MA Fashion: Branding & Creative Communication is a contemporary studio-based programme designed to build creative and professional skills. With unique industry opportunities with our partner Hearst Magazines UK, it aims to produce the next generation of fashion communicators, with the innovation, strategic thinking and creative vision necessary for careers in the fast-moving industry of visual branding and fashion media and communications.
Throughout the 12-month programme in our central Cambridge studios, you will find new sources of inspiration and explore exciting new directions for your image-making practice, experimenting across illustration and graphic media, art direction, editorial (print and digital), corporate branding, styling, photography and moving image to develop your unique signature and approach to the contemporary branding of fashion. You will build a specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of branding and promotional strategies, and apply it to campaigns that communicate with different fashion audiences in a variety of contemporary spaces, real and digital experiences and live platforms.
This programme offers outstanding specialist tuition combined with extensive academic contact and studio access. As a Master’s student you benefit from:
- Studying in a fashion school led by an award-winning designer and Creative Director.
- Exclusive access to contemporary creative industry expertise, workshops, and the possibility to participate in yearly mentorships through our partners, including leading digital and print media publisher Hearst Magazines UK, publisher of titles including Digital Spy, ELLE, Esquire, and Elle Decoration.
- Expert tuition from industry-active professionals with a passion for teaching.
- Intensive learning experience tailored to your needs and ambitions, with high level of personalised support and 1:1 tutorial time.
- A postgraduate qualification you need to stand out, and get ahead.
- Collaborating with a creative, inter-disciplinary and global postgraduate community.
- Studio workspace, open every day of the week.
- Access to regular Life Drawing in our dedicated drawing studio.
- A small, supportive and specialist creative arts college in a beautiful, historic and cultural city—a creative hotspot and home to one of the UK’s most dynamic and international student communities.
This course is awarded by Falmouth University.
What to Expect
In your first semester you will be set a series of briefs designed to stimulate your creativity and help you develop the ingenuity and resilience that professional creative practice requires. You will begin to outline a self-directed project proposal, which will ultimately develop into your Independent Major Project.
You will continue to develop your own creative practice, whilst addressing how artists and designers need to be engaged in forging the future of their respective fields. You will be given a chance to explore your ideas with students on other MA courses, and will also have the opportunity of a work placement.
During this semester, all your attentions turn to the research, development and production of your Independent Major Project. The year ends with an exhibition showcase of your projects, celebrating the end of an intensive period of creative, conceptual, critical and professional development.
1 year (3 semesters)
Fashion designer, Retail buyer, Retail manager, Retail merchandiser, Stylist, Textile designer, Visual merchandiser.
Specialist tutor support available 5 days a week.
Students have access to our studios 7 days a week, from 10am to 8pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm at weekends.
How your Work is Assessed
Visual and written assignments and projects
Visiting Lecturers, drawn from a variety of relevant industry contexts, will deliver a series of presentations which help you to situate your own hopes and ambitions for the future.
How we Teach
Throughout this course students will be taught through specialist workshops, guest lecturers, regular ones to ones and group tutorials
Previous students have gone on to work in such places as Esquire Magazine, Vivienne Westwood and Fashion Crossover
20 years +
Successful completion of an Undergraduate Degree in an art & design or related subject or professional relevant experience. Students who do not meet these entry requirements will still be considered on their own individual potential to succeed.
English Level for International Students
IELTS 6.5+ (no element under 5.5)
Portfolio and personal statement required
Please submit a short statement (300-400 words), telling us about yourself, your previous experience and your approach to creative practice. Please include:
- Reasons for applying to our MA course.
- Experience and skills. What were you doing before?
- Your approach to art/design practice. What inspires, informs and influences what you do—and why?
- Your goals. What do you hope to get out of the MA?
- Your long-term ambitions. How do you think postgraduate study will help you develop a career in the creative industries?
RESOURCES & FACILITIES
All students on our MA programmes have access to a wide range of resources to support their studies and the hybrid nature of contemporary practice across art and design including:
- Industrial sewing machines and technical support from garment technician.
- Gerber technology.
- Industry-standard software including Adobe Creative Cloud, Maxon Cinema 4D.
- Photography studios and access to wet darkroom.
- Drawing Studio.
- Digital Media Suite and technical support.
- Wood, Metal and Ceramics 3D workshops and technical support.
- Prototype Lab (including 3D printer and laser-cutter).
- Academic Skills Advisor (available for group and 1:1 tutorials).
In addition to facilities and expertise offered at CSVPA, students have been supported to collaborate with technology experts in Cambridge including engineers at University of Cambridge, Cambridge Makespace, as well as local digital printing industries.
For more information about the course download the programme specification