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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Fashion Design

Course type


Course Summary

Course Overview

This master's course is for those who want to take control of their design direction, pursue their passion relentlessly and unleash their creativity upon the world of fashion. In return for your dedication we will equip you with all of the skills, knowledge and exposure needed to launch you into a dynamic career in the fashion industry.

Design courses at Northumbria are ranked within the UK top 10, and we are renowned for our pioneering and innovative course frameworks which meet the demands of industry and produce graduates who are ready to step straight into employment.

You will have coveted access to unrivalled industry links forged and maintained over six decades, and the opportunities are endless for committed and enthusiastic students. Our global links include fashion companies such as H&M, Tommy Hilfiger and Barbour to name just a few.

You will be taught by an inspirational accolade of academics who have enjoyed immense success as designers for some of the world’s biggest brands. You will create your own personal journey, exploring design issues and developing the advanced practical skills which will allow you to work effectively as a major influencer in design.

This full time master's in fashion design has been created in consultation with our collaborative partners, specifically designed to supply the industry with graduates who have the skills and knowledge that employer’s want. You will even have the option of taking modules which respond to the fast-evolving world of ethical and environmentally friendly design with our modules in sustainable fashion.

As well as producing world-class designers, this programme is the perfect preparation for a wide range of careers within the fashion and wider creative industries. Career paths include roles such as; designers, directors, stylists, buyers, account managers, visual merchandisers, editors, industry commentators, fashion management or trend forecasters.

Your Career

You will graduate with the knowledge and expertise required to become a world-class designer, a design innovator who can inspire and develop products with a high level of integrity and commercial value. Our collaborative work with industry partners creates a space for future thinking, which enhances the curriculum and enables students to graduate into high profile employment both in the UK and internationally.

Contemporary design practice is evolving due to new technologies and changing contexts of design innovation. This means there are more opportunities for graduates with advanced masterly understanding of how fashion and industrial design can collaborate in order to respond to future human and planet well-being.

You will hold a critical awareness of current issues, an analytical knowledge of relevant craft skills, processes and technologies, and the entrepreneurial skills to evaluate and commercialise creative opportunities.


Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have: A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant discipline. Applicants with appropriate work experience and/or a relevant professional qualification will be considered. Applicants are required to submit an online portfolio with their application.

University information

Located in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumbria University is globally recognised for its research-intensive approach to postgraduate study. The university encourages its students to ‘Take on Tomorrow’ and is renowned for producing highly qualified future leaders in both academia and industry. A reputation for academic excellence is complemented by a proven track record of generating a rich body of innovative research output. Northumbria has...more

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