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Fashion (MA)


Course Description

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!

(Student Profile)

Brianna Papsin

1768.jpg After graduating from North Dakota State University in apparel studies and art I decided to continue my studies in fashion design in a fashion capital of the world and this ambition lead me to London, even though I also considered Milan and Paris.

Being here is like a dream as I’d always wanted to study in Europe.

I’ve wanted to be a fashion designer since I was six, and in particular in evening wear and wedding gowns. So now Ravensbourne is helping me achieve my childhood dreams.

I chose Ravensbourne because I was attracted by the technology which means I would not be constrained creatively by just having the use of a sewing machine - there is laser cutting, 3D printing and material printing.

I also like the campus, and being in a smaller college means the groups are smaller and there is lots more one-to-one time with my tutors.

I hope to work in a fashion house in the UK after graduation (I like the culture, the people and living in London) before setting up my own fashion house. Not only am I completing my Masters but I am also gaining the skills in fashion to make it in the industry.

(Student Profile)

Bára Bergsdóttir

I’ve always been interested in fashion and in creating and making clothes, so coming to the UK in 2008 to study a BA in fashion was the obvious choice - it was the fulfilment of my dream.

I took a year out before starting this Masters course, as I wanted to get some experience of the fashion retail environment. London is so inspirational - exposure to the different fashion designers, styles, and multiculturalism have been so positive and stimulating on my own work.

I chose to study fashion at Ravensbourne as it is in London but also has the latest digital and technology equipment – it’s the future of fashion – and it’s made a unique contribution to my work.

We all collaborate across courses and learn so much from each other. The tutors have been very helpful and responsive.

Studying an MA is very challenging, but there have been so many positive experiences – it all helps me grow and ultimately achieve my ambition of becoming a fashion designer and having my own design label.


(Scholarship)

The Professor Baker Scholarship - Single Award

The Professor Robin Baker Scholarship is a merit-based award which is open to applicants to Ravensbourne’s postgraduate programmes.Professor Robin Baker was director of Ravensbourne from 1994 to 2015. In that time, he developed Ravensbourne’s pioneering strategic emphasis on the creative use of digital technology. Professor Baker‘s vision led to our relocation to our current building and transformation of Ravensbourne into the cutting edge and innovative specialist higher education institution we are today.The purpose of the Professor Robin Baker Scholarship is to:
- Encourage national and international applicants for Ravensbourne’s postgraduate courses with the greatest academic potential and creative talent
- Encourage excellent postgraduate work which demonstrates innovation and creativity in the use of technology
- To provide access to Ravensbourne’s innovative postgraduate courses to those who might otherwise find it financially challengingNormally, Ravensbourne will award either one full fee scholarship (up to £9000) or two part-time/half full time fee scholarships (up to £4500) annually depending on the range and calibre of applicants.- SelectionApplications for the scholarship will be evaluated and ranked by a selection panel consisting of:
- Head of Student Services (Chair)
- Two members of the postgraduate academic staff
- Head of International DevelopmentRanking will be on the basis of the evidence provided of the applicants’:
- Previous, and current academic or professional performance and future potential.
- Creativity and innovation in the application of technology
- Benefit to be derived from the course and ScholarshipAward of scholarship:
The successful applicant will be informed on 31 May 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £9000 (Full-time); up to £4500 (Part-time)

Eligibility

To be considered for the scholarship an applicant must be:
A Home or EU student who has applied for a place and been accepted on a full-time or part-time postgraduate course at Ravensboune between the 1 October and 1 June immediately prior to entry.
Or,
An international student who has applied for a place and been accepted on a full-time postgraduate course at Ravensbourne between the 1 October and 1 June immediately prior to entry.
Applicants should have confirmed acceptance of their place on the course in advance of applying for the scholarship or provide clear evidence of their intent to do so.

Application Procedure

Eligible candidates seeking consideration for the scholarship must submit an application via email to Student Services by Friday 29th April 2016.The application should take the form of a personal statement of no more than 300 words together with any additional evidence they may wish to supply (e.g. CVs, images, videos, hyperlinks, examples of creative work or academic references).This statement should supplement rather than replicate the personal statement submitted during the application process for the course. It should set out:- Further detail about the nature of their anticipated research during the course and its creativity, originality and innovativeness in terms of the application of technology.
- Further detail about how the applicant will benefit from the course and the additional support the applicant would gain from scholarship.Any additional information that the applicant believes would assist the selection panel in evaluating their application.

Further Information

http://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/discover-ravensbourne/student-services/financial-support/postgraduate/


(Scholarship)

Postgraduate (Home/EU) scholarship - 10 Awards

Students beginning a postgraduate course at Ravensbourne are encouraged to apply for a postgraduate scholarship. Applications are welcome from Home & EU students. Qualifying students will need to have been offered and accepted, a place to study a postgraduate course at Ravensbourne.If you have been successful in obtaining a scholarship, Ravensbourne will communicate this to you. There are ten postgraduate (Home/EU) scholarships available worth £1,000 each, paid in two instalments of £500. Please note all applications must be emailed to [email protected] by Friday 29 April 2016. Final decisions will be communicated to the candidates via email on 31 May 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000

Eligibility

See the website

Application Procedure

Students should download and complete an application form and supporting statement demonstrating how this scholarship will positively contribute to their postgraduate progression.

Further Information

http://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/discover-ravensbourne/student-services/financial-support/postgraduate/


(Scholarship)

Postgraduate (International) scholarship - 3 Awards

This scholarship is aimed at promoting postgraduate studies to students with the ability to make an exceptional contribution at Masters level. We invite applications from students with an outstanding portfolio, academic merit and dedication for high quality study in their chosen discipline area. We look for the articulation of how this scholarship will contribute to the applicant’s long-term career aims.There are three scholarships available worth £1,500 each, paid in two instalments.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,500

Eligibility

International students who:
- require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK
- have received and accepted an offer at Ravensbourne
- have a UK bank account.

Application Procedure

Students should download and complete an application form demonstrating how this scholarship will positively contribute to their postgraduate progression. Alll applications must contain links to an online portfolio or CD-ROM / DVD, submitted separately. For more information, please contact Student Services.All applications must be emailed to [email protected] by Friday 29 April 2016. Final decisions will be communicated to the candidates via email on 31 May 2016.

Further Information

http://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/discover-ravensbourne/student-services/financial-support/postgraduate/


(Scholarship)

Postgraduate Stationer’s bursary - 3 Awards

Ravensbourne is very grateful to The Stationers' Company for this generous bursary support of postgraduate students. There are three awards available worth £3,000 each.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,000

Eligibility

Applications are welcome from students resident in the UK who have been accepted to study a postgraduate programme focussed on the content and communications industries E.G. MA/MSc Interactive Digital Media. Please be advised that only students classified as, and, paying UK tuition fees will be considered.

Application Procedure

For more details of the criteria, application form and important dates, please visit the Stationer's Website. Application forms must be submitted to [email protected] by Friday, 27th May 2016. Ravensbourne panel of tutors will send its shortlisted applications by 6 June 2016. Final decisions will be communicated to the candidates in mid-July.

Further Information

http://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/discover-ravensbourne/student-services/financial-support/postgraduate/


(Scholarship)

British Fashion Council MA scholarship - Single Award

The BFC MA scholarship is awarded to a graduate from one of the BFC Colleges. The funding, which is from the British Fashion Council Education Foundation, is given to support graduates who have been offered a place on a UK MA fashion design course, and who, for financial reasons, would be unable to accept their place on the course without support.

Value of Scholarship(s)

See website

Eligibility

UK students studying for a Masters in Fashion.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information

http://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/discover-ravensbourne/student-services/financial-support/postgraduate/


(Scholarship)

Chevening Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Over 1,800 dynamic future leaders from all over the world, and from all professional backgrounds, have arrived in the UK to start a life-changing year studying and discovering the UK as a Chevening Scholar. This time next year, this really could be you, and the first step to being awarded a prestigious Chevening Scholarship is to apply.What are Chevening Scholarships?:
Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations.Available in over 160 countries and territories, the scholarships are awarded to outstanding emerging leaders to pursue one-year Master’s degrees in any subject and at any UK university.Chevening Scholars have ambition and leadership potential, a strong academic background, and an excellent record of rising to prominent positions in their countries.There are over 44,000 Chevening Alumni around the world, together forming an influential and highly regarded global network.

Value of Scholarship(s)

See website

Eligibility

Chevening Scholarships are for talented people who have been identified as potential leaders across a wide range of fields, including politics, business, the media, civil society, religion, and academia.Applicants should be high calibre graduates with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership.

Application Procedure

Students should complete the on line appllcation form on the Chevening Website.

Further Information

http://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/discover-ravensbourne/student-services/financial-support/postgraduate/



Entry Requirements

First or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent non-UK qualifications) in a relevant subject, or an equivalent professional qualification in a related subject area. With an undergraduate degree course without experience or professional practice you must demonstrate a good knowledge of your chosen subject area. In order to be eligible for a course, you will need to be a competent speaker and writer of English. This also applies if you are from the European Union, or a country outside the EU. You will need a level of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each section.

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