Postgraduate MA


Hone your creative integrity, expertise and aspirations in fashion. You’ll choose to specialise in: fashion design, visual communication for fashion, or fashion writing.


Course Overview

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    City Campus
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    1 Year
  • Start date

    18 Sep 2023

Framed by three defined strands, this course is open to your interpretation. We’ll provide a bespoke postgraduate experience that aligns with your career intentions and aspirations beyond your master’s study. You’ll be encouraged to explore your individual approaches to sustainable practice, diversity and inclusion within the fashion industry.

On this master’s course, you’ll choose a strand to specialise in:

  • Fashion design
  • Visual communication for fashion
  • Fashion writing 

On the fashion design strand, you’ll typically:

  • Hone your design thinking and craftmanship into commercially viable fashion prototypes, using the course to ‘testbed’ your concepts in relation to your market
  • Develop traditional and/or experimental pattern cutting and construction processes
  • Explore craft and innovation to inform materials and fabrication within your work
  • Apply your creative identity and practice in line with your career aspirations

On the visual communication for fashion strand, you’ll typically:

  • Explore concepts of traditional and digital visual marketing
  • Develop your chosen technique or process, such as fashion photography, styling, illustration, or film

On the fashion writing strand, you’ll typically:

  • Develop skills related to the creation of editorial content. This could include print magazine content, online writing, or promotional work
  • Enhance your written skills to a professional standard, specifically in relation to fashion journalism
  • Be encouraged to think creatively and innovatively about the publishing industry as a whole
  • Learn through an engaging mix of lectures, seminars, and workshops

Whichever strand you choose, you’ll:

  • Develop your independent practice to become a self-reliant, innovative, and critically minded professional
  • Explore in-depth research methodologies during the Research Methods core module
  • Produce a proposal and complete a dissertation (or business plan) related to your Independent Study 1 & 2 projects
  • Complete a portfolio of work that will demonstrate your research and practical skills to potential employers or clients

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Specialist facilities
You’ll have access to industry-standard studios packed with specialist equipment where you’ll hone your practical, technical, and digital skills. Expert tutors will lead you in their area of practice. Their professional knowledge and experience will underpin your learning.

Tailor your learning
You’ll have room to take an interdisciplinary approach to your work throughout your two specialist modules. For example, you might choose to explore fashion illustration from a communications perspective in the visual communication for fashion strand.

Your dissertation will enable you to deepen your theoretical understanding of a self-defined area. You’ll be able to demonstrate your ability to conduct in-depth research that will inform your practice. The format of your dissertation is negotiable. For example, if you intend to launch your own brand, and you’ve tailored your practice as a ‘testbed’ product, you could produce a business plan to reflect this.

Experience industry
In past years, our students have visited Première Vision in Paris, where they have been able to experience the industry first-hand and make professional contacts. We also arranged a visit to the V&A archive to see fashion garments and artefacts relating to their design concepts.

Why study Fashion at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Specialise - in the area of fashion that you are most passionate about
  2. Develop a portfolio of work - to demonstrate your research and practical skills to potential employers
  3. Close links to design and creative businesses - in the Yorkshire region, throughout the UK, and beyond
  4. Access to a vast range of ideas, skills and facilities - take your work in your own direction
  5. A home to thriving creative and fashion sectors - Leeds offers countless opportunities for fashion graduates on our doorstep

Fashion at Leeds Beckett Fashion is one of the world's biggest industries and we passionately believe it is about more than just the commercially driven production and promotion of new collections. It is a reflection of society, identity and culture, and it is also a powerful protagonist for change.