• CollegeCSM
  • Start dateOctober 2017
  • Course length1 year and 2 terms (45 weeks)

MA Fashion

MA Fashion has an international profile second to none. It has extensive industry links, and graduates practice professionally at the forefront of international fashion.

This postgraduate course is about leading not following. The course is offered in four pathways that are interrelated and structured around the core subject of fashion and are taught by our excellent team of technical staff and practising designers. With an ethos of guided experimentation, you will explore your individual style while being challenged to innovate to the highest standards. The course offers four pathways of study Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear, Textiles for Fashion

This course is part of the Fashion Programme.

Scholarships, awards and funding

Christopher Kane in memory of Professor Louise Wilson Scholarship
Grand Prix LVMH Scholarship

IBF International Scholarship
L'Wren Scott Scholarships
Samsung Fashion and Design Fund Awards
TECHNE Studentships
Jane Rapley Scholarships
MA Sarabande: The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation Scholarship
Versace Scholarship

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships:
Home/EU | International

View all fashion-specific postgraduate funding options available at CSM. 

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

Student Perspectives: MA Fashion

MA Fashion Show 2017, London Fashion Week 

MA Fashion Show 2016, London Fashion Week 

MA Fashion Show 2015, London Fashion Week 

MA Fashion Show 2014, London Fashion Week 

MA Fashion Show 2013, London Fashion Week 

MA Fashion Show 2012, London Fashion Week

MA Fashion on Instagram

Course detail

MA Fashion has an international profile second to none. It has extensive industry links, and graduates practise professionally at the forefront of international fashion.



MA Fashion is fast paced to replicate working practices in the industry. 

This postgraduate course is about leading not following. It is about possibilities, goals and ideals, wider imagination, versatility, rigour and motivation.

The course is offered in four pathways that are interrelated and structured around the core subject of fashion and are taught by our excellent team of technical staff and practising designers. With an ethos of guided experimentation, you will explore your individual style while being challenged to innovate to the highest standards.

With an emphasis on research, and fashion awareness the course aims to produce professional and original designers ready to pursue careers, which will shape the future of the fashion industry. MA Fashion believes that truly relevant, innovative design is not purely a creative activity involving designers in the artistic process – it also recognises the ability to analyse markets and respond to the changes within industry and society.

MA Fashion emphasises presentation and communication skills: you will not only create relevant and innovative work but also be good communicators capable of convincing colleagues that your ideas are based on a mature understanding of market context. 

You will get involved in the debates generated by our Professional Speakers Talks, in project-base learning, and critiques that help you develop your analytical and communication skills. These activities, together with the staff team's wide-ranging professional practice, bring excitement and breadth to the course.

About the course

  • MA Fashion lasts 45 weeks full-time. It is structured in three units over five terms of varying lengths commencing in late October.
  • MA Fashion sits outside the usual postgraduate framework as it shows on the official London Fashion Week schedule – the only course to do so. 

Course structure

Course outline

A feature of MA Fashion is the interrelated nature of the four pathways offered. You will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other disciplines just as you need to in the professional world. MA Fashion benefits from the special atmosphere created by students from varied specialisms, backgrounds and nationalities – all of them committed to fashion – working together in close proximity.


Students study one of four pathways:

  • Womenswear Fashion
  • Menswear Fashion
  • Knitwear Fashion
  • Textiles for Fashion

MA Fashion (all Pathways) Programme Specification 2018/19 (PDF, 436KB)

MA Fashion at London Fashion Week

View show galleries from 2006 to 2016 on Vogue.com:

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Industry collaborations and projects

MA Fashion has unparalleled links with leading names in the industry. Some recent examples of collaborative projects include:

Pringle of Scotland - 'Princess Grace: More Than An Image', 2013

The archive collection ‘Princess Grace: More Than An Image’ is the latest stage in a long term collaboration between Pringle of Scotland, The Nouveau Musée National de Monaco and Central Saint Martins' MA Fashion course. The collection was launched during Paris Fashion Week and sold globally.

More: Pringle of Scotland | French Vogue | UAL news

J.Crew, 2013

The iconic American retailer announced a special design project and scholarship program with MA Fashion students that led to a pop-up concept store at King's Cross and a cashmere project to be designed by MA Fashion students produced and distributed globally by J.Crew.

More: Vogue | UAL news

Pringle Archive, 2011

Under the direction of Professor Louise Wilson OBE and working with Pringle of Scotland's specialised knitwear craftspeople in Scotland, MA Fashion students designed a cashmere collection inspired by the Pringle Archive which was launched at London Fashion Week and sold globally.

More: Pringle of Scotland | Daily Telegraph

Bally, 2009-12

This was a long-term, successful creative partnership that gave birth to a limited women’s shoes capsule collection in 2010 and a limited men’s shoes capsule collection in 2011.

More: Dazed Digital

Facilities

  • CAD

    Find out more about our CAD facilities at King's Cross

  • Digital Access Print

    Find out more about our digital print facilities at King's Cross

  • Knit

    Find out more about our Knit workshop

  • Print & Dye

    Find out more about the Print & Dye facilities at Archway

  • Photography

    Find out more about our Photography facilities at King's Cross

Staff

Course Director: Fabio Piras
PA to MA Course Director: Debbie Lotmore 
Womenswear Fashion Pathway Tutor: Jane Shepherd
Womenswear Fashion Pathway Tutor: Julie Verhoeven
Womenswear Fashion Pathway Tutor: Sarah Lawrence
Menswear Fashion Pathway Tutor: Mark Weston
Knitwear Fashion Pathway Tutor: Annette Hultzsch
Textiles for Fashion Pathway Tutor: Fleet Bigwood
All Pathways Unit 1 Leader: Louise Gray
All Pathways Technical Studies Leader: Mark Tarbard 
Programme Technical Co-ordinator: Becky Edwards
Technician: Sanae Matsunaga
Knit Technician: Rodney Wilson
Print Technician: Imogen Evans
Programme Lead Administrator: David Mansfield
Student Administrator: Richie Kaboh

How to apply

2018/19 entry

Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.

Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide.

When to apply

We recommend you apply by the end of May at the very latest to avoid disappointment. Your application will only be considered after you have successfully completed an online application and submitted required documents/ a digital portfolio (if necessary).

We reserve the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available.

Required information for all postgraduate courses

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

General Information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses);
  • Current English language level;
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details;
  • Employment history;

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should give us information about yourself and why you want to join the course (write between 300-500 words):

  • What are you doing at the moment educationally, professionally, personally?
  • Why do you wish to study on this course?
  • What is your relevant experience?
  • Do you have any relevant skills?
  • Why do you think you are a suitable candidate for acceptance?

If you do not complete all the required information or upload the necessary documents, we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

What happens next

  • If you currently live in the UK or EU, you will be invited to attend an in-person full portfolio review at college. Following this, you may be invited for a short interview on the same day.
  • If you are unable to attend the review in person, you will be asked to submit a FULL digital portfolio (up to 30 pages) through UAL’s online portfolio review system. If an interview is required, we will arrange it via Skype.
  • Please note that we do not accept portfolios by post. 

Full Portfolio

Your portfolio should:

  • Contain a minimum of four projects
  • Include a toile or finished garment realised to a high standard
  • Demonstrate a strong personal identity
  • Include extensive research and rough work
  • Demonstrate:
    • Technical skills
    • Three dimensional sense
    • Visual interpretation skills
    • Sensitivity to fabrication and colour

Interview criteria

  • Potential to benefit from the course
  • Reason for choosing the course
  • Communication skills
  • Motivation and commitment

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry. 

2018/19 entry

Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.

Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide.

When to apply

We recommend you apply by the end of May at the very latest to avoid disappointment. Your application will only be considered after you have successfully completed an online application and submitted required documents/ a digital portfolio (if necessary).

We reserve the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available.

Required information for all postgraduate courses

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

General Information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses);
  • Current English language level;
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details;
  • Employment history;

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should give us information about yourself and why you want to join the course (write between 300-500 words):

  • What are you doing at the moment educationally, professionally, personally?
  • Why do you wish to study on this course?
  • What is your relevant experience?
  • Do you have any relevant skills?
  • Why do you think you are a suitable candidate for acceptance?

If you do not complete all the required information or upload the necessary documents, we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

Alternatively, international applicants can apply through an overseas representative in your country.

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

Immigration History Check (for International Applications only)

Whether you are applying through a UAL representative or direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History check. If you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

What happens next

  • If you currently live in the UK, you will be invited to attend an in-person full portfolio review at college. Following this, you may be invited for a short interview on the same day.
  • If you currently live outside the UK, you will be asked to submit a FULL digital portfolio (up to 30 pages) through UAL’s online portfolio review system. If an interview is required, we will arrange it via Skype.
  • Please note that we do not accept portfolios by post.

Full Portfolio

Your portfolio should:

  • Contain a minimum of four projects
  • Include a toile or finished garment realised to a high standard
  • Demonstrate a strong personal identity
  • Include extensive research and rough work
  • Demonstrate:
    • Technical skills
    • Three dimensional sense
    • Visual interpretation skills
    • Sensitivity to fabrication and colour 

Interview criteria

  • Potential to benefit from the course
  • Reason for choosing the course
  • Communication skills
  • Motivation and commitment 

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry.

Entry requirements

This course is highly competitive, selection is determined by the quality of your application, indicated primarily in your portfolio and written work.

An applicant will only be considered for admission who has already achieved an educational level equivalent to a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in Fashion Design, Knitwear or Printed Textiles with a strong fashion bias.

This educational level may be demonstrated by:

  • Possession of the qualifications named above;
  • Possession of professional qualifications recognised as equivalent to an Honours Degree;
  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to the formal qualifications otherwise required, or;
  • A combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to the formal qualifications otherwise required.

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to apply for a visa, enrol, and start your course. The English language requirement for entry for this course is:

IELTS Academic 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the 4 skills (on one single test).

For further information visit the English Language requirements page.

What we look for

This course is suitable for both recent fashion graduates and practising professionals.

Selection criteria

All suitably qualified candidates applying for Womenswear Fashion, Menswear Fashion, Knitwear for Fashion or Textiles for Fashion are required to bring a substantial portfolio of design work to the interview. 

The portfolio for students applying to the design pathways of the course should:

  • Contain a minimum of four projects
  • Include a toile or finished garment realised to a high standard
  • Demonstrate a strong personal identity
  • Include extensive research and rough work
  • Demonstrate:
    • technical skills
    • 3-dimensional sense
    • visual interpretation skills
    • sensitivity to fabrication and colour 

Interview criteria for all candidates:

  • Potential to benefit from the course
  • Reason for choosing the course
  • Communication skills
  • Motivation and commitment

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

Tuition fees for 2018/19: £6,940 year one. Year two £4,160 plus an inflationary increase.

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course.

ELQ 

Home/EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, would will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 (called the 'ELQ' fee). Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held. If you have a query regarding the ELQ fee, please use our course enquiry form.

International fee

Tuition fees for 2018/19: £17,370 year one. £10,410 year two.

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

All scholarships, bursary and awards listed below are exclusive to the MA Fashion course (with the exception of the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship, The Jane Rapley Scholarship, The Lane Crawford Scholarship and the Samsung Fashion Design Award).

The Christopher Kane in Memory of Professor Louise Wilson Scholarship

Who is it for? The Scholarship is available to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through postgraduate study. Applicants need to be ordinarily resident in the UK and considered a Home student.  

Who qualifies? MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible.  

What does it cover? The Scholarship will cover full Home/EU tuition fees with a contribution of £13,000 towards living costs.  

The Isabella Blow Foundation Scholarship

Who is it for? The Scholarship is available to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through postgraduate study. Applicants need to be ordinarily resident in the UK or any other member state of the European Union. 

Who can apply? MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible.  

What does it cover? The Scholarship will cover full Home/EU tuition fees with a contribution of approximately £10,000 towards living costs.  

The Jane Rapley Scholarship 

Who is it for? The Scholarship is available to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through their first year of postgraduate study.  

Who can apply? Home/EU and International MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible and will need to be nominated by the Course Director.  

What does it cover? The scholarship awards a sum of £3,000 providing a contribution towards materials and maintenance costs. 

The Lane Crawford Scholarship

Who is it for? The Scholarship is available to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through postgraduate study. Applicants need to be ordinarily resident in Hong Kong.  

Who can apply? MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible.   

What does it cover? The Scholarship will cover full International tuition fees with a contribution of £18,000 towards living costs.  

The L'Oréal Professionnel Scholarships 

Who is it for? The Scholarships are available to exceptionally talented and deserving applicants, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through their second year of postgraduate study.  

Who can apply? Home/EU and International MA Fashion second year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible and will need to be nominated by the Course Director.  

What does it cover? The Scholarships award a discretionary sum each year, providing a contribution towards materials, tuition fees or maintenance costs.  

The L'Wren Scott Fashion Scholarship

Who is it for? The Scholarship is available to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through postgraduate study. Applicants need to be ordinarily resident in the UK or any other member state of the European Union.  

Who can apply? MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible. 

What does it cover? The Scholarship will cover full Home/EU tuition fees with a contribution of £20,000 towards living costs.  

The MA Fashion Course Scholarship

Who is it for? The Scholarship is available to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through postgraduate study. Applicants need to be ordinarily resident in the UK or any other member state of the European Union.  

Who can apply? MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible.  

What does it cover? The Scholarship will cover full Home/EU tuition fees with a contribution of £9.500 towards living costs.   

The Samsung Fashion and Design Fund Award (SFDF)

Who is it for? A £ 4,000 prize will be awarded to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant studying on the MA Fashion course by a panel of judges.  

Who can apply? MA Fashion final year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible and are invited to apply by completing an application form.

What does it cover? The award provides a contribution towards materials, tuition fees or maintenance costs.  

The Stella McCartney Scholarship

Who is it for? A Home/EU student

Who can apply? A Home/EU studentaccepted on the MA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins, commencing October 2016 

What does it cover? The Scholarship will cover the course tuition fees and a contribution towards living costs. 

The Theory Scholarship Award 

Who is it for? The Scholarship is available to an exceptionally talented and deserving applicant, who would otherwise be unable to finance themselves through postgraduate study. Applicants need to be ordinarily resident in the UK or any other member state of the European Union.  

Who can apply? MA Fashion first year students from Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear and Textiles for Fashion pathways are eligible.  

What does it cover? The Scholarship will cover full Home/EU tuition fees with a contribution of £13,000 towards living costs.  

The Vice-Chancellor's Postgraduate Scholarships 

Are also available for UK, EU and International applicants. 

Scholarships search

Careers and alumni

MA Fashion graduates have established notable careers as Designers and Design Directors worldwide, some have chosen to build reputations under their own labels. These alumni include:

Alexander McQueen, Ann-Sofie Back, Ashish, Bora Aksu, Caitlyn Price, Charles Jeffrey, Christopher Kane, Christopher Shannon, Craig Green, David Koma, Eley Kishimoto, Faustine Steinmetz, J JS Lee, John Alexander Skelton, Kiko Kostadinov, Marques ' Almeida, Mary Katrantzou, Masha Ma, Matty Bovan, Palmer Harding, Peter Jesen, Phoebe English, Richard Nichol, Roksanda, Rotting Dean Bazaar, Sadie Williams, Simone Rocha, Todd Lynn.

Destinations for our graduates as designers and design directors include:

Acne, Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Céline, Cheap Mondays, Chloé, Coach, Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Dries Van Noten, DVF, Givenchy, J.W.Anderson, Jil Sander, Kenzo, Lanvin, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Lululemon, Marc Jacobs, Margaret Howell, Marni, McQ, Missoni, Mugler, Mulberry, Neil Barrett, Norse Projects, Paul Smith, Ports 1961, Pringle, Pucci, Raf Simons, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford, UNIQLO, Versace, Vetements, Victoria Beckham, Yeezy.

ShowStudio interviews and profiles - MA Fashion alumni and staff

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