This practice-led pathway will allow you to extend your knowledge and understanding of fashion design through an individually negotiated project, underpinned by research and creative practice. You will work across traditional and experimental boundaries, critically evaluating your working processes, methodologies and ideas.
Core areas include: CAD for fashion; construction techniques and materials; experimental practice; fashion marketing; fashion portfolio skills; and research skills for fashion.
This programme is one of the MA Design pathways which require you to present a portfolio of work.
You will be able to develop your thinking and skills in the following areas:
- Research skills for fashion
- Experimental practice
- Construction techniques and materials
- Product development
- CAD for Fashion
- Capsule collections
- Fashion portfolio skills
View the programme specification document for this course.
All postgraduate students have the opportunity to take part in regular research seminars, the PhD student forum, and exhibitions of practice-led research.
Typical entry requirements
The admissions policy for the MA Design: Fashion Design is based on students having a good honours degree in a relevant subject (2.2 or above) or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.
MA Design: Fashion Design at Winchester School of Art is both practice and theory based. It is important that you demonstrate your artistic ability in a portfolio, as this will be the determining factor for entry. Your portfolio should include evidence of the processes behind final work (e.g. drawing and sketches; try to include observational drawings and Computer Aided Design (CAD) work), examples of practical work (including toiles/muslins and final garments or outfits), and images of your final work (e.g. catwalk/runway show, ‘look-book’ or photo-shoot). Please include a variety of projects in your portfolio. Your portfolio should not exceed six pages in length or ten megabytes in size.
If you would like the opportunity to discuss any details of the course in more detail, please email Pgapply.FBL@southampton.ac.uk
If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Full details can be found in the University’s Policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning .
English language requirements
International and EU students applying for this course are required to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each component or equivalent, prior to starting the programme. For a full list of English language tests accepted please see here
The University also runs a number of English language courses to prepare students for study, details can also be found here for more information about the WSA pre-sessionals.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about
entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
Typical course content
You will work in a creative environment in which students from other programmes will be studying. You will work on projects set by your discipline and be taught by staff specific to your programme. The work which you produce will be manifested through media appropriate to your discipline and you will experience workshops specific to your programme.
This programme is studied over one year full-time and is divided into five modules, two are taken in semester 1, and two in semester 2 (one of which is an optional module selected from the list below). The last module (started in semester 2) is your Final Project and continues through the summer period (semester 3).
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
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Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the
The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.|
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.|
|Books||Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.|
|Equipment||Art equipment and materials: Drawing paper, painting materials, sketchbooks
Students on the Studio pathways will be required to purchase
Sketchbooks the cost of which will vary.|
|Equipment||Art equipment and materials: Fabric, thread, wool
Students taking the Studio based Fashion Design and Textile Design Pathway will be required to purchase their own materials, the cost of which will vary. A student can choose the quality.|
|Equipment||Design equipment and materials:
Standard construction/modelling materials will be provided where appropriate, unless otherwise specified in a module profile.
For customisation of designs/models calling for material other than standard construction/ modelling materials, students will bear the costs of such alternatives.|
|Printing and copying||Written coursework:
In most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student.
The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student.
|Printing and copying||Portfolio:
Printing for the collation of a student’s portfolio will be the responsibility of the student.|
|Other||Optional visits (e.g. museums, galleries):
Some modules may include optional visits to a museum, galleries, or industry. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel, admission and food unless otherwise specified in the module profile.|
Free parking is not normally available on campus to students.|
|Travel||The Student’s Union provide a mini free bus service which runs every 2 hours between the Winchester Campus and the Highfield Campus.
Students are responsible for all other daily travel expenses.|
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.