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Course summary

Hone your creative integrity, expertise and aspirations in fashion. You’ll choose to specialise in: fashion design, visual communication for fashion, or fashion writing. Framed by three defined strands, this course is open to your interpretation. We’ll provide a bespoke postgraduate experience that aligns with your career intentions and aspirations beyond your master’s study. You’ll be encouraged to explore your individual approaches to sustainable practice, diversity and inclusion within the fashion industry. On this master’s course, you’ll choose a strand to specialise in:

  • Fashion design
  • Visual communication for fashion
  • Fashion writing
On the fashion design strand, you’ll typically:
  • Hone your design thinking and craftmanship into commercially viable fashion prototypes, using the course to ‘testbed’ your concepts in relation to your market
  • Develop traditional and/or experimental pattern cutting and construction processes
  • Explore craft and innovation to inform materials and fabrication within your work
  • Apply your creative identity and practice in line with your career aspirations
On the visual communication for fashion strand, you’ll typically:
  • Explore concepts of traditional and digital visual marketing
  • Develop your chosen technique or process, such as fashion photography, styling, illustration, or film
On the fashion writing strand, you’ll typically:
  • Develop skills related to the creation of editorial content. This could include print magazine content, online writing, or promotional work
  • Enhance your written skills to a professional standard, specifically in relation to fashion journalism
  • Be encouraged to think creatively and innovatively about the publishing industry as a whole
  • Learn through an engaging mix of lectures, seminars, and workshops
Whichever strand you choose, you’ll:
  • Develop your independent practice to become a self-reliant, innovative, and critically minded professional
  • Explore in-depth research methodologies during the Research Methods core module
  • Produce a proposal and complete a dissertation (or business plan) related to your Independent Study 1 & 2 projects
  • Complete a portfolio of work that will demonstrate your research and practical skills to potential employers or clients
For more course updates, follow us on Instagram @leedsbeckettfashion_ma Find out more Specialist facilities You’ll have access to industry-standard studios packed with specialist equipment where you’ll hone your practical, technical, and digital skills. Expert tutors will lead you in their area of practice. Their professional knowledge and experience will underpin your learning. Tailor your learning You’ll have room to take an interdisciplinary approach to your work throughout your two specialist modules. For example, you might choose to explore fashion illustration from a communications perspective in the visual communication for fashion strand. Your dissertation will enable you to deepen your theoretical understanding of a self-defined area. You’ll be able to demonstrate your ability to conduct in-depth research that will inform your practice. The format of your dissertation is negotiable. For example, if you intend to launch your own brand, and you’ve tailored your practice as a ‘testbed’ product, you could produce a business plan to reflect this. Experience industry In past years, our students have visited Première Vision in Paris, where they have been able to experience the industry first-hand and make professional contacts. We also arranged a visit to the V&A archive to see fashion garments and artefacts relating to their design concepts.


Core Modules:

  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation
  • Independent Project 1
- Independent Project 2

Entry requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of fashion design, visual communication for fashion, or fashion writing/media, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. In your personal statement, as well as the reason for your application, your interest and experience in the field and your future ambitions within the subject area, you should also include a section titled ‘Statement of Intent. Under this heading you should cover the following criteria in around 500 words: visual inspiration for your personal project (what format will this take and where will it be sourced, if it will build on existing work then please reference this) conceptual inspiration (the narrative/meaning behind the project) process (the technical processes you plan to use/combine throughout the project) materials (the materials palette you plan to explore) audience (who is your intended customer, viewer, reader?) outcome (e.g. a fashion collection, instillation, accessories, magazine, series of written publications, visual merchandising plan, photography, styling consultancy, etc.) All suitable candidates who meet the entry requirements will be required to submit a portfolio of creative work related to the cognate areas listed above, and may be required to attend an interview. Your portfolio should include examples from your previous education, professional experience, or personal work. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5With no skill below 6

Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

Fees and funding

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