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Fashion Master of Fine Art, MA (eca)

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MFA Fashion - 21 Months (Full-time)
MA (eca) Fashion - 1 Year (Full-time)

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Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4086
Malcolm Burkinshaw (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 5813
Address: Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
College of Humanities and Social Science Postgraduate Office, The University of Edinburgh
David Hume Tower, George Square
Central Campus

The Fashion programme promotes advanced research methods, individuality of creative thinking, innovations in cutting and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject area. Any appropriate professional experience will also be considered.

International qualifications

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

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How to apply

You must submit a reference with your application.

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

In addition to the supporting documents requested on the online application form, you should also submit a portfolio that:

  • showcases your individuality and a clear overall brand identity
  • reflects your awareness of contemporary fashion
  • includes your research concepts, presented clearly and demonstrating originality of self-initiated ideas
  • includes images of your design processes, pattern cutting, garment manufacture and sketches
  • includes technical drawings and high-quality illustrations of previous design projects
  • includes high-quality photographs of completed garment work

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Programme description

With support from our experienced staff (all industry practitioners or researchers) you will be encouraged to create interdisciplinary collaborations and take up work placements, both within the University and through our strong links with the Scottish textiles and fashion industry.

You will also investigate the connection between clothing, well-being and identity, by working with our leading Diversity Network initiative to challenge standardised ways that designers consider and celebrate the end consumer.

We also maintain key links with the National Museum of Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland.

You’ll be working within a vibrant art college environment, with access to all the facilities you need to produce innovative design.

Programme structure

MA (one-year) and MFA (two-year) students produce a body of practical and written work on an agreed topic. Both years integrate studio work, professional practice, theoretical and written studies, as well as a lecture/seminar series focusing on media and material cultures.

Set assignments will assess fashion design, experimental pattern cutting, drawing, life drawing and research skills.

Professional practice elements prepare you for employment in the fashion industry.

Career opportunities

As one of the top institutions in the UK for the study of fashion, our graduates are highly regarded in the industry. Many are now working for top fashion houses, such as Prada, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Gucci, Sonia Rykiel and Diesel, as well as setting up their own labels or working as illustrators, journalists, and in retail management and buying.

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