MA Fashion Journalism

University of the Arts London
15 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
11 September 2023
University of the Arts London

About this program

MA Fashion Journalism

This fashion journalism masters course equips students with the skills to become an articulate and aware fashion writer in the current media landscape.

MA Fashion Journalism is a well-established course that has been designed for graduates/professionals who wish to explore the changing face of fashion journalism, whether that be from an academic, consumer or entrepreneurial perspective.

The course offers a proactive approach to the rapidly changing global landscape that challenges the role of the fashion media and examines how, as a practitioner, you can successfully disseminate an editorial message within it.

In the light of globalisation and numerous ongoing controversies surrounding the fashion industry, the course examines a number of sociological and ethical issues that are emerging for journalists and content creators.

Students are encouraged to challenge the current fashion system and develop disruptive editorial strategies that could potentially have both social and politically active outcomes.

Focusing on both the written word and the curated fashion image, the course teaches expertise in both commercial content creation and traditional journalism as well as publishing; in short, how to be a commentator, editor and entrepreneur, both digitally and in print.

Students engage with the subject matter on a number of different levels, from theoretical discourse, to vocational publishing and digital projects, developing a skill base that fosters a broad variety of expertise.

Course content encompasses an in-depth knowledge of the fashion industry globally (in both western and non-western contexts), to practical editorial and technical skills that enable students to assemble and create multi-platform products that incorporate both traditional journalistic skills and more experimental methodologies.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to engage with a number of industry professionals from a variety of fields (digital, creative, editorial, publishing), but will also examine broader market forces that are contextualising the industry commercially and creatively.

The MA culminates in a self-negotiated project with a number of different potential outcomes, from a traditional dissertation or book proposal to commercial media products that can potentially offer a combination of print and online elements as well as a business model that will theoretically enable the student to make their Master’s Project a commercial reality upon graduation.

Admission requirements

English Language Requirements

IELTS level 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Historically, applicants come from the following academic and professional backgrounds.

BA (Hons) - English, History, Economics, French etc – humanities as a whole


BA (Hons) - Fashion, Textiles etc – applied and fine arts as a whole


BA (Hons) Journalism or Media Studies.

MA Fashion Journalism regularly recruits working journalists looking to widen their professional experience into the fashion sector, given the specific skill set it requires. It is envisaged that the revalidated degree, with its emphasis on content creation and future scoping, will continue to attract such applicants.

The standard entry requirements for MA Fashion Journalism 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.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Fashion Journalism in a Global Context
  • Collaborative Challenge
  • Exploring Commercial Fashion Content
  • Risk, Experiment and Speculation in the Fashion Media
  • Research Proposal
  • Master’s Project

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • The full tuition fee of 2022/23 for local students is £11,220 per course per year.
  • The full tuition fee of 2022/23 for International students is £22,920 per year.

Continuing studies

Master's graduates have an acknowledged advantage in the employment market, obtaining work in a wide range of vocational and academic fields related to fashion. Previous MA Fashion Journalism graduates are now working in areas such as magazine and newspaper journalism, magazine styling and image making, lecturing in cultural studies and researching and developing concepts for television.

The MA also provides an excellent preparation for higher level research degrees (MPhil or PhD), with an increasing number of graduates undertaking research in fashion related subjects, in practice or theory or entering into education as lecturers.

Career paths

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 programs 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.

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University of the Arts London

University of the Arts London (UAL) is ranked 2nd in the world for Art and Design according to the 2023 QS World University Rankings®, for the fifth year in a row. It has an international reputation in art, design, communication,...

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Why study at University of the Arts London

With multiple sites across London, UAL offers endless opportunities to draw inspiration from this global creative hub.

  • UAL has a track record for launching and furthering careers across the creative industries and beyond.
  • Graduates are frequently shortlisted for national and global awards ranging from the Turner Prize to the Oscars.
  • UAL is home to more than 2,400 postgraduate students.
  • The university offers a wide range of theoretical and practice-based research programmes leading to a PhD or MPhil.
  • UAL is ranked among the UK’s top research universities, with 83% of research conducted by UAL students and staff graded as world-leading.
  • UAL has a diverse student community, with students drawn from over 130 countries across the globe.
  • Students are encouraged to draw inspiration from London’s world-famous art galleries, museums and theatres.
  • UAL’s dedicated support service offers useful advice for international students including guidance on funding, visa applications and accommodation.

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University of the Arts London

272 High Holborn
WC1V 7EY London
United Kingdom

Phone no: +4420 7514 8480

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