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Postgraduate

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 2021
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.

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.

Location

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.

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 / John Prince's Street 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.

Student and graduate work

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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.

  • 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.

Contact us

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To register your interest and receive information and updates about studying at UAL, please complete this form.

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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 explores blockchain 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 product development and management at companies including Friis & Co, Lily Gardner and Hackett London.

Julie Dennison is an experienced Senior Lecturer and academic, having extensive experience of teaching and curriculum development at undergraduate and postgraduate level since joining UAL in 2007. 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.

Francesca Bonetti is a Lecturer in Marketing at undergraduate and postgraduate level at London College of Fashion, and a Visiting Lecturer at universities across Europe and Asia. She is also a PhD Researcher in retailing, consumer-facing technology and marketing at The University of Manchester, School of Materials, Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences. Her research interests also include luxury fashion retailing in China and the consumption of fashion goods by Asian consumers. She has international industry experience in marketing communications and business development in the fashion and apparel sector and consults for fashion brands and retailers. She was awarded her Master’s Degree in Marketing with Distinction from the University of St Andrews in 2012.

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 15 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.

Ronit Zilkha British fashion designer Ronit Zilkha 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 knowledge 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

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

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.

Extra information required for applications to this course

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

1. Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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

2. 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).

3. 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.

Making your application

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

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. The course team will select applicants 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.

Application deadline

15 May 2021

This course is still open for applications from home and international applicants. We recommend you apply as soon as possible as the equal consideration deadline has passed and places are limited.

When you’ll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. We’ll be in touch shortly after you apply with information about next steps. Find out more about what happens after you apply.

There are two ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course at LCF:

For further advice on how to apply please visit the UAL International Application page.

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.

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. The course team will select applicants 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.

Application deadline

15 May 2021

This course is still open for applications from home and international applicants. We recommend you apply as soon as possible as the equal consideration deadline has passed and places are limited.

When you’ll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. We’ll be in touch shortly after you apply with information about next steps. 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

£11,220 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 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 resident nationals. However, the rules are complex and you can find out more on our tuition fees pages.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, although this may depend on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students on our Brexit information webpage

International fee

£22,920 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

International fees are currently charged to students from countries outside of the UK. However, the rules are complex and more information can be found on our tuition fees pages.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, although this may depend on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students on our Brexit information 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 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.