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Ravensbourne’s MA Fashion has innovation at its heart, challenging the boundaries of traditional fashion design, practice and manufacture; and has been developed in response to market forces shaping the fashion industry today, where cutting-edge design practice is balanced with sophisticated commercial strategy.

This is a creative, project-based course focusing on the dynamic between creativity, technology and business awareness. The course develops the critical and creative, and technical and professional skills necessary to advance practice and stimulate innovation in the fashion industry.

As an MA Fashion student, you will explore the boundaries of creative fashion design and develop your digital skills utilising a range of prototyping technologies. The course will challenge you to re-examine the underpinning methodologies and ways of working that characterise creative practice in fashion. You will be encouraged to challenge the boundaries of traditional fashion design, practice and manufacture, and explore the creative opportunities offered by technology and new ways of working.

Innovation often emerges from meaningful collaboration with other disciplines and you will benefit from Ravensbourne’s unique postgraduate ethos where the course is not only positioned within a wide range of creative postgraduate courses but you will collaborate with practitioners in the other disciplines to gain a multi-disciplinary perspective.

The course will equip you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the international fashion business and marketing, enabling you to apply and integrate this into the creative design and making process.

Throughout the course, you will develop new experimental approaches to fashion and/or textile design, strengthening your own practice and developing new creative, technological and commercial skills.

Course structure

1. Technology issues – Within the technology issues unit students will engage with 3 to 5 week project cycles that will enable them to explore ideas and build on skills in interdisciplinary, cross disciplinary and individually negotiated projects. These units are structured to encourage students to engage collaboratively with fellow students.

2. Business and innovation – Taught during the term before the Final Major Project Unit, this unit helps students develop an understanding of business and innovative practices in the creative industries. It challenges and supports fashion design students in turning their ideas and skills into viable, innovative market propositions and business plans.

3. Research process – This unit supports students in gaining the research skills needed for the development of students' individual projects. Concept and prototyping – Allows students to further develop their skills, focusing on their chosen specialist area within fashion and pursue a single line of inquiry, idea or theory embedded in fashion and research and develop the concept.

4. Major project – For the Major Project, students will develop and manage an individual programme of enquiry and creative development in fashion culminating in the realisation of a final collection, fully informed by professional and industrial contexts and multi-disciplinary perspectives.

Programme Aims

All postgraduate courses at Ravensbourne provide students with the opportunity to develop advanced skills in the conceptualisation and practical realisation of innovative creative projects in their discipline area and provide them with the entrepreneurial skills to realise their commercial potential. These courses share the following common aims:

- to develop advanced creative practitioners with the potential to originate, innovate or influence practice in their discipline area;

- to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the core principles and technology underpinning their creative project and the theoretical frameworks within which to locate it;

- to underpin students’ creative practice with the entrepreneurial skills and business awareness necessary to turn concepts into commercially viable realities;

- to develop students’ skills in independent learning, self-reflection and research skills necessary to sustain advanced creative practice and scholarship;

- to offer a stimulating environment for postgraduate students which is both supportive and flexible in relation to their learning needs and a creative space in which to incubate their ideas.

Visit the Fashion (MA) page on the Ravensbourne website for more details!

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