Through a series of units of study, the course acquaints you with a range of practices, approaches and issues that will inform your final dissertation project. Approaches to Fashion surveys the key theoretical work related to fashion and The Discipline of Fashion examines current directions in academic writing on fashion and its cultures, looking particularly at how various academic disciplines have influenced this vibrant field. Fashion in the Marketplace provides experience reviewing publications and exhibitions; The Substance of Fashion examines fashion products and images. Together, the units assist students in formulating original ideas for the study of objects, primary sources and material published across a variety of disciplines relevant to the current academic study of fashion.
The Contextual Studies unit is offered to all MA students in the cohort and tackles a variety of themes, including cultural, historical, design and global business perspectives on fashion futures. Supporting the development of students' work is the Research Methods. Students are encouraged to take fresh approaches to their choice of topic and esearch methodolgies. The course culminates in the Masters Dissertation of 15,000-18,000 words on an original topic, proposed and negotiated by you and developed under tutorial supervision.
Master's graduates have an acknowledged advantage in the employment market, obtaining work in a wide range of vocational and academic fields related to fashion. Previous Graduates of LCF’s History and Culture of Fashion have progressed to lecturing in art and design in Europe and America, fashion curation and archival archival work, journalism, styling, and retail consultancy, as well as further research for the PhD.
The MA provides excellent preparation for higher level research degrees (MPhil or PhD), with an increasing number of graduates undertaking research in fashion related subjects, in practice or theory or entering into education as lecturers.