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MA Fashion Journalism

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MA Fashion Journalism. Project titled, 'Around Us magazine No1' by student, Ke Zhang.
College
London College of Fashion
Start date
September 2021
Course length
15 months

This fashion journalism masters course equips students with the skills to become an articulate and aware fashion writer in the current media landscape.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion

  • Career opportunities: graduates have gone on to work across magazine and newspaper journalism, magazine styling and image making, for the likes of Harrods and Dash magazine.
  • Industry links: strong networking links facilitate freelance opportunities in the industry. Students will have access to events and industry speakers such as Lucinda Chambers.
  • Professional skills: students are equipped to set up their own media products as businesses on completion of the course.

Location

This course is based at Lime Grove in Shepherd’s Bush. Find out about the local area, including Holland Park and Notting Hill 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 Lime Grove 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 library and archives

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

  • Photo Studio, Lime Grove

    Media and communication facilities

    Take a tour of our media facilities from photographic studios to darkrooms.

  • Mare Street Canteen

    LCF's social spaces

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

Course overview

MA Fashion Journalism is a well-established course that has been designed for graduates/professionals who wish to explore the changing face of fashion journalism, whether that be from an academic, consumer or entrepreneurial perspective.  

The course offers a proactive approach to the rapidly changing global landscape that challenges the role of the fashion media and examines how, as a practitioner, you can successfully disseminate an editorial message within it.  

In the light of globalisation and numerous ongoing controversies surrounding the fashion industry, the course examines a number of sociological and ethical issues that are emerging for journalists and content creators.  

Students are encouraged to challenge the current fashion system and develop disruptive editorial strategies that could potentially have both social and politically active outcomes. 

Focusing on both the written word and the curated fashion image, the course teaches expertise in both commercial content creation and traditional journalism as well as publishing; in short, how to be a commentator, editor and entrepreneur, both digitally and in print. 

Students engage with the subject matter on a number of different levels, from theoretical discourse, to vocational publishing and digital projects, developing a skill base that fosters a broad variety of expertise.  

Course content encompasses an in-depth knowledge of the fashion industry globally (in both western and non-western contexts), to practical editorial and technical skills that enable students to assemble and create multi-platform products that incorporate both traditional journalistic skills and more experimental methodologies.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to engage with a number of industry professionals from a variety of fields (digital, creative, editorial, publishing), but will also examine broader market forces that are contextualising the industry commercially and creatively.  

The MA culminates in a self-negotiated project with a number of different  potential outcomes, from a traditional dissertation or book proposal to commercial media products that can potentially offer a combination of print and online elements as well as a business model that will theoretically enable the student to make their Master’s Project a commercial reality upon graduation. 

Contact us

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Course units

Fashion Journalism in a Global Context (40 Credits) 
Collaborative Challenge (20 credits) 
Exploring Commercial Fashion Content (20 Credits) 
Risk, Experiment and Speculation in the Fashion Media (20 Credits) 
Research Proposal (20 credits) 
Master’s Project (60 credits) 

Andrew Tucker is the course leader for MA Fashion Journalism. He is a fashion journalist, author and consultant. He works closely with the British Fashion Council as a talent scout and has been a member of the NEWGEN selection panel. Read Andrew Tucker's full profile here.

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 MA Fashion Journalism are as follows: 

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

APEL (Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning)

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by: 

  • Related academic or work experience (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 is considered on its own merit. 

English Language Requirements 

IELTS level 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.  

Historically, applicants come from the following academic and professional backgrounds. 

BA (Hons) - English, History, Economics, French etc – humanities as a whole 

Or 

BA (Hons) - Fashion, Textiles etc – applied and fine arts as a whole 

Or 

BA (Hons)  Journalism or Media Studies. 

MA Fashion Journalism regularly recruits working journalists looking to widen their professional experience into the fashion sector, given the specific skill set it requires. It is envisaged that the revalidated degree, with its emphasis on content creation and future scoping, will continue to attract such applicants.

Selection criteria

The course seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • A strong commitment and motivation towards a career in an aspect of fashion media
  • Awareness and relevant experience of fashion 

Appropriate knowledge and skills commensurate with planned entry into the course. 
 

Making your application

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

Extra information required for applications to this course


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

Curriculum Vitae

You will be required to submit a Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) in support of your application. This should include your full education and employment history.

Personal statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and your suitability for the course that you intend to study.

Some key points to consider:

  • Make sure that personal statement is your own work and is about you.
  • Explain why you want to study the course you are applying to.
  • Try to link your skills and experience required to the course.
  • Demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the course and link these with your personality.
  • Make sure it is organised and literate (grammar, spelling, punctuation check).

Written assignments

You will be required to submit two written assignments:

1) Industry analysis

Please select one of the following topics, and write a piece of between 500 and 1000 words in length. Please use Harvard style to cite any research that is relevant to your chosen topic.

  • Has the explosion in fashion blogging been beneficial or detrimental to the online reader experience?
  • You have been given £100,000 to launch a fashion magazine (either print or online) Identify a gap in the market and how you would fill it.
  • By what criteria would you judge a fashion publication (either print or online) to be successful/unsuccessful and why? Please analyse two publications of your choice that are aimed at different market sectors.
  • Is celebrity culture largely beneficial or detrimental to the fashion media industry?

2) Journalistic style

Please select one of the following topics and write a piece of between 500 and 1000 words in length and write in the journalistic style of your choice, outlining the publication (print or online) you would be aiming your piece at.
Please ensure that your journalistic tone reflects that of your chosen publication and explain why this piece is relevant to the reader of your chosen publication. Please do not write in the first person.

  • A profile or interview with someone working in the fashion industry.
  • An analysis of a trend that goes beyond simple catwalk references that can also reflect societal, economic, or technological change.

Portfolio

You may submit a digital portfolio of any previous journalism work if you think it will enhance your application; the most important part of your application is the two assignments as detailed above.

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

What happens next

All application forms, personal statements and relevant documents are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry requirements and Selection Criteria sections.

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

If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Please note that applicants are not guaranteed an interview.

Please note that if you are unable to attend, the College may not be able to re-schedule.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

The result of your application will be communicated to you through your UAL Portal. If your application has been successful, you will receive a full offer pack including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.

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.

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

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.

Extra information required for applications to this course


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

Curriculum Vitae

You will be required to submit a Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) in support of your application. This should include your full education and employment history.

Personal statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and your suitability for the course that you intend to study.

Some key points to consider:

  • Make sure that personal statement is your own work and is about you.
  • Explain why you want to study the course you are applying to.
  • Try to link your skills and experience required to the course.
  • Demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the course and link these with your personality.
  • Make sure it is organised and literate (grammar, spelling, punctuation check).

Written assignments

You will be required to submit two written assignments:

1) Industry analysis

Please select one of the following topics, and write a piece of between 500 and 1000 words in length. Please use Harvard style to cite any research that is relevant to your chosen topic.

  • Has the explosion in fashion blogging been beneficial or detrimental to the online reader experience?
  • You have been given £100,000 to launch a fashion magazine (either print or online) Identify a gap in the market and how you would fill it.
  • By what criteria would you judge a fashion publication (either print or online) to be successful/unsuccessful and why? Please analyse two publications of your choice that are aimed at different market sectors.
  • Is celebrity culture largely beneficial or detrimental to the fashion media industry?

2) Journalistic style

Please select one of the following topics and write a piece of between 500 and 1000 words in length and write in the journalistic style of your choice, outlining the publication (print or online) you would be aiming your piece at.
Please ensure that your journalistic tone reflects that of your chosen publication and explain why this piece is relevant to the reader of your chosen publication. Please do not write in the first person.

  • A profile or interview with someone working in the fashion industry.
  • An analysis of a trend that goes beyond simple catwalk references that can also reflect societal, economic, or technological change.

Portfolio

You may submit a digital portfolio of any previous journalism work if you think it will enhance your application; the most important part of your application is the two assignments as detailed above.

You may include a URL link to your portfolio within 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.

Depending on the quality of your application, you may be asked to submit a number of images of your work. For this course your portfolio could include: drawings; photographs of realised designs; speculative design; sketch work; process; and photographs. Label and present any visual work with care, including dates and captions.

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

If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Please note that applicants are not guaranteed an interview.

Please note that if you are unable to attend, the College may not be able to re-schedule.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

The result of your application will be communicated to you through your UAL Portal. If your application has been successful, you will receive a full offer pack including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.

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 course

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 course

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

Master's graduates have an acknowledged advantage in the employment market, obtaining work in a wide range of vocational and academic fields related to fashion. Previous MA Fashion Journalism graduates are now working in areas such as magazine and newspaper journalism, magazine styling and image making, lecturing in cultural studies and researching and developing concepts for television.

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.