Taught course

Fashion Innovation and Realisation

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

Entry requirements

  • a minimum 2:1 in an arts or fashion industry-related subject
  • a satisfactory reference
  • a sample digital portfolio of work to be submitted at the point of application
  • to attend an interview
  • a portfolio of work to be presented at interview
Additional information:
  • IELTS English language requirement: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme

Months of entry


Course content

LJMU's Fashion Innovation MA provides a thorough understanding of industry design, technology and commercial practice within the fashion industry.

This course is available to study full-time or part-time.

  • Expand your knowledge of fashion design or communication, and contribute to the wider field of fashion through research-based critical work.
  • Develop innovative fashion practice through guidance from academics, businesses and industry entrepreneurs
  • Work within an interdisciplinary, flexible and modular programme of study
  • Develop your work in state-of-the-art workspaces and facilities
  • Benefit from extensive networking and collaboration opportunities in fashion and related industries
  • The 2022 Liverpool School of Art and Design MA Online Degree Show
  • View and engage with work produced by masters students from the Liverpool School of Art & Design
  • Take advantage of the generous Michael Pugh Thomas and Julia Carter Preston Legacy 1000 scholarships offered to postgraduate applicants

LJMUs Fashion Innovation & Realisation MA is a programme with collaborative practice and discovery at its core. The programme aims to recruit Home and International students who are ready to challenge the fashion industry socially, ethically, culturally and politically forming individual project proposals which define existing practice and broaden its scope and ambition by addressing real-world issues which extend beyond graduation. Students from both traditional fashion design and communication undergraduate programmes as well as those who have undergraduate qualifications in non-traditional subjects, but have a real passion for fashion are equally encouraged to apply. It is this diverse cohort which provides the rich postgraduate community within LJMU.

The programme aims to raise awareness of practical applications within fashion, and introduce students to resources and workshops which can provide the platform necessary for innovation and the realisation of individual practice and self-initiated project/s. The MA is designed to develop real world skills and establish which area of fashion students wish to focus on as the programme progresses. This allows students to explore Fashion, Innovation and Realisation project briefs in unexpected forms. The MA also aims to outline research which is happening in transdisciplinary areas, and to develop research skills and relevant approaches to practice as well as the critical techniques required to support students final project. Students will, be expected to develop a personal practice that challenges traditional perspectives within fashion disciplines, whilst at the same time engaging with internal and/or external partners. A particular emphasis will, be placed on acquiring and developing existing skills and to provide opportunities to enhance and apply them within an appropriate fashion context.

Read about a recent MA student's experience in establishing her credentials in the sustainable fashion industry

Alongside the current Fashion Innovation and Realisation staff the MA will introduce key industry partners and collaborators of international reputation via the LJMU Luminary Lecture series and UG visiting speaker programme. There will also be a number of opportunities to collaborate with students and staff from the Schools other MAs in Art in Science, Fine Art, Graphic Design & Illustration, Urban Design and Exhibition Studies, particularly during two modules shared by all the postgraduate taught programmes. Learning takes place predominantly through the creative and critical exploration of research focused Fashion Innovation and Realisation projects where the programme will encourage you to work across other disciplines and reflect on previous practice to offer fresh perspectives. Tutorials, seminars and workshops will take place in the John Lennon Art & Design Building (JLADB); a RIBA award winning Art School in the heart of Liverpools Knowledge Quarter. You will benefit from state-of-the-art workspaces and facilities, as well as external key partnerships with Tate Liverpool, Biennial, FACT and cultural organisations such as; Walker Art Gallery, Bluecoat, Baltic and Fabric District.

Additional funding is available for this programme via the Susan Cotton Travel Award and the Michael Pugh Thomas and Julia Carter Preston Legacy postgraduate study awards.

Information for international students

View country specific entry requirements

Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090