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Fashion
Postgraduate course
MA

Fashion

International Scholarships available

Overview

You will choose one of three strands to specialise in fashion design, visual communication for fashion or fashion writing.

The fashion writing strand will be taught through an engaging mix of lectures, seminars and workshops. If you study either the fashion design, or visual communication for fashion strands, the majority of your course will be delivered in a hands-on studio environment. Regardless of your specialism, you will be taught in our industry-standard facilities.

In addition to your chosen specialist strand, your will complete a core module in Research Methods, which will equip you with the knowledge you will need to complete in-depth research and produce a proposal for your independent projects. You will also complete a dissertation, which will be related to your Independent Project modules.

Depending on your chosen specialism, you will delve deeper into an area of personal interest. The fashion-writing strand offers you the opportunity to develop skills related to the creation of editorial content – be it print magazines, online writing, or promotional work. There is scope on the course to enhance your written skills to a professional standard, specifically in relation to fashion journalism, but you’ll also be encouraged to think creatively and innovatively with regards the publishing industry as a whole.

If you are a visual communication for fashion student, your work may explore concepts for traditional and digital visual marketing, or simply develop a relevant technique or process, such as fashion photography, styling, illustration, or film. If you choose the fashion design route, you could concentrate on developing traditional and/or experimental pattern cutting and construction processes. You will be encouraged to explore craft and innovation to inform materials and fabrication within your work.

This course will enable you to develop your independent practice to become a self-reliant, innovative and critically minded professional. On completion of this course, you will have a portfolio of work that will demonstrate your research and practical skills to potential employers.

You will have access to industry-standard studios packed with specialist equipment, where you could hone your practical and digital skills. Whichever specialism you choose, expert tutors will lead you in their area of practice, and their professional knowledge and experience will underpin your learning.

You will have room to take an interdisciplinary approach to your work inside your two specialist modules; for example, you might choose to explore fashion illustration from a communications perspective in the visual communication for fashion strand. Your dissertation will enable you to deepen your expertise in a self-defined area and demonstrate your ability to conduct in-depth research before establishing and working to your own project brief.

In past years, students have visited Prèmiere Vision in Paris, where they have been able to experience the industry first hand and make professional contacts. They have also visited the V&A archive to see fashion garments and artefacts relating to their design concepts.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • 24/7 Library
  • Bursaries / scholarships available
  • Masters loan available
  • Part-time study available
  • Specialist facilities
  • TEF Silver Award
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Entry Requirements

Requirements


Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of fashion design, visual comminication for fashion, or fashion writing / media, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All suitable candidates who meet the entry requirements will be required to submit a portfolio of creative work related to the cognate areas listed above, and may be required to attend an interview. Your portfolio should include examples from your previous education, professional experience, or personal work. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements


Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of fashion design, visual comminication for fashion, or fashion writing / media, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All suitable candidates who meet the entry requirements will be required to submit a portfolio of creative work related to the cognate areas listed above, and may be required to attend an interview. Your portfolio should include examples from your previous education, professional experience, or personal work. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Fashion

Careers

Teaching and learning

 

Through the exploration of art, design and architecture research methods, you will discover a wide range of practice-based and theoretical and research methods from current thinking to historic approaches.

You will produce a dissertation relevant to your chosen area of specialist study in fashion or graphic design. You may choose a formal theoretical dissertation, or a tutor negotiated critical study directly related to your specialism.

Explore a range of research methods for your chosen specialist practice in fashion design, visual communication for fashion, or fashion writing. You will then develop your research through the production of a proposal for the Independent Study 2 module.

Working in conjunction with your project proposal from Independent Study 1, you will develop the theoretical and practice-based research appropriate to your specialist study to produce final solutions in fashion design, visual communication for fashion, or fashion writing.

Leeds Beckett University
Dr Chris Harris
Head of Subject

Dr Christopher Harris is a Principal Lecturer and the Academic Lead for the Design area of the School of Art, Architecture and Design. He has a practice-based Doctorate from the University of Leeds, and a Masters from the Royal College of Art.

We have excellent facilities and talented and enthusiastic staff that will help you to achieve your potential and enter into an exciting and rewarding career within the fashion industry. The course is tailored for you to embark upon a rigorous, self-directed research project, which will culminate in a personal project that will enable you stand out to potential employers.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £6500. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation. See further information on financing your studies.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £13000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course. See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Facilities

  • Fashion Studios
    Fashion Studios

    Students showcase their creative skills using our brand new fashion facilities

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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