Richard Sorger, Programme Leader:"We prepare the next generation of fashion professionals to be pioneering leaders in their field, confidently challenging aesthetics, exploring technologies and pushing the boundaries of the industry."
Whether you want to explore innovative design, promote fashion internationally or set up your own label, we have the world-class facilities, practitioners and industry expertise to prepare you for an exciting career. Students can choose to work in any of the wide range of fashion areas, covering Fashion Design, Fashion Communication and Promotion, Jewellery and Accessories, or Fashion Textiles – our MA Fashion is uniquely structured to enable you to specialise while drawing on a broad range of resources and expertise.
At Middlesex we take an innovative approach to Fashion that enables you to specialise while collaborating, experimenting, and enhancing your skills with students and staff from across the department. 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 our £80 million Art and Design School, 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.
The MA Fashion is an exciting new 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 and Promotion This pathway concentrates on the communication and promotion 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.
Taught by some of the UK's leading practitioners and specialists in Fashion, Art and Design, 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.
Developing Practice – Term 1 (30 credits) Through a combination of studio, practice and text-based methods you will explore a chosen area of your Fashion in a contemporary context while enhancing your technical skills. By the end of this module you'll be able to 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 – Term 1 (30 credits) Through a series of lectures, seminars and reading groups 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 – Term 2 (30 credits) This module challenges you to explore the relationship between Fashion and the body through a combination of practical and written work related to your chosen pathway and area of interest. Looking specifically at notions of dialogue between our bodies and the garments we wear, you'll justify how your work is influenced by its relationship to the body and how you might inform and evolve your practice in light of this exploration.
Advanced Research – Term 2 (30 credits) Through a series of lectures, workshops, seminars and individual tutorials you will examine a diverse range of advanced approaches to Fashion research using both historical and contemporary sources. This module is designed to prepare you for your final Major Project by enabling you to explore the work of practitioners and scholars in Fashion, and the contemporary research problems that they face. By the end of this module you will have produced an illustrated Research Survey demonstrating your investigations and findings.
Major Project – Term 3 (60 credits) The final module is an opportunity for you to bring together the knowledge and skills that you have acquired during the course and apply them to a significant project of Fashion. Using research methodologies, concepts and processes previously explored in the course you will evaluate interrelationships between theory and practice. By the end of this final module you will have produced a fully realised, coherent, original body of work with significant commercial or conceptual relevance to the fashion industry, supported by critical and reflective written work that demonstrates your resolution and expertise.
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.
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.
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.
As well as your immediate peers on the programme, there is much going on across the campus and university that you can access, collaborate with and benefit from, such as the newly formed Art & Design Research Institute (ADRI) which provides a useful network for postgraduate students as well as seminar and ideas in progress sessions.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
The application is just the first step in our selection process, we also invite you to an interview and review your portfolio of art and design work. We've put together some simple notes to help you prepare:
Sketchbooks are extremely important. They should be a 'diary' of your thinking and include observational and speculative drawings/sketches communicating a visual sensitivity. We also look for evidence of how you develop and work through your ideas. Include photographs and collected images and importantly your reaction to them, but avoid letting your sketchbooks being merely scrapbooks
We will arrange an interview with you which may last about an hour. We use the interview to allow us to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests and for you to learn more about us. The interview will explore why you want to study the subject with us, there will be no trick questions, so don't be too nervous.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
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. While this is a relatively new course, we expect our MA Fashion graduates to follow in the success of our internationally sought-after BA Fashion graduates who have gone on to work for such prestigious companies as Givenchy, Kenzo, Vivienne Westwood, Preen, Aquascutum and ASOS.
Your tutors will be artists and designers themselves; we believe in practicing 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.
The facilities, studios and workshops at our £80 million purpose-built Art and Design School 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.
These facilities include:
Find out about our postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
The tuition fee for MA Fashion is as follows. The fees below refer to the 2017/18 academic year unless otherwise stated.
Full-time students: £7,500
Part-time students: TBC
You would not usually pay more to study part-time than the full-time fee rate. Find out more about how to calculate your part-time course fee.
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.
Full-time students: £12,500
Part-time students: TBC
AHRC Masters studentships
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) offers funding for some subjects. Find out more.