Taught course

Culture, Style and Fashion

Nottingham Trent University · School of Art and Design

Entry requirements

Applicants require a 2.1 honours degree in a related subject. Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

This unique research-based course is for people who are fascinated by trends and meanings in visual and material culture, and who want to become expert in understanding how surface appearance and changing fashions in diverse fields relate to cultural ideas and values.

You’ll learn through the study of core histories and theories, and develop advanced knowledge of academic approaches to key concepts such as glamour, cool, nostalgia, and authenticity.

You’ll communicate your ideas about culture to a range of audiences in professional and innovative ways. Assessments take the form of academic conference papers, short audio / visual presentations, or documentaries and journalistic articles. This will prepare you for careers in cultural research, or as a commentator.

Key features

  • Study on a full-time or part-time basis, with flexible teaching and learning
  • Negotiate your projects to support your personal and professional aspirations
  • Learn through an innovative curriculum, studying across fields and genres, focusing on key themes within visual and material culture
  • Gain an understanding of the political, social, environmental and ethical implications of style culture
  • Learn to communicate your ideas about culture in a professional way, through media such as academic conference papers, documentaries, and journalistic articles
  • Attend workshops for creative thinking, writing for different audiences and media, and relevant software like Adobe InDesign, Premiere Pro and Shorthand
  • Develop your practical skills in the basics of mobile journalism and communications
  • Opportunity to take part in live briefs and collaborations, allowing you to network and gain experience
  • Benefit from guest speakers who will share their specialist knowledge, challenge perspectives, and give insight into current cultural developments
  • Attend study trips to local and international archives, galleries and trend-forecasting agencies
  • Be taught by experienced lecturers who are experts in their field and committed to excellence and innovation in teaching and learning
  • Prepare for further study, such as a PhD.

Your space to create at NTU

We’re committed to helping you explore, expand and refine your craft, as you discover new creative horizons with some truly great tools, equipment and workspaces. Visit our facilities hub at www.ntu.ac.uk/artfacilities to find out more.

Information for international students

English language requirement - IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or the equivalent.

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    11 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)115 848 2999