Creative Research and Fashion Practice
School of Arts and Media
In a nutshell
MA Fashion Design at the University of Salford has been designed in response to national and international demand for a creative and industry-focused postgraduate degree. The aim of this programme is to respond to those needs and produce graduates who have a strong, conceptual and holistic understanding of fashion design.
The MA builds on the success of the highly-rated BA (Hons) Fashion Design, which is recognised as a leading fashion education programme. It was listed by Business of Fashion in 2019 as one of the top 22 fashion design courses globally, and is ranked 11th in the UK in the Guardian League Tables (2019).
- Have the opportunity to produce and showcase your final collection at either New York or London Fashion Week
- Develop autonomy and entrepreneurship in the study of either menswear, womenswear or non-binary apparel
- Be able to source materials internationally, including opportunities in Paris and China
This is for you if...
You are a dedicated, passionate and committed fashion design practitioner
You want to engage with professional and live projects
You are keen to explore contemporary issues relating to the fashion industry
All about the course
This course embraces a range of practices and aims to:
- Enable you to develop an advanced understanding of research methods in the context of contemporary fashion practice and to understand how creative innovation is advanced through research.
- Empower you to develop creative, critical, analytical and intellectual competencies appropriate to master’s level degree study.
- Support you to develop, extend and apply complex strategies and approaches appropriate to professional studio practice, embedding the knowledge and skills required to establish you as a fashion design practitioner.
Studio production is emphasised as a key driver for practice development and to further enhance your techniques whilst continuing to innovate and refine your personal direction and design identity. Portfolio creation in the wider context will also be a key aspect of your development throughout the programme via live projects and sessions with visiting practitioners.
Three core modules will be delivered over one and a half years culminating in the opportunity for you to attend and present your collection at world-renowned fashion events, including London or New York Fashion Week. You will have the opportunity to source materials internationally through fabric fairs, agents, and manufacturers in Paris and China, the latter being a unique experience within the UK at postgraduate level.
You will also have the opportunity for extensive international travel to destinations that may include Tokyo, New York, Milan, Paris or Antwerp. (All international travel will be subject to successful visa application.)
This module focuses on the understanding and application of a range of practice-based research methods. You will be encouraged to develop an individual line of inquiry that will be explored through a variety of creative research methods with support from lectures, seminars and tutorials.
This module is intended to help you challenge your assumptions and broaden your creative perspective, as you develop an understanding of your pathway into a key area (e.g. menswear or womenswear). A series of fashion design briefs will provide the opportunity to develop your existing fashion skills, working towards a range of practical 2D or 3D outcomes. You will negotiate, explore and identify key themes that inform the next stage of your personal design practice.
Using initial research findings and in negotiation with tutors, you will be expected to become more independent and experimental, instigating and managing your own briefs. In the development of independent practice you must consider the intended market, consumer, and season as part of your design process. In realising your direction of study you will have the opportunity to refine your personal vision both as fashion designer and entrepreneur.
The aim of this module is to offer you the opportunity to critically engage in a major practice-driven project in which the emphasis will be on production, analysis and critical reflection in response to your personal design direction.
This is a significant piece of work where you are expected to produce a contemporary fashion collection and professional portfolio at master’s level, drawing on key skills and critical viewpoints developed in trimesters 1 and 2. You will be expected to demonstrate creative, bold and innovative approaches in your work.
Final design ideas must be comprehensive and appropriate for your intended markets and may also provide a platform from which you can launch the next stage of your business/career.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What will I be doing?
Reflective writing, business reports and presentat
This course uses a range of teaching and learning settings including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, situated learning (e.g. ‘live’ projects) and independent learning. The aim is to develop an environment that allows you to progressively take ownership and direction of your learning so that you may develop as independent, life-long learners.
Master’s level study, relating to an individual and independent design practice, involves intense critical self-reflection; this is achieved through self-directed projects where you will have the opportunity to negotiate your learning and assessment requirements.
You will be assessed throughout the course on:
- A body of work and contextual research, e.g. portfolios, exhibitions, publications etc.
- Reflective journals, sketch-books/statements, manifesto or business plans/critical writing/seminars or other presentations.
- Technical work, including pattern making and garment construction.
You can negotiate the format of your submissions in response to the needs and priorities within your practice, and in line with contemporary professional practices.
School of Arts and Media
The School of Arts and Media has more than 4,000 creative students. Across sites at MediaCityUK and the university's Peel Park campus, we offer a huge variety of courses, from fashion image making and styling, television and radio, creative writing and music to journalism, animation, design and performance.
This broad range of disciplines offers enhanced opportunities for specialist and interdisciplinary study, including collaborative work across subject areas.
The MA Fashion Design programme is based at New Adelphi on Peel Park campus. Students have access to their own studio space and other facilities, including:
- Pattern cutting tables, industry standard machinery for garment construction
- 2D and 3D printing facilities
- 3D workshop
- Fibre workshop
- Photography studio, which includes a lighting set-up
- Computer suites.
You will be inducted into the workshops, which covers how to use all the machinery, by trained workshop technicians.
What about after uni?
Upon graduation students would typically apply for jobs within fashion design or mayset up their own brands/businesses or entrepreneurial ventures.
Graduates may also continue their research through a practice-based PhD.
The programme team works with a number of key organisations and companies each year including the Maxmara Fashion Group based in Italy, H&M based in Stokholm, B-Bax based in China and a range of locally based fashion brands in Manchester.
At the same time you will benefit from our membership with the British Fashion Council. We are able to take part in important competitions with significant fashion brands as well as being invited to showcase portfolio work at industry events. We have won the British Fashion Council Best Colleges Portfolio award many times in recent years and this is testament to our industry-ready portfolio of work.
Our contacts within industry provide you with significant opportunities to develop key links and professional insight into working environments, developments and expectations.
In China we have partnership agreements that provide students with unique employment prospects, including teaching and working with design brands whilst establishing their own fashion label.
What you need to know
You will be asked to provide a proposal of study in support of your application. In addition, you will be expected to:
- Present a portfolio of work (demonstrating a good level of hand drawing)
- Have expertise in fashion or related subjects
- Be highly motivated and ready to work flexibly and independently
- Present any other work that supports your application.
This will be evaluated by interview and portfolio assessment.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.
Standard entry requirements
Relevant undergraduate degree, normally at 2:1 or above, and supporting portfolio of practice.
Applicants with an undergraduate degree of 2:2 will be considered where a high quality portfolio of practice is presented.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2020/21||£9,000per year|
|Full-time international||2020/21||£18,540per year|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding, materials and portfolios, and general subsistence on trips and visits.
Scholarships for international students 2020/21
If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Salford International Excellence Scholarship.
For more information go to International Scholarships.