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Fashion MA

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October 2018
September 2018 (EU/INT induction)
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£7,800 (UK/EU) *
£13,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Matt Ryalls

Whether you want to explore innovative design, promote fashion internationally or start your own label, we have the world-class facilities and industry expertise to prepare you for an exciting career. Our MA Fashion enables you to specialise while drawing on a broad range of resources and expertise.

Why study MA Fashion at Middlesex University?

The fashion industry needs innovative thinkers as well as makers and designers. Our MA Fashion offers the opportunity to produce work with a more focused specialism which translates easily to the industry, equipping you for a wide variety of careers within the industry. You will be trained to contextualise and explore your work within the realms of fashion, to research extensively and articulate advanced fashion thinking.

Taught by some of the UK's leading practitioners and technical experts, you'll explore your chosen area of fashion within a contemporary framework that will equip you with the practical skills, business acumen and industry insights you need to succeed in today's global market.

Based in the Grove, our £80 million Arts and Creative Industries building, our course features state-of-the-art facilities and specialist workshops fitted with both new and traditional equipment to enable you to fully realise your visions. Through a combination of workshop enquiry, in-depth research and critical understanding of your practice, we ensure that you graduate with the skills, knowledge and body of work to advance your fashion career in new, challenging and imaginative directions.

Course highlights

  • Exceptional facilities including traditional fashion workshops and equipment for screenprinting, knitting, weaving, digital printing, embroidery, metalwork, photography, reprographics, film, laser cutting, 3D printing and more
  • Opportunities to start your own label with recent examples including Martine Rose, Christopher Raeburn, Ashley Isham, Malene Oddershede Bach and Ashish
  • Access to networking opportunities, world-leading research and expertise through the Art & Design Research Institute (ADRI) on campus
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the MA Fashion?

The MA Fashion is an exciting postgraduate programme with four specialist pathways, offering a multidisciplinary framework for advanced independent, creative and groundbreaking areas of study leading to an original body of work.

Each of the four pathways includes elements of business knowledge relevant to the fashion industry:

Fashion Design

This pathway focuses on the advanced study, development and resolution of original fashion design – through men's, women's or children's wear. Students will be supported in the exploration of couture, advanced tailoring and draping methods as well as innovative material and construction technology.

Fashion Communication

This pathway concentrates on the communication of fashion products through a variety of media such as illustration, photography, digital technologies, film and animation. Students will explore the rhetoric of still or moving image within the context of the fashion industry and use findings to create directional work.

Fashion Textiles

This pathway approaches printed and constructed textiles as a platform for interdisciplinary experimentation in the context of fashion product. Students will be encouraged to push the boundaries of textile design by combining traditional and new technologies and draw inspiration from other disciplines such as materials science, biology, engineering and biotechnology.

Jewellery and Accessories

This pathway offers a focus on the juxtaposition of body and artefact – realising innovative definitions of what jewellery or accessory is, and exploring the use of traditional and non-traditional materials in resolution of ideas.

What will you gain?

You will gain invaluable insight into your own cultural identity, creative practice and specialist areas of interest. By the end of the course you will have the experience, industry knowledge and practical skills to forge a career in the fashion industry.


This course is divided into five modules taken over three semesters (if studied full time). Each module is designed to be flexible, allowing you to bring your own fashion interests and pathway choice to the assignments while extending the boundaries of your current artistic practice through experimentation, research, analysis, and creative exploration.

  • Modules

    • Developing Practice (30 credits)

      In this module you will explore a chosen area of fashion in a contemporary context while enhancing your technical skills. You'll employ a variety of reflective methods to develop your own creative research proposal with the advanced communication skills to present, discuss and evaluate your work effectively.

    • Critical Debates (30 credits)

      In this module you'll explore the key concepts, ideas, issues and research methodologies relating to the practice and theory of fashion. With particular focus on the cultural and social contexts within your chosen discipline, you'll produce a portfolio of critical responses to contemporary debates in research and professional practice.

    • Body and Space (30 credits)

      In this module you will explore the relationship between fashion and the body through both practical and written work related to your chosen pathway. Looking specifically at dialogue between our bodies and our garments, you'll justify how your work is influenced by this relationship and how you might inform and evolve your practice.

    • Advanced Research (30 credits)

      In this module you will examine a diverse range of advanced approaches to fashion research using both historical and contemporary sources. This module will enable you to explore the work of practitioners and scholars in fashion, and the contemporary research problems they face.

    • Major Project (60 credits)

      Using research methodologies, concepts and processes previously explored in the course you will evaluate interrelationships between theory and practice. You will produce a fully-realised, original body of work with significant commercial or conceptual relevance, supported by critical and reflective written work.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the MA Fashion taught?

This course is flexibly designed to put you at the centre of your learning by using a range of teaching and assessment approaches that take into account your individual interests, abilities and ambitions in fashion.

During the course you will have weekly lectures for contextual studies to facilitate discussion on key materials and approaches. You will also attend weekly tutorials with design staff. You will have monthly contextual tutorials to explore projects in more depth and explore the links between design and context.

Workshop facilities are available to you for self-directed study and you will also have access to flexible study spaces in our new Ritterman Building.

As part of your learning, you'll be required to actively participate in activities and engage with your fellow students, both individually and collaboratively, working and learning as part of a small group at times. You will also be supported by some of the best facilities and equipment in the country with technical tuition on a range of modern and traditional printmaking, art and design tools.

Our Tutors

Your tutors will be artists and designers themselves; we believe in practising what we preach and being able to showcase what our lecturers have achieved themselves. You will be learning from the best and have the opportunity to utilise the skills and contacts of others.

To carry the technical skills forward into the next generation we have technical staff who have worked at couture level with incredible designers like Marios Schwab and Viviene Westwood. These highly skilled and experienced academics will not only encourage and inspire you, but teach you skills and inject knowledge rivalled by no other university.


Your skills, knowledge and understanding will be entirely assessed by coursework including practical projects, oral presentations and supporting written work. There are no exams and no compulsory catwalk shows. Your progress will be assessed throughout the course, with fixed assessments at the end of each module.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How will the MA Fashion support your career?

This course will prepare you for a diverse range of fashion careers in the design, communications, marketing, promotion, jewellery, accessories, textiles and journalism industries worldwide. We encourage entrepreneurial spirit in our students, giving them the confidence to set up independent fashion labels in the future.

Our graduates have gone on to work for prestigious companies such as:

  • Louis Vuitton
  • Celine
  • Tom Ford
  • Givenchy
  • Lanvin
  • Marni
  • Kenzo
  • Vivienne Westwood
  • Burberry
  • Alexander McQueen
  • Roland Mouret
  • Margaret Howell
  • Hardy Amies
  • Aquascutum
  • Mary Katranzou
  • River Island
  • Cheap Monday
  • & Other Stories
  • Tiger of Sweden
  • Acne
  • French Connection
  • Vogue UK
  • i-D
  • Dazed & Confused
  • Boys by Girls

The facilities, studios and workshops at our £80 million purpose-built Arts and Creative Industries building on campus in North London are recognised as among the best in country. With a wide range of specialist workshops, digital media, equipment, software and library facilities on-site you'll benefit from unique levels of access to both the latest forms of technology and traditional tools with expert support to help you develop your work.

Matt Ryalls
Senior Lecturer - Fashion Communication & Styling

Matt Ryalls studied Fashion Design at Central St. Martins and has worked as a stylist and Fashion Editor for Arena, Dazed & Confused, Exit, Nylon, POP and The Face magazines. His practice focus is independent publishing and DIY modes of communication, and his research interests include sub/youth/pop cultural communication and the intersection between fashion communication and sociology.

Emma Dick
Lecturer in Visual Culture - Fashion

Emma Dick is leader of the theory and research modules, Lecturer in the Visual Culture, History and Theory of Fashion and a member of the Diasporic & Transcultural Practices Research Cluster. Emma is currently working on development projects empowering women in Central Asia by linking textile artisans to global markets.

  • Eliise Filppula

    Ma Fashion graduate

    The photoshoot we did at the end of the year was the highlight for me. I could see my whole year’s work put together with models and a professional photographer. The images will be part of my portfolio which will go on my website.

    The technicians here are great and we have an amazing tutor, Matt [Ryalls]. I’ve got so much out of the year it’s hard to believe it was only a one-year course.

    The main reason why I came to London is because it’s a big city for fashion. You get the opportunity to express yourself more and have loads of resources available, and this has made it a really good experience.

  • Effy Lu

    Ma Fashion graduate

    Because my project was collaborative I worked with filmmakers, musicians and dancers. London is a place where people are really happy to share their talent and are willing to get involved with someone else’s project. The video part is for my portfolio, it will be great to have not just photographs but video footage of my designs.

    I already got a job offer from a studio in Soho. I was wandering around the area and the boss saw my jacket and asked me where I got it, I told him I’m a Middlesex student and I designed it myself. That led to the job offer.

  • Laila Botelho

    Ma Fashion graduate

    I learnt a lot of things I couldn’t learn at my previous university because the facilities here are so good. When you see the final work and everything is done it’s a great feeling.

    The lecturers and technicians are very experienced people who have been really helpful to me in developing my work. My classmates have also been really important, they’ve inspired me and pushed me forward.

    I’ve also worked at London Fashion Week this year. There’s always something happening in the city. You can find possibilities and make exciting connections all the time.

  • Lok Yee Doris Yeung

    Ma Fashion graduate

    I came here from Hong Kong so the first month was a challenge with a new language and teaching style but it really improved my confidence as I had to make all my own decisions. My classmates in the studio are always willing to help, we help each other.

    I’ve learnt a lot about the international differences in the fashion industry. The tutors talk to us about the future, how to start our own brands and develop our work.

    London is really good for fashion. There are so many shops that have good quality fabrics and give free samples which gives me more possibilities for design work.

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