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MA Innovative Fashion Production

College
LCF
Start date
October 2020
Course length
15 months

Apply to start in October 2020

This course has places available for 2020/21 entry.

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The fashion industry is a fast-changing landscape that is dominated by the urgent need to reform production practices to be more agile, cleaner and smarter. MA Innovation Fashion Production offer a real opportunity for you to play a key part in society's move to more sustainable practice, which involves more than material resources. The course embraces innovative ways of thinking about the entire product lifecycle and how fundamental production is to the positive innovation currently shaping the fashion industry of the future.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion

  • Enhance employability in your specialism: Differentiate yourself with fresh insights and additional skills.
  • Explore new ideas and pioneering business opportunities: If you are interested in launching your own company in the next 5/10 years, this course will include many of the knowledge and skills you will need for success.
  • Explore entrepreneurial ideas within larger companies: You might not want to start a company straight away; intrapraneurship enables you to learn how to work in teams to develop innovative responses to the changing fashion landscape.
  • Academic Research: Align your research with appropriate institutions and start to implement a strategy for progression within Academia for instance a PhD.

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.

London College of Fashion is planning to move to a new single campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2023. This is part of a new development for London, prioritising culture, education and innovation, known as East Bank. Some students studying this course from September 2021 may start their studies in Lime Grove and transfer to LCF’s new site in East London to complete them. Please see LCF’s move to the Olympic Park for more information about the College’s relocation.

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Facilities

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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 overview

The fashion industry is a fast-changing landscape that is dominated by the urgent need to reform production practices to be more agile, cleaner and smarter.

Within the next two decades there will be a revolution in how we make the fashion we recognise but as importantly, technology will lead us to create products in ways we as yet don’t fully visualise.

A systematic understanding of the importance of disruptive business models and emerging technologies in manufacturing is needed and the MA Innovative Fashion Production offers a real opportunity for graduates to play a key part in society's move to more sustainable practice, which involves more than material resources.

Collaboration is essential across all disciplines to ensure companies can manage the changes which are inevitable. Integral to the course is student collaboration and communication working to share knowledge whilst learning the impact of manufacturing upon the complete product lifecycle from concept to end of life.

This course embraces innovative ways of thinking about the entire product lifecycle and how fundamental production is to the positive innovation currently shaping the fashion industry of the future. The London College of Fashion, unlike many other fashion institutions has the facilities and academic research groups which can support a diverse range of interests.

 

What to expect 

This fifteen-month course is divided into three 15 week blocks.   

 

Block 1: September to February with a four week holiday in December. 

  • Define your individual area of interest. Learn practical skills and share knowledge of different disciplines within your study group  
  • Your first stage units will enable you to explore new topics and technologies such as closed loop production or communication systems for delivering product to market 
  •  By the end of the first block you will have identified your research pathway 

 

Block 2: Mid February to the end of June with a four week holiday for Easter 

  • In the second stage you will refine your interests & position them within a long-term career strategy 
  • You will define the area of the industry in which you want to progress and be able to connect to research groups within the university to support your study 
  • Understand the complexities of production and the impact on brand demands 
  • Refine your stage three research proposal to deliver either a stand-alone project or the start of longer-term research 

 

Block 3: June finishing in December. 

  • By this point in the course you will be able to demonstrate your ability to deliver the first stage of an extended body of work which could lead to a variety of destinations such as further academic study or industry innovation 
  • You will be able to identify industry needs and formulate viable solutions relevant to fashion production 
  • Identify centres of research relevant to your individual practice starting to build your research network 

 

Work experience and opportunities 

The MA Innovative Fashion Production is a new course building on an established production alumni network, graduates who have studied production with the same academic team are currently working as production co-ordinators or in the production departments at Christopher Kane, Victoria Beckham, SamuelGui Yang, Hackett whilst others have continued their Post Graduate research projects as entrepreneurs or in other institutions. Upon graduation you might work in Product Development or Buying & Merchandisingas well as specifically as a Production Co-Ordinator or Manager. 

  

Mode of study 

The MA Innovative Fashion Production is a full-time 15-month course divided into three-blocks. 

Course units

Block 1, Year 1 

Collaborative Challenge: 20 credits 

This unit is your opportunity to innovate and explore developmental processes and engage with collaborative working practices. You will develop your professional negotiation, teamwork and networking skills that are essential in the cultural, entrepreneurial and creative industries. The emphasis of this unit is on cross-disciplinary student-led collaboration. You can conceive of your own project or engage with industry and college-based briefs. 

Innovation in Production Technologies: 20 credits 

The aimof this unit is to explore and test the wide variety of technology available and in development within the fashion industry.  Not only will you be required to understand how new technologies will affect fashion products as we recognise them now, you need to investigate the changing landscape of product development to identify how innovation could shape product development and manufacture in the near and distant future.  In the course of the unit you will have the opportunity to direct your study to research into aspects of production which you feel are key to change and progress within the industry.  The format in which you present your research will depend upon your area of enquiry and your personal learning style, it might be a digital response or a more conventional portfolio.  

Business Models and Fashion Production: 20 credits 

Collaboration and sharing knowledge is essential in any industry and this unit presents you with the opportunity to work with the other team members to deliver a fashion product in line with a business need and societal trends whilst applying innovative production technologies in the process of concept, manufacture and realisation.  The unit has as its starting point the impact of innovative production and sustainability on business as well as that of business models on product development and manufacturing. 

As a team you will be required to conceive and produce a fashion product for a specific brand and market segment. Individually you will need to demonstrate that you can record your contribution to the team project during the process of ideation and application as well as analyse collaborative practice in the creative process.    

 

Block 2, Year 1 

Research Proposal: 20 credits 

Developing effective approaches to research is crucial for success in your Masters project and in your wider career. In this unit you will explore approaches for theoretically interrogating your practice and your discipline. Throughout this unit you will uncover your research philosophy, defining how you look at the world and your work. You will build and extend your core research capabilities, developing a robust theoretically justified research proposal that you will complete in your Master’s project.  

In the process of developing your research proposal you will explore a range of research methodologies, methods and approaches, describing how you will utilise primary and secondary research tools in your Master’s project. You will build a theoretical framework to test your ideas in order to bring you to an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice. Using this framework you will develop research questions for your topic and ensure that the aims of your study are achievable, ethical andsufficiently critical. You will be supported in developing disciplinary specific approaches to your research, discovering opportunities for interdisciplinary exploration in the process.  

Connecting Production to Consumers: 40 credits 

The ability to deliver a project to brief and on time is essential in the fashion industry and this unit aims to facilitate your contribution to a team response to industry level requirements. Your team will agree the outline of a capsule collection as a proposal to a set brief and will need to collaborate with the design, sourcing and manufacture of each piece to ensure a coherent statement appropriate for a specified brand and market segment.  Each member of the team will be responsible for developing and managing the design and delivery of a single product in an agreed lead time.  This project builds upon the skills you developed in ‘Business Models and Fashion Production’ in Block 2 allowing you to develop your learning from earlier in the course and build the skills you will need for your final project.  

 

Block 3, Year 2 

The Masters Project: 60 credits 

The Masters Project is the final stage of your Masters’ course and is the is the culmination of your studies and provides you with a space to synthesise all the knowledge and skills you have gained on the course so far. Your project will be self-directed and you will negotiate the shape and direction of your project at the outset with your supervisor. This important final phase of your studies is where you will effectively communicate your work along with your ability to critically interrogate your practice with robust approaches to research and theoretical analysis. Upon completion of your project, you will have generated a high-level Masters’ quality piece of work that will showcase your practice, academic literacy and the professional standards that will act as a platform for your future career and professional development.  

Learning and teaching methods

  • Academic skills, design thinking for fashion
  • Brainstorming sessions
  • Briefings, tutorials and feedback
  • Collaborative group project work
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Library and workshop inductions
  • Museum, trade shows and other visits
  • Online learning
  • Presentations
  • Research Methods
  • Studio teaching
  • Garment making workshops

Assessment methods

  • Essays, reports and dissertation
  • Final Show examination
  • Mid-year reviews
  • Peer assessment 
  • Practice based portfolio of work
  • Presentations
  • Digital portfolios, blogs, apps
  • Student self-evaluation

Staff

Ella Sharp-Mitchell: Currently the course leader for the MDes International Fashion Production Management course at London College of Fashion, Ella is a graduate of Kingston University with over 30 years of diverse professional and academic experience.  Independent practice has focused on overseeing the whole process of ‘concept to customer’ including design, manufacture and retailing both Ready to Wear Limited Editions and collaborations with clients in bespoke projects ranging from tailored daywear to tango performance pieces for internationally renowned dancers. This experience is key to Ella’s ability to work with students on a diverse range of projects in different markets and products types.

Michaela Mekler: At the heart of Mikha’s professional practice is “how sustainable can I make this?” and with experience of running sample rooms prior to graduating from the London College of Fashion with an MA in Design Management for the Fashion Industry, Mikha is currently overseeing the production process at Christopher Raeburn as well as teaching on the MDes International Fashion Production Management course.

Her current global sourcing and knowledge of a range of manufacturing is invaluable, and special areas of interest include sportswear and technical fabrics.

Ashley Duncan: Technical expertise is essential to the course team and Ashley has a deep understanding of Gerber, Lectra, OptiTex and their application at High Street level with experience at Jon Adam supplier to brands ranging from River Island to Sainsbury’s. Ashley was appointed as a CADCAM specialist lecturer at London College of Fashion in 2018.

Lindsey Riley: Lindsey is the Programme Director for the Product Programme and also Learning & Teaching Cordinator,  focusing on cross-school collaborations. Lindsey has a first-class honours degree in Fashion Design and is currently taking MA Academic Practice. Lindsey spent over thirty years in the fashion trend forecasting industry specialising in footwear and leather trends. As Fashion Director and co. owner of trend consultancy Insight ltd. she travelled extensively, researching, guest speaking and working on special projects with a worldwide list of clients. As a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glovers she co-organises the National Glove Design Competition.

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 from a fashion based course, supported by a digital portfolio evidencing abilities in one of the following disciplines: fashion design and/or development, fashion and/or technology, pattern cutting, buying and/or merchandising; 
  • OR equivalent qualifications in an alternative subject will be considered if supported by a digital portfolio which demonstrates significant evidence of technical and/or business skills; 

 

​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
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • OR a combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language Requirements

IELTS level 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in listening and speaking & minimum 5.5 reading, writing. Please check our main English Language Requirements.

Selection criteria

The course seeks to recruit students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds and welcomes applications from mature students. 

The course seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate: 

  • a clear interest in the study of innovative approaches to exploring technology in the widest sense of the word and its application to the fashion supply chain; 
  • an interest in developing creative technical solutions to current and future industry problems; 
  • relevant experience of one of the following: fashion design and/or development, fashion and/or technology, pattern cutting, buying and/or merchandising; 
  • a capacity for intellectual enquiry and reflective thought; 
  • a developed and mature attitude to independent study and intellectual growth. 

Extra information required for applications to this course

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

You will be required to submit a CV 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). 

Study proposal 

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

It should: 

  • state briefly the background for the proposal; 

  • determine the precise area of study; 

  • set out clearly and concisely your aims and objectives for the period of study within the course structure; 

  • refer to critical ideas that may underpin your practice; 

  • state the form of realisation/ outcome of the study proposal. 

Your study proposal should have the following structure: 

Introduction 

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

Programme of study 

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

Evaluation 

Evaluate your work to date. Draw any conclusions and suggest any possible limitations of the project or challenges you may fac. 

Research sources 

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

Bibliography 

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

Appendices 

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

Portfolio

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

Making your application

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

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

Deferring your place

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

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

External Student Transfer Policy

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course and wish to continue your studies at London College of Fashion, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

What happens next

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

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

If the course team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to attend an interview. Interviews may be conducted in person, via telephone or via Skype.

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

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

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

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

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

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

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

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

Application deadline

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

Deferring your place

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

External Student Transfer Policy

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course and wish to continue your studies at London College of Fashion, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

What happens next

Immigration History Check

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

Initial application check

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

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

If the course team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to attend an interview. Interviews may be conducted in person, via telephone or via Skype.

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

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

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

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


After you apply

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

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

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£11,220

This applies for the 2020/21 academic year.

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

International fee

£22,920

This applies for the 2020/21 academic year.

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

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

Accommodation

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

Progression discount

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

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

Loans

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

Scholarship search

Careers and alumni

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

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

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

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

* Access to a graduate careers service

* Access to a live jobsboard for all years.

* Advice on setting up your own brand or company.

Career paths

The MA Innovative Fashion Production is a new course building on an established production alumni network, graduates who have studied production with the same academic team are currently working as production co-ordinators or in the production departments at Christopher Kane, Victoria Beckham, Samuel Gui Yang, Hackett whilst others have continued their Post Graduate research projects as entrepreneurs or in other institutions. Upon graduation you might work in Product Development or Buying & Merchandising as well as specifically as a Production Co-Ordinator or Manager.

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