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MA Culture, Style and Fashion

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Full time | City Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Cultural Studies Style (Self Presentation) Fashion Design

Course type


Course Summary

Course Summary

This unique research-based course is for people who are fascinated by trends and meanings in visual and material culture, and who want to become expert in understanding how surface appearance and changing fashions in diverse fields relate to cultural ideas and values. You’ll learn through the study of core histories and theories, and develop advanced knowledge of academic approaches to key concepts such as glamour, cool, nostalgia, and authenticity. You’ll communicate your ideas about culture to a range of audiences in professional and innovative ways. Assessments take the form of academic conference papers, short audio / visual presentations, or documentaries and journalistic articles. This will prepare you for careers in cultural research, or as a commentator.

Careers and employability

This course will help you to develop a range of postgraduate attributes including: independence and self-direction, literacy, team-working, communication in a range of media, the ability to prioritise and meet deadlines. Graduates from this course will be equipped with expert and current knowledge and skills relevant to a range of potential careers and further study. These include: cultural journalism across a range of subjects and media; authoring cultural books and commentary for a wider audience; research and consultancy where understanding of trends and issues affecting consumers is needed; curation or communication roles in cultural institutions such as museums and galleries; teaching at further education or higher education level; progression to PhD study with the goal of teaching and / or research.


The final part of the module provides you with an opportunity to negotiate a substantial independent research project and outcomes, relevant to your personal or professional aspirations. This will allow you to create a substantial body of knowledge and skills which are academically rigorous and vocationally relevant, creative, and push the boundaries in this field. There is scope for you to collaborate with other students or external agencies during this project. You might research, devise and co-create a short documentary; undertake a research project to inform a design company's approach to a new product; or produce a body of journalism for a specific publication. Alternatively, you could focus on researching and writing a substantial Masters thesis. The work you produce will be negotiated with your tutor to ensure that the required quality, currency, depth and breadth of enquiry is achievable. You will receive ongoing support for your project through supervisory meetings and group tutorials.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Entry requirements

Students should have 2.1 honours degree in a related subject. Students with non-standard entry qualifications and / or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

University information

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the biggest and most popular universities in the UK offering a number of benefits for postgraduate students. NTU’s teaching was rated Gold in the national Teaching Excellence Framework. The University offers a variety of taught postgraduate courses and a wide range of research degree options across their eight academic schools. There are many types of postgraduate study on offer including taught...more