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Our postgraduate course in Fashion Design gives creative fashion design practitioners the opportunity to explore personal interests at postgraduate level, underpinned by extensive research, and combined with benefits of debate and peer review. Having studied postgraduate Fashion Design you will subsequently be able to view your role as fashion designer within the industry of the future.

UCLan Fashion Design students enjoy a range of excellent facilities in which they can explore and develop their creative flair. Based in Victoria building you will have access to purpose-built studios and workshops, including photographic studios, audio visual and computer imaging facilities.


Teaching involves a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations and integration of consultancy with industry, and assessment is continuous. Theory underpinning practice is developed simultaneously throughout each semester and Negotiated Agreements Parts I and II allow students to acquire the ability to develop and refine proposals, which underpin their major projects, and reflect on personal progress. Students are expected to contextualise their work within a current framework, and develop evaluative skills in order to articulate their point of view. Research Methods and Application introduces students to a range of analytical research tools, forming the basis for all in-depth self-directed projects on the programme.

The course is available in two modes: Full and part-time. Full-time is delivered over a three semester block; part-time is delivered over a five-semester block and is subject to student numbers. It is expected that students will call upon a range of opportunities and influences to inform their own study and their personal proposals. Students are given the opportunity of selecting to opt for a discrete dissertation together with a separately identified major project or to combine their practical conclusions with a substantial body of theoretical underpinning.

The course aims to develop students’ intellectual and imaginative power through a programme of study that is formed from cohesion between theory and practice. It provides graduates with a stimulating environment in which ideas can be exchanged and supported through factual creative research, developed and contextualised. We challenge our students to take a critical position in relation to existing theories and encourage new connections within the field of fashion that challenge traditional design boundaries.


The Victoria Building is a modern, bright building with purpose-built studios and workshops, including photographic studios, audio visual and computer imaging facilities. It is close to the library, computer facilities, Student's Unions, bars, refectory, and the centre of Preston is only a five minute walk away. The University's Library has a well-resourced Art and Design section and a specialist librarian. The MA studio provides a range of facilities and work space.

The course is continually assessed through module requirements, allowing students to achieve target awards. Final modules are graded Pass, Merit, and Distinction.


There are Creative Industries related opportunities both within and from outside the University, as well as options to work on collaborative projects. As a course within the UCLan International Fashion Institute there will be future opportunities for International collaboration.

Career routes include: Senior designer, Trend & Design Consultant, Fashion Forecaster, Design Manager, Related Fashion Industries and Teaching Profession.

The opportunity for a structured work experience will be provided for every student who requests it. This is a major commitment by the University to help our graduates to reach their potential and thrive in their careers after graduation.

Study trips are an essential part of research activity that brings design to life. Throughout the programme, students are introduced to contemporary influences with international city trips and study visits to exhibitions and museums - Manchester, London, Berlin and New York have been regular trips in recent years (students will be required to pay for overseas trips/visits and these are, therefore, optional).

Visit the Fashion Design - MA/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!




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