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We were ranked No.1 in London and No.2 in the UK for fashion in the Guardian University League Tables 2023.
The Fashion MA at Kingston University is a unique and innovative course combining the creative thinking of the Design School's 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 others across the Design School.
Fashion at Kingston School of Art combines industry standards with a creative and contemporary approach to design. You will be encouraged to think creatively and apply your ideas and concepts to a series of briefs, some of which will be from industry sources and practitioners. Outcomes are non-prescriptive and will be driven by your own ambition and approach.
You will examine the context and culture of fashion, engaging with social politics, economics, environments, sciences and technology futures.
You will be able to specialise in womenswear, menswear, knitwear, digital or fashion artefact outcomes. Through your major project and portfolio, you will develop an unmistakable identity.
The craft and skill of fashion is paramount and is developed through pioneering projects with industry practitioners from our team.
Within the curriculum the 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.
The design team have diverse and relevant industry experience as well as the academic skills and experience needed to help nurture fashion design talent.
Guest speakers from our well-established industry links and partnerships are invited to talk directly to the students, sharing their knowledge, insight and experience, adding texture and depth to the students' understanding of the fashion machine.
Students have access to the wealth of high-tech workshops and facilities available at Kingston School of Art.
|Full time||1 year||2 days a week||September 2023|
|Full time||2 years including professional placement||2 days a week, plus placement year||September 2023|
|Part time||2 years||1 day a week||September 2023|
|Location||Kingston School of Art, Knights Park|
As part of Kingston School of Art, students on this course benefit from joining a creative community where collaborative working and critical practice are encouraged.
Our workshops and studios are open to all disciplines, enabling students and staff to work together, share ideas and explore multi-disciplinary making.
Our MA Fashion students showcase their work.
Our MA Fashion students showcase their work.
Our MA Fashion students showcase their work at the end-of-year show.
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 Fashion MA course consists of three Teaching Blocks. In Teaching Blocks 1 and 2 you will take two 30-credit modules. In Teaching Block 3 you will take one 60-credit module.
The aim of the module is to give you an understanding of the design research tools and methods that are available to you, to inform and support the development of your practical study, and to provide the basis of your further study on your course. Practical research methods are explored, with an emphasis on the development of creative and evidence-based approaches to experimentation, and critical reflection on practical design work.
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.
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.
This module is based on the assumption that the best jobs/careers in the creative industries do not exist – they are invented from individual creative ambitions. The module 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 how this can inform the development of your individual major project for the Major Project.
The Major Project is the capstone module of the MA and most significant piece of work that students deliver on a Master's programme. The capstone project enables students to synthesise and apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout the course and it provides them with the opportunity to craft their own approach to the field through critical-theoretical and/or creative, practice-based research. The Major Project can accommodate research projects developed through a range of academic and professional contexts depending on the motivation and interests of the student. It can be presented either as a dissertation or as a portfolio comprising a chose medium or media with a critical commentary. The Major Project can also provide a platform from which students can launch the next stage of their careers. Based on ideas of material thinking and creative practice the taught elements of the module provide students with a strong understanding of different aspects of contemporary practice of value to both academic and professional environments.
Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the work placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the work placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, it is covered by a student's Student Route visa.
Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme.
The Professional Placement module is a core module for those students following a masters programme that incorporates professional placement learning, following completion of 120 credits. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills to an appropriate working environment, and to develop and enhance key employability skills and subject-specific professional skills in your chosen subject. You may wish to use the placement experience as a platform for your subsequent major project module, and would be expected to use it to help inform your decisions about future careers.
In order to apply, you'll need:
A good portfolio for an application to MA Fashion at Kingston School of Art should include:
For help in preparing your portfolio see our short courses:
All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.
Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.
Applicants from recognised majority-English-speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.
You will find more information on country specific entry requirements in the International section of our website.
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When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically involves reading and analysing articles, regulations, policy documents and key texts, documenting individual projects, preparing coursework assignments and completing your PEDRs, etc.
Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the University's online virtual learning platform.
At Kingston University, we know that postgraduate students have particular needs and therefore we have a range of support available to help you during your time here.
40–60% of your time is spent in timetabled learning and teaching activity.
Contact hours may vary depending on your modules.
Assessment typically comprises 100% practical coursework (e.g. portfolios, fashion artefacts such as toiles and fully-realised garments, reports and self-assessment).
You'll be assessed via:
The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows:
We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.
To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally enrols 55 students and group sizes are normally 14–16. However this can vary by module and academic year.
This course is delivered by Kingston School of Art, which has its roots in the studio-based approach of Britain's art school system (the original School of Art was founded in the 1890s).
Today, for most courses, learning still takes place in our specialist studios, each subject area having its own fully-equipped studio, where you take part in classes, tutorials and critical reviews with fellow students. This strong studio culture also ensures regular interaction between students and tutors.
For non-studio-based courses, learning takes place in classroom-based seminars, tutorials and lectures, alongside site visits to museums, galleries, auction houses and other creative professional environments.
Postgraduate students may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.
Our students are encouraged to engage closely with the diverse businesses that make London one of the most important centres for the creative industries. Our industry connections mean we provide unique study opportunities, such as:
Our excellent reputation means that industry leaders regularly visit our student shows to see the best of the new talent.
If you start your second year straight after Year 1, you will pay the same fee for both years.
If you take a break before starting your second year, or if you repeat modules from Year 1 in Year 2, the fee for your second year may increase.
If you choose to take a placement as part of this course, you will be invoiced for the placement fee in Year 2. Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme and the costs for the placement year.
If you are a UK student, resident in England and are aged under the age of 60, you will be able to apply for a loan to study for a postgraduate degree. For more information, read the postgraduate loan information on the government's website.
Kingston University offers a range of postgraduate scholarships, including:
If you are an international student, find out more about scholarships and bursaries.
We also offer the following discounts for Kingston University alumni:
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, access to shared IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.
Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.
Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to buy your own copy of key textbooks, this can cost between £50 and £250 per year.
There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences. Free Wi-Fi is available on each of the campuses. You may wish to purchase your own computer, which can cost £100 to £3,000 depending on your course requirements.
In the majority of cases written coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing, binding and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees, this may cost up to £100 per year.
Travel costs are not included in your tuition fees but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses, Surbiton train station, Kingston upon Thames train station, Norbiton train station and halls of residence.
There is a wide range of facilities at our Knights Park campus, where this course is based. The Fashion department has dedicated workshops of both digital and analogue machines to enable the production of high quality work. The Fashion archive houses an eclectic collection of historical and contemporary garments that you can use for reference and inspiration.
Kingston School of Art's workshops and studios are open for creative exploration and offer you plenty of opportunities to collaborate on projects and share ideas, whether you are studying or researching. Building on this open approach, there are many adaptable studio and workshop spaces, alongside active breakout spaces.
At the heart of Knights Park campus are new, professional-standard workshop facilities, which include:
All our facilities are open access, meaning you can use them whenever you want, and irrespective of what degree you're studying.
The University also has its own on-site galleries, including:
Kingston is just a 30-minute train journey from central London, where you can access world-famous museums and galleries.
Many of our recent graduates are setting up their own businesses internationally (China, Brazil, Korea), freelancing across the creative industries, and gaining positions in world leading design houses. Employers of recent Kingston MA Fashion graduates include: Erdem, David Koma, Studio Nicholson, Craig Green, Reiss, Paul Costelloe, H&M, Stella McCartney for Adidas, Orlebar Brown, Rejina Pyo, Urban Outfitters, AllSaints, French Connection, Victoria Beckham, Karl Lagerfeld, Sonia Rykiel, McQ Alexander McQueen, Tommy Hilfiger.
Notable placement and graduate destinations include: Viktor & Rolf, Haider Ackermann, Proenza Schouler, Karl Lagerfeld, MatthewSonia Williamson.Rykiel, The Row, Alexander McQueen, McQ, Burberry, Gareth Pugh, Craig Green, JW Anderson, Acne Studios, Adidas by Stella McCartney, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria Beckham, Allsaints, Urban Outfitters, H&M, Arket, COS, Hugo Boss, Paul Smith, Reiss, Aquascutum London, Erdem, Roksanda, Richard Quinn, Halpern, Aadnevik, Eudon Choi, Martine Rose, Aitor Throup, Per Gotesson, Mother of Pearl, Roland Mouret, Paul Costelloe, Rejina Pyo, Palmer/Harding, David Koma, Preen, Osman London, Orla Kiely, Emilia Wickstead, Studio Nicholson, Berthold, Orlebar Brown, Av Vattev, Di Mainstone at Eye Beam New York, Sibling London, Clemency London, Holly Fulton,1801 London, Kei Kagami, Tatty Devine, Clio Peppiatt, Philips Design, Wright Design and WGSN.
Recent graduates Cheng Cheng and Yehua Fan have both established their own labels and show during Shanghai Fashion Week.
Recent graduates have also gone on to work as fashion lecturers at Kingston University, Westminster University, Middlesex University, De Montford University and Bucks New University.
We encourage design research practice during our Fashion MA programme and several of our students go on to develop their postgraduate practice at MPhil and PhD level.
Our strong industry links mean you will learn to apply creativity to the real-world and will be industry-ready on graduation. Professional Practice is a fundamental part of the course and employability is embedded into the curriculum.
There is the opportunity for work placements and graduate level roles at prestigious design houses and companies. Notable placement and graduate destinations include: Viktor & Rolf, Haider Ackermann, Proenza Schouler, Karl Lagerfeld, Sonia Rykiel, The Row, Alexander McQueen, McQ, Burberry, Gareth Pugh, Craig Green, JW Anderson, Acne Studios, Adidas by Stella McCartney, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria Beckham, Allsaints, Urban Outfitters, H&M, Arket, COS, Hugo Boss, Paul Smith, Reiss, Aquascutum London, Erdem, Roksanda, Richard Quinn, Halpern, Aadnevik, Eudon Choi, Martine Rose, Aitor Throup, Per Gotesson, Mother of Pearl, Roland Mouret, Paul Costelloe, Rejina Pyo, Palmer/Harding, David Koma, Preen, Osman London, Orla Kiely, Emilia Wickstead, Studio Nicholson, Berthold, Orlebar Brown, Av Vattev, Di Mainstone at Eye Beam New York, Sibling London, Clemency London, Holly Fulton,1801 London, Kei Kagami, Tatty Devine, Clio Peppiatt, Philips Design, Wright Design and WGSN.
2022 China Fashion Week Film Sponsorship Winners Shimla Eliyas and Lili Sipeki.
2021 Lili Sipeki and Kristina Vyzaite Shortlisted for Redress Awards both featuring in the Redress Catwalk Show.
2021 Andrea Lopa and Nga Le Pham were both awarded Global Talent Visas by the British Fashion Council.
2019 MA Fashion student Camilla Ceccardi shortlisted for the ‘URBN Design Day 2019', resulting in her being offered a design position at Urban Outfitters, USA.
2017 MA Fashion student Dardana Djantio Etchike wins the international ZARA/Inditex ‘Shape the Invisible' competition with a prize of 20,000 Euros.
Hanbyeol Lee (Baylee), a Fashion MA student, worked as a fashion design intern at Craig Green, a menswear designer with accolades such as British menswear designer at the Fashion Awards 2016 and more. This was her integrated work placement as part of the two-year postgraduate course.
I chose the MA Fashion at Kingston University because of the great facilities and experience of knitwear design research. All the technicians and tutors were super professional and helpful, and I always had my questions answered. Because of the well-structured learning outcomes, I could be very focused on my projects and be clear on how to improve. In general, I liked the efficiency and logistics of the course.
During the MA Fashion, I was always encouraged to research and develop more. For example, in the archive project, students were suggested to creatively dig up various archive resources, even though people were trapped indoors (because of Covid). In the end, I was able to utilise excellent, never-seen-before internet archives, which then benefited my placement works.
Jilei Zhu, class of 2021
I thoroughly enjoyed doing my MA! I like to be mentally stimulated and challenged, and the course provided this for me.
I enjoyed how each project made me push my knowledge and skills as far as I could go by the deadline. I learnt how to research like never before. I used to have a concept and my research efforts wouldn't go very far, which would leave my ideas being obvious and cliched. The course made me see how one idea could build into something more authentic and I now appreciate the research side of design on a whole new level. It helped me find myself and my aesthetic as a designer.
Working at the same time and having to travel to university were probably the hardest things I had to do physically alongside my masters. But the course flies so fast. It didn't even feel like it had been a year. So for anyone who is worried that they need to work or travel while doing the MA Fashion, I would say take the leap because it's worth it.
The masters is a good lead into working in the industry because it allows you to work on a much more independent level. You have to take a lot into your own hands, from sampling to sourcing, budgeting and so on. It gets you thinking what exactly you can offer the industry. But although you may be good at one aspect and your focus is perfecting that, you have to make sure you're attentive to all parts of the course because you'll feel more qualified knowing you have more to bring to the table.
Sambi Ibanichuka, class of 2021
With a challenging and stimulating course structure, the Kingston MA Fashion programme helped me develop and strengthen my design practice. My lecturers were passionate and supportive in encouraging me to meet my fullest capabilities. Looking back, I am grateful for the constant encouragement and guidance given to me in developing my skills to match the expected demands of the course, which I believe prepared me well for the fast-paced, dynamic fashion industry.
Having completed my final collection, I am now undertaking my placement year, which has opened up opportunities to experience first-hand how luxury fashion houses function.
As an international student, the course has enabled me to gain knowledge and experiences that are truly invaluable to my design career.
Shimla Eliyas, class of 2021
The experience at Kingston has significantly contributed to where I am today. The course provided me with the perfect balance between independent exploration of one's talent and vision, alongside expert guidance from excellent tutors on how to develop this potential into an industry relevant portfolio. An example of this would be securing the embroidery assistant role at Erdem for my Placement Year through the Industry Project organised by the course for the second term.
Whilst starting at Erdem towards the end of my academic year, I was also juggling to finish an additional four looks, attend fittings and develop extra material for the Graduation Show – the period I consider the most challenging but equally rewarding and exciting!
The pandemic happened soon afterwards, which thwarted my opportunities at being sponsored for a working visa, and led me into pursuing the Start-up and Global Talent visa. I also started working as a textiles assistant for Rejina Pyo and eventually ended up getting sponsorship for all applications, opting for the GT visa, which provides the most opportunities and freedom.
To anyone considering a graduate course in Fashion, I would highly recommend this one at Kingston.
Nga Le Pham Xuan, class of 2020
Throughout the course, I got the most professional and inspiring feedback on my works. The tutors kept encouraging me to be an excellent problem solver, resulting in a challenging yet fruitful and enjoyable experience.
The portfolio of work I have built on this course is the essence of being a good designer. My tutors made me keep considering practical and technical sides of the garments rather than just focusing on creating beautiful images.
Also, when I was having a hard time getting an internship opportunity during the lockdown, the tutors and staff were always willing to help me by advising on my portfolio and CV, and keeping me updated on opportunities that I could apply for.
I'm deeply grateful that one of the internships brought me a job offer and I could start my career as a designer.
Seonghee Ha, class of 2020
Students from our Fashion MA work on live projects with industry. Recently we have collaborated with denim expert Mohsin Sajid, owner and creative director of Endrime® and various international denim mills, culminating in Kingston students exhibiting work at Kingpins trade show in Amsterdam. In 2019, London-based design studio Raeburn provided the brief. We have previously partnered with Ede & Ravenscroft, the heritage tailors, and Givaudan, the world's largest company in the flavour and fragrance industries.
Guest speakers include the Vice Principle of Menswear, Versace; Design Director Tommy Hilfiger Menswear; the director and owner of Denza International recruitment agency; Raeburn; Caryn Franklin and Iain R. Webb.
Students on the course have interned and been placed at a variety of prestigious design houses. Recent highlights include:
Kingston School of Art has a well-established research culture that encourages activity across a wide range of visual, spatial and material practice and culture. This rich spectrum includes practitioners, theorists and historians engaged in the creative and performing arts, curating, design, architecture, fashion, film, and town planning.
Our aim is to foster a stimulating environment that encourages an exchange of ideas within and across the disciplines. Support from the public sector includes the Department of Trade and Industry, the Arts Council, and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
There is also the option to study research-specific fashion and body themes through our Fashion MA by Research, MPhil in Fashion and PhD in Fashion.
The information on this page reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. To improve your student experience and the quality of your degree, we may review and change the material information of this course. Course changes explained.
Programme Specifications for the course are published ahead of each academic year.
Regulations governing this course can be found on our website.