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MA Fashion Futures

College
LCF
Start date
September 2019
Course length
15 months

Course summary

Applications are open for 2019/20 entry.

Scroll down to the How to apply section below.

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

About


MA Fashion Futures explores digital design applications, the interplay of hard and soft sciences, design futuring, fashion design theory, fashion thinking, meta design, ethics, politics, psychology and anthropology. Students produce a diverse portfolio demonstrative of their contextual study and practice-based learning.

Great reasons to apply

  • Career options at various levels of the industry in design and strategy positions for brands and organisations in the fashion industry and beyond.
  • Strong relationships with The Centre for Sustainable Fashion at LCF provides unique access to resources, events and research facilities.
  • Links to technical facilities and staff expertise which support sustainable values.

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.

Student and graduate work

MA Fashion Futures Students, 2014

'Temporarily Beautiful' by Katharina Thiel, 2013

Latest news from this course

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.

Mare Street

Design, pattern cutting & tailoring facilities

Discover our design studios and workshops across JPS, Mare street, Curtain Road and Lime Grove.

Mare Street Canteen

LCF's social spaces

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

Course details

In MA Fashion Futures, a groundbreaking course, you are encouraged to explore and develop speculative fashion practice and theoretical perspectives in parallel.

You will identify new territories for fashion and work in new spaces to communicate ideas in relation to design for sustainability where digital design applications, the interplay of hard and soft sciences, design futuring, fashion design theory, fashion thinking, meta design, ethics, politics, psychology and anthropology are considered.

You will examine a diverse range of methodologies and technologies, including film, audio, digital and online platforms, garment prototyping, publishing, events and performance. Critical fashion practice and reflexive thinking to test, reframe and make responses to existing paradigms, is key to MA Fashion Futures. 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.

This course is aligned to and supported by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion and the Digital Anthropology Lab.

Course structure

15 months, level 7, 180 credits

September to February

New Fashion Perspectives (40 credits)

Research Methods (20 credits)

February to June

Re-imagining Fashion : Speculative Prototyping (40 units)

Collaborative Unit (20 credits) - find out more

June to September

Masters Project (60 credits)

Travelling across London

The renowned London College of Fashion library is at our John Prince’s Street site, and you will need to travel to this site, and possibly others, during your course to use the library, which is open seven days a week in term time, and for tuition and special events.

Course structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the course team.

Course units

In New Fashion Perspectives unit you will explore key concepts and approaches in design for sustainability. You will develop a personal body of research both physical and theoretical, to support your understanding of fashion practice in relation to sustainability. Working with emerging perspectives and referencing a range of disciplines, you will collect and collate visual and physical samples, trials and tests.

The purpose of Research Methods unit is to provide you with an overview of 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, how to analyse, evaluate and disseminate research findings.

Speculative prototyping is understood to be a process whereby your outcomes stand outside the commercial imperative that drives fashion, allowing you to explore design for sustainability in a conceptual form. In the Re-Imagining Fashion - Speculative Prototyping unit You will develop methodologies in parallel for practice-based enquiry informed by ideas developed through design and related disciplines. This work will be presented in a manner appropriate for communication with a design literate audience, and will comprise both physical and written work.

The Collaborative Unit is designed to provide an opportunity to innovate, explore developmental processes and to engage with collaborative working practices. You will be encouraged to engage in the professional negotiation and networking skills that you will need in order to be successful in the cultural and creative industries. The emphasis of this unit is on student led collaboration, the nature of which may be within your own course, with students on other courses via an exchange 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 central to achieving the course aims, which will provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in relation to the course learning outcomes. Throughout the Master’s 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 Master’s Project may take a variety of forms by negotiation and is assessed by presentation in an agreed format.

Showing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCF and will last for up to 12 months after graduation. This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Online and digital learning
  • Museum and gallery visits
  • Feed-forward (formative assessment) sessions
  • Tutorials
  • Small group presentations
  • Masterclasses
  • Guest speakers
  • Group work
  • Optional international study tours

Assessments methods

  • Business reports, case studies and dissertation
  • Practice-based assessments including prototype development
  • Blogs
  • Peer assessment
  • Reflective statements and self-evaluation
  • Presentations
  • Group (collaborative) work

Staff

Alex McIntosh, course leader, has been working in the area of fashion and sustainability for more than ten years. He is a long-standing member of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion and managing director of the pioneering menswear brand, Christopher Raeburn.

His research interests revolve around the exploration of business models that nurture sustainable innovation, community engagement and creative thinking. He has developed a number of programmes to support and encourage emerging fashion businesses towards sustainable practices, working with The Ethical Fashion Forum, The British Fashion Council and Enterprise UK as well as the CSF. Alex has also consulted for a wide range of larger brands, most recently The Selfridges Group, to develop and launch their Buying Better programme and the Bright New Things Initiative.

Alex is currently working on the Fire research project as a co-investigator, exploring ways in which an active culture of research and development towards sustainability can be embedded in the UK Fashion SME community. As co-investigator on the TRANSFER project - a collaboration with the University of Sheffield psychology department - he explores the value-action gap in consumer culture.

Alex has written extensively for a number of publications in relation to fashion and sustainability and developed and authored the year long i-Sustain series for i-D magazine and i-D online. Read Alex McIntosh's full profile here.

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for 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 .

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

Please 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; Further details will be sent to you after you have submitted your application. This may range from illustration, photography, technical development, graphic illustration of text, film and multi-media communication and 3D or theoretical work.

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:

  • 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.

How we assess your application

Your application form is reviewed when you apply to the University. If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements we will invite you to submit a portfolio. The portfolio is assessed by the course team who will select applicants to attend an interview. Interviews may be conducted in person, via telephone or via Skype. Please note that not all applicants are invited to attend interview. When you have attended your interview we will advise you of your outcome through your UAL portal.

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.

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.

London College of Fashion does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

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 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.

London College of Fashion does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

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

£10,890

This applies for the 2019/20 academic year.

UAL Home/EU alumni receive a £1,000 discount.

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

International fee

£19,930

This applies for the 2019/20 academic year.

UAL International alumni receive a £1,000 discount.

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.

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.

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

MA Fashion Futures graduates apply their skills in a multitude of ways. Recent graduate profiles include setting up a shared space for design, make and participation: Here today, Here Tomorrow. One group of graduates formed a network to create this business, including one graduate who is continuing her studies at PhD level alongside the business. Other graduates are working at various levels of the industry in design and strategy positions, one has recently gained an award from Deutsche Bank to develop her own work and another works at Alexander McQueen. Two of last year's graduates achieved world recognition through awards, at the Earth Awards and The Observer Ethical Awards.

Alumni

Alex  McIntosh

Alex McIntosh

Course Leader, MA Fashion Futures

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