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Fashion MA

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October 2020
September 2020 (EU/INT induction)
1 year full-time
£8,000 (UK/EU) *
£13,900 (INT) *
Course leader
Matt Ryalls

This course is no longer accepting applications for 2019 entry. The next entry is 2020.

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.

Why study MA Fashion at Middlesex University?

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.

Course highlights

  • A strategic curriculum designed specifically to address the needs of a rapidly evolving industry.
  • Access to some of London’s best facilities, including state of the art photography and film studios, editing suites, extensive reprographic equipment, laser cutting, 3D printing, as well as traditional fashion workshops, screenprinting, knitting, weaving, digital embroidery and digital printing
  • Alumni such as Martine Rose, Christopher Raeburn, Ashley Isham, Malene Oddershede Bach and Ashish
  • Guest lectures and masterclasses from leading industry professionals and thinkers.
  • The opportunity to enrol as a Student Learning Advisor, allowing you to earn money whilst gaining valuable work experience
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What will you study on the MA Fashion?

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.

What will you gain?

  • You will gain invaluable insight into your own cultural identity, creative practice and specialist areas of interest
  • You will be able to produce a unique and innovative body of work that demonstrates your creativity and innovative thinking
  • This unique opportunity to define your area of specialism allows you the space to create compelling still or moving image, new practices in digital media, insightfully written narratives, emotive and engaging content or find new ways to challenge the future of fashion communication


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. 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.

How is the MA Fashion taught?

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.

Your tutors

The core teaching team are artists, designers and highly skilled fashion communicators, who will not only inspire you but also teach you skills and inject knowledge rivalled by no other university.

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.

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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.

Dr Neelam Raina
Associate Professor Design and Development

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.

  • 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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