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Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.
- An Honours degree at 2.1 or above in footwear design and/or production. Applicants with a degree in another subject may be considered, depending on the strength of the application;
- Equivalent qualifications;
- Relevant and quantitative industrial experience for a minimum of three years.
APEL (Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning)
Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:
- Related academic or work experience (minimum of three years)
- The quality of the personal statement
- A strong academic or other professional reference
- OR a combination of these factors
Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.
Months of entry
This specialist footwear masters level course gets students to challenge the concept of footwear design and push conventional notions of shoe design.
The MA Footwear course exists within the Craft Programme, in the School of Design Technology (SDT) at London College of Fashion. The Programme also includes MA Artefact, and BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear, BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion, Bags & Accessories and BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring. The SDT also includes MA Fashion Futures, which closely aligns to the MA Footwear course’s making and theory elements and provide collaborative opportunities and shared resources.
MA Footwear benefits from close links with industry and with other educational institutions and has a strong focus on research. The course is one of only two MA Footwear courses in the UK and has built a unique core curriculum around a conceptual and innovative approaches to footwear, where footwear is defined as any design for the lower extremities.
This course is based at our Golden Lane site. The area around this site includes the Barbican Centre, Magnum Photos Gallery, Host Gallery and Victoria Miro. We are however, planning to move to a new single campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2023. This is part of a new development for London, prioritising culture, education and innovation, known as East Bank.
London College of Fashion, UAL, leads the world in fashion business, media and design education. We’ve been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion. With our philosophy of open and inclusive education, we encourage students to examine the past and question the present. To develop inventive, assertive ideas that challenge social and political agendas. And we give them the skills, opportunities – and above all, the freedom – to put those ideas into practice.
Information for international students
IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Please check our main English language requirements.
Fees and funding
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time15 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Fashion Enquiries