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MA Fashion Design Technology (Menswear)

College
LCF
Start date
October 2020
Course length
15 months

Apply to start in October 2020

This course has places available for 2020/21 entry.

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If you're thinking about applying, or you've applied for a postgraduate course starting in 2020/21, see guidance for prospective students during the Coronavirus outbreak.

As an internationally recognised masters, this menswear course challenges the conventions of fashion design, producing some of the industry's most progressive designers and labels.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion

  • Career opportunities: this course equips students for a range of roles within fashion. Career opportunities include building your own brand, working for a brand, or working in a different area such as trend prediction or styling.
  • Tailoring methodologies: this course delivers both progressive and historical British tailoring methodologies from a team of recognised practitioners.
  • Research staff: this course benefits from an allocated member of research staff to nurture new thinking.

Location

This course is based at John Prince’s Street, Oxford Circus. Find out about the local area, including Marylebone, Mayfair and Soho, in our local area guides on the Student Life pages.

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

LCFMA17 Menswear Catwalk show
LCFMA16 Menswear Catwalk
LCFMA14 Menswear Catwalk HOMOSENSUAL
LCFMA12 Menswear V&A
LCFMA12 Menswear Catwalk
LCFMA11 Menswear Catwalk
LCFMA10 Menswear Catwalk

Portfolio gallery

Latest news from this course

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.

LCF D&T Facilities

Design Technology Facilities

Explore our outstanding D&T facilities across our sites, including John Prince's Street and Curtain Road.

Mare Street Canteen

LCF Social Spaces

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

Course overview

Introduction

MA Fashion Design Technology Menswear students investigate their own practice to define design methodologies that encompass key concepts of fabric, cut and silhouette. Based on rigorous research and analytical thinking, the course encourages fresh perspectives in menswear design. 

Students come from a wide range of backgrounds bringing a breadth of experience to their peer group and discipline. Emerging from a diversity of practice and theory based undergraduate studies, including Womenswear, Fine Art, Architecture and Semiotics, they are able to explore the potential of their transferable skills and knowledge into menswear design methodologies. 

What to expect

MA Fashion Design Technology Menswear offers the scope to develop a broad range of innovative design methodologies during studio practice involving specific levels of manufacture appropriate to fabrication. The course is designed for graduates with a fashion/textile background and also welcomes womenswear graduates who wish to diversify their aesthetics by applying transferable skills to menswear in an expanding industry/market context.
 
The menswear studios are located close to Savile Row and the global luxury brand flagships of London allowing ideal synergy between industry and education. Further retail environments are provided by the close proximity of both Liberty of London and Selfridge’s department store with world leading buying teams for emerging designers as well as established brands, the men’s underwear sector and footwear.
 
The course offers a particular insight into traditional men’s tailoring and construction but also offers development in how the balance of a contemporary collection can be achieved. The masters archive will introduce you to techniques that alumni have developed since the beginning of the course to give context to your practice and develop your vision for the future.
 
Students will develop their work, both conceptually and technically, through investigative research into a range of processes using appropriate materials, and can access specialist facilities for hand crafted and digitized manufacturing processes within the College's five sites. In addition to the in-house facilities you will have the opportunity to collaborate with industry during your course to further your skills beyond design in the related areas of sourcing, manufacture and project management.

Work experience and opportunities

Alumni have gone on to set up successful design labels, work for international brands or continue their research to PhD level. This is the course where menswear talent is nurtured and refined to produce forward thinking creatives in menswear design today. 

Mode of study

MA Fashion Design Technology Menswear is taught in Full Time mode which runs for 45 weeks over 15 months.
 

Course units

Term one 
Creative and Technical Innovation (40 credits) 
Research Methods (20 credits) 

Term two 
Technical Analysis and Development (40 units) 
Collaborative Unit (20 credits) - find out more 

Terms three and four 
Masters Project (60 credits) 

The Creative and Technical Innovation unit is designed to establish and develop a balance to creative thinking and expand on your practical level of skills. Work will develop individually in response to the particular workshop sessions and introductions of supporting facilities and equipment available. 

You will evaluate and expand your technical and practical skills in relevant methodologies pertinent to the technological and/or craft based skills you have appropriated. 

Through tutorial guidance and peer review you will explore alternatives and possibilities to strengthen and expand your initial ideas into a revised proposal for presentation and development in the next stage of the MA. 

The purpose of the Research Methods unit is to introduce you to the range of research methods, approaches and tools that are available to you in order to conduct your post graduate project. 

The unit will cover philosophy and ethics in research; primary and secondary research methods, including quantitative, qualitative and visual research methods; and how to analyse, evaluate and disseminate research findings. 

The unit will consider research in a range of contexts relevant to the cultural and creative industries and enable you to understand the relationship between theory and practice. 

The Technical Analysis and Development unit is designed to support the planning and development of your Masters Project. In order for you to achieve a coherent and original body of work by the end of the course, this unit concentrates on the further development of your studio practice and the evaluation, which is underpinned by sound research. 

Analysis within the previous specialist units of your MA course will inform you of ways to consult and develop a wide range of specialist resources and methodologies. 

You are required to develop and scope your critical practice, to analytically review, and revise your focus in line with your expanding theories and in the context of your proposed market. The process of development and review culminates in an oral presentation and written proposal for assessment. 

This Collaborative Unit is designed to enable you to innovate, engage in developmental processes and participate in collaborative working practices. You will be encouraged to develop the professional negotiating and networking skills that you will need in order to be successful in the cultural and creative industries. 

The nature of this collaboration may be within your own course, with students on other courses or with industry. The project that you undertake will depend upon your discipline and the specific requirements of your course. Further details will be available in your unit handbook. 

The Masters Project is an important piece of work which will provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in relation to your discipline and chosen project. Throughout the Masters Project, you are guided and supported by tutorials and peer and staff evaluation at interim stages. 

You will be allocated a supervisor for your project and will complete a learning contract outlining how you intend to develop and deliver your project. The Masters Project may take a variety of forms by negotiation and is assessed by presentation in an agreed format. 
 

 

Learning and teaching methods

The following teaching and learning methods are employed to support the integrated achievement of the course outcomes:

Academic skills, design thinking for textiles and other workshops

Brainstorming sessions

Briefings, tutorials and feedback

Collaborative group project work

Lectures and seminars

Library and workshop inductions

Museum, gallery and other visits

Online learning

Presentations

Research methods

Studio teaching

Assessment methods

The following assessment methods are employed to support the integrated achievement of the course outcomes:

Blogs

Essays, reports and ​dissertation

Final show examination

Mid-year reviews

Peer assessment

Portfolio of work

Presentation

Student self-evaluation

Tutorials

Staff

Darren Cabon, course director, studied for his diploma at Boston Technical College, degree at Nottingham Trent University and masters at Royal College of Art. He then formed a partnership with Dennic Lo leading to a 20 year collaboration with their label LO and CABON that developed the philosophy of pattern cutting as design. From 1994, he was designer at Issey Miyake Design Studio, Gianni Versace and LVMH for Kenzo and from the late nineties, taught BA in Nottingham, Brighton, Liverpool and Winchester. In 2003, he started directing masters courses at London College of Fashion with 6 courses across Fashion Design and Technology, Footwear and Accessories.

In 2007, Darren worked with composer Phillip Neil Martin, to create fusion between music and fashion culminating in performances featuring student’s collections at Merchant Taylors Courtyard during the City of London festival, St Petersburg in conjunction with the British Council and with LCF at the Royal Academy of Art. He has also illustrated for exhibitions and shows including Drawing Towards Fashion and Fashion Meets Photograph and London College of Fashion MA shows at the V&A Raphael Gallery.

Matteo Molinari is research methods and collaborative unit consultant and an Italian menswear designer and doctor in Philosophy. After gaining his MA in Philosophy of the Languages and Semiotic in Bologna, supervised by a former Umberto Eco collaborator, he worked as a freelance designer for companies such as Borbonese and Redwall (accessory), OMP (sport apparel), Mihara Yushiko (prêt a porter) and the Futurenet Group (Raf Simon’s former manufacturer).

From 2010 he studied MA Fashion Design and Technology at LCF, and was awarded as Best Collection of the Year, and then progressed into PhD thanks to the Artscom Progressive Bursary awarded by LCF. Matteo’s academic research is focused on menswear and tailoring, traditional handmade crafts and material culture applied to the study of textile artefacts of both Italian and British traditions. As well as visiting practitioner and teaching assistant, Matteo is currently freelancing as menswear/accessories designer and producing a line of eyewear manufactured in Italy.

Changwook Jay is senior lecturer, Creative Pattern Design MA Menswear.

Jay Kang is a pattern cutter, tailor, designer and technician. He has highly specialised knowledge of menswear pattern cutting and production based on varied experience of working as a cutter in higher education and industry. With his great interest of industrial machinery, he provides manufacturing consultancy for students who need support in a studio environment. Jay also produces beautifully handmade tailored suits and he is an excellent fencer too.

Michiel Meewis is visiting practitioner to MA Menswear. Michiel  is a Dutch photographer who lives and works in London. As an alumnus of London College of Fashion, with a masters in Fashion Photography, Michiel was awarded the first place in the category ‘Fashion’ by the International Photography Awards Competition. His photographic series have been featured on record covers and numerous publications including Wallpaper*, Fucking Young! Magazine, Port and l’Officiel amongst others.

Michiel’s practice as a photographer, mainly exploring the changing perception of masculinity within menswear fashion over time, has resulted in his work being exhibited nationally and internationally. He also works closely with companies such as Lacoste, Viktor & Rolf, Heineken, United Nude, Bikker Shoes, Bazar Coffee and Agi & Sam, developing and building relationships to support the student experience in every way. He obtained his BFT (Bachelor Film and Television) at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy with his exam film ‘About Roses’, which was nominated for a Student Oscar® by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the category of ‘Best Foreign Film’.

Sylvia Smith Fuller is a specialist technician for Fashion Design Technology Menswear.

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. 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 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 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 seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • a strong commitment and motivation towards a career in an aspect of the fashion industry;
  • an awareness and relevant experience of fashion;
  • appropriate knowledge and skills commensurate with planned entry into the defined course, including the ability to design, pattern cut and manufacture clothing

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 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).

Study proposal

Your study proposal should be no more than 600 words (excluding research sources, bibliography and appendices).

It should:

  • State briefly the background for the proposal.
  • Determine the precise area of study.
  • Set out clearly and concisely your aims and objectives for the period of study within the course structure.
  • Refer to critical ideas that may underpin your practice.
  • State the form of realisation/ outcome of the study proposal.
  • State how you propose to embed a form or practise-based collaboration into your project proposal that may respond to an identified skills gap.

Your study proposal should have the following structure:

Introduction

Introduce your work. Briefly outline recent developments prior to application. Describe the anticipated programme of study in detail, demonstrating your knowledge of the historical and contemporary context of your area of study. Focus on specific areas or issues that underpin and frame the proposal.

Programme of study

Outline the sequence of practical, theoretical and research that you intend to follow. This will be vital to your programme of study in the development stage in which the Study Proposal will progress and take shape. For example, describe in detail the methodologies that you follow and their significance for the design process. (Advice and support will be offered by tutors on the course). Any supporting material should appear in the Appendices at the end of the proposal.

Evaluation

Evaluate your work to date. Draw any conclusions you are able to make.

Research sources

Give details of libraries, exhibitions, museums, galleries and special archives that you have visited as part of your research towards the proposal.

Bibliography

Keep a full record of all original and documentary material consulted. List appropriate material using the Harvard Referencing System.

Appendices

Insert any additional material that you consider relevant but not part of the core of the study proposal. This could include links to notes, drawings and additional research material.

Portfolio

You will be required to submit a digital portfolio with a maximum of 30 images that you consider would help support your application. Submit your portfolio via the university’s digital portfolio tool, PebblePad. More details will be sent to you after you have submitted your application. You should include essential development work from sketchbooks to portfolio final presentations with photography of garments. Label and present any visual work with care, including dates and captions. If selected for interview, you will be asked to bring garments with you and additional portfolio work.

Making your application

This course has places available for 2020/21 entry. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open in Autumn 2020.

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

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

Application deadline

There are no official deadlines to submit your application. Applications are accepted, and offers are made throughout the year. The course will be closed once spaces are filled so we advise that you apply early.

Deferring your place

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

If you are an EU offer holder, it is important to consider that, from 2021-22, you may be charged International fees, which are higher. Read our Coronavirus guidance for prospective students for details.

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. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

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.

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. Interviews may be conducted in person, via telephone or via Skype.

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.

This course has places available for 2020/21 entry. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open in Autumn 2020.

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.

Application deadline

There are no official deadlines to submit your application. Applications are accepted, and offers are made throughout the year. The course will be closed once spaces are filled so we advise that you apply early.

Deferring your place

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

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. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

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. Interviews may be conducted in person, via telephone or via Skype.

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.


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 & Funding

Home / EU fee

£11,220

This applies for the 2020/21 academic year.

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

International fee

£22,920

This applies for the 2020/21 academic year.

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

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.

Charges may be made for special clothing or equipment which students may need in order to participate in certain activities which form part of the course but which they retain. However, where such clothing or equipment is necessary for the student’s health or safety a charge may only be made for clothing and equipment which the student retains if the student also has the option of borrowing the clothing or equipment free of charge.

Accommodation

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

Progression discount

UAL alumni can receive a 20% tuition fee discount on a taught Masters course at UAL. Visit the progression discount page to find out more.

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.

Loans

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.

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

Masters graduates have an acknowledged advantage in the employment market, obtaining work in a wide range of vocational and academic fields related to fashion. The course provides the industry with graduates who will have the capability to work as part of a creative team as a colleague and an individual. Graduates will have transferable skills for the creative industries including an understanding of high levels of design, time and project management, production and technical knowledge of types of manufacture supported by an aesthetic awareness and academic underpinning.

The course in the past has benefited from constant contact with the industry. External assessors and tutors, leading buying and merchandising teams, stylists and photographers, journalists and editors, entrepreneurs and business consultants show an increasing interest in the emerging talent the course generates. International employers include Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen, Zac Posen, Chloe, Loewe, Pringle, Hussein Chalayan, Roland Mouret, Hugo Boss, Levi's, Givenchy, Gieves and Hawkes, DKNY, Browns Focus, Harvey Nichols, Topman and Savile Row tailors.

Graduates from the current MA Fashion Design and Technology have gained employment as innovators within the broad field of fashion design and technology or have identified a fashion house, large corporate company or alternatively choose to build their own identity through the launch of their own design label. Further employment of graduates has included trend prediction, stylist, illustrator, freelance designer or broad aspects of the creative industries.

Further employment opportunities include trend prediction, stylist, illustrator, freelance designer or broad aspects of the creative industries. 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.

Alumni

Paul  Austin

Paul Austin

Design Manager

Michael  Hone

Michael Hone

Menswear Designer

Carlota  Barrera

Carlota Barrera

Menswear Designer

Kay  Kwok

Kay Kwok

Menswear Designer

Ana  Duarte

Ana Duarte

Menswear Designer

Shimo  Zhou

Shimo Zhou

Co-founder and head of design at STAFFONLY