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MA Fashion Design

The MA Fashion Design at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, will extend your knowledge and understanding through individually negotiated projects, 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 research for fashion, sketchbook development, sustainable practice, construction techniques and materials, experimental practice, CAD skills and fashion portfolio skills.

Introducing your course

This is the course page for MA Fashion Design at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Fashion Design and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of MA Fashion Design.

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This practice-led programme 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 is one of the MA programmes 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

Click here to download the full Programme Specification.

Key Facts

All postgraduate students have the opportunity to take part in regular research seminars, the PhD student forum, and exhibitions of practice-led research.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

The admissions policy for the MA 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 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

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 equivalent 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.

Year 1

All Core and Compulsory modules must be taken.
You should choose option modules totalling 10 ECTS/20 CATS in Semester 2. All option modules are offered subject to availability and timetabling constraints.

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 or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name. DEFAULT

View the full list of course fees


Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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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 University:

EquipmentApproved calculators: 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.
StationeryYou 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.
BooksWhere 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.
EquipmentArt equipment and materials: Drawing paper, painting materials, sketchbooks Students on the Studio programmes will be required to purchase Sketchbooks the cost of which will vary.
EquipmentArt equipment and materials: Fabric, thread, wool Students taking the Studio based Fashion Design and Textile Design Programme will be required to purchase their own materials, the cost of which will vary. A student can choose the quality.
EquipmentDesign 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 copyingWritten 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 copyingPortfolio: Printing for the collation of a student’s portfolio will be the responsibility of the student.
OtherOptional 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.
OtherParking costs: Free parking is not normally available on campus to students.
TravelThe 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

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

Winchester campus

Winchester campus

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Sustainability Forum 2017 - Poster
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Sustainability for the Future - Sustainability Forum 2017

The rapidly changing nature of the global fashion industry presents challenges to the entire world: people, the environment, the design process; and through development and production: to the consumer phase and product end of life. Of course, sustainability is not a new issue – from the consumer boom of the post war period, through the ‘greed is good’ attitudes of the 1980s to a growing awareness of the issue, there is an increasing need for sustainable practices.

Designers can play a vital role in shaping the future. Built-in-obsolescence is the opposite of good design. Good design will:

>>> Innovate - designers work with yarn/ fabric producers, technologists, suppliers and buyers

>>> Educate - all parts of the manufacturing process, including the consumer. Change our throwaway (‘kleenex’) culture.

>>> Transparency of the supply chain. Cradle to cradle, closed-loop circular economies

>>> Create less need - encourage a ‘buy less, care more’ mentality. Denim, leather, even t-shirts – become worn and loved, increasingly precious. Can that translate into other products?

Sustainability should be normalised, not fashionable. We cannot afford to let this issue go out of fashion.


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