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Global Fashion Cultures MA

Global Fashion Cultures MA

Online 1 year full-time

Course overview

Gain a deeper understanding of the role of fashion in wider culture, and its global impact as an industry, on UCA's pioneering MA in Global Fashion Cultures.

This online course - the first of its kind in the UK - has been developed with a global outlook in mind and enables students from across the world to join and learn from the comfort of their own homes.

Expanding on what's currently available within post-graduate fashion studies, you will have an opportunity to develop a critical understanding of fashion as:

  • A means to establish and maintain diverse identities through dress and adornment.
  • An industry based on a global flow of goods and ideas.
  • Embedded in international consumer and digital media culture.

What you'll learn will help you become a true expert, with skills and knowledge you can use to advance your career in fashion or progress to PhD study and further your research.

The course will be delivered online using the UCA integrated teaching and learning platforms. You will have access to extensive online library resources, including a wide range of the latest electronic books and journals, databases, image banks, and moving image resources.

You will be supported by experienced staff with excellent teaching skills, expertise, extensive knowledge, and a wide range of interests in fashion theory, cultural theory, and related disciplines. 

A one-year course of advanced study for furthering your research skills and specialising within your discipline.

A year-long preparatory course of study to ready you for your Master’s, developing your specialist skills, research acumen and confidence in working autonomously.

A year-long preparatory course of study to ready you for your Master’s in the UK, developing your English speaking and writing together with your specialist skills, research acumen and confidence in working autonomously.

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Course details

Course details

The content of the course may be subject to change. Curriculum content is provided as a guide.

Get ready for your chosen postgraduate course with this preparatory year of specialist study. With a mix of online and face-to-face learning, UCA’s Integrated Pre-Masters is designed to give you insight into the study skills required to complete a Master’s, within the context of your creative subject. You’ll build skills in autonomous learning, forming your own targets and goals, honing your research skills, time management and professional practice.

For our students coming from a non-UK educational background, UCA has launched an Integrated International Pre-Masters year. 

On this course you’ll prepare for postgraduate study with a mix of online and face-to-face learning that will give you the study skills required to complete a Master’s, and you’ll also improve your English for academic study.

Exploring Research Materials 
In this unit, you will study different sources, objects, and artefacts that can be researched, thus informing your project’s research materials. Your choice of research materials will create different results and research outcomes. You will learn about what can be part of your research projects, what kind of knowledge can be generated through their examination and how this can inform your project from proposal to the final outcome.




Exploring Research Methods 
This unit will focus on different research methods and encourages you to explore an in-depth understanding of how current and emerging global, ethical and sustainable challenges and implications can inform your academic research methodology. You will be introduced to the latest research methodologies and current thinking supported by industry and academic specialists who are working at the forefront of their field. Throughout this unit, you will have the chance of learning about doing research and exploring traditional methods with the objective of finding your own unique way of researching. This unit will guide you through the process of exploring the impact that the use of different research methods can produce. Utilising this knowledge, you will develop your understanding of what your overall Project Proposal can be. You will be encouraged to record your progress in your Research Journal, utilising the tool to evaluate the relationship between your ideas and the different research methods you will learn on the course.


Final Thesis 
This unit focusses on the production of your Final Thesis which will represent the culmination of your studies, incorporating new research materials and methods that you have developed in the previous two units. You will align the format and dissemination strategy of your Thesis in a manner appropriate to your personal career aspirations. Starting with the latest version of your Project Proposal, your final thesis should evidence an advanced skill set and present sophisticated research outcomes that demonstrate awareness of the emerging global, ethical and sustainable challenges which shape the fashion industry.

Tuition fees - 2023 entry

UK students:

  • Integrated Pre-Masters course - £10,500
  • MA course - £10,500

EU students:

  • Integrated International Pre-Masters course - £10,500 (see fee discount information)
  • MA course - £10,500 (see fee discount information)

International students:

  • Integrated International Pre-Masters course (30 weeks) - £17,500
  • Integrated International Pre-Masters course (15 weeks) - £8,750
  • MA course - £17,500

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees there may be other costs for your course. The things that you are likely to need to budget for to get the most out of a creative arts education will include books, printing costs, occasional or optional study trips and/or project materials. These costs will vary according to the nature of your project work and the individual choices that you make. Please see the Additional Course Costs section of your Course Information for details of the costs you may incur.

Further information
For more detailed information about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to please see our fees and finance pages.

The fees listed here 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.

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

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

MA course

  • 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.

MA course with Integrated Pre-Masters course
MA course with Integrated International Pre-Masters course

A recognised bachelor degree or 3 year diploma with a strong portfolio in a relevant subject.

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?
You may be able to enter the course through the following entry pathways:

MA course
MA course with Integrated Pre-Masters course
MA course with Integrated International Pre-Masters course

For these courses, we’ll need to see your written portfolio for review. We’ll invite you to upload your portfolio online via your Applicant Portal – further information will be provided once you have applied. If you would prefer to meet the Academic Team in person for a review of your work on campus, this can also be arranged for you.

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