Postgraduate study

Fashion

Awards: Master of Fine Art

Study modes: Full-time

Funding available

Programme website: Fashion

This programme allows you to take your design ideas to the next level; to create remarkable and visionary design products that will help you establish yourself within the fashion industry and contribute to the wider world of design.

Why choose ECA?

We aspire to create students who think for themselves and demonstrate aptitude in communicating their ideas through fashion and style.

You will be part of a multi award-winning student community. This year alone students have attained the following awards - the British Fashion Council Burberry Award - 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, the British Fashion Council Topman Award, the Levi’s and Artsthread Denim Award, the Graduate Fashion Week Fashion Innovation Award, Accessory Award and the GFW Vivienne Westwood Ethical Award.

We host the UK’s first Diversity Network with All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, which will hone your skills in emotionally considerate and intelligently designed products, positioning your work to a global consumer base.

You will receive one-to-one teaching as well as collaborative group teaching, providing a platform for mutually beneficial and stimulating knowledge sharing.

We will encourage and enable you to develop new skills that are central to our fashion-learning experience. You will be immersed in a creative community working on our flagship DesignBook presentation project. You will learn creative cutting, accessory-led design and surface-led design in a community that sees diversity awareness as core to the design process.

Personal research profiles are investigated in more depth, communicated through one-to-one tutoring and seminar presentations and diversified through collaboration with the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. You will learn how the rich, creative history of Scotland can enhance how you think about design, both nationally and globally.

With support from our dynamic team of experienced tutors (all industry practitioners or researchers) you will create interdisciplinary collaborations and take up work placements.

We expect you to be independent and able to engage in sophisticated design dialogue to push your ideas to their full potential.

You will consider the semiotics of clothing and style and think about the social responsibility your work places on the consumer by working to develop emotionally considerate design solutions that address diversity of age, skin tone, size, height and gender, through innovations in all aspects of design research and process.

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
Master of Fine ArtFashion21 MonthsFull-timeProgramme structure 2017/18

As one of the top institutions in the UK for the study of fashion, our graduates are highly regarded by the industry: alumni destinations include Gucci, Balenciaga, H&M, Burberry, Cerruti, Alexander McQueen, Nicole Fahri, Stella McCartney and Joseph to name but a few.

Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in fashion design.

You must submit a portfolio of fashion design projects as part of your application. Your portfolio should showcase:

  • a high degree of contemporary thinking, creativity and originality
  • evidence of high quality and original research
  • examples of sketchbook/design process development
  • examples of prototyping process, including excellent ability in pattern cutting and garment manufacture and finishings
  • evidence of ability to produce fashion collections, accessories and styling through full realisation of final garments

If you do not meet the academic entry requirements, we may still consider your application on the basis of your portfolio and/or relevant professional experience.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

For 2018/19 entry, all applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • 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)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

For 2019/20 entry, all applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

Find out more about our language requirements:

  • Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
  • College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Postgraduate Office, The University of Edinburgh
  • David Hume Tower, George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9JX

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.

You must submit a reference with your application.

You must submit a portfolio as part of your application. You won't be able to submit your portfolio immediately, but you'll receive an email prompt within a few days of submitting your application that will explain how to upload your portfolio.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
  • College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Postgraduate Office, The University of Edinburgh
  • David Hume Tower, George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9JX