With a focus on fashion communication, this programme invites you to respond to a global fashion industry in a state of flux. Our practice and research-based course will challenge you to explore, question and evolve in an energetic and collaborative working environment. Our taught MA will help you develop a focused enquiry leading to a major project using some of the best traditional and state-of-the-art facilities in the UK, encouraged and supported by world-class academic and technical staff.
Fashion is both a global business and a powerful cultural force; it shapes us economically, socially and personally, and our course enables you to explore innovative communication and design responses that disrupt the fashion system.
This course offers a highly practical approach for ambitious students who want to challenge the fashion communication industry at the highest level. Drawing on the expertise of a diverse range of fashion communication and design practitioners and academics, guest lecturers and technical advisers, you will enhance your knowledge and skills through a series of projects using practice-led research and supportive written work.
Our London based £80 million Grove building offers access to state-of-the-art facilities and specialist workshops. Here you can explore digital and analogue technologies through a combination of workshop enquiry and in-depth research supported by some of the UK’s leading practitioners and technical experts.
You will graduate with a portfolio providing you with a platform to advance your fashion career in new and challenging directions whether it’s setting up a new enterprise, working for a global brand or disrupting the status quo.
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Our exciting postgraduate programme offers a multidisciplinary framework for advanced independent, creative and challenging areas of study. Through a combination of practical and theoretical work, you will study practical, contextual and current forms of fashion communication. You will study current communication processes in order to question and disrupt the established fashion communication industry and position yourself at the forefront of emerging fashion narratives.
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.
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. Optional modules are not offered on every course. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
This course is divided into five modules taken over three semesters (if studied full time). Each module is designed to be both challenging and flexible, allowing you to explore your personal interests and extend the boundaries of your creative practice through research, experimentation, analysis, and discussion.
Recently, Dr Neelam Raina, is involved in a major research project coordinated by the London School of Economics that focuses on gender and human rights. This interdisciplinary project is the largest in the social sciences, creative industries and humanities ever awarded to Middlesex University and aims to deliver innovative interdisciplinary research on the challenge of achieving gender justice and inclusive security in conflict-affected societies.
Your skills, knowledge and understanding will be entirely assessed by coursework including practical projects, oral presentations and supporting written work. Your progress will be assessed throughout the course, with fixed assessments at the end of each module.
There are no exams or compulsory shows but you are encouraged to explore a collaborative mode of presentation in order build your industry connections and launch your creative 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.
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 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.
Dr Neelam Raina's research explores the links between culture, conflict, poverty and development. Her doctoral research analysed this from the perspective of Muslim women in post-conflict Kashmir and the role crafts plays in generating income for them. Crafts and working within them have changed the lives of women who have borne the impact of the conflict in Kashmir: their new and changed roles as head of their families and income earners has had deep repercussions for them and their families. Her current research focuses on how Muslim women in other conflict zones cope and their needs of income generation in unstable environments, with limited skills and resources, and the question of whether vocational training could impact their ability to generate income through culturally relevant activities. She is interested in exploring women in Afghanistan and their survival strategies; and, in reverse, the impact on income generation on their socio-cultural identity.
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.
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.
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.
Start: October 2020, September 2020 (EU/INT induction)
Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start: October 2019, September 2019(EU/INT induction)
Duration: 1 year full-time