Taught course

Fashion Cultures

University of the Arts London - London College of Fashion · University of the Arts London - London College of Fashion

Entry requirements

An Honours degree at 2.1 or above in a related discipline. Applicants with a degree in another subject may be considered, depending on the strength of the application. OR Equivalent qualifications OR Relevant and quantitative experience Selection for interview will be made on the basis of your application, including the project proposal, the reference, and the supporting written statement. Student selection criteria: The course seeks to recruit students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, and welcomes applications from mature students. What we look for: The course seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate: A clear academic interest in the study of fashion and /or film through a multidisciplinary approach Evidence of cultural awareness and engagement with social and historical debate Relevant experience of fashion and / or film A capacity for intellectual enquiry and reflective thought A developed and mature attitude to independent study and intellectual growth English language requirements All classes are conducted in English. The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in any one skill. For more information, read the University's English Language requirements page. International applicants: The International Recruitment Office at the London College of Fashion will help to guide you through the application process and answer any specific questions that you may have regarding our courses. This may include portfolio advice, the application process and fee advice. We offer a ‘drop-in’ facility for applicants who may be in London and wish to obtain further course and admissions information. Please contact us for further information on this facility. We can also arrange a tour of our facilities if we are given prior notice. To find out more about studying in London, please visit the International students section of our website.

Months of entry


Course content

Please note that for this MA course applicants will apply to one of the two pathways:


MA Fashion Cultures: History and Culture


MA Fashion Cultures: Fashion and Film

This new course, MA Fashion Cultures, offers a unique experience in fashion education at postgraduate level. The course has two specific but interrelated pathways: History and Culture; and Fashion and Film. On this course you will have the opportunity to study fashion and dress within its historical, social and cultural contexts. A dynamic in-depth exploration of theoretical and methodological perspectives will give you a grounding in the history of fashion and an underpinning of social and cultural theory for both pathways. You will then undertake more specialised study on your chosen pathway. On the History and Culture pathway you will investigate fashion as object, representation and practice through an interdisciplinary approach from both historical and contemporary perspectives. On Fashion and Film you will investigate the ongoing changing relationship between fashion, costume and forms of film as well as the relationship between cinema and consumption within a global context. While you will choose one pathway, you will have the opportunity to attend the lectures for the other pathway if you wish to, so you can gain the fullest possible understanding of a variety of disciplines and their impact upon visual and material cultures.

The pathways are led by renowned experts in their respective fields, and they are supported by research fellows, professors, authors, curators and historians who contribute to the course. Based in one of fashion’s most important cities, our students benefit from access to the special collections and archives of many leading institutions in London, including the V and A, Museum of London and the British Film Institute. You will also have the opportunity to work with other graduate students from the Culture and Curation Programme on some units of the course.

We attract students from a wide variety of academic and industry backgrounds, some of whom have completed theory-based first degrees, while others come with practice-based backgrounds. After completing their Masters studies, some students from both former courses have progressed to higher level research degrees, and others have established themselves in a number of related fields including curation, visual merchandising, styling, archiving, fashion buying, lecturing and research.

Information for international students

If you have a question, you can contact our International Recruitment Office by calling +44 (0)20 7514 7656 / 7678 / 7629.

Qualification and course duration


part time
27 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
020 7514 7344/7582/7563