University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

MA Fashion Cultures 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.

**What can you expect?**

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.

This course is based at John Prince’s Street, London College of Fashion’s most central site. Located at the heart of Oxford Circus the site has convenient access to every high street shop that London has to offer. The local areas of Marylebone, Mayfair and Soho are home to many of London’s main attractions, points of interest and museums.

**About London College of Fashion**

London College of Fashion, UAL, has been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion. We nurture every student’s distinctive voice, teaching them how to challenge and define the future of fashion through cutting'edge media approaches across all channels: broadcast, print, digital, interactive, experiential – and experimental. Through teaching, specialist research, and collaborative work, we empower our students to think differently, using fashion to examine the past, build a sustainable future, and improve the way we live.

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
5 years
Part Time
MA £920 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £8,500 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £17,920 Overseas 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.