University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

The course has 2 specific but interrelated pathways: History and culture; fashion and film. On this course students will have the opportunity to study fashion and dress within its historical, social and cultural contexts. A dynamic in'depth exploration of theoretical and methodological perspectives will give students a grounding in the history of fashion and an underpinning of social and cultural theory for both pathways. Students will then undertake more specialised study on their chosen pathway. On the history and culture pathway students will investigate fashion as object, representation and practice through an interdisciplinary approach from both historical and contemporary perspectives. On fashion and film, students will investigate the ongoing changing relationship between fashion, costume and forms of film as well as the relationship between cinema and consumption within a global context. While students will choose one pathway, they will have the opportunity to attend the lectures for the other pathway if they wish to, so they can gain the fullest possible understanding of a variety of disciplines and their impact upon visual and material cultures.

Course Modules

Modules may include: Cultural and social theory; fashion histories; research methods; circuits of fashion; fashion and gender; film, fashion, stardom and celebrity culture; film concepts, global cinema; sustainability and fashion; consumer behaviour and psychology; collaborative unit; Master’s project.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £8,500 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £17,920 Overseas Fees
5 years
Part Time
MA £920 Home Fees

Qualifications required:

  • An Honours degree at 2.1 or above in a related discipline; applicants with a degree in another subject may be considered, depending on the strength of the application; or equivalent qualifications; or relevant and quantitative experience. Selection for interview will be made on the basis of the application, including the project proposal, the reference, and the supporting written statement. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in any 1 skill.