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MA Fashion (Knitwear for Fashion)

College
CSM
Start date
October 2019
Course length
18 months full-time (45 weeks)

This course will open to new applications in January 2020.

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

This postgraduate course is about leading not following. It offers four pathways: Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion. It is part of the Fashion programme.

Why choose this course at Central Saint Martins

  • Engaged design – MA Fashion places emphasis on developing individual abilities and analytical skills within each specialist pathway. It promotes the idea that progressive design is not solely a creative endeavour. It must also engage with markets, the industry and society in general and therefore be the result of an informed point of view.
  • Critical debate – You will be involved in debates generated by academics, professional speakers, projects and inter-pathway critiques.
  • Pathway structure – MA Fashion allows you to study on one of four separate, but interrelated pathways: Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion.
  • Communication skills – The course focuses on presentation and communication alongside design-led skills. You will learn not only how to create the right product for market, but how to promote and articulate your ideas.

Scholarships, awards and funding

MA Fashion has a number of scholarships and awards available for first and second year students who meet eligibility criteria.

Alexander McQueen Scholarship
Isabella Blow Foundation Scholarship
Grand Prix LVMH Scholarship MA Fashion
The Jane Rapley Scholarship
The Lane Crawford Scholarship
The Theory Scholarship Award
L’Wren Scott Scholarships
MA Sarabande The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation Scholarship
Ports 1961 Scholarship
Self-Portrait Scholarship
Theory Scholarship Award
The 叶琳 Ye Lin Scholarship

UAL International Postgraduate £25,000 plus International Student House (ISH) Scholarships

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.

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Course overview

MA Fashion develops your imagination and creative identity. The course will provide a framework for self-directed work, backed by informed knowledge of your industry. It will broaden and deepen your existing expertise, providing you with the experience, sophistication and confidence to practice professionally at the forefront of the international fashion industry. The course is delivered by a team of practising designers and exceptional technical staff. With an ethos of guided experimentation, you will explore your individual style while being challenged to innovate to the highest standards. 

The course provides the opportunity to study on one of four pathways: Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear for Fashion and Textiles for Fashion. The inter-related pathways are all structured around the core subject of fashion. While much of your time and teaching will be concentrated within your selected pathway, there will be opportunities to work with your colleagues from other pathways. You will work collaboratively across disciplines, reflecting the needs of the professional world.  

Across pathways, the programme is designed to provoke debate around attitudes and approaches to fashion. You will be expected to carry out intensive personal research throughout your studies. Teaching and research will help you develop your creative ideas, originality, aesthetic judgements and technical skills. Alongside the ability to create the right product for the market, you will learn presentation and communication skills.  

MA Fashion promotes the idea that relevant, innovative design is not purely a creative, design endeavour; it also analyses markets, the industry and society in general. As such, the course places great emphasis on research, market and industry awareness. You will be encouraged to develop these skills comprehensively throughout your projects. You will learn to synthesis design and communication, allowing you to interact effectively with your colleagues and management in industry.

Course units

MA Fashion develops your specialist skills and creative identity. The curriculum brings together students from a wide range of fashion and textiles backgrounds as well as different cultures, significantly enhancing the energy of the curriculum. You will be expected to learn and problem solve from the experience of your peers, as well as your own. Strong emphasis is placed on creativity, personal and professional development and developing the skills necessary for employment in the fashion industry at the highest level.

Unit 1: Diagnostic and Negotiated Phases 

This unit begins with the diagnostic phase. This consists of a number of taught programmes designed to identify your abilities. This phase challenges assumptions and aims to broaden your creative thinking and knowledge of your specialist pathway. You will develop your design and communication skills and your market awareness in order to gain an international perspective of the fashion industry.  

The second part of the unit, the negotiated phase, will further develop the areas covered in the diagnostic phase. You are expected to become more independent and experimental, initiating and managing your own projects in negotiation with the course team. 

Unit 2: Independent Major Project Part 1 – Rationale, Research and Design Development

This unit begins with pre-collection projects, preparing you for the start of your independent major project. It also gives you the opportunity to test out possible design solutions. You will be expected to demonstrate innovation and risk-taking in your work. The skills and critical perspectives you acquire during Unit 1 will inform the direction of your independent major project. The project must be comprehensive and appropriate for its intended audience, showing a clear market strategy.

Unit 3: Independent Major Project Part 2 – 3D Realisation and Portfolio

The rationale, research and design development produced in Unit 2 will form the basis of this final course unit. You will realise these ideas in a garment or textile collection and an accompanying portfolio.

Mode of study 

MA Fashion is offered in full-time mode which runs for 45 weeks over 18 months. You will be expected to commit 40 hours per week to study, which includes teaching time and independent study.  

Credit and award requirements 

The course is credit-rated at 180 credits. 

On successfully completing the course, you will gain a Master of Arts (MA degree). 

Under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, an MA is Level 7. All units must be passed in order to achieve the MA but the classification of the award is derived from the mark for the final unit only. 

If you are unable to continue on the course, a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) will normally be offered following the successful completion of 60 credits, or a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) following the successful completion of 120 credits. 

Learning and teaching methods

Your primary means of learning will be through studio practice. This is supported by:  

  • Briefing documents  
  • Learning through research 
  • Critiques 
  • Presentations 
  • Interdisciplinary group and teamwork 
  • Demonstrations 
  • Studio talks 
  • Talks by professional speakers  
  • Independent study 
  • Self-evaluation. 

Assessment methods

  • Diagnostic projects 
  • Negotiated projects 
  • Supporting briefs, rationales and development work 
  • Portfolio of research, development and materials 
  • Collection of designs 
  • Independent major project 

Staff

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

All Pathways Unit One Leader: Louise Gray
Womenswear/Menswear Fashion Pathway Leader:
Jane Shepherd
Womenswear Fashion Pathway Tutors: Julie Verhoeven
Menswear Fashion Pathway Tutor: Nasir Mazhar
Textiles for Fashion/Knitwear Pathway Leader: Fleet Bigwood
Textiles for Fashion Pathway Tutor: Birgitte Appleyard
Knitwear Fashion Pathway Tutors: 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

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:

  • A 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.

AP(E)L – 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 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

You should apply by clicking on the link to the direct form below. The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

Deferred entry

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

Start your application now

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 1 March 2020 for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

There are two ways international students can apply:

  • One of our official representatives in your country
  • A direct application.

If you are applying directly you click on the link to the direct form below. The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

Deferred entry

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

Start your application now

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 1 March 2020 for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being 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.

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 2020.

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 2020/21: £8,065 for year one. Year two: £4,700 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.

International fee

Tuition fees for 2020/21: £20,560 for year one. Year two:  £10,730 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.

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 for the 2019/20 academic year (with the exception of the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship, the Jane Rapley Scholarship and The Lane Crawford Scholarship which are additionally available to students on othe rcourse.).

Alexander McQueen Scholarship

The Alexander McQueen Scholarship of £23,985 is available to one student accepted on the MA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

Lane Crawford Scholarship

The Lane Crawford Scholarship of £20,000 is available to one international student who is ordinarily a resident in Hong Kong accepted on any of the following courses at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London: MA Fashion; MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery; MA Narrative Environments; MA Fashion Communication

Grand Prix LVMH Scholarship MA Fashion

£18,000 each is available to 2 Home/EU or International students enrolled in the final year of studies on MA Fashion.

The 叶琳 Ye Lin Scholarship

The 叶琳 Ye Lin Scholarship offers £11,100 to one Home/EU student or £27,780 to an International student accepted on MA Fashion.

Theory Scholarship Award

Theory Scholarship Award of £25,360 is available to one student accepted on MA Fashion.

L'Wren Scott Scholarships

£29,500 is available to one Home/EU student accepted on the MA Fashion .

Ports 1961 Scholarship

The Ports 1961 Scholarship of £27,780 is available to one student accepted on MA Fashion.

Self-Portrait Scholarship

The Self-Portrait Scholarship of £27,780 is available to one Home/EU or International student accepted on MA Fashion.

Jane Rapley Scholarship

Two Jane Rapley Scholarships of £5,000 each are available to Home/EU or International students currently studying on an MA or MRes or M ARCH course.

MA Sarabande The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation Scholarship

The MA Sarabande: The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation Scholarship of £23,100 is available to one Home/EU or International student accepted on MA Fashion.

The Isabella Blow Foundation Scholarship

The Isabella Blow Foundation Scholarship of £21,000 is available to one Home or EU student accepted on the MA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

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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.

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

Alexander McQueen, Alistair Mackie | AnOther Man, Professor Andrew Groves, Ann-Sofie Back, Ashish, Bora Aksu, Charles Jeffrey, Charlotte Knowles, Christoffer Lundman | Tiger of Sweden, Christopher Kane, Christopher Shannon, Chopova_Lowena, Craig Green, David Koma, Daniel Lee | Bottega Veneta, Eftychia, Faustine Steinmetz, J JS Lee, John Alexander Skelton, Kiko Kostadinov, Kim Jones | Dior Homme, Louise Gray, Mark Fast, Marques 'Almeida, Mary Katrantzou, Masha Ma, Matty Bovan, Halpern, Palmer Harding, Peter Jensen, Phoebe English, Rejina Pyo, Richard Nicoll, Richard Quinn, Roksanda, Rottingdean Bazaar, Sadie Williams, Sies Marjan, Shelley Fox, Simone Rocha, Stefan Cook, Todd Lynn, Yuhan Wang.

Destinations for our alumni as designers and design directors include:

Acne Studio, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Bottega, Veneta, Brioni, Burberry, Chloé, Coach, Christian Dior, Courrèges, Diane Von Furstemberg, Dries Van Noten, Dunhill, Emilio Pucci, Givenchy, Gucci, Helmut Lang, J.W.Anderson, Jil Sander, Kenzo, Lemaire, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Lululemon, Maison Margiela, Marc Jacobs, Margaret Howell, Marni, McQ, Missoni, Mulberry, Neil Barrett, Paul Smith, Ports 1961, Prada, Pucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney, Tiger of Sweden, Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch, Uniqlo, Valentino, Vera Wang, Versace, Victoria Beckham, Yeezy.

Knitwear for Fashion

Graduates of this pathway start their professional practice at the forefront of global fashion.

Some recent destinations include: Acne Studio, Balenciaga, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Dunhill, Emilio Pucci, Givenchy Menswear, J.W. Anderson, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton Womenswear, Missoni, Maison Margiela…

Others like Matty Bovan have launched their label. New names to watch: Archie Alled-Martinez, Laura Newton, Gabriele Skucas.

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