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  • Objectives
    The School has an established international reputation as a centre of excellence for postgraduate studies in Fashion and related subjects. Contemporary, vibrant and diverse, Nottingham is renowned for being the business, cultural and fashion centre of the East Midlands region. The philosophy of the course is to provide talented individuals with an environment in which personal and professional aspirations can be fulfilled. The course gives students the opportunity to develop their individual specialism at an advanced level, by exploration and experimentation with new approaches, via a self-initiated research project (subject to negotiation with their tutor), within a dynamic postgraduate community; supported by exceptional staffing facilities, contemporary postgraduate studio space, and modern technical resources. Overseas travel, to enhance the students understanding of international fashion markets, is also available. Students are actively encouraged to develop professional relationships with UK and international fashion industries and agencies where appropriate. All postgraduate courses located within Fashion Futures have been structured to allow students to consider career opportunities in a range of creative, fashion related industries. Students are encouraged to be expressive and communicate concepts via a range of exciting mediums. Whether wishing to set up a business, work as a consultant or practitioner, or wanting to continue their professional development in Fashion, even then the range of individually agreed activities incorporated in the course allows students to select the outcome of their choice.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Prospective applicants should be (or about to become) graduates of a British university or equivalent institute of Higher Education. Preference will be given to good honours graduates although exceptional applicants from a non-academic background will also be considered. If applying for a design specialisation, you are also required to show a professional portfolio of work. Competence in written and spoken English is essential. Overseas applicants are expected to have a score of either IELTS 6, TOEFL 540, CBTOEFL 207 or IBTOEFL 76 unless their undergraduate course of study was undertaken in English. There is an opportunity for overseas students to enrol on the 10 week Language and Culture Bridging Programme which begins in June, providing they have secured a place on an MA course the following September. This will allow for a higher score to be achieved and for students to have Art and Design specialist tutorials in preparation for Masters study.
  • Academic Title
    MA Fashion Design
  • Course description
    Assessment
    Assessment for module one is 100% submission and presentation of a learning agreement for module two. Assessment for module two is individually negotiated with the course team, and may include a variety of possible outcomes such as a personal thesis, range of cousework activities, prototypes or theoretical models, the creation of a business proposal etc.

    Resources and facilities
    Each course has a shared studio base with access to an IT/CAD suite (the Digital Arts lab) for postgraduate use, incorporating recent updates of relevant hardward and software. Design students also have access to traditional fashion workshops for manufacturing, subject to an appropriate health and safety induction.

    Study routes
    The course is one year full-time, and commences each September. Applications for this course of study can be considered at any time during the year.

    Overseas students can commence at the end of September on a ten week MA Language and Culture Bridging course.

    Special benefits
    The 'hybrid' nature of courses located within Fashion Futures allows students to work closely with others within the same subject discipline. It is hoped that close collaborative activities will result in the possible formation of companies and complimentary solutions. The team will work closely with each student to help secure any Intellectual Property Rights resulting from the course activities.

    Research opportunities
    Each course encourages students to engage with real issues and external connections, and would support links with other institutions and external agencies through collaborations and research activities.

    Course content
    One year in duration, the course which commences annually in September consists of two modules – module one (60 Credits) and module two (120 Credits).

    Module one, which lasts approximately 12 weeks, comprises school related activities (66%) and subject related activities (33%). School related activities relate to the wider needs of the individual in relation to progression, support, academic and community issues in postgraduate study. Subject related activities relate to the three pathways which comprise fashion futures, resulting in a negotiated student learning agreement for activities and support in Module two. Students have the opportunity to migrate to any of the three courses within fashion futures, In consultation with the course team.

    Module two, which immediately follows module one and lasts approximately 28 weeks, comprises the core teaching and learning activities For MA Fashion Marketing, MA Fashion Promotion and MA Fashion Design as agreed in module one.

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