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What will I learn?

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.

Assessment methods

This course is assessed through: Diagnostic projects; Negotiated projects; Supporting briefs, rationales and development work; Portfolio of research, design development and materials; Collection of designs; and Independent major project.


Graduates of this pathway start their professional practice at the forefront of global fashion. Some recent destinations include: Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Courrèges, Gucci, Jil Sander, J.W. Anderson, Loewe, Marni, Stella McCartney, Versace. Others have launched their own label. New womenswear designers to watch are: Charlotte Knowles, Yuhan Wang, Eftychia, Ernesto Naranjo, Johannes and Chopova-Lowena. They join more established young names such as Michael Halpern.

Which department am I in?

School of Fashion Design and Technology

Study options

Full Time (18 months)

Tuition fees
£20,560.00 (US$ 28,288) per year
£20,560 for year one; £12,340 for year two. Years 1 and 2 of this course are correct for students starting Year 1 in 2021/22. Years 1 and 2 fees are subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected May 2022

Start date

October 2021


Central Saint Martins

1 Granary Square,


N1C 4AA, United Kingdom

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Application to a postgraduate course usually requires US students to have an undergraduate (bachelor's) degree in a subject related to the proposed area of study, a personal statement and, where needed, a study proposal and references. Many of our courses also ask for a portfolio and some require work experience. Our IELTS requirements vary depending on the course and level of study. Minimum score for IELTS: 5.0.

For international students

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. English language requirements :IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking; TOEFL IBT overall score 90.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of the Arts London

University of the Arts London has been ranked second in the world for Art and Design in the 2020 QS World University Rankings.

  • Rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for its Foundation Diploma
  • 2 of top 4 undergraduate fashion courses are taught at UAL
  • Ranked in the top 15 in the UK for industry connections
  • UAL alumni have won awards including Golden Globes and Oscars