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Course Description

MA Fashion at NUA is characterised by a strong focus on couture and the development of your own style through innovative and conceptual design.

You will be encouraged to experiment with processes and materials as you question and extend the boundaries of your design practice, supported by theory informed approaches and contextual understanding. You will be encouraged to develop independent research projects while developing a high level of proficiency with traditional and couture techniques.

Joining a community of designers, researchers, and visiting industry guests, you will be part of a stimulating and dynamic environment. Your tutors are expert practitioners with strong links to industry practice. Studio technicians will further support your exploration of bespoke tailoring, experimental cutting and draping methods, the traditions and craft of haute couture, hand and machine finishing techniques and the use of contemporary technologies.

Facilities include three fully equipped open plan studios providing a creative and supportive environment in which to refine and professionalise your practice. With a focus on preparing you both intellectually and professionally for employment, the course will encourage you to consider the professional contexts for your work.

The course tutors - all industry practitioners themselves - have sold their own labels through Harrods and Harvey Nichols and worked for designers including French Connection, Nicole Farhi and Roland Mouret. With this technical and creative guidance you will be encouraged to experiment with processes and materials, and contextualise your work as the tutors support you in promoting your work within the creative sector. You will also learn how to place your work against the backdrop of design history and current trends, as you question and extend the boundaries of your design.

Creative thinking and innovation are at the core of the MA philosophy and you will engage with students from across the postgraduate community to share opportunities and debate contemporary issues.

We encourage our students to engage in critical discourse through course specific seminars, lectures and critiques; larger NUA symposia such as Dialogues (Fine Art) and Cowbird (Design); and attendance at national and international exhibitions and conferences.


Fashion Workshop

Industrial and domestic sewing machines, industrial presses, buttonholer, fusing equipment, professional full-size and quarter scale mannequins.

Laser Cutting

Large-bed cutting for card, board and acrylic materials with associated digital design hardware and software.

Drawing Studio

Drawing and life drawing classes in a well-equipped naturally lit environment. Digital options include Wacom Intuos tablets and a digital microscope.

General Technical Sessions

Optional software inductions available to all students introduce you to a wide range of creative possibilities and output options.

Media Resource Centre

For digital cameras, tripods, 35mm DSLRs, 35mm film cameras and lighting equipment.

NUA Library

The largest specialist are, design and media collection in the East of England including 32,000 books, 1,300 journal subscriptions and 3,000 DVDs.


The offer of entry onto a Masters Degree (MA) is based on an expectation that you have the potential to fulfil the aims of the course of study and achieve the standard required to successfully complete the award. Entrants should normally have achieved a BA (Hons)/BSc Degree of 2:1 or above (or its equivalent), in a subject related to your proposed course of study.

Applicants who hold a Degree from another discipline may also be considered for entry, subject to the submission of a satisfactory portfolio of art, design or media-related work in support of their application.

The majority of applicants to courses at NUA will be invited to attend an interview. This provides an invaluable chance to meet face-to-face and is the major factor in determining the success of your submission. The interview is an opportunity to assess your work and the suitability of your application and also provides you with a chance to assess NUA’s staff, campus and facilities and ask questions. The key focus of your application process is on your portfolio. Some courses may require additional entry requirements or passes in specific subjects.

For further information on this course, please visit our website - MA Fashion.

Visit the Fashion page on the Norwich University of the Arts website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Kate Cooper

2493.jpg The MA is really about your professional development and not just whilst you are on the course but also where you are heading.

I knew the reputation of NUA and I knew the facilities were good. When I came on the Open Day I just wanted to get started and try everything. Some people think you have to be in London to study Fashion but you don’t, the quality of teaching here is so good and you get so much more one-to-one time. I had heard of Sue Chowles and knew she had written the course at Brighton which made it a destination course and so when I heard she had written the course at NUA I was keen to study here.


Dubery and Brogden EAAF Scholarship - 2 Awards

The Dubery and Brogden scholarship was established in September 2016, following a substantial bequest made to the East Anglia Art Fund (EAAF) from the Estate of artists Fred Dubery and Joanne Brogden. This money has enabled EAAF to provide scholarships worth £2,500 per year of study to two undergraduate and two postgraduate students on the following courses: Fine Art, Illustration, Textile Design and Fashion. Acknowledging emerging talent and responding to financial need, these scholarships will make study possible for some students who may not otherwise be able to afford to go to University.Richard Jewson, Chairman of Trustees, East Anglia Art Fund said: “In 2016 East Anglia Art Fund celebrates 25 years of supporting art exhibitions in the region. This bequest represents an immensely exciting opportunity to extend our work with artists, supporting their study at the Norwich University of the Arts”.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Students studying the NUA MA Fine Art or Textile course are eligible for this course.

Application Procedure

Applications to the Dubery and Brogden Scholarship are submitted directly to Norwich University of the Arts via email to [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Entrants should normally have a BA (Hons) degree in a related subject or other qualifications (including non-UK) that the University considers equivalent. Relevant professional experience may be considered. The offer would mostly be based on a portfolio and usually an interview, in person or via Skype.

Last Updated

03 August 2017

Course Fees

MA UK/EU (Full-Time): £6,600 MA UK/EU (Part-time; 2 years): £4,250 (fixed for both years) MA International (Full-Time): £13,000

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