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Luxury Accessories Design and Management MA

Luxury Accessories Design and Management MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Fashion Accessories Making (Craft) Brand Management

Course type


Course Summary

The luxury accessories industry has evolved from humble beginnings in producing functional add-ons, to the elevated status it has today: turning bags, shoes, belts and small leather goods into iconic objects of accessories embellish fashion, and the fashion business recognises the embellishment, beauty and fame of accessories ‘Made in Italy’. Bridging creativity and business worlds, this course prepares specialised ‘sought after’ design and product management profiles. This 15 months course (including placement) is for participants that have previous undergraduate level study in the fields of fashion, design or similar, or proven work experience, wishing to extend their knowledge in accessories collection design, planning and management, with a focus on Italian craftsmanship and style admired and celebrated globally.

Participants learn how to design and put together collections tied to the concept of ‘decorative’ luxury. Research into luxury accessories and the influence of the contemporary fashion panorama on style concepts and production techniques, as well as current issues in sustainability, neo-craftsmanship, hi-technology, alternative business models and the use of new materials will inform work. Industry competitions and projects in collaboration with companies explores real business heritage values and manufacturing techniques, and the inter-seasonal nature of accessory products, putting together a coordinated collection and diverse range of accessories that may include: bags, purses, shoes and small accessory items.

Throughout the project they receive professional feedback and guidance from academics and industry professionals. Putting together a successful dissertation, work-experience and a personal accessories collection requires in fact a strategic mix of research, creativity, advanced design, and business project planning, this course provides the skills and knowledge to produce forward thinking design proposals for the high-end luxury market. Students will also achieve PGCert and PGDip awards.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


15 months

Start date



Experimental Research and Crafting Techniques (30 Credits) - Core
Contextual and Cultural Studies (20 Credits) - Core
Design Concepts and Development (30 Credits) - Core
Accessory Design Evolution (20 Credits) - Core
re Research Methods (20 Credits) - Core
Industry Placement (20 Credits) - Core
Dissertation (40 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent study related to the Programme of choice.