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Postgraduate

MA Fashion Media and Communication

Digital installation showing student work across multiple screens.
Digital installation for the LCF2021 Summer Show at Victoria House | London College of Fashion | University of Arts London | Photography by Ana Blumenkron
College
London College of Fashion
Start date
September 2022
Course length
15 months

Our dynamic, practice-based course has been created to produce leaders in the field of fashion media and communication. Students will engage with new and emerging technologies to envision, plan and design fashion environments, experiences, events and installations.

Innovation is central to the course, and graduates will be equipped with the skills, methods and professional confidence to push boundaries and forge new ways of working in the creative industries.

Applications closed: International 2022/23

We are no longer accepting applications from international students for 2022/23 entry to this course.

Validation

Please note this course is ‘subject to validation’. ‘Validation’ is the process by which the university develops new courses. It is developmental in nature and makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion

  • Emerging discipline: Students focus on new creative disciplines that develop their critical, creative and technical skills, empowering them to shape the future of fashion, through the design of media and communication experiences.
  • Practice-led: Benefit from collaborative studio practice and technical workshops to gain relevant, practical experience. Graduates will be well equipped to work with practitioners and specialists from the creative industries.
  • New media: Critically engage with emerging technologies including virtual reality, artificial intelligence, digital platforms and augmented reality. As well as developing concepts and prototypes, students will critique ethical issues around these platforms.
  • Industry projects: Students will have the opportunity to work with industry partners on live projects in media and communication design, where they’ll work collaboratively to deliver a strategic proposal for a real-world brief.
  • Collaborate: Collaboration is core to the course, and students will work together, as well as with our pioneering research centres and labs, to further develop their skills and strengthen their critical capacities.

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 Mare 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.

Latest news from this course

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

This dynamic practice-based course is for students who will become industry leaders in fashion media and communication, disrupting existing approaches within and across the ever merging fieldsby engaging with emerging technologies to bring innovative creative practice to fashion environments, experiences, events and installations.

Through design thinking, prototyping, and entrepreneurship, the course explores the opportunities offered by emerging technologies for the envisioning, planning and design of virtual and mixed reality environments, AI and platform systems, hybridised fashion installations, event and curatorial interventions, as well as strategic and speculative initiatives.

As the rate of technological, social, and climate change continues to intensify, and the economic activity of the creative industry shifts towards designing experiences, the demand for design professionals with the technical, creative, and critical skillsets capable of effectively responding to the unique openings and challenges facing the 21st century has never been greater. Positioning itself at the intersection of this new paradigm, MA Fashion Media & Communication aims to furnish you with the skills, methods, and professional confidence to push boundaries and innovate new approaches to creative practice.

MA Fashion Media & Communication actively fosters a learning environment built on collaboration, curiosity, and diversity. Working with the college’s pioneering research centres and labs including the Digital Anthropology Lab, The Digital Learning Lab,and the Fashion Innovation Agency you will engage with an expansive range of media, methods,and contexts that encourage agility, ideation, and resilience. In addition to developing the necessary creative,technical and soft skills, you will strengthen your critical capacities, as well as learn contemporary organisational and workflow methods such as project management, system logistics, entrepreneurship, and social engagement.

Organised into three sequential stages, Explore, Situate, and Integrate, the course curriculum is composed of a series of distinct practice-based units that blend individual and group work through a combination of rapid ‘sprint’ briefs and in-depth investigations. In stage 1: Explore, you will be introduced to the core theories, skills, and methods of the course through an exploratory engagement with emerging technologies. Stage 2: Situate, enables you to use this knowledge to begin defining your own creative pathway by situating it within an applied strategic design context. Stage 3: Integrate,synthesises your expanding skills and your evolving individual creative voice by enabling you to identify, develop, and realise your own extended research-driven, practice-based Master’s Project.

Equipped with the professional confidence and a diverse skillset that is fit for the demands of the 21st century, you will be ideally placed to enter the emerging areas of the creative industries and forge new modes of working through the cultivation of unique creative practicesthat can be applied in a range of contexts. Prospective roles include experiential design creative direction, product and service design as well as organisation and environmental design, design research, and strategic foresight.

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Course units

The course enables students to engage with a diverse range of theoretical frameworks, and methodological approaches that will inform and enrich their experiential design thinking and making practice. Through its multi-model approach, the course is designed to guide studentstoward the development of an individual critical position, collaborative approach, and agile mindset, informing their future design practice. The course aims to create transdisciplinary practitioners equipped with the strategic, creative, and technical skills necessary to navigate and flourish in the dynamic and mutable terrain of the contemporary creative industries, working in emerging fields such as experiential design, environments and organisation design, creative direction, design research and innovation, design strategy, and futurology/foresighting.

The course curriculum is composed of a series of focusedpractice-based units that are structured around students working either individually or in small groups,that are scalable in numbers. The units are organised around a combinationof short assignment ‘sprints’designed to encourage collaborative, innovative and entrepreneurial ways of working, andmore in-depth investigations that encourage analytic andcritical research approaches.

Using the body as its central interface,the units are organised into three sequential stagesthat expand in scope and complexity.In Stage 1, students, will be introduced to the core theories, skills, and methods of experience design through an exploratory hands-on engagement with emerging technologiessuch as VR, AR, AI and platform software. Stage 2 builds on this knowledge by situating it within an applied strategicand speculativedesign context. Stage 3consolidates these skills and expands them further by enabling studentsto identify, develop, and realise theirown extended research-driven, practice-based Master’s Project.

Over the three stages, students are introduced to a range of issues and concerns around how the convergence of pervasive computationaland new media advancements, the ecological crisis, and the rise of the experience economyarefundamentally shaping the fashion and creative landscape. Each unit delivers core disciplinary knowledge, research, and technical skills; and explores methods of design thinking, strategy, collaborative engagement and critical practice through project-based learning.

The first five unitsthat make up stages 1 and 2 are undertaken sequentially, after which the course culminates in Unit 06: Master’s Project, in which students, working independently or collaboratively, develop individual positions, methods and approaches to designing for embodied experiences.

Units are organised and run through a series of iterative sprints that vary in pace and duration. Units will be carried out individually or in small groups and culminate in a mix of individual and collaborative assessment.

Blended learning will be practiced throughout the duration of each unit in which online and face-to-face tutor, peer-to-peer support, and external industry feedback are provided. Unit 06: Master’s Projectis supported by design and academic tutorials both online and face-to-face.

Stage 1: Explore

Stage1 commences with a two day ‘summit, consisting of reading seminars, guest expert lectures, and group discussions. The summitwill provide the conceptual and theoretical foundation for the courseand kick startsthe stage’s key themes for the practice-led unitsthat follows.

Unit 1:Collaborative Challenge (20 credits)*

This unit isdesigned to enable youto innovate, engage in developmental processes and participate in collaborative working practices. Youwill be encouraged to develop the professional negotiating and networking skills that will be neededin order to be successful in the cultural and creative industries. The nature of this collaboration may be within the course, with students on other courses, with research centres such as the Digital Anthropology Lab,or with industry.

Unit 2: Immersive Spaces (20 credits)

This unit introduces you to experience design as a critical and creative practice. The unit will focus on how emerging sensory technologies can be used to create immersive experiential spaces within a fashion context. Supported by lectures, seminars, and workshops the unit will offeryou a solid grounding in experience design theory and methods. Through a set of short ‘sprint’ assignments, you will investigate emerging ‘immersive’ technologies as well as relevant prototyping technologies in order to research, develop and document a series of prototypes for an immersive spatial experience. This unit will enable you to develop skills in rapid concept creation and testing, as well as build a foundation for future creative applications such as exhibition installations, immersive brand experiences and showcase events, as well as enable you to identify the potential future direction of your creative practice.

Unit 3: Experiential Narratives (20 credits)

This unit focusses on the development of experiential fashion narratives. It will introduce you to contemporary design methods and processes, experience mapping, as well as the essential ideation, management and organisational skills that are necessary for designing omnichannel experiences. Working in small groups, you will develop a concept for a mixed-reality fashion experience journey spanning multiple touch-points (digital and location-based) that you will present as a short explanatory film. Over the course of the unit you will develop a hands-on and reflective understanding of the design processes and various roles and responsibilities you may occupy within an experiential design team, the ethical issues surrounding the use of platform technologies, as well as gain experience in collaboration, negotiation, storytelling, and independent learning.

Stage 2: Situate

Stage 2 commences with a two day ‘summit, consisting of reading seminars, guest expert lectures, and group discussions. The summit will build on the conceptual and theoretical foundation established in stage 1 by situating it within a broader socio-political and planetary context that will define stage 2’s research and practice-basedunits.

Unit 4: Research Proposal (20 credits)*

This unit introduces youto arange of research methods, approaches and tools that are available to youin order to conduct yourpost graduate project. The unit will cover philosophy and ethics in research, primary and secondary research methods, includingquantitative, qualitative, visualand practice research methods.The unit will consider research in a range of contexts relevant to the cultural and creative industries and enable youto understand the relationship between theory and practice.

Unit 5: Critical Strategies/Speculative Realities(40 credits)

This unit focuses on the development of strategic thinking and compelling alternative fashion experiences as a means of enabling behavioural and systemic change. It is designed to expand and enrich your experience design skills by embedding them within a broader strategic and long-term speculative context, as well as enable you to begin defining your own creative pathway which will prepare you for your individual Master’s project/production. The unitis organised into two connected parts andintroduces you to a range ofstrategic and speculative design methods such as foresight, iterative prototyping, future anthropology, transition design, framing, role-play and world-building. In the first part of the unit, you will work in a small group to develop and present a strategy proposal. Through a series rapid sprints, that cover research and analysis, insight development, and scenario building your group’s strategy proposal will address a real-world issue by responding to the potential implications of emerging social, technological and environmental developments. In the second part of the unit, and working individually, you will define your own creative pathway byusingyour group strategy proposal as your starting point to produce a related speculative design outcome that offers a “vision” of what our near future fashion experience might look and feel like.

Stage 3: Integrate

Unit 6: The Master’s Project (60 credits)*

The Masters Project is the final stage of your Masters’ course and is the 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. Your project will be self-directed and you will negotiate the shape and direction of your project at the outset with your supervisor. This important final phase of your studies is where you will effectively communicate your work along with your ability to critically interrogate your practicewith robust approaches to research and theoretical analysis. 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

To achieve the Master’s qualification learning is timetabled across 45weeksover 15 months. To achieve the PG Cert takes 15weeks’ study,for the PG Dip, it takes 30 weeks’ study. Both PG Cert and PG Dip are offered as an exit award only.

The MA award classification is based solely on the achievement in Unit 6.

Units 1 to 5

Study is facilitated through regular activity briefs, sprints and reading tasks, workshops, peer and self-evaluation in group and individual tutorial feedback in both online and face-face format. Group workshops and seminars during the face-to-face study time support your engagement further.

The supported development of cognitive skills such as problem solving, reflection, progress monitoring, and self-assessment, as well as affective skills such as curiosity, motivation, and resilience will further support independent learning.

To achieve this, theprogramme of study will typically include:

  • Unit briefing and introduction;
  • Studio & workshop practice;
  • Enquiry-based learning;
  • Group on-line ‘orientation’ exercise;
  • Reading tasks;
  • Face-to-Face workshops, introducing different ways of locating, interrogating, and interpreting a number of theoretical models’
  • Team work;
  • Collaborative learning;
  • Independent learning;
  • Knowledge Exchange;
  • Expert talks;
  • Technical delivery;
  • Student presentations to tutors and peers; 
  • Peer and external feedback;
  • Peer-to-Peer learning;
  • Tutorial facilitation/ evaluation related to team/ individual and cohort;
  • Blended Learning.

Unit 6 Master’s Project

This unit is focused on self-directed learning as students bring together the various components ofthe course. Students will be assigned a supervisor, who they will engagewiththrougha blended learning approach, including face-to-face, and digital interaction, taking account of the allocated learning and teaching hours for this unit.

Learning and Teaching Strategies:

Informed by the Creative Attributes Framework (CAF), the students will develop skills in creative independence, self-confidence, critical thinking, initiative, problem-solving, communication and collaboration. This will be learned through discussion, reflection and evaluation which is enabled by one-to-one tutorials, peer discussion and group crits.

Learning will take place through the formal lecture programme, practical demonstrations, seminars, tutorials, masterclasses, workshops, field-trips, critical self and peer appraisal and collaboration in a studio or location setting. External guest speakers, and industry experts will support delivery on appropriate units. Students will be expected to undertake self-directed independent study to support learning.

The course will cultivate the following set of teaching and learning strategies in line with the UAL Learning, Teaching and Enhancement Strategy 2015-2022:

Enquiry-based learning

The course will offer students an opportunity to engage with active learning in the form of short ‘sprint’ briefs leading to their master's project, in a fast-paced learning environment that seeks to mirror industry practice. Such embedded activities will form the core aspect of each unit to cultivate student-led enquiry intoexperience design practice.

Collaboration

Collaboration is a core principle of this course, due to the highly interdisciplinary and collective nature of experience design as a taught and practiced discipline, as well as being a fundamental ethos of the Fashion Communication programme where the course is situated. In the Experiential Narrativesunit and the Critical Strategies, Speculative Realitiesunit , students will develop their collaborative skills by working in small groups where they will be encouraged to take on a diverse range of roles. The College-wide Collaborative Unit (new unit name to be confirmed), offered in Block 6, will offer students an opportunity to further develop skills of collaboration within their own cohort and externally. Students are also welcomed to develop their Master’s Project (block 8) as a collaborative undertaking, where appropriate.

Experimentation and Innovation

Experimentation and innovation is central to this course. At the heart of the course’s critically informed practice-based approach is the use of speculative models, experiments, and iterative prototyping (varying in types and fidelities) as its predominant learning mechanism within theexpanded field of fashion media and communication. This is demonstrated the Immersive Spaces, and Experiential Narrativesunits, where students are invited to critically engage with the challenges and opportunities offeredby AR, VR, AI and platform technologies through conducting a series of experiments and prototypes. Similarly,in the Critical Strategies, Speculative Realitiesunit, students are invited to work collaboratively to innovate new models of and for the future. Through its use of rapid sprint assignments, and agile teamworkin which students are encouraged to explore different roles within the undertaking of a unit, the course fosters the development of new working methods as well as cultivate unique transdisciplinary creative practices.

Theory and Practice Integration

As this course seeks to position itself at the forefront of an emerging creative practice as well as develop a significant body of practice-led and practice-based research, it will encourage students to engage with contemporary themes and debates that are central to this course’s subject area. This integrated approach to theory and practice will support students in their ability to critically engage, confront and intervene in the most pressing issues facing the creative industry and society at large such aspervasive technological advancements, escalating ecological instabilities, and rising social inequalities. Whilst an active critical engagement with current issues is at the heart of the course, the Experiential Narratives unit addresses the ethicalissues of digital platform and AI advancement within the designing for fashion experiences. Similarly, the Critical Strategies, Speculative Realitiesunit directly addresses contemporary themes and debates around our planetary, social, and technological futures.

Embedding the Digital

Digital is fully embedded into the course’s learning and teaching strategy. On the course, digital technology functions as both a tool and subject matter. In the ImmersiveSpaces, Experiential Narratives and Critical Strategies, Speculative Realities units, studentsare encouraged to learn to think withdigital technologies through directly experimenting and prototyping with them as well as engaging with their related theoretical contexts through seminars, lectures and group discussions. Blended LearningAs experiencedesign requires the acquisition of technical knowledge alongside engagement with the theoretical framework that informs the discipline, students will be encouraged to participate in face-to-face teaching and learning, as well as online forms of engagement and independent studies. Examples include, live online tutorials, group discussions, seminars, workshops and presentations. Furthermore, students are encouraged to make use of extensive online resources such as pre-recorded lectures, technical demonstrations. A unit such as Research Methods (unit title to be confirmed) will provide students with the tools to research deeply into the subject areas they wish to focus on through allowing them to make their own choices regarding which lecture/seminar to attend, which will be complimented by a Ted-type talk on the subject that they can watch online.

Peer-to-Peer Learning and Feedback

Peer-to-peer learning and feedback will highlight the continuous development of critical skills which is key for a career in any of the industries our graduates will aim to enter.

Industry and Scholars Guest Talks

Experts from the creative industry and leading scholars from across UAL and other HEI’s will be regularly invited to share their expertise with the students in an array of forms, including guest lectures, panels, and workshops. These talks are embedded in the curriculum, complementing and extending the core delivery. Students will be encouraged to respond in the classroom as well as in their own scholarly practice, and to nominate scholars and practitioners whom they wish to invite to speak to the cohort.

Technical Delivery

Technical delivery developing core experiential design skills will be embedded in the curriculum to support the core course units. This provision has been discussed with the technical team who will teach these competencies alongside the theoretical and practice-based delivery in the classroom.

We envision the technical team will supportthe course principally through the delivery of sign up workshops on the basic media and communication skills needed to develop experience design projects. Through partnerships with the DAL and the DLL, as well as through outside partnerships(such as the Institute of Digital Fashion and IBM) we intend to further develop tailor made technical workshops that would specifically look at emerging technologiessuch as VR, AR and AI to compliment the sign-up workshops.

Assessment methods

There are two forms of assessment:

Formative assessment takes place through online and face to face personal and group tutorials, with tutors, peers, and outside industry experts.It is primarily intended to provide you with effective feedback and guidance on your development, helping you to learn more effectively.

Summative assessment is the summation of the assessment activity that has taken place during the Unit, and results in a recommended mark for your achievement. It is carried out by at least two members of staff.

The following assessment methods are employed to assess the achievement of learning outcomes in an integrated approach:

  • Written, researched essays
  • Group and individual pitch presentations
  • Individual and collaborative practice-based prototypes
  • Research documentation
  • Individual practice-based outcomes
  • Participation in collaborative practice-based outcomes
  • Individual and collaborative practice-based prototypes
  • Written, researched dissertation

 

How to apply

Information for disabled applicants

UAL is committed to achieving inclusion and equality for disabled students. This includes students who have:
     
  • Dyslexia or another Specific Learning Difference
  • A sensory impairment
  • A physical impairment
  • A long-term health or mental health condition
  • Autism
  • Another long-term condition which has an impact on your day-to-day life
Our Disability Service arranges adjustments and support for disabled applicants and students. Read our Disability and dyslexia: applying for a course and joining UAL information.

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

•An Honours degree at 2.1 or above in a related discipline. 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 will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each 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.

Making your application

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

UK/EU students can apply to a postgraduate course at LCF by completing a direct application.

Deferring your place

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

External Student Transfer Policy

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course and wish to continue your studies at London College of Fashion, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible.

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and transcripts.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English if necessary) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Extra information required for applications to this course

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

Portfolio

You will be required to submit a digital portfolio of visual and/or written work with a maximum of 30 images or written pieces that you consider would help support your application. Label and present any visual work with care, including dates and captions.

Visual work could include (though not limited to):

- Moving Images
- Sound
- Photography
- 3D Visualisations
- AR/VR
- Exhibition and Installation Documentation
- Strategy/Insight Decks
- Speculative Design Proposals
- Concept Designs


Written work could include (though not limited to):

- Essays
- Articles
- Reports
- Fiction

Please be aware that you will need to submit any written work either in one of the 500 word text boxes available, or uploaded as a saved jpeg file.

Submit your portfolio via the university’s digital portfolio tool, PebblePad. More details will be sent to you after you have submitted your application.

Video task

We'd like you to submit a 2-3 minute video to help us learn more about you.

  • Please speak clearly in English and face the camera.
  • Your video is submitted along with your portfolio via PebblePad.
  • Read our guidance for more information about how to submit your video task and the file types we accept.

As part of your video task, please respond to the following direction:

  • We would like you to identify one project of yours that challenged you and your understanding of emerging technologies. Explain how this experience has inspired you to apply to MA Fashion Media & Communication LCF?

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

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?

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.

Applications for this course can only be accepted for this year of entry. Applications for deferred entry cannot be accepted.

Application deadline

12 January 2022 or 13 April 2022

The equal consideration deadline has now passed. However, this course will remain open to applications until places have been filled. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible to allow the Admissions team to quickly resolve any queries.

If this course requires a portfolio, we will request this separately after initial processing of your application is complete. Once we request your portfolio, you will have 7 days to submit it.

When you'll hear from us

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

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

Find out more about what happens after you apply.

Applications closed: International 2022/23

We are no longer accepting applications from international students for 2022/23 entry to this course.

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

There are 2 ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course:

Read our immigration and visa information to find out if you need a visa to study at UAL.

You can only apply to the same course once per year. Any duplicate applications will be withdrawn.  Read the UAL international application advice for further information on how to apply.

Deferring your place

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

External Student Transfer Policy

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course and wish to continue your studies at London College of Fashion, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible.

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and transcripts.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English if necessary) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Extra information required for applications to this course

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

Portfolio

You will be required to submit a digital portfolio of visual and/or written work with a maximum of 30 images or written pieces that you consider would help support your application. Label and present any visual work with care, including dates and captions.

Visual work could include (though not limited to):

- Moving Images
- Sound
- Photography
- 3D Visualisations
- AR/VR
- Exhibition and Installation Documentation
- Strategy/Insight Decks
- Speculative Design Proposals
- Concept Designs


Written work could include (though not limited to):

- Essays
- Articles
- Reports
- Fiction

Please be aware that you will need to submit any written work either in one of the 500 word text boxes available, or uploaded as a saved jpeg file.

Submit your portfolio via the university’s digital portfolio tool, PebblePad. More details will be sent to you after you have submitted your application.

Video task

We'd like you to submit a 2-3 minute video to help us learn more about you.

  • Please speak clearly in English and face the camera.
  • Your video is submitted along with your portfolio via PebblePad.
  • Read our guidance for more information about how to submit your video task and the file types we accept.

As part of your video task, please respond to the following direction:

  • We would like you to identify one project of yours that challenged you and your understanding of emerging technologies. Explain how this experience has inspired you to apply to MA Fashion Media & Communication LCF?

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

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?

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.

Applications for this course can only be accepted for this year of entry. Applications for deferred entry cannot be accepted.

Application deadline

12 January 2022 or 13 April 2022

The equal consideration deadline has now passed. However, this course will remain open to applications until places have been filled. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible to allow the Admissions team to quickly resolve any queries.

If this course requires a portfolio, we will request this separately after initial processing of your application is complete. Once we request your portfolio, you will have 7 days to submit it.

When you'll hear from us

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

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

Find out more about what happens after you apply.

After you apply

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this Portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Once we’ve reviewed and assessed your application, we’ll contact you via the UAL Portal to let you know whether your application has been successful.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£11,550

This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students on courses lasting more than one year. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

Home fees are currently charged to UK nationals and UK residents who meet the rules. However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees and determining your fee status.

International fee

£23,610

This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students on courses lasting more than one year. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

Students from countries outside of the UK will generally be charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about tuition fees and determining your fee status.

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

Alumni