Fashion Design

MA - UCA Rochester - 2019

Successful global fashion designers need to know how to create their brand identity, produce an incredible collection and promote it for the international market. 

Our new MA Fashion Design course provides you with the opportunity to develop your collection, explore ways to externalise your practice and gain skills that are essential for a new fashion designer.

As a student of this course, you will create a collection and devise an appropriate marketing and promotion campaign and online presence ready for market.

This unique new Masters degree provides you with a creative and supportive environment to launch your own collection and brand identity and to master skills in collection design management.

The course is ideal for students who want to launch their own collection and brand and to master their skills in collection design management and promotion – skills that are essential for a new fashion design initiative.

The course will support you in developing your practice through relevant research, a deep understanding of how the fashion industry operates, and engagement with global fashion brands, in order to plan and produce a major project that is unique to you.

The course also offers both a nurturing learning environment and a strong business-facing culture, enriched by our close connections with the fashion industry, and you’ll develop the skills needed to work at a high level in fashion design when you graduate.

The course bridges the gap between creativity, the practical skills and knowledges needed to be a successful fashion business; you’ll take the next steps with your work, analysing your collection, making appropriate changes for the intended market through to brand image and identity.

Taught at our Rochester campus, the course will give you access to extensive resources such as our digital studios and ample workshop spaces. You’ll also be able to use state of the art digital and traditional workshops and resources, extensive fashion production resources.

Length of study:

One year full-time

Campus:

UCA Rochester

Start month:

September

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Entry year(s):

2019

Entry requirements:

Honours degree, normally 2.1 or above, and/or relevant work experience

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Course details

  • Term 1

    Professional Fashion Practice

    The aim of this unit is to enable you to outline a clear direction for your MA fashion studies through analysis and reflection of an existing collection and runs simultaneously with the Research & Critical Enquiry unit. You'll strengthen your knowledge of a range of advanced design techniques, including innovations in CAD/CAM, and additive manufacturing. MA Fashion Design at Rochester is part of an innovative design network and community of staff and students exploring design ideas and developing professional practice in a discursive, cross-disciplinary studio environment.

    Research and Critical Enquiry

    The aim of this unit is that through research, critical enquiry and understanding of a range of cultural, social economic and industry contexts, it will inform and enhance your collection development. This unit runs simultaneously with the Professional Fashion Practice unit and together they present a clear direction for your postgraduate study. A range of analytical tools and research methodologies will assist the student to investigate contemporary and future innovations in technology, materials and processes. Market positioning, consumer research and brand identity are explored, with an emphasis on critical thinking and reflection.

  • Term 2

    Collection Development and Consolidation

    The skills, knowledge and critical perspectives acquired during units 1 & 2 support and inform the design and modification of your fashion collection. The body of work must be appropriate for an intended market, target consumer and season and should clearly demonstrate an evolving practice as a fashion designer and entrepreneur. An understanding of sustainability is an essential component of the material and design development, and you'll collaborate with industry mentors to consider a circular business model, which consolidates these elements within a completed business plan.

  • Term 3

    Final Project Resolution and Collection Launch

    This final unit is a culmination of the your MA studies and work completed in the previous units. You'll realise and launch a contemporary collection, which clearly demonstrates key skills in design practise, design management, industry collaboration and manufacturing, marketing and associated creative promotional campaigns that communicate a consistent brand message and design aesthetic appropriate to the individual collection. You'll use your business plan to support range building and appropriate costings and continue to work with their external manufacturers, industry specialists and mentors to achieve a successful project resolution.

  • Fees

    The course fees per year for 2019 entry are:

    • UK and EU students full-time - £6,910
    • International students full-time - £15,500 (standard fee)
    • International students full-time - £14,800 (full early payment fee)

    The fees for 2020 entry have not been confirmed but will be listed here as soon as possible.

    Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

    These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

  • Fee discounts & scholarships

    To support all of our current students and our recent UK and EU alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.

Facilities

Fashion Design facilities include fashion studios, sewing workshops, textile print studios and study areas with technical support. A modern library with a wealth of books, journals, special collections and online resources. There is also an extensive range of campus facilities, including: digital printing facilities, photography studios and darkrooms, 3D workshops, media store for borrowing film and photography equipment.

How to apply - 2019 entry

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When to apply:

You can apply throughout the year but we recommend you try and apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas, if required.

More information:

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

  • An honours degree or equivalent qualification in the subject or a related discipline

and/or

  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Consideration will also be given to applicants who can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.

International entry requirements

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements


Your portfolio

For this course, we'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

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