Explore the social and cultural context of fashion through both theory and practice. You will combine research, debate and ethics with making to cultivate new and inclusive ways of thinking, doing and being fashion- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-fashion/
The MA Fashion programme will enable you to:
Challenge traditional boundaries and perceptions of fashion
Understanding the context that shapes fashion and in turn it’s far-reaching social, cultural, economic and environmental impacts is key to this programme. This means developing an understanding of the complexity of fashion on all levels, questioning the hierarchy and spectacle of the prevailing fashion system and imagining alternatives.
We approach this through collaborative and experimental research, which enables students to develop individual and critical perspectives and the confidence to activate this knowledge in various professions across the creative industries. On graduating from the programme students will be equipped to cultivate innovative and inclusive ways of thinking, doing and being fashion.
Engage in interdisciplinary learning
The programme has been designed to provide an interdisciplinary environment in which research, critical debate and ethics combine with, and inform, practice. Outcomes during the year can be writings, short films, conceptual prototypes, imagery, garments or combinations of these. These diverse outcomes will be driven by students previous studies/professions/expertise, that may be in fashion design, fine art, journalism, anthropology, textiles or another related fields.
It is expected that students have the curiosity to explore both material and written forms through study and making practices. The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, field work, studio practice, excursions, workshops, seminars, collaborative and independent projects and exhibitions.
Students will also take option modules in the departments of Visual Cultures, Media and Communications, ICCE (Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship) and also from other specialisms within the Design Department. Students are expected to play an active role in the studio culture, group discussions and peer review.
Think and research through making
Studio practice is an integral part of the programme during which making is used as a reflective process to analyse and communicate. We wholly encourage students to be intellectually and viscerally engaged and to develop knowledge that is grounded in experience. Students are supported in gaining a clear purpose and focus in their practice and we provide guidance in creating meaningful work, whilst developing personal well-being.
The studio spaces and workshops at Goldsmiths are shared with the wider MA Design community and the Department of Art creating a vibrant and dynamic space for experimentation and discussion. Students are encouraged to work with the broad range of technical equipment available at Goldsmiths and to pursue their work in a way that is uninhibited by the traditional parameters of disciplines.
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Ruby Hoette.
Modules & Structure
The MA in Fashion is a 180 credit programme consisting of three core taught modules totalling 60 credits, a final project worth 60 credits, and a further two modules totalling 60 credits to be taken from the Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE) and Media & Communications departments.
This is the main pathway for the programme, however there will also the opportunity to take option modules from the Department of Design depending on the students individual interests.
Goldsmiths Textile Collection
Students on the MA in Fashion work closely with the unique resources available at the Goldsmiths Textile Collection.
The Goldsmiths Textile Collection represents the history of textiles at Goldsmiths from the 1940s to the present day and includes works by Goldsmiths alumni and other textile artists, ethnographic and historical textiles and dress, a host of exquisite teaching samples from the personal collection of Constance Howard, as well as an international reference library of books, slides, exhibition catalogues and other printed material. This eclectic and unique archive provides an invaluable on-site resource for emerging practitioners and professionals to develop their research and creative portfolios.
The Constance Howard Gallery, home of the Goldsmiths Textile Collection, has an active programme of textile-related exhibitions throughout the year. This programme includes shows curated with objects from the Collection and from associated research projects, as well as work by textile artists, students and alumni. Students on the MA in Fashion will work closely with the Textile Collection and Constance Howard Gallery as a resource for material and textual research with access to the archive's extensive holdings and the gallery as a project-space.
The MA in Fashion is assessed through a mix of individual and collaborative coursework, essays and projects. For each core module you will be able to choose between a written submission and a practical submission accompanied by a research report. You will be encouraged to select a form of assessment that is appropriate to demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to the course content. Blogs, webpages, essays, films, garments, presentations and exhibitions all feature as assessments in this programme.
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You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject. You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written test and no individual test lower than 6.0).