MA Fashion (Textiles for Fashion)

University of the Arts London
18 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
University of the Arts London

About this program

Fashion (Textiles for Fashion)

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 global 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, critical judgements and technical skills. You will learn to synthesise design and communication, enabling you to interact effectively with your colleagues and management in industry.

Admission 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.

English language requirements

IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking

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

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Program content

Unit 1: Diagnostic Phase

This unit consists of project work and a number of taught Programs 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 informed perspective on the fashion industry whilst simultaneously refining your own practice.

Projects will run simultaneously. 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 or want to negotiate an equivalent proposal in another medium. An accompanying comprehensive portfolio will also be required.

Scholarships & funding

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

Program delivery

MA Fashion is offered in full-time mode which runs for 45 weeks over 17 months. You will be expected to commit 40 hours per week to study, which includes teaching time and independent study.


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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.

Career paths

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

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

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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.
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  • UAL has a diverse student community, with students drawn from over 130 countries across the globe.
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272 High Holborn
WC1V 7EY London
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