What to Expect

Throughout the intensive 12-month programme based in our central Cambridge studios, you will work closely with our team of inspirational and industry-active professional lecturers to refine your expertise and design process. You will deepen research skills and concept development, build your knowledge of contemporary contexts and critical debates, fashion business, fabrics and technologies, and apply a unique approach to the creation and exhibition of a final collection with a clear personal signature and strong design direction. 

The ethos of all our Fashion courses at CSVPA centres on creating a professional and stimulating environment in which students develop and explore their own creativity. Maintaining the 'atelier' approach at postgraduate level, with tightly monitored class sizes, high contact hours, extensive studio time and allocated working spaces, students have all the tools to advance their individual approach to design within a bespoke contemporary fashion context.

Working alongside like-minded designers and visual communicators across our MA programmes you will also develop the research skills that drive innovation. Shared inter-disciplinary modules question the ways that globalisation, new technologies and disruptive strategies drive contemporary practice. You will learn about issues shaping the fashion industry and its global impact (supply chains and labour, fabric and materials technologies, sustainable and zero waste design, and ethical marketing). As a member of our vibrant international learning community you will reflect on what it means to be a responsible creative and global citizen of the 21stcentury. 

Practical knowledge is enriched through lectures and seminars that introduce historical and theoretical debates concerning the fashion image and its importance in digital and post-digital culture. Through lectures shared with MA Fashion: Branding & Creative Communication you will learn more about fashion business and communication, trend analysis and branding strategies, and explore historical and contemporary case studies at the cutting edge of critical fashion and its communication in digital and post-digital culture. 

Opportunities for work placements or mentoring help you make industry contacts, build your CV, and give you experience of working life. All MA students can apply for an internship with our partner Hearst Magazines UK, or find alternative work placements in fashion houses in London or across the world. Workshops and talks from cutting-edge Visiting Lecturers provide insight into a variety of fashion industry careers.  

Alongside lecturers in design, pattern-cutting and technical skills, our inter-disciplinary staff offer expert tuition in fashion graphics, branding and promotion, illustration or moving image to build your brand. We encourage to think about how you communicate with your audience or customer through installation, magazine or lookbooks, fashion film, websites, social media, interactive experience, promotional packaging and visual branding. In addition, you will be supported to explore new technologies, materials and production processes by collaborating with industry and academic expertise in the city. 

Previous final collections have explored topics such as the shape-shifting Kitsune fox, body-positivity, the molecular structure of Botox, sustainable fabrics, zero-waste pattern-cutting, the feminine power of the Slavic goddesses, and the crystalline interior of a cracked geode.