MA Fashion Innovation and Realisation

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Part-time (2 years)

Start date(s)

September 2020

Tuition fees 20/21
Home (full-time, per year): £7,750
Home (per credit): £43.05
International (full-time, per year): £15,600

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About this course

LJMU's Fashion Innovation MA provides a thorough understanding of industry design, technology and commercial practice within the fashion industry.

  • Expand your knowledge of fashion design or communication, and contribute to the wider field of fashion through research-based critical work.
  • Develop innovative fashion practice through guidance from academics, businesses and industry entrepreneurs
  • Work within an interdisciplinary, flexible and modular programme of study
  • Benefit from extensive networking and collaboration opportunities in fashion and related industries
  • Take advantage of the generous Michael Pugh Thomas and Julia Carter Preston Legacy £1000 scholarships offered to postgraduate applicants

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.

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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.

Additional funding is available for this programme via the Susan Cotton Travel Award and the Michael Pugh Thomas and Julia Carter Preston Legacy postgraduate study awards.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Bursaries and study awards

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.

Applications for September 2019 entry are now closed.

To be considered for the scholarship, you must submit a 500 word letter to after being formally offered a place on a Masters programme in the School of Art and Design. Applications for September 2019 entry are now closed. The bursary scheme will reopen in the new year – application deadline Friday 12 June 2020.

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 £1,600 and two International Awards of £2,300. 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. Applications for September 2019 entry are now closed.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Studying for a postgraduate research degree enhances your employability in a number of ways. It also enables you to focus on specific areas of interest and expand your subject knowledge ready for employment within a range of related sectors within the fashion industry, including freelance and self-employment. Alternatively, there is the option for further study at PhD level, or you could take up a teaching role.

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"The Liverpool School of Art and Design provides a space for aspiring fashion professionals to evolve and apply their practice in a professionally relevant environment, technically equipped to produce fully formed, relevant and exciting creative contributions to industry."

Andrew Ibi, Programme Leader

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core Modules

Collaborative Practice
30 credits

You will have the opportunity to work closely with internal partners within the School of Art and Design, the wider LJMU academic community or external partners in the UK and internationally. Through key partnerships you will engage with a range of collaborative projects which challenge the notion of the interdisciplinary practice within the context of contemporary art and design and which enable you to propose, plan, organise, publish and promote your work within the context of an external body.

  • Guest lecturers will expose you to areas of collaboration
  • This module is shared by all students studying on taught postgraduate programmes at Liverpool School of Art and Design and allows you to collaborate across programmes

Major Project (Fashion Innovation and Realisation)
60 credits

The Final Project builds on the research carried out during semesters 1 and 2, and represents the culmination of your proposed plan to execute your final Masters project. It aims to:

  • develop a comprehensive understanding of the synergy between relevant theory and professional practice
  • support the in-depth development of an innovative, self-directed body of work appropriate to your selected specialism(s)
  • support the exploration of entrepreneurial methods and contemporary industrial practices through product development, manufacture and flat design concepts
  • develop your ability to communicate sophisticated aesthetic concerns and in-depth knowledge of a personally selected specialism, enhancing your capacity to engage in professional practice

Research and Practice 2 (Fashion Innovation and Realisation)
30 credits

This module builds on the Fashion Research Methods module and develops alongside the Masters Project module, to contextualize your individual programmes of study by demonstrating, through a written text, issues that underpin and impact on practice. Through in-depth research and writing, this module increases and elevates your knowledge of the fashion industry. It aims to:

  • provide advanced awareness of historical and contemporary fashion through independent investigation
  • enable you to conduct primary and secondary research on a range of related fashion business, market and entrepreneurship subjects
  • promote professionalism in written outcomes with appropriate referencing and context

Research and Practice 1
30 credits

This module is shared by all students studying on taught postgraduate programmes at Liverpool School of Art and Design and allows you to collaborate across programmes.

  • A series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and visits will introduce you to current and emerging practice in relation to a diverse range of historical, theoretical and critical principles
  • Guest lecturers will expose you to areas of collaboration
  • Seminars and tutorials will require you to share, discuss and evaluate your ideas and practice with others

Optional Modules

Studio Practice (Fashion Innovation and Realisation)
30 credits

This module ensures that you develop creative and technical excellence in your aesthetic understanding of practical and creative practice. It aims to:

  • support you in the sourcing and utilisation of appropriate materials and methodologies to create samples and trials in an appropriate format
  • ensure you develop practical and critical skills that demonstrate creativity, individual languages and signatures

Studio Practice (Fashion Innovation & Realisation)
30 credits

This module runs throughout semesters 1 and 2 and will lead into the Major Project that runs through to the Summer period. You will review your existing practice and develop the critical and creative innovation required for advanced practice. You will be able to investigate a range of emerging technologies and practices through workshops in the technical areas of the School of Art and Design, and you will work with technical tutors and academic staff to create a programme of activities tailored to your individual needs.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

The majority of teaching takes place on Tuesdays, via a modular programme of study.

Teaching methods

This programme offers a blend of theory and practice. It will enable you to focus on your own specialist area of design, in disciplines such as fashion communication, editorial, branding, trend prediction, fashion photography, fashion design, garment production, textiles and fabrication development.

Teaching is individually tailored around each student. Weeks are divided between lectures, seminars, tutorials, studio supervisions and workshops.

Applied learning

Developed specifically for those with a design background or relevant qualification, this modular programme will allow you to develop your knowledge of fashion practical skills and explore your individual style. You will be challenged to innovate through a series of taught components - including studio and collaborative practice - before completing a major project around your chosen specialism. You will also have opportunities to undertake field trips to further enhance your learning experience.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessment takes place via a variety of methods including, progress review, presentation, group critique, written and practical work. The high levels of seminar and tutorial contact allow for a considerable amount of formative assessment and feedback prior to the summative assessment for each module. Programme assessment seeks to replicate professional industry practices

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

Liverpool School of art and Design is housed in the RIBA award winning John Lennon Art and Design Building in the Mount Pleasant Campus and offers extensive studio spaces, lecture theatres and a dedicated public exhibition space.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:1 in an arts or fashion industry-related subject
  • a reference
  • a sample digital portfolio of work to be submitted at the point of application
  • to attend an interview
  • a portfolio of work to be presented at interview

Additional information

  • IELTS English language requirement: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson requirements: 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme

If you have any specific queries, please contact

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

The application and selection process for each programme depends on its exact requirements and how these requirements are most effectively assessed. You will find the specific information you need for this course below.

You need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient level of knowledge to embark on the programme (including the required linguistic competence) and to complete it 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.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.