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Menswear with Professional Experience MFA


What will I learn?

This two-year pathway is designed for prospective students who are interested in developing their menswear design skills and applying them in an industry setting.

It is designed for individuals who are particularly interested in establishing their own menswear brand but who would like to gain industry experience while doing so. The course includes a year of project-based study and a placement year within the industry.

You are required to have a BA in a fashion subject or a significant amount of industry experience. Additionally, you must have an awareness of the international marketplace and your positioning within it to launch your brand upon successful completion of the course.

The project-based curriculum has two core modules that are progressively designed to develop your confidence in an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary context. These projects aim to encourage imaginative, practical and theoretical knowledge.

Our graduates have gone on to enjoy a range of roles in places such as Bottega Veneta, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Adidas and Charles Jeffrey among others. Some have also set up their own businesses. Notable alumni include Priya Ahluwalia, winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Award 2021, winner of the shared LVMH Prize 2020, New Generation prize 2019 and H&M Prize 2018, Mateo Velazquez, finalist at Hyeres 2021, and San Kim, whose inflatable garment design went viral in 2019.

Based at our dedicated Arts campus at Harrow, we have outstanding industry-level facilities and equipment, a broad range of networking opportunities and visiting industry practitioners as guest lecturers.

Which department am I in?

University of Westminster

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£22,000.00 (US$ 27,066) per year
This is a fixed fee

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

Application deadline

1 July 2023

Start date

25 September 2023


Harrow Campus

Watford Road,

Northwick Park,


HA1 3TP, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Four-year Bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8+ from an accredited institution. Students applying for postgraduate courses requiring a UK Second Class Upper degree will need a GPA of 3.0 and those applying for a course requiring a UK First Class degree will need a GPA of 3.5. Students are not required to take GRE or GMAT exams. Postgraduate degrees – 6.5 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each component (some schools require a minimum of 6.0 in each).

For international students

A minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1) or a lower second class honours degree (2:2) and substantial relevant work experience. Applicants are required to submit a portfolio, if this does not contain sufficient menswear content, applicants will then be required to create a virtual portfolio of three design projects that best evidence individual inspiration, and how this is developed through the process of designing. Applicants will also need to identify in writing a specific area of personal interest that they believe will create a positive contribution to the menswear industry and which they envisage studying in depth whilst on the course. Selected applicants invited to interview (who have not done sufficient menswear) will be sent a project which entails creating six menswear outfits. The work is to include a visual portfolio inspirational design development ideas, including fabrics research and techniques line-up with illustrations and flats including final fabrics and colour palette working toile or single finished garment. If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.5 with 5.5 in all components. Applicants are required to submit one academic reference.

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

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London

About University of Westminster

Ranked 1st for international student diversity and among the top 15 most international universities in the world.

  • A thriving and modern university community in London
  • More than one million businesses within 20 miles
  • Works with over 7,000 employers for study & placements
  • Awards scholarships to students from over 50 countries

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