Fashion Design

University of Southampton

M.A. On Campus
12 months
18812 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Experiment, explore and discover your own creative identity while developing essential fashion design skills. You’ll benefit from our tutors’ extensive industry experience and contacts, equipping you for success in the competitive world of fashion. Fashion Design is offered by University of Southampton.



The MA Fashion Design programme gives you the freedom to pursue your creative ambitions through experimental practice, personal research and critical evaluation. Working in purpose-built studios, you’ll cover core topics such as sketchbook development, visual research, sustainability and design, construction techniques and materials, CAD (computer-aided design) and fashion portfolio skills. Fashion Design is offered by University of Southampton.

The focus is on a combination of hand making skills and techniques alongside the use of cutting-edge technologies; 

You’ll learn from tutors with years of professional fashion design experience and strong industry connections. They will work closely with you to help you develop your individual strengths and to enhance your employability. 

You’ll benefit from professional skills workshops, exposure to industry through live briefs and guest lectures, and the opportunity to showcase your work in Winchester and London. The teaching team’s extensive contacts can also facilitate internship opportunities with leading fashion companies.

Career opportunities

 You will be able to choose from a range of fashion roles, including fashion designer, costume designer, pattern cutter, illustrator, fashion/photographic stylist, trend forecaster, fashion buyer, visual merchandiser, social media, blogger or fashion editor. This degree is also excellent preparation if you are interested in taking your studies to PhD level.

Past students have gone on to jobs as fashion designers and design teachers all over the world. Others have started their own labels; one former student who has established a label in Hong Kong recently brought her collection to the Pure trade show in London.

Many students have been successful in applying for internships, for example at Gareth Pugh, Roksanda Ilincic, Jasper Garvida for Ethologie and Thomas Tait. Two students who undertook internships at now have their own labels in Hong Kong and New Delhi.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fashion Design
  • Sustainability in Business and Design
  • Creative Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Digital Cultures
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Experimental Publishing
  • Exploring the Visual Language of Display
  • Global Marketing
  • Visual Culture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The admissions policy for the MA Fashion Design is based on students having a good honours degree in a relevant subject (2.2 or above) or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.
  • It is important that you demonstrate your artistic ability in a portfolio, as this will be the determining factor for entry.
  • Your portfolio should include evidence of the processes behind final work (e.g. drawing and sketches; examples of practical work (including toiles/muslins and final garments or outfits), and images of your final work (e.g. catwalk/runway show or photo-shoot). Your portfolio should not exceed ten megabytes in size.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18812 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18812 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Fashion Design
University of Southampton


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