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MA Fashion Futures

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College
London College of Fashion
Start date
September 2021
Course length
15 months

MA Fashion Futures places sustainability at the heart of fashion practice to help shape the next generation of sustainable brands and fashion pioneers.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion

  • Forward-thinking: critique the status quo of the fashion system through exploration and experimentation with fashion thinking, design futuring and speculative design.
  • Sustainable links: benefit from strong relationships with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at LCF providing unique access to resources, events and research facilities.
  • Facilities: links to technical facilities and staff expertise which support sustainable values.
  • Career opportunities: pursue career options at various levels of the industry in design and strategy positions for brands and organisations in the fashion industry and beyond.

Location

This course is based at Mare Street in Hackney. Find out about the local area, including London Fields, Bethnal Green and Hackney Central, 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.

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Course overview

MA Fashion Futures places sustainability at the heart of fashion practice to help shape the next generation of fashion practitioners who prioritise environmental, social, economic and cultural criteria. Students are encouraged to critique the nature and purpose of design in a rapidly changing world, imagining and envisioning alternative ways in which fashion will be created and experienced in the future, whilst grounding their research in an understanding of the immense challenges that face the industry and wider society today.

In this ground-breaking course, you are encouraged to explore and develop experimental fashion practice and theoretical perspectives in parallel in order to conceptualise a transformed fashion system, one that values nature first and creates economic prosperity in service to this goal. Using your own knowledge, practice and experience as a starting point, you will identify new territories for fashion and work in new spaces with novel technologies, to communicate ideas in relation to design for sustainability to varied audiences. 

Through a combination of taught content and independent study, you will examine a diverse range of methodologies and forms of communication, including film, digital platforms, garment and artefact prototyping, publishing, events and performance. Key to MA Fashion Futures is critical fashion practice and reflexive thinking to test, reframe and make responses to existing paradigms. This will enable you to develop a very personal response to, and a critique of, the current paradigm and the role and activities of fashion in a changing world.

Through a systems thinking approach, the course has been developed to connect fashion’s social, cultural, environmental and economic aspects, examining perspectives from local to global scales and embracing fashion practice from both traditional and technological spheres. MA Fashion Futures offers a space to experiment with new ideas and physical/digital prototyping to challenge existing narratives as well as being a place to put principles into action in a manner that aligns with each student’s individual strengths, interests and future aspirations. 
Students are encouraged to read widely, attend internal and external lectures, events and symposia, engage with UAL research hubs and researchers, and collaborate both across other postgraduate courses and across the wider University of the Arts community. 

Aligned to the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, the course involves research and knowledge exchange led teaching, with contribution from a range of the Centre’s members. Further specialist technical teaching and support is provided by the Digital Learning Lab.

Course units

Course structure

15 months, level 7, 180 credits
September to February:
New Fashion Perspectives (40 credits)
Collaborative Challenge (20 credits)

February to June
Re-Imagining Fashion (40 units)
Research Methods (20 credits)

June to November
Masters Project (60 credits)

Types of learning and teaching methods include lectures, seminars, masterclasses, workshops, small group presentations and tutorials. Learning hours per week vary, but typically students can expect up to 10 hours contact time per week. Students will also have regular opportunities for individual tutorials with the course leader throughout the course, including three 30-minute tutorials in block one, and six 30-minute tutorials in block two. Students will be allocated a supervisor for their Masters Project including 6 hours of support.

Learning and teaching methods

​The following blended teaching and learning methods are employed to support the integrated achievement of the course outcomes. There will be a combination of physical and virtual online delivery:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars 
  • Peer review and critique
  • Studio-based practical workshops
  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Group work
  • Group presentations
  • Formative feedback
  • Summative feedback

Assessment methods

  • Practice-based outcomes
  • Portfolio of work, including prototype development
  • Literature review and theoretical analysis
  • Reflective statements and self-evaluation
  • Dissertation
     

Staff

Julia Crew, MA Fashion Futures Course Leader

Julia Crew has been working as a designer, entrepreneur, educator, and researcher in the area of fashion and sustainability for more than a decade. Since 2018 Julia has worked across the School of Design and Technology at LCF to develop and support sustainability content and delivery, working towards the college’s goals of a transformed fashion education system.

With a background in design practice, Julia has worked on sustainable design and research projects with Centre for Sustainable Fashion, Oxfam, Channel 4 and the United Nations group Responsible Ecosystems Sourcing Platform. In 2010 she co-founded the fair trade accessories and knitwear brand Here Today Here Tomorrow, working with producer groups in Nepal and supplying fashion boutiques throughout the UK and Europe.

Her research interests focus on the role of education to enable creative and critical thinking, to drive change in industry and society. She has contributed towards the Erasmus+ project FashionSEEDS, which has the intention to develop a holistic framework to embed sustainability into higher education fashion design. Julia is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Alexa Pollmann, Subject Leader in Wearable Technology

Alexa has worked with Burberry (Creative Media Department), Royal College of Art, Ravensbourne University London and Barbara I Gongini (Copenhagen). Her work as a designer was supported and exhibited by the British Council, the Design Museum London, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, and the Museum of London amongst others. Since 2014, she runs the Peut-Porter Design Collective – leading on projects which speculate and present the public with possible fashion futures and apply practice based research using performance, fashion, technology and interactive to create participatory and inclusive experiences. Currently, she is directing a large scale project combining fashion, dance and mixed reality technologies reaching from motion-capture and VR to open-source garment production and generative pattern creation. A fist iteration of the project was selected by the British Film Institute and showcased during London Film Festival 2020.

Katelyn Toth-Fejel, Lecturer in Fashion and Sustainability

Katelyn is a researcher, artist, designer and lecturer working across the School of Design and Technology to design and deliver curriculum at the intersection of fashion, design and sustainability. Her PhD research project, Fashion-in-Residence, brings together methods of ethnography, co-design and participatory art to map how sustainable fashion behaviours and cultures are linked to place.

She was previously co-director of the knitwear and accessories brand, Here Today Here Tomorrow and worked with Kate Fletcher on the international research project, Local Wisdom, which explored the ‘craft of use’.

Recent academic papers include ‘Clothing landscapes: interdisciplinary mapmaking methods to understand fashion behaviours and place’ and ‘Here Today Here Tomorrow: experimental socially engaged business’, co-authored with Julia Crew and Anna-Maria Hesse.

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

Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.

  • 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;

OR

  • Relevant and quantitative industrial experience for a minimum of three years.

Selection for interview will be made on the basis of your application, including the personal statement and the supporting written statement. If you are selected for interview you will be asked to bring examples of previous written work and to undertake a written aptitude test. 

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill.

Admissions Procedures

The course seeks to recruit students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds and welcomes applications from mature students. The selection procedures for the course fully comply with the Equal Opportunities Policy of UAL. 

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:

  • Interest in the environmental, social, cultural and political context of fashion;
  • Strong commitment and motivation towards a career in an aspect of the fashion industry;
  • Awareness and relevant experience of fashion;
  • Appropriate knowledge and skills commensurate with planned entry into the course.

Applicants are required to submit a personal statement, an essay, a study proposal and a visual portfolio of work. This work is assessed and interview by Skype is offered to students demonstrating the relevant skills, knowledge, experience and potential to develop these skills on the MA Fashion Futures course.

Final selection for a place on the course is made following interview.

Making your application

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

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

Deferring your place

This course 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.

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

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

Extra information required for applications to this course


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

Curriculum Vitae

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

Personal statement

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

Some key points to consider:

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

Essay

You should submit a 1,000 to 1,500 word written essay with your application. The essay title that you should respond to is:

'Envisage a world where you would like to live, what place does fashion have in this world and what does it look like?’

Please include bibliography and referencing.

Study proposal

Your proposal should be no more than 500 words (excluding research sources and bibliography).

It should:

  • Describe the context of the proposal, demonstrating your knowledge, skills and values relating to the cultural, ecological and social significance of your area of interest.
  • Suggest the area for exploration in your project proposal, either from the perspective of designer, buyer, maker, communicator or wearer.
  • Consider that the proposal may change significantly in consultation with tutors, however we need to ensure that you are thinking on the appropriate level for MA study.

You should include:

  • Research sources - Give details of libraries, museums, galleries, events, organisations, companies and any special archives that you are planning to visit and investigate or have done so as part of your research for your proposal.
  • Bibliography - Insert relevant documentary material. Keep a full record of all original and documentary material consulted. List appropriate reading material using the Harvard Referencing System.
  • Appendices / Images - Insert any additional material that you consider relevant to the core of the proposal or your essay.

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. Label and present any visual work with care, including dates and captions.

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

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

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

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

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

Application deadline

15 March 2021

We recommend you apply as soon as possible before this date, for equal consideration. We may still be able to accept applications after this date, depending on availability.

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 all after the application deadline date. This means you won’t hear from us about any next steps until after this date. Find out more about what happens after you apply.

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

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

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

Deferring your place

This course 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.

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

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

Extra information required for applications to this course


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

Curriculum Vitae

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

Personal statement

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

Some key points to consider:

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

Essay

You should submit a 1,000 to 1,500 word written essay with your application. The essay title that you should respond to is:

'Envisage a world where you would like to live, what place does fashion have in this world and what does it look like?’

Please include bibliography and referencing.

Study proposal

Your proposal should be no more than 500 words (excluding research sources and bibliography).

It should:

  • Describe the context of the proposal, demonstrating your knowledge, skills and values relating to the cultural, ecological and social significance of your area of interest.
  • Suggest the area for exploration in your project proposal, either from the perspective of designer, buyer, maker, communicator or wearer.
  • Consider that the proposal may change significantly in consultation with tutors, however we need to ensure that you are thinking on the appropriate level for MA study.

You should include:

  • Research sources - Give details of libraries, museums, galleries, events, organisations, companies and any special archives that you are planning to visit and investigate or have done so as part of your research for your proposal.
  • Bibliography - Insert relevant documentary material. Keep a full record of all original and documentary material consulted. List appropriate reading material using the Harvard Referencing System.
  • Appendices / Images - Insert any additional material that you consider relevant to the core of the proposal or your essay.

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. Label and present any visual work with care, including dates and captions.

What happens next

Immigration History Check

After you have applied, you will need to complete an Immigration History Check to identify whether you are eligible to study at UAL. Do be aware, if you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application.

Initial application check

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

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

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

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

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

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

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

Application deadline

15 March 2021

We recommend you apply as soon as possible before this date, for equal consideration. We may still be able to accept applications after this date, depending on availability.

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 all after the application deadline date. This means you won’t hear from us about any next steps until after this date. Find out more about what happens after you apply.


After you apply

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

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

Fees and funding

Home fee

£11,220 per course

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students on courses lasting more than one year. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

Home fees are currently charged to UK resident nationals. However, the rules are complex and you can find out more on our tuition fees pages.

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

International fee

£22,920 per course

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

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

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

Scholarship search

Careers and alumni

All our postgraduate courses offer career development, so that you become a creative thinker, making effective contributions to your relevant sector of the fashion industry.

LCF offers students the opportunity to develop Personal and Professional Development (PPD) skills while studying through:

* Access to to speaker programmes and events featuring alumni and industry.

* Access to careers activities, such as CV clinics and one-to-one advice sessions.

* Access to a graduate careers service

* Access to a live jobsboard for all years.

* Advice on setting up your own brand or company.

Career paths

MA Fashion Futures graduates apply their skills in a multitude of ways and pursue diverse career paths. These might include the following:

  • Attaining a position within a brand, for example as a designer, and building sustainability from within the role, something that employers are increasingly looking for;
  • Attaining a specific sustainability related role within a company or brand, for example an MA Fashion Futures graduate was the Sustainability Manager at Alexander McQueen;
  • Setting up their own brand and fashion enterprise, recent examples include Trashion Factory and Post-Carbon Lab;
  • Embarking upon further research such as PhD, or a career in education.

Graduates from the course have achieved recognition through competitions and awards including the Kering Awards, Redress Design Awards, Proctor and Gamble Award, the Deutsche Bank Award, the Earth Awards and the Observer Ethical Awards.

Alumni

Olivia  Weber

Olivia Weber

Co-founder and Designer - JOA

Sonja  Antosalo

Sonja Antosalo

Design & Sustainability Specialist | Founder of CreatingKind

Dian-Jen  Lin

Dian-Jen Lin

Co-founder of Post Carbon Lab