Royal College of Art

Course Introduction

The Womenswear programme encourages the development of students' individual design identity through the translation of their personal research into design; within the discipline there are four areas of separate design specialisation that may be studied: knitwear, footwear, accessory design and millinery; specialism students follow the womenswear curriculum and have teaching and technical courses in their specialist area; during the programme, students are given the opportunity to develop their individuality and creativity through concentrating on the following subjects: research and development of design ideas, colour, fabric and yarn sourcing, dedicated technical workshops relevant to the specialism selected, drawing and portfolio presentation; professional presentations and portfolio development focus on communication skills and the ability of students to present their work coherently and intelligently; the course offers one'to'one tutorials and work reviews with the staff and invited guests from industry and the media.

Course Modules

Topics include: dyeing, fabric and fibre technologies; fitting and tailoring; drawing and illustration; critical and historical studies.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA £9,500 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA £28,400 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Candidates for all MA courses are assessed on their existing qualities as demonstrated in their work and in their interview, as well as on their potential to benefit from the course and to achieve MA standards overall. The assessment will consider: creativity, imagination and innovation evident in the work; ability to articulate the intentions of the work; intellectual engagement in relevant areas; appropriate technical skills; overall interview performance, including oral use of English.