Fashion Design MA

UCA Rochester - Sept 2021

Length of study:

One year full-time


UCA Rochester

Entry requirements:

Honours degree and/or relevant work experience

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Course entry options:

September 2021

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Course overview

Become a fashion designer and brand entrepreneur by creating your brand identity, fashion collection and commercial business strategy – and learn how to promote it for the International market on our MA Fashion Design course, taught at our Rochester campus.

Focusing on a collection you’ve already created, or starting from new – you’ll develop your brand identity and transform your product range to match. You’ll gain business insight, and explore ways to externalise your practice, all within a creative and supportive environment.

You’ll have extensive resources to hand, including course-specific fashion studios, sewing and textile print workshops, as well as the campus-wide facilities, which include digital printing and photography studios.

You’ll also benefit from the close connections we have within the fashion industry including exciting guest lecturers and mentors providing individual help and guidance.

Your studies will culminate in the creation and launch of your brand – the springboard to your career in the fashion industry.

Course details

  • Term one

    In this first semester, you’ll study two units concurrently.

    Professional Fashion Practice
    With your existing fashion range created through your undergraduate studies, or starting from new, you’ll analyse and reflect on your research to identify the fashion brand you wish to develop. As part of a community of staff and students exploring design ideas, you’ll develop your professional practice in a discursive, cross-disciplinary studio environment. As you develop your brand identity, you’ll strengthen your CAD skills, identify target consumers and competitors, and modify your collection to fit your brand aesthetic.

    Research and Critical Enquiry
    Through research, critical enquiry and understanding of a range of cultural, social ,economic and industry contexts, you’ll underpin and enhance your brand development. A range of analytical tools and research methodologies will assist you as you investigate contemporary and future innovations in design, materials and processes. Market positioning, consumer research and brand identity will be explored, with an emphasis on critical thinking and reflection.

  • Term two

    Collection Development and Consolidation
    You’ll apply your skills from term one to support and inform the design and modification of your fashion brand. Your 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 design development, and you’ll collaborate with industry mentors to develop a commercial business plan. Working with external manufacturers, industry specialists, mentors and your tutors, you’ll demonstrate key skills in design practice, range planning, manufacturing and industry collaboration.  

  • Term three

    Final Project Resolution and Brand Launch
    The culmination of your studies, you’ll develop your own business platform post-graduation, including a marketing strategy, and brand e-commerce website.

  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:

    • UK students full-time - £10,400
    • EU students full-time - £10,400 (see fee discount information)

    • International students full-time - £17,500 (standard fee)
    • International students full-time - £16,800 (full early payment fee)

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2020 entry. 

    Further information
    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 and 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.


Our Rochester campus has a range of facilities to support you. On the course you’ll make use of our fashion studios, sewing workshops, textile print studios and study areas with technical support. There’s also a modern library with a wealth of books, journals, special collections and online resources. The campus has additional facilities to support you including digital printing, photography studios and a media store for hiring digital and photography equipment.

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Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

  • Industry links

    Taught by lecturers and sessional staff with direct experience in the fashion industry, our course has a number of high profile industry links, including:

    • Avery Dennison RBIS (UK): Global Retail Branding and Information Services
    • Twine-s (Israel): Technology company offering a revolutionary digital on-demand thread dyeing system and a digital dye-to-match colour application
    • Tasker Apparel (UK): Leading ethical garment manufacturer supplying independent fashion designers and brands
    • Fashion Scout: the UK's largest independent showcase for emerging and established design talent during London Fashion Week. Fashion Scout is renowned for championing, nurturing and showcasing creative design talent from around the globe.
  • Sessional staff
    • Phil Rowland - course leader
    • Alice Clarkson - Head of Global Trend at Avery Dennison; Insights & Brand Partnerships, Senior Editor, Print & Graphics at WGSN and Designer of Graphics & Prints: Criminal Brand.
    • Toby Benjamin - Creative Director of Spill The Tea Ltd Fashion Streetwear label 2018, Managing Director of Softwear Industries Ltd
    • Chris Gadd - Menswear Design Consultant, Senior Men’s Designer at Marks & Spencer, Senior Designer at Hackett, Senior Menswear Designer at DAKS, Freelance Visual Merchandiser at HERMES UK Stores
    • Delyth Gadd - Senior Fabric & Trend Sourcing Manager at Debenhams PLC, Textile Industry specialist consultant at Premiere Vision UK, Trend Specialist at Textile Seoul, Textile Trend & Development Specialist at Marks & Spencer, Assistant Product Manager at Hacket, Cloth Development Buyer at DAKS.
    • Phil Jones - Design Manager at F&F Clothing (Tesco PLC), Menswear Design Consultant at Marks & Spencer, Creative Design Director at Peter Worth, Design Director at Focus International, Senior Menswear Designer at Full Circle, Senior Menswear Designer at River Island.
  • Further study

    You may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level.


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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.

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

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


  • 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 and EU entry requirements

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

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