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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Fashion / Textiles / Clothing (Craft)

Course type


Course Summary


The MA/MFA Fashion hinges on the concept of the designer as a pioneer, identifying and developing new terrains beyond the frontier of the industry as we know it today.

Integral to its philosophy is that it is a space for creative minds to consider what the future of fashion looks like, shaping their learning and knowledge to become leaders and innovators for the industry.

Depending on the degree type chosen, students will develop their learning over 6 to 8 modules, that aims to facilitate students to critically reflect on their initial research projects, to define their practice both conceptually and technically and produce a body of work that reflects the professional process and progress. This will evidence independent, original work and research within the subject area.

Students will have the opportunity to experience professional engagement in a context relevant to their individual practice or chosen career path through the completion of live industry projects and undertake a master-level work placement (minimum 10-week maximum 12-week) in an industry that is pertinent to their career objectives.

Past students have gone on to launch their own businesses or work freelance in a number of areas within the fashion sector such as creative direction, fabric and material resource, design consultant and more.

You can apply for this course as an MFA or MA. The MFA takes one extra year and you can apply by choosing the MFA option when you click 'apply'.


We're proud that our students go on to make their names as designers, design coordinators, pattern cutters, fashion technologists, product developers and retail managers.

As one of our graduates Lucy Johnson, who now owns streetwear label Brahboys, says of the course, "It was a fun and emotional experience that I'd recommend to anyone thinking of a career in fashion.


At Graduate Fashion Week 2016, one of our students, Antonia Nae, won the prestigious Lipsy Red Carpet Award for her sweeping black dress.

The quality of our students' work is held in such high regard that a group of our undergraduates were commissioned to create the costumes for a pivotal scene in the hit movie, Absolutely Fabulous.

UEL Fashion and Textiles area has strong links with industry that have been developed over the past 30 years and have worked with companies such as Erdem, Polo Ralph Lauren, Jenny Packham, The Collection, Asos, Marks and Spencer, Timothy Everest to name some. UEL fashion students are in high demand in industry for placement candidates as well as graduate employees due to their high level of skills and professionalism.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our



The aim of this module is to enable the student to experience professional engagement in a context relevant to their individual practice or chosen career path through the completion of a live industry project. The student will also use this as an opportunity to design, curate and realise an exhibition, installation or other presentation of their collection.

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Entry requirements

Students need minimum 2:1 in an art design or media subject area and portfolio submission with application. Professional experience is welcome but not essential.

University information

At UEL, 94% of the university’s research is considered to be of international standard (REF 2014). Plus, £250k is awarded each year for postgraduate scholarships, providing a 50% discount on taught postgraduate tuition fees. The university is based across two campuses in the thriving area of East London. Stratford has the Olympic Park on its doorstep while Docklands campus has its own train station. Together, they offer over £450 million of...more

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