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Fashion & the Creative Economy MA

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Fashion & the Creative Economy MA

If you are currently employed in fashion, or would like to develop a career in the fashion industry, this course is ideal. It will introduce you to the UK fashion industry and broaden your understanding of the relationship between the design, production, mediation, distribution and consumption of fashion.

What will you study?

You will explore the ways fashion designs, collections and products are showcased and presented across the media and retail sectors, and develop your own creative project.

This MA is cross-faculty, interdisciplinary, and extremely practical. By the end of the course, you will have developed a strong critical understanding of the various challenges faced by the UK fashion industry and acquired the practical and entrepreneurial skills you need to succeed on this creative career path.


A mix of project work and formal assessments, including essays, case studies, reports and presentations, plus the final Personal Research Project (maximum 12,000 words).

Why study a Creative Economy course?

Our Creative Economy masters courses give you the opportunity to gain a range of knowledge and experience, including:

Gain entrepreneurial skills – help create start-ups and pitch ideas to real industry bosses at a "Dragons' Den", and visit a wide variety of entrepreneurial businesses.

Brush up on practical workplace skills such as data collation, review and synopsis.

Our students come from all over the world to study on Kingston's creative economy courses, so you will finish the course with an international network of contacts.

Excellent teaching – the Managing in the Creative Economy MA course was ranked as one of the best entrepreneurship masters in the world by the Eduniversal masters ranking 2015/16, and Kingston Business School is one of only a few of the 120 UK business schools to be awarded an 'excellent' rating for its teaching quality by the Higher Education Funding Council.

Regular visits from industry experts and entrepreneurs, field trips to entrepreneurial businesses and events that connect the creative industry to the local community and give you a valuable network.

Students can add study at the prestigious Boston University (http://business.kingston.ac.uk/courses/kingston-university-and-boston-university-dual-masters-programme) to their programme and gain a dual masters degree.

Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

Course structure

For the core modules, you will study with students from across all the creative industries programmes. For the specialist modules, you will study alongside fellow fashion students.

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

Mapping the Creative Economy
Conducting Collaborative Creativity
Design Thinking for Startups
Personal Research/Gaining Insights

Specialist modules

Designing Research
Creative Futures

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 6.0. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Fashion & the Creative Economy MA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Upper second class degree or above in a relevant area and/or two years' work experience in the creative industries; an exciting and creative portfolio; an understanding of the context of the creative economy; and the ability to explain why this course will be of value to them personally. We also carefully consider non-standard entrants with relevant personal and work experience who can demonstrate the interest, commitment and ability. For the Fashion route you will need to provide a portfolio of your fashion work.

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