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MA Fashion (Menswear Fashion)

College
CSM
Start date
October 2020
Course length
18 months full-time (45 weeks)

Applications closed 2020/21

We are no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry to this course.

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.

Isabella Blow Foundation Scholarship
Grand Prix LVMH Scholarship MA Fashion
The Jane Rapley Scholarship
L’Wren Scott Scholarship
The Sarabande Foundation Scholarship
Ports 1961 Scholarship
Self-Portrait Scholarship

UAL UK/EU Postgraduate Scholarships
UAL International Postgraduate £5,000 Scholarships
UAL International Postgraduate £30,000 Scholarships and ISH accommodation award

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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 and define the context for your work 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 in collaboration with your colleagues from other pathways. 

Teaching is designed to provoke debate around approaches to fashion. You will be expected to carry out intensive personal research throughout your studies. Project-based teaching will help you develop your creative ideas, originality, aesthetic judgements and technical skills. You will learn to synthesise design and communication, enabling you to interact effectively with your colleagues and management in industry. 

Course units

MA Fashion mediates between possibilities, ideals, and imagination. 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 Phase 

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 a perspective on 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: Pre-collection; Independent Major Project Part 1 – Rationale, Research and Design Development 

This unit begins with the Pre-collection project, it will give you the opportunity to innovate and risk-take, while testing out possible design ideas and solutions in preparation for the start of your Independent Major Project.

The skills and critical perspectives acquired during Unit 1 and in the Pre-collection project will inform the direction of your Independent Major Project, Part 1. The project, which will include a written rationale, a consistent body of preliminary research and initial design development, must result in a comprehensive portfolio appropriate for its intended specialist audience, showing a clear understanding of both its related market and context.

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

During your course you will engage with learning and teaching that includes both online and face-to-face modes. Typically, this will include:

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

Assessment methods

  • Diagnostic projects 
  • Negotiated projects 
  • Supporting briefs, rationales and development work 
  • Portfolio of research, design 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 as demonstrated in a portfolio of work presenting four design projects:

  • Creative exploration; Compiling and using project-related research
  • The ability to develop and articulate design ideas in visual form 
  • Technical skills; 3D sense; Sensitivity to fabrication 
  • Visual communication skills

And by means of a personal statement in the application:

  • Reason for choosing the course; commitment
  • Capacity for self-reflection 
  • Potential to benefit from the course

What we are looking for

We are seeking both recent fashion graduates and practising professionals who are self-motivated and determined about their discipline and wish to progress or start their careers in the fashion industry by using the Course to explore and articulate new perspectives within their practice.

Making your application

Applications closed 2020/21

We are no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry to this course.

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.

Deferring your place

This course does not allow offer holders to defer. If you would like to start at a later date, please re-apply in the year you wish to study.

Applications for 2020/21 entry will open in Spring 2020

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.

Applications closed 2020/21

We are no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry to this course.

There are two ways international students can apply:

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.

Deferring your place

This course does not allow offer holders to defer. If you would like to start at a later date, please re-apply in the year you wish to study.

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

General information

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

Current English language level

Current and/or previous education and qualification details

Employment history

Personal Statement

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

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

Immigration history check

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

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

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 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 or book an audition, 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 and funding

Home/EU fee

Tuition fees for 2019/20: £7,830 for year one. Year two: to be confirmed (for 2018/19 it was £4,160) plus an inflationary increase.

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

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

ELQ

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

International fee

Tuition fees for 2019/20: £17,880 for year one. Year two: to be confirmed (for 2018/19 it was £10,410) 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.

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.

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 and the Jane Rapley Scholarship which are additionally available to students on other courses).

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.

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

Scholarship search

Careers and alumni

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

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.

Menswear

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

Some recent destinations include: Acne Studios, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Brioni, Burberry, Dunhill, Gucci, J.W. Anderson, Lemaire, Louis Vuitton, Ports1961 and Raf Simons.

Others like John Alexander Skelton, Kiko Kostadinov, Charles Jeffrey have launched their label. Names to watch: Stefan Cook, Daniel Crabtree, 8on8 by Li Gong.