Fashion Design MA/PGDip/PGCert

Fashion Design MA/PGDip/PGCert

School of Art, Design and Fashion


Post- graduate





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    One Year

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    Campus, Full-time

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Why study this programme?

Our postgraduate course in Fashion Design gives creative fashion design practitioners the opportunity to explore personal interests at postgraduate level, underpinned by extensive research, and combined with benefits of debate and peer review. Having studied postgraduate Fashion Design you will subsequently be able to view your role as fashion designer within the industry of the future.

UCLan Fashion Design students enjoy a range of excellent facilities in which they can explore and develop their creative flair. Based in Victoria building you will have access to purpose-built studios and workshops, including photographic studios, audio visual and computer imaging facilities. 

Entry Requirements

Must include a good Honours Degree in the subject or equivalent professional/industrial experience with evidence of academic achievement. Applications must be accompanied by a research project proposal outlining their intended area of interest and proposed investigation.

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

DE 4101 (20 credits)

Design Research 1

  • Literature & Contextual Review (Written assignment)

DE 4107 (40 credits)

Design Practice 1

  • Learning Agreement (Written document)
  • Reflective Journal (Blog/ Research document) 
  • Body of Work (Portfolio)

Semester 2

DE 4201 (20 credits)

Design Research 2

  • Position of Practice (Written assignment)

DE 4108 (40 credits)

Design Practice 2

  • Learning Agreement (Written document)
  • Body of Work (Portfolio)

Semester 3

FS 4402

  • Body of Work (Portfolio/ Internal Conference Paper / Journal Article / Project)

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

Teaching involves a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations and integration of consultancy with industry, and assessment is continuous. Theory underpinning practice is developed simultaneously throughout each semester and Negotiated Agreements Parts I and II allow students to acquire the ability to develop and refine proposals, which underpin their major projects, and reflect on personal progress. Students are expected to contextualize their work within a current framework, and develop evaluative skills in order to articulate their point of view. Research Methods and Application introduces students to a range of analytical research tools, forming the basis for all in-depth self-directed projects on the programme. 

The course is available in two modes: Full and part-time. Full-time is delivered over a three semester block; part-time is delivered over a five-semester block and is subject to student numbers. It is expected that students will call upon a range of opportunities and influences to inform their own study and their personal proposals. Students are given the opportunity of selecting to opt for a discrete dissertation together with a separately identified major project or to combine their practical conclusions with a substantial body of theoretical underpinning.

The course aims to develop students’ intellectual and imaginative power through a programme of study that is formed from cohesion between theory and practice. It provides graduates with a stimulating environment in which ideas can be exchanged and supported through factual creative research, developed and contextualised. We challenge our students to take a critical position in relation to existing theories and encourage new connections within the field of fashion that challenge traditional design boundaries.


The course team comprises many academics and industry professionals. We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality. Staff will facilitate advanced personal investigation through research and creative expression through problem-solving within the broad subject field of fashion. The aim is to stimulate an inquiring mind through an analytically and creative approach in the application of advanced research methodologies and to challenge the minds of each individual in order to achieve their best standards and ambitions.

Jane Souyave is the Course Leader for the MA Graphic Design course at UCLan. She holds an MA in Design, Postgraduate Teaching Certificate in Higher Education and BA (Hons) in Graphic Design. Jane also has a high level of practice experience that she is able to share with her students as she worked in industry as a graphic designer on print based media for over 10 years. Although starting off her career in London, she returned north and worked at Building Design Partnership, one of the UK’s largest multi-disciplinary practices, before heading up a local design consultancy and then moving into teaching.

She has been a lecturer for 20 years and tutored students gaining many awards in national competitions throughout this time. She teaches across all areas of graphic design to both undergraduate and postgraduate students with additional responsibilities for course leader of the BA (Hons) Digital Graphics, MA Graphic Design and co-ordinator for the MA design programmes.

Louise Smith is Course Leader of BA (Hons) Fashion and Brand Promotion. Louise also teaches on BA (Hons) Fashion Brand Management. Louise is a graduate from UCLan’s BA (Hons) Fashion and Brand Promotion with Marketing and also has an MA Fashion and Lifestyle Promotion from UCLan.

Before joining the International Fashion Institute at UCLan, Louise worked as a Senior Visual Merchandising for two of the biggest department stores on the UK high street.
Louise has built up numerous contacts over the years, which has allowed her to continue visual merchandising on a freelance basis outside of university. She works primarily for small independent retail boutiques and salons.
Louise also has experience in retail fashion buying, marketing and brand management, events management, editorial styling and visual communication.

Amy Prescott is currently second year tutor on BA (Hons) Fashion Design as well as MA Fashion Design tutor. Amy graduated with a BA (Hons) Fashion Design from the University of Salford and has since gained an MA Fashion Design from UCLan.

Since graduating from Salford University, Amy has worked for Burberry (three years), specialising in Womenswear outerwear. She has also worked for Baker Street Clothing supplying menswear outerwear to John Lewis, Next and JD Sports. Amy has been a freelance designer for George@Asda, Topman, Tesco and Debenhams.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £6,300 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: N/A

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

The Victoria Building is a modern, bright building with purpose-built studios and workshops, including photographic studios, audio visual and computer imaging facilities. It is close to the library, computer facilities, Student's Unions, bars, refectory, and the centre of Preston is only a five minute walk away. The University's Library has a well-resourced Art and Design section and a specialist librarian. The MA studio provides a range of facilities and work space.

The course is continually assessed through module requirements, allowing students to achieve target awards. Final modules are graded Pass, Merit, and Distinction.


There are Creative Industries related opportunities both within and from outside the University, as well as options to work on collaborative projects. As a course within the UCLan International Fashion Institute there will be future opportunities for International collaboration.

Career routes include: Senior designer, Trend & Design Consultant, Fashion Forecaster, Design Manager, Related Fashion Industries and Teaching Profession.

The opportunity for a structured work experience will be provided for every student who requests it. This is a major commitment by the University to help our graduates to reach their potential and thrive in their careers after graduation.

Study trips are an essential part of research activity that brings design to life. Throughout the programme, students are introduced to contemporary influences with international city trips and study visits to exhibitions and museums - Manchester, London, Berlin and New York have been regular trips in recent years (students will be required to pay for overseas trips/visits and these are, therefore, optional).