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MA Fashion

College
CSM
Start date
October 2018
Course length
1 year and 2 terms (45 weeks)

Course summary

MA Fashion has an international profile second to none. It has extensive industry links, and graduates practice professionally at the forefront of international fashion.

This postgraduate course is about leading not following. The course is offered in four pathways that are interrelated and structured around the core subject of fashion and are taught by our excellent team of technical staff and practising designers. With an ethos of guided experimentation, you will explore your individual style while being challenged to innovate to the highest standards. The course offers four pathways of study Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear, Textiles for Fashion

This course is part of the Fashion Programme.

Scholarships, awards and funding

Alexander McQueen Scholarship
Grand Prix LVMH Scholarships
IBF International Scholarship
Isabella Blow Foundation Scholarship
The L'Wren Scott Scholarship
TECHNE Studentships
The Jane Rapley Scholarship
IBF International Scholarship
Stella McCartney Scholarship 
The Theory Scholarship Award
PORTS 1961 Scholarship

View all fashion-specific postgraduate funding options available at CSM.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

Student Perspectives: MA Fashion

MA Fashion Show 2017, London Fashion Week

MA Fashion Show 2016, London Fashion Week

MA Fashion Show 2015, London Fashion Week

MA Fashion stories

MA FASHION PRESENTS (photo: Asia Werbel)
MA FASHION PRESENTS (photo: Asia Werbel)

MA FASHION PRESENTS

London Fashion weekend was busy for the graduating students of MA Fashion. It started with the show on Friday marking 22 years on the Fashion Week schedule. Nineteen designers were […]

The Queen Presents The Inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award For British Design At London Fashion Week
The Queen Presents The Inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award For British Design At London Fashion Week

Richard Quinn presented with Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design

Yesterday afternoon Queen Elizabeth II sat front row for the first time in history at designer Richard Quinn’s London Fashion Week show. Sat between US Vogue editor Anna Wintour and British […]

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CSM at the British Fashion Council Awards

Last night the British Fashion Council hosted their annual Fashion Awards at the Royal Albert Hall with 4,000 guests from across the globe. A total of twelve CSM Fashion alumni […]

Untitled-Left, Goom Heo, BA Fashion 2017, and right, Gabriella Sardena, MA Fashion 20171
Untitled-Left, Goom Heo, BA Fashion 2017, and right, Gabriella Sardena, MA Fashion 20171

Central Saint Martins tops Business of Fashion rankings for 2017

For the second year running Central Saint Martins is top of the Business of Fashion’s Global Fashion School Ranking for both Undergraduate and Masters courses in the Fashion Programme (with […]

Donatella and Gianna Versace (photo: Alfa Castaldi)
Donatella and Gianna Versace (photo: Alfa Castaldi)

Donatella Versace announces new CSM scholarship

At a press conference held at the College last Friday alongside Fabio Piras, Course Leader MA Fashion, Donatella Versace announced the launch of the Gianni Versace Scholarship – a one-off […]

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Course details

MA Fashion has an international profile second to none. It has extensive industry links, and graduates practise professionally at the forefront of international fashion.

MA Fashion is fast paced to replicate working practices in the industry.  
This postgraduate course is about leading not following. It is about possibilities, goals and ideals, wider imagination, versatility, rigour and motivation.

The course is offered in four pathways that are interrelated and structured around the core subject of fashion and are taught by our excellent team of technical staff and practising designers. With an ethos of guided experimentation, you will explore your individual style while being challenged to innovate to the highest standards.

With an emphasis on research, and fashion awareness the course aims to produce professional and original designers ready to pursue careers, which will shape the future of the fashion industry. MA Fashion believes that truly relevant, innovative design is not purely a creative activity involving designers in the artistic process – it also recognises the ability to analyse markets and respond to the changes within industry and society.

MA Fashion emphasises presentation and communication skills: you will not only create relevant and innovative work but also be good communicators capable of convincing colleagues that your ideas are based on a mature understanding of market context.  
You will get involved in the debates generated by our Professional Speakers Talks, in project-base learning, and critiques that help you develop your analytical and communication skills. These activities, together with the staff team's wide-ranging professional practice, bring excitement and breadth to the course.

About the course

  • MA Fashion lasts 45 weeks full-time. It is structured in three units over five terms of varying lengths commencing in late October.
  • MA Fashion sits outside the usual postgraduate framework as it shows on the official London Fashion Week schedule – the only course to do so.

Course outline

A feature of MA Fashion is the interrelated nature of the four pathways offered. You will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other disciplines just as you need to in the professional world. MA Fashion benefits from the special atmosphere created by students from varied specialisms, backgrounds and nationalities – all of them committed to fashion – working together in close proximity.

Students study one of four pathways:

  • Womenswear Fashion
  • Menswear Fashion
  • Knitwear Fashion
  • Textiles for Fashion

MA Fashion at London Fashion Week

View show galleries from 2006 to 2018 on Vogue.com:

2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006

Industry collaborations and projects

MA Fashion has unparalleled links with leading names in the industry. Recent collaborative projects include Tod’s, Emilio Pucci, LuluLemon, Dunhill, Pringle, J Crew and Chloe.

Staff

Course Director: Fabio Piras
PA to MA Course Director: Debbie Lotmore

Womenswear/Menswear Fashion Pathway Leader: Jane Shepherd
Womenswear Fashion Pathway Tutors: Julie Verhoeven, Sarah Lawrence
Menswear Fashion Pathway Tutor:Ioannis Cholidis 
Textiles for Fashion/Knitwear Pathway Leader: Fleet Bigwood
Textiles for Fashion Pathway Tutor: Birgitte Appleyard
Knitwear Fashion Pathway Tutors: Annette Hultzsch, Nicos Efstathiou

All Pathways Unit One Leader: Louise Gray
All Pathways Fashion Studies Tutor: Reba Maybury

All Pathways Technical Studies Leader: Mark Tarbard
MA Fashion Studio Technician: Sanae Matsunaga
Knit Technician: Rodney Wilson
Print Technician: Imogen Evans

Programme Lead Administrator: David Mansfield
Student Administrator: Richie Kaboh

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 first or upper second class honours degree in Fashion Design, Knitwear or Printed Textiles with a strong fashion bias OR

*          An equivalent EU / international qualification.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Exceptionally applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered. 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

*          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 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our main English Language requirements webpage).

Selection criteria

We select applicants according to potential and current ability in the following areas:

  • Can demonstrate a strong personal identity
  • Can demonstrate technical skills, 3D sense, visual interpretation skills, and sensitivity to fabrication and colour
  • Potential to benefit from the course
  • Communication skills
  • Motivation and commitment.

What we are looking for

We are seeking both recent fashion graduates and practising professionals.

Making your application

Applications will open in January 2019 for entry in October 2019.

For EU applicants concerned about Brexit, please see our dedicated page: Brexit Information for Students.

Central Saint Martins does not accept applications for deferred entry.  You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following information when completing the online application form:

General information

Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses)

Current English language level

Current and/or previous education and qualification details

Employment history

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should give us information about yourself and why you want to join the course (write between 300-500 words):

  • What are you doing at the moment educationally, professionally, personally?
  • Why do you wish to study on this course?
  • What is your relevant experience?
  • Do you have any relevant skills?
  • Why do you think you are a suitable candidate for acceptance?

We cannot consider your application if you do not provide all of the information above.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by the end of March to avoid disappointment.   We reserve the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available.

Applications will open in January 2019 for entry in October 2019.

Central Saint Martins does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following information when completing the online application form:

General information

Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses)

Current English language level

Current and/or previous education and qualification details

Employment history

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should give us information about yourself and why you want to join the course (write between 300-500 words):

  • What are you doing at the moment educationally, professionally, personally?
  • Why do you wish to study on this course?
  • What is your relevant experience?
  • Do you have any relevant skills?
  • Why do you think you are a suitable candidate for acceptance?

Immigration history check

Whether you are applying online or through a UAL representative you will need to complete an immigration history check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL.  If you do not complete the check we will not be able to proceed with your application.

We cannot consider your application if you do not provide all of the information above.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by the end of March to avoid disappointment.   We reserve the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available.


After you apply

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal.  We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents, through the portal.  You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

What happens next

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course.  If you do, you will be invited to upload a mini digital portfolio through the UAL Portal.

Mini portfolio

The mini portfolio should be no more than 30 pages showcasing your best work.   It should consist of project-based work demonstrating 2D, and 3D fashion design development as well as your research skills.

You can create the pages in any layout (For example: presentation boards) but they should be uploaded as jpeg images.

Please remember:

  • The quality of the work is more important than the quantity
  • Work should be organised by project

We do not accept portfolios by post.

We review mini portfolios from March to April 2019.  Selected applicants will be invited to attend a Full Portfolio Review / Interview in person, based on review of the mini-portfolio. Notification of this decision will happen via the UAL Portal.

Full Portfolio Review / Interview

This takes place from April to July 2019.

When attending in person your portfolio should:

  • Contain a minimum of four projects
  • Include a toile or finished garment realised to a high standard
  • Demonstrate a strong personal identity
  • Include extensive research and rough work
  • Demonstrate evidence of technical skills / 3D sense (appropriate to pathway specialism)
  • Show sensitivity to fabrication and colour
  • Evidence visual interpretation skills.

The interview will assess your suitability by determining your:

  • Potential to benefit from the course
  • Reasons for choosing the course
  • Communication skills
  • Motivation and commitment
  • Fashion point of view.

Full Portfolio Review and Interview take place on the same day.  Whilst we encourage everyone to attend in person if they are able to, we do understand that this may not be possible in all instances, and in these cases we can arrange for a full portfolio to be submitted online and the interview to be conducted via Skype.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Portal.

Fees & Funding

Home/EU fee

Tuition fees for 2018/19: £6,940 year one. Year two £4,160 plus an inflationary increase.

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course.

ELQ

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

International fee

Tuition fees for 2018/19: £17,370 year one. £10,410 year two.

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

All scholarships, bursary and awards listed below are exclusive to the MA Fashion course (with the exception of the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship, The Jane Rapley Scholarship and The Lane Crawford Scholarship).

The Isabella Blow Foundation Scholarship

Who is it for? The Scholarship is available to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through postgraduate study. Applicants need to be ordinarily resident in the UK or any other member state of the European Union.

Who can apply? MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible.

What does it cover? The Scholarship will cover full Home/EU tuition fees with a contribution of approximately £10,000 towards living costs.

The Jane Rapley Scholarship

Who is it for? The Scholarship is available to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through their first year of postgraduate study.

Who can apply? Home/EU and International MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible and will need to be nominated by the Course Director.

What does it cover? The scholarship awards a sum of £3,000 providing a contribution towards materials and maintenance costs.

The Lane Crawford Scholarship

Who is it for? The Scholarship is available to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through postgraduate study. Applicants need to be ordinarily resident in Hong Kong.

Who can apply? MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible.

What does it cover? The Scholarship will cover full International tuition fees with a contribution of £18,000 towards living costs.

The L'Oréal Professionnel Scholarships

Who is it for? The Scholarships are available to exceptionally talented and deserving applicants, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through their second year of postgraduate study.

Who can apply? Home/EU and International MA Fashion second year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible and will need to be nominated by the Course Director.

What does it cover? The Scholarships award a discretionary sum each year, providing a contribution towards materials, tuition fees or maintenance costs.

The L'Wren Scott Fashion Scholarship

Who is it for? The Scholarship is available to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through postgraduate study. Applicants need to be ordinarily resident in the UK or any other member state of the European Union.

Who can apply? MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible.

What does it cover? The Scholarship will cover full Home/EU tuition fees with a contribution of £20,000 towards living costs.

The MA Fashion Course Scholarship

Who is it for? The Scholarship is available to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through postgraduate study. Applicants need to be ordinarily resident in the UK or any other member state of the European Union.

Who can apply? MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible.

What does it cover? The Scholarship will cover full Home/EU tuition fees with a contribution of £9.500 towards living costs.

The Stella McCartney Scholarship

Who is it for? A Home/EU student

Who can apply? A Home/EU studentaccepted on the MA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins, commencing October 2016

What does it cover? The Scholarship will cover the course tuition fees and a contribution towards living costs.

The Theory Scholarship Award

Who is it for? The Scholarship is available to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through postgraduate study. Applicants need to be ordinarily resident in the UK or any other member state of the European Union.

Who can apply? MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible.

What does it cover? The Scholarship will cover full Home/EU tuition fees with a contribution of £13,000 towards living costs.

The Vice-Chancellor's Postgraduate Scholarships

Are also available for UK, EU and International applicants.

Scholarship search

Careers and alumni

MA Fashion graduates have established notable careers as Designers and Design Directors worldwide, some have chosen to build reputations under their own labels. These alumni include:

Alexander McQueen, Ann-Sofie Back, Ashish, Bora Aksu, Caitlyn Price, Charles Jeffrey, Christopher Kane, Christopher Shannon, Craig Green, David Koma, Eley Kishimoto, Faustine Steinmetz, J JS Lee, John Alexander Skelton, Kiko Kostadinov, Marques ' Almeida, Mary Katrantzou, Masha Ma, Matty Bovan, Palmer Harding, Peter Jesen, Phoebe English, Richard Nichol, Roksanda, Rotting Dean Bazaar, Sadie Williams, Simone Rocha, Todd Lynn.

Destinations for our graduates as designers and design directors include:

Acne, Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Céline, Cheap Mondays, Chloé, Coach, Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Dries Van Noten, DVF, Givenchy, J.W.Anderson, Jil Sander, Kenzo, Lanvin, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Lululemon, Marc Jacobs, Margaret Howell, Marni, McQ, Missoni, Mugler, Mulberry, Neil Barrett, Norse Projects, Paul Smith, Ports 1961, Pringle, Pucci, Raf Simons, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford, UNIQLO, Versace, Vetements, Victoria Beckham, Yeezy.

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