you have chosen this subject matter.

Read our guidance for how to submit your video task and which file types we accept.

Step 3: Interview

You may be invited to an interview following our review of your application. All interviews are held online and last 15 to 20 minutes.

For top tips, see our Interview advice.

You also need to know

Communicating with you

Once you have submitted your initial application, we will email you with your login details for our Applicant portal.

Requests for supplementary documents like qualifications and English language tests will be made through the applicant portal. You can also use it to ask questions regarding your application. Visit our After you apply page for more information.

Applying to more than 1 course

You can apply for more than 1 postgraduate course at UAL but we recommend that you apply for no more than 3 courses. You need to tailor your application, supporting documents and portfolio to each course, so applying for many different courses could risk the overall quality of your application. If you receive offers for multiple courses, you'll only be able to accept 1 offer. UAL doesn't accept repeat applications to the same course in the same academic year.

Visas and immigration history check

All non-UK nationals must complete an immigration history check. Your application may be considered by our course teams before this check takes place. This means that we may request your portfolio and/or video task before we identify any issues arising from your immigration history check. Sometimes your history may mean that we are not able to continue considering your application. Visit our Immigration and visas advice page for more information.

External student transfer policy

UAL accepts transfers from other institutions on a case-by-case basis. Read our Student transfer policy for more information.

Alternative offers

If your application is really strong, but we believe your strengths and skillset are better suited to a different course, we may make you an alternative offer. This means you will be offered a place on a different course or at a different UAL College.

Deferring your place

We do not accept any deferral requests for our postgraduate courses. This means that you must apply in the year that you plan to start your course and you will not be able to defer your place to start at a later date.

Application deadlines

For postgraduate courses at UAL there are 2 equal consideration deadlines to ensure fairness for all our applicants. If you apply ahead of either of these deadlines, your application will be considered on an equal basis with all other applications in that round. If there are places available after the second deadline, the course will remain open to applications until places have been filled.

Careers

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.

Industry accreditations and support

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.

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