Taught course

Fashion Communication

University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins · University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins

Entry requirements

Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the Visa and Immigration page which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements. MA Fashion Communication: All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you send us an English language test score together with your application to prove your level of proficiency. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please clearly indicate this on your application form. When you have received your test score, please send it to us immediately. The standard English language requirement for entry is IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in any one paper, or equivalent. For further information visit the English Language support section. Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the Visa and Immigration page which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements. Fashion Communication & Promotion Applicants for the FCP pathway will have graduated from a similar BA course in Fashion Communication or alternatively from associate design courses such as Communication Design, Illustration, Graphics, Photography and Fine Art. We are looking for students who have a high level of creativity and a clear vision to hone this further. Applicants need an engaging and individual visual language and a desire to challenge Fashion Communication & Promotion. We also require students to have knowledge of contemporary fashion and current communication practices and the appropriate technical skills. On application, students are required to submit a visual portfolio of work related to Fashion Communication & Promotion and a written statement of 300-350 words outlining their area of interest and ambition for the course. Fashion Journalism Applicants for the FJ pathway may have graduated from BA courses in fashion design, journalism or communication or may have studied humanities subjects at university. The ideal applicant has high quality written English, an original enquiring mind, excellent research and analytical skills, and evidence of genuine interest in and engagement with fashion journalism. For application, students are required to write 800 to 1000 words on any aspect of the modern fashion world that interests them. This should be a lively, interesting and thoughtful piece of journalism – rather than an academic essay. Sources for all quotes should be clearly listed at the end of the piece. Fashion Critical Studies Applicants considering this pathway will have a good first degree in a related discipline, such as art, design, history, cultural studies, art history, media or film studies, languages, anthropology, geography. They will have excellent research and communication skills and a proven interest in and knowledge of fashion. We are looking for a high level of ability in academic writing and critical thinking and excellent knowledge of historical and contemporary fashion. On application, students are required to submit an academic research essay of approximately 1500 words. This would specifically address debates in the history and theory of fashion and the body. Interviews Following the submission of the requested work as above, all pathways will involve an interview either in person at Central Saint Martins or via Skype.

Months of entry


Course content

The MAFC course consists of three specific pathways. While each pathway has a distinct approach to Fashion Communication, cross pathway projects will connect subject specialists into vibrant groups creating challenging and industry relevant experiences.

There are key points in the year when MAFC students will interact with MA Fashion Design students and experience Fashion Communication in a live context. In January and February the build up to the MA Fashion Show at London Fashion Week will provide opportunities to participate in the production and organisation of a fashion show. In May MAFC students can work with BA Fashion students as they present their degree fashion show.

The MAFC course is framed in the highly creative Fashion Programme at Central Saint Martins, but also within an Art School philosophy where other creative disciplines such as Graphic Communication, Architecture, Textiles, Jewellery, Product Design and Fine Art offer debates, collaborations and new approaches to the subject.

The extensive global CSM networks offer contemporary fashion links, creative networks and live industry projects. Expertise from the UAL research staff, high-profile academics and industry professionals ensure a global and industry relevant perspective. The vibrant post-graduate community across UAL also offers exciting opportunities for subject discussion and collaboration.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months

Course contact details

Information Officer
020 7514 7023