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MA Fashion (Knitwear for Fashion)

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Study mode

Full time


18 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Knitwear Design

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

MA Fashion develops your imagination and creative identity. The course will provide a framework for self-directed work, backed by informed knowledge of your industry. It will broaden and deepen your existing expertise, providing you with the experience, sophistication and confidence to practice professionally at the forefront of the international fashion industry. The course is delivered by a team of practising designers and exceptional technical staff. With an ethos of guided experimentation, you will explore your individual style and define the context for your work while being challenged to innovate to the highest standards.

The course provides the opportunity to study on one of four pathways: Womenswear, Menswear, Knitwear for Fashion and Textiles for Fashion. The inter-related pathways are all structured around the core subject of fashion. While much of your time and teaching will be concentrated within your selected pathway, there will be opportunities to work in collaboration with your colleagues from other pathways.

Teaching is designed to provoke debate around approaches to fashion. You will be expected to carry out intensive personal research throughout your studies. Project-based teaching will help you develop your creative ideas, originality, aesthetic judgements and technical skills. You will learn to synthesise design and communication, enabling you to interact effectively with your colleagues and management in industry.

Learning and teaching methods

During your course you will engage with learning and teaching that includes both online and face-to-face modes. Typically, this will include:

  • Briefing documents
  • Learning through research
  • Critiques
  • Presentations
  • Interdisciplinary group and teamwork
  • Demonstrations
  • Talks by professional speakers
  • Independent study
  • Self-evaluation.

Assessment methods

  • Diagnostic projects
  • Negotiated projects
  • Supporting briefs, rationales and development work
  • Portfolio of research, design development and materials
  • Collection of designs
  • Independent major project


This unit begins with the Pre-collection project, it will give you the opportunity to innovate and risk-take, while testing out possible design ideas and solutions in preparation for the start of your Independent Major Project. The skills and critical perspectives acquired during Unit 1 and in the Pre-collection project will inform the direction of your Independent Major Project, Part 1. The project, which will include a written rationale, a consistent body of preliminary research and initial design development, must result in a comprehensive portfolio appropriate for its intended specialist audience, showing a clear understanding of both its related market and context.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows: a first or upper second-class honours degree in Fashion Design, Knitwear or Printed Textiles with a strong fashion bias or an equivalent EU / international qualification.

University information

University of the Arts London (UAL) is one of the world’s leading and most prestigious arts universities, maintaining an internationally renowned list of alumni. Being located in London, it is an ideal place to study a postgraduate qualification and get connected to a thriving creative sector. With modern campus sites spread across London, UAL offers over 100 taught postgraduate degree courses at the university’s six specialist colleges and...more

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