The MA Fashion degree is aimed at ambitious, talented graduates looking to enter or progress in the fashion industry and be at the forefront of global innovation and creativity. Through theory and practice you will explore fashion within a diverse range of markets and contexts; challenging the boundaries of the discipline. The curriculum will be highly relevant to both fashion graduates and those already working in the industry looking to advance their skills and knowledge. With a focus on preparing you both intellectually and professionally for employment, the course will support students to master craftsmanship and couture techniques at the same time as developing innovative, conceptual designs that break new ground.
Visiting industry professionals and studio technicians will support your exploration of traditional technical skills such as pattern cutting, garment construction, 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. You will be guided to refine your practice and choose to specialise in either womenswear or menswear.
As the reputation of Fashion at NUA continues to grow we continue to invest. From our campus in the heart of Norwich’s cultural quarter you will have access to industry standard resources and exceptional facilities, including three fully-equipped open plan studios overlooking the river, providing a creative and supportive environment in which to refine and professionalise your practice. With industry standard equipment you will be encouraged to take risks, challenge yourself and be open minded as you progress to the high level of practice expected.
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. You will be given the opportunity to work within specialist workshops and studios across all University departments including photography, textiles and graphic design. Through professional collaborations, live projects, guest lectures and study visits you will begin to make contacts, promote your work and embark on your professional career whilst still a student. These complement the core studio, workshop and taught sessions on research methods, theoretical approaches and business and professional skills, meaning that on leaving NUA, graduates will be equipped to work within a broad spectrum of roles in the fashion industry.
Course Leader, Sue Chowles’ high profile career has seen her freelance for John Flett, Bodymap, Bernstock/Speirs and Harvey Nichols before forming international designer fashion label. As Design Director of Chowles-Munday she exhibited at London Fashion Week and was commissioned to design a collection exclusively for Liberty’s of London. Her distinguished career in fashion higher education has seen her fulfil lecturing positions at Nottingham Polytechnic, BA Subject Leader at the University of Brighton, MA Principal Lecturer at the London College of Fashion and the Sri Lankan Institute of Design and Technology. Her current research investigates the importance of preserving the integrity of couture craftsmanship and how it is vital that future generations are educated and informed to protect the heritage of traditional skills.
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.
Scholarship and funding information is available. Norwich will be taken over by a festival of contemporary art in key venues across the city in the summer of 2016, as one of four host cities for the 8th edition of the British Art Show. The biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK has selected Norwich University of the Arts
(NUA) as its lead partner in Norwich. See NUA website for details: http://www.nua.ac.uk
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.