MA Fashion Futures

Fashion Futures explores the nature and purpose of design in a rapidly changing world, building a generation of practitioners who are adaptable, experimental, eco-literate and culturally sensitive. The course places sustainability at the heart of fashion practice, touching on social, environmental, and technological agendas, whilst offering the freedom to create speculate and imagine paths to a better future.

In this ground breaking course, you are encouraged to explore and develop speculative fashion practice and theoretical perspectives in parallel. You will identify new territories for fashion and work in new spaces to communicate ideas in relation to design for sustainability where digital design applications, the interplay of hard and soft sciences, design futuring, fashion design theory, fashion thinking, meta design, ethics, politics, psychology and anthropology are considered.

(Work by MA Fashion Futures students, 2014. Film by Katharina Thiel)

You will examine a diverse range of methodologies and technologies, including film, audio, digital and online platforms, garment prototyping, publishing, events and performance. Critical fashion practice and reflexive thinking to test, reframe and make responses to existing paradigms, is key to MA Fashion Futures. This will enable you to develop a very personal response to, and a critique of, the current paradigm and the role and activities of fashion.

This course is aligned to and supported by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion and the Digital Anthropology Lab.
"I had a lot of freedom in this course. It was a good mix of fashion design blended with innovative thinking, conceptual speculations and technology/science – it was an energetic experience! The highlight was the introduction to speculative design in fashion, specifically around our bodies. It really opened my eyes to more possibilities and ways which we can challenge accepted norms in fashion design. We identify current problems and then let our minds run wild as to what the world would look like if the problems persisted, and how we would design for the identities in such a context. The biggest challenge is the opposite – not getting distracted by all the ideas! There’s so many options so it’s about choosing the best one to focus on." - Fiona Fung, MA Fashion Futures Alumni

(Read more of her insights here)

Key Info

Course Leader: Alex McIntosh
Course Location: Mare Street
Study Level: Postgraduate
Study Mode: Full time
Course Length: 15 months
Home/EU Fee: £8,500 (UAL Home/EU alumni receive a £1,000 discount and may be paid in instalments)
International Fee: £17,920 (UAL International alumni receive a £1,000 discount and may be paid in instalments)
Autumn Term Dates: Monday 10 September - Friday 30 November 2018
Spring Term Dates: Monday 7 January - Friday 15 March 2019
Summer Term Dates: Monday 15 April - Friday 5 July 2019
Autumn Term Dates 2019: Monday 16 September - Friday 29 November 2019 
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted, and offers made, throughout the year. Early application is advised.

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