About your course
Designed to support your professional development within the fashion industry, you will gain a thorough understanding of industry design, technology and commercial practice in an environment designed to support your creativity.
- Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
- Develops innovative fashion practice through guidance with businesses and entrepreneurs involved with the industry
- Interdisciplinary, flexible and modular programme of study
- Extensive opportunities for networking and collaboration within the fashion and related industries
- Additional funding available via Susan Cotton Travel Award and the Michael Pugh Thomas and Julia Carter Preston Legacy postgraduate study awards
The Liverpool School of Art and Design provides a space for aspiring fashion professionals, interested in both the creation of clothes and garments, and their publicity to evolve and apply their practice in a professionally relevant environment technically equipped to produce fully formed, relevant and exciting creative contributions to industry.
Introduction to the School
Liverpool School of Art and Design is organised around strong disciplinary cultures that exist in a dynamic environment that supports interaction and debate between staff and students within and across subject areas.
Our programmes are geared towards combining teaching and work-related learning with practical knowledge, enabling you to succeed in your chosen career beyond graduation. Teaching is individually tailored and oriented around each student, with the week divided between lectures, seminars, tutorials, studio supervisions and workshops.
In the 2014 REF, 85% of research submitted by Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory at LJMU was either recognised internationally, or considered as internationally excellent. This research helps ensure that our postgraduate courses are positioned at the leading edge of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.
Research is organised thematically to bring together disciplines and exploit their methods to address issues of significance and concern to the broader culture of the city and beyond. Our internationally excellent research informs our curriculum and underpins our teaching, and all our staff, including Readers and Professors, are involved in the day-to-day delivery of undergraduate as well as postgraduate and research programmes.
- contemporary art and design practice
- international art
- sound and the visual arts
- art history
- curatorial practice
- art and creative technologies
- environmental art
- contemporary printmaking
- urban architecture
We are also particularly interested in interdisciplinary methodologies.
Why study this course at LJMU?
Fashion Innovation and Realisation has the ability to liberate, transform and invoke power and, through shape and form, challenge traditional concepts of beauty, role and world perceptions.
You will be based in our award-winning John Lennon Art and Design Building which has the equipment and facilities you'll need to develop, create and photograph your work. In a competitive, portfolio-driven industry that requires creative skill and the ability to network, you will be well positioned to advance your career.
The School itself offers opportunities for cross-disciplinary practice, and our Special Collections provision archives works on costume, feminism, the psychology of dress and its respective social scene.
Programme outline and structure
Whether you are a recent graduate or a professional in fashion and related industries, such as marketing, journalism, photography, film and pattern cutting, Fashion Innovation and Realisation MA allows you to advance your current skills and expertise and engage in an advanced level of fashion-related academic study.
This flexible, modular programme will allow you to develop your skills, experience and expertise through experimental, innovative practice and fashion theory. The programme then switches to ‘realisation’ modules, achieved through collaborative and interdisciplinary practice, and a studio culture supported by lectures, seminars and visiting lecturers. Wherever possible, you will be able to access undergraduate inductions and basic workshops to revisit skills or investigate new technologies for your study.
Your studies will culminate in the development and presentation of a final major project where you will present the outcomes of your individual learning plan.
Fashion is a mature subject within the Liverpool School of Art and Design and you will have access to the latest digital equipment as well as traditional fashion techniques that are seeing a re-emergence in the fashion sector. The facilities available in our John Lennon Art and Design Building will provide all the equipment you need to develop, create and photograph work.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Fashion research methods
- Fashion research project
- Collaborative practice
- Studio practice
- Final major project
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.
Please email email@example.com if you require further guidance or clarification.
How will I be assessed?
Our expert academics have designed your assessed work to ensure that you fulfil your potential at this important stage of your development as a postgraduate
Assessment methods differ slightly for each of the modules but usually involve presenting practical work in a viva voce situation with supporting research or textual material.
Staff research interests
Research in the Liverpool School of Art and Design is centered around the ART LABS research centre.
ARTS LABS comprises four research labs focused on the following themes: contemporary art; 3D digital art and applications in the real world; the uses of art and cultural enrichment; exhibitions and curatorship and design discourse and practice. In the 2014 REF, 85% of research submitted by Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory at LJMU was either recognised internationally, or considered as internationally excellent.
Lecturers on the MA Fashion Innovation and Realisation all have research profiles from practical application to publications in their specialist fields. The programme also has visitors from industry and researchers who are active in the field of fashion to enhance and underpin the learning environment. This research helps to ensure that our postgraduate courses are positioned at the forefront of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts. We are also particularly interested in interdisciplinary methodologies.
Entry requirements (Home)
Application to study a Masters level qualification within Fashion will normally be considered in the light of your ability to meet the following criteria:
- 2:1 or above degree in an arts or fashion industry-related subject
- a reference
- a portfolio of work to be presented at interview
The above should demonstrate that you have a sufficient level of knowledge to embark upon the programme (including the required linguistic competence) and to complete the programme within the time limits. You should provide evidence, at the interview stage, of your learning capabilities and commitment to a postgraduate programme of study.
Applications from non-standard applicants are welcomed. In exceptional circumstances applications by mature fashion practitioners without sufficient qualifications will be considered.
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications and must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, via an IELTS test with a score of 6.5 (Minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
Yes. Overseas applicants or applicants unable to attend interview at LJMU may be invited to attend a Skype interview.
6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)
58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Bursaries and study awards
Applications for this year’s scholarships have closed. Details for the 2018 scholarships will be available soon.
The Liverpool School of Art and Design offers students across all taught postgraduate programmes opportunities to apply for scholarships aimed at broadening student knowledge and experience.
The Michael Pugh Thomas and Julia Carter Preston Legacy scholarships consist of a number of £1,000 awards and are open to full-time and part-time home and international students who wish to study for a postgraduate qualification in art and design with LJMU. Part-time applicants can only apply once over the two years of their course.
To be considered for the scholarship, you must submit a 500 word letter to firstname.lastname@example.org after being formally offered a place on a Masters programme in the School of Art and Design. The application deadline for scholarships is the 16 June 2017.
Please ensure you include your name, contact details, the full title of the course you have applied to study on and 500 words stating why you should be awarded the scholarship, the benefits it will bring to your studies and any exceptional circumstances you face in studying for a postgraduate qualification. Further information for international students about finance, fees and scholarships can be found here.
The School's main travel bursary for existing students, The Susan Cotton Travel Awards, consists of three European Awards of £1,400 and two International Awards of £2,200. The awards are intended to help you undertake significant domestic or international travel in support of your work and personal development. The awards aren't necessarily about academic study, instead they focus on the spirit of travel and adventure. Previous winners of the bursary have travelled to a tropical island to experience life at its most basic, cycled the length of the Danube, spent a month in Morocco and inter-railed through Europe.
Postgraduate loans for students from England, Wales and the EU
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to:-
Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland
The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.
The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.
LJMU Alumni Award
Alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
This MA has been developed with employability at its heart and staff have worked closely with successful businesses and entrepreneurs to develop a Masters that meets the needs of fashion and its related industries.
Whether you are progressing from undergraduate study, or returning to education to advance your position and expertise, this MA will enrich your work ready for a career in fashion.
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.
These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.
You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:
- new international applicants
- current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
- LJMU international alumni
English for Postgraduate courses bursary
A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.
This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes