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Fashion MA

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year 2 days a week September 2018
Full time 2 years including professional placement 2 days a week, plus placement year September 2018
Part time 2 years Contact the course leader for details September 2018

Choose Kingston's Fashion MA

The Fashion MA at Kingston University is a unique and innovative course combining the creative thinking of the Design School core beliefs with a very solid and 'creative' fashion industry focus.

With a heritage and specialism in womenswear, menswear, knitwear, digital or fashion artefact outcomes, the course combines industry standards with a creative and contemporary approach to fashion design developing a holistic and exciting approach to fashion design and beyond.

Our broad design community and positioning as a progressive and highly-rated design institution means that Fashion can actively collaborate and share ideas with designers in across the post graduate framework.

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Key features

  • With our well-established industry links and partnerships, the craft and skill of fashion is paramount and is developed through pioneering projects with industry practitioners from our team.
  • Interdisciplinary modules give you the unique opportunity to expand your current design thinking and methodology, experiment and transform your medium, and work in dynamic teams to exchange and create ideas.

What will you study?

The fashion-based modules will encourage you to think creatively and will challenge you to apply your ideas and concepts to a series of briefs, some of which will arrive directly from industry sources and practitioners. The outcomes are non-prescriptive and should be driven by your ambitions and approach to fashion.

You will identify design narratives to inspire extensive research culminating in exciting, considered and forward-thinking design developments, challenging you to create new responses for fashion design. Addressing the contemporary culture of fashion, you will engage within important areas of development - social politics, economics, environments, sciences and technology futures - creating a clearer understanding of Fashion context.

The core modules, which explore the fundamentals of design and identify its role in your practice, offer the opportunity to connect and interact with designers from a wide set of creative disciplines.


Design projects realised in 2D and 3D outcomes; written submissions supporting your studio practice; presentations to staff, your peers, and creative stakeholders; a major project mastering your practice.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month internship as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the internship is with the student; we cannot guarantee the internship, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the internship is an assessed part of the course, it is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

During the internship year, you will pay the fee of £1,070 for 2017/18. This amount will only be charged to your account after you find an internship and are enrolled on the module. You will not be charged this fee if you do not manage to secure an internship.

Find out more about the postgraduate internship.

Course framework

With our well-established industry links and partnerships, the craft and skill of fashion is paramount at Kingston University and is developed through pioneering projects with industry practitioners from our Fashion MA staff team.

During the course you will also participate in interdisciplinary modules established across the Design School. This gives you the unique opportunity to expand your current design thinking and methodology, experiment and transform your medium, and work in dynamic teams to exchange and create ideas.

The Fashion MA course consists of three stages:

  • Stage 1 focuses on identifying and expanding your design signature in a series of critical design projects. You will be required to answer fundamental design questions to investigate your focus for your Fashion MA studies. You will engage in interdisciplinary practice and contemporary design processes, assisting you in developing significant design techniques.
  • Stage 2 of the programme characterises your fashion practice through creative development and design articulation. You engage in live industry briefs maintaining focus. During this stage you will develop your design DNA by sharing, engaging and exchanging with industry practitioners and gaining vital feedback to challenge your practice during which you accomplish your individual Fashion MA methodology. Opportunities are available to work for major designers to assist in preparation for the London fashion shows calendar. You will also identify and build partnerships with potential sponsors, collaborators and industry partners for your Major Project.
  • Stage 3 of the programme allows the designer to define, resolve and present their design practice. The final stage of the course is then spent developing and defining your work to creative conclusion. The Fashion Scout Presentation and Show at our annual showcase during London Fashion Week will be open to selected designers who will undertake a rigorous selection process to profile their work for the event. This conclusive phase of the Fashion MA programme is a vital opportunity to present your work as tomorrow's fashion designer, communicator, researcher, or even craftsperson.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

The Fashion MA course is part of the School of Design's postgraduate programme. The structure – shared with students from Communication Design MA, Product & Furniture Design MA, and Sustainable Design MA – enables you to explore your individual specialist interests in fashion within an integrative learning environment that provides a comprehensive understanding of the value and role of interdisciplinary methods and ways of working. The influences and impact of thinking from other related design subjects on your own specialist study is an important aspect of the identity and the community of interdisciplinary practice at masters level in the School of Design.

This structure is designed to help progress and develop your independent learning, encouraging you to construct and explore projects concerned with areas of particular personal interests. The overarching course philosophy, based upon an emphasis on research, methodology and design thinking, allows individual and personal concerns to be explored through focused study in fashion.

The two shared modules of the School of Design's Postgraduate Framework both commence with a symposium, in which high-profile external speakers present their work and contribute to a debate on a topic of relevance to all courses in the Framework. View the promotional flyers from the following recent symposiums:

Stage 1

  • Designing Research lectures and seminars are designed to enable students to rationalise and focus on thematic approaches to problem finding and problem solving. This module will teach you to:

    • make practical use of your ideas, perceptions and discoveries; and
    • work effectively and creatively in a wider inter-disciplinary and cultural context.


    It will do this by helping you to understand existing conventions and developing your personal visual vocabulary.

    The integrative programme encourages you to develop a personal and critical point of view by recording, documenting and evaluating ideas from within their discipline and from the wider interdisciplinary environment, and applying those findings within project work.

    The module introduces and develops a range of analytical tools that you can use to interrogate designed objects and artefacts, and makes links between analytical and propositional methods, creating a framework within which you can structure your project proposals. You will explore practical research methods, with an emphasis on developing creative, rational and effective approaches to visual experimentation and critical reflection on practical design work within a logical and measurable framework. You will learn about the wide-ranging tools and methods that are available to inform and support the development of your practical study, and create a basis for further study on the course.

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  • This module enables you to develop a contemporary fashion portfolio at masters level. A series of fashion context briefs are provided to engage you in practical fashion skills, working towards a spectrum of physically fabricated and digitally generated outcomes. Project briefs are devised to interrogate fashion developments and trends, and engage you in exploring and debating the role of the body and its clothing in fashion futures. During the research phase of this module you will identify key themes to inform the next stage of your practice in the Fashion Context II module.

    You will participate in specialist workshops and inductions provided to enhance your skills. These workshops will include such subjects as pattern cutting, draping, 3D workshop inductions, computing and communications. Guest lecturers will bring an industry perspective to the projects which will be supported by workshop sessions.

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Stage 2

  • Building on the curriculum of Fashion Context I, this module enables you to develop and refine your fashion portfolio, and to enhance your skills set. A series of fashion context briefs are provided to engage you in practical fashion skills, working towards a spectrum of physically fabricated and digitally generated outcomes.

    You will engage with a series of industry and academic thought leaders, to articulate your fashion practice and to build a professional network around your practice. You are encouraged to network and create professional relationships to better inform your practice, be this via workshop participation, brief mentorship schemes, work experience or networking events.

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  • This module builds on the notion that the best jobs and careers in the creative industries do not exist – and that they are created from individual creative ambitions and understanding. It explores how this can be approached in practical terms. The programme of study encourages you to develop a personal and critical approach to your future career and its relationship to the development of their individual major project.

    Creative Futures lectures and seminars help you develop an approach to, and focus for, their future career and their ongoing personal and professional development. By understanding the key skills and attributes you need for a career in the creative industries, you will develop an informed and focused Major Project proposal and project.

    You will learn about a range of practical methods that can help you create the foundations of a sustainable and successful design practice and career. Lectures, seminars and workshops will introduce and explore key issues that help you understand how to develop your own approach to professional career planning. You will also engage in a range of activities that include professional competitions, live project work, studio visits and professional practice lectures. This work will support and inform the development of your Major Project Proposal.

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Stage 3

  • The Major Project – the capstone project – consolidates the knowledge gained in earlier modules and is informed and supported by prior learning within both the Design School's postgraduate interdisciplinary framework and course specific specialist study.

    The purpose of this module is to enable students to relate the work of the course to a practical solution and to demonstrate skills in defining, analysing and developing a substantial solution to an individually defined design related problem. It will demonstrate both in content and form the students advanced understanding of contemporary design practice.

    The research and documentation of the project is an integral part of the submission, reflecting on the process, as well as the critical analysis and methodology of the research itself. The research will be conceptually integrated within the practical work. Individual project topics are expected to be wide ranging and provide the opportunity to fully investigate a practical situation, underpinned by a critical report on the work produced. Topics must allow the opportunity to position work politically, socially and culturally and identify and apply appropriate technology as a means of delivery. Project topics must demonstrate the potential necessary to achieve the level appropriate to the learning outcomes.

    Three possible forms of Major Project submission are available to students (see below):

    1/2. The Practical Project Practical (outcome supported by research, testing and developmental materials) 70% and The Project Report (3-5,000 words) 30%.

    3. The Thesis (12-15,000 words) 100%.

    4. The Design Management Project Report (10,000 words) 100%. Intended in the main as the outcome for students studying on the MA Design for Development.

    These three options are available to all students studying on the courses within the Design School Postgraduate Framework. Students will be guided and supported in their choice of mode of Major Project by course tutors and this will be informed by individual career and personal development planning undertaken during the preparation of the Major Project Proposalin DE7301 Creative Futures.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

A copy of the regulations governing this course is available here

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