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Course content

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.

Programme structure

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.

Career opportunities

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.


Visit the Fashion - MFA/MA page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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