Fashion - MFA

Programme video: Fashion - MA/MFA

Outline

Our postgraduate fashion programme offers you the opportunity to take your design ideas to the next level; to create remarkable and visionary design products that will help you establish yourself within the fashion industry and contribute original insights to the wider, ever-evolving world of design. You will develop an enhanced research and design proposal, culminating in a showcase of your fashion collection at our annual ECA Degree Show.

What you will study

We will encourage and enable you to challenge your existing research and design knowledge, by developing new skills that are central to the fashion learning experience at ECA. You will be immersed in a creative community working on our flagship DesignBook presentation project, creative cutting, accessory-led design and surface-led design: a community which sees diversity awareness as core to the design process.

Personal research profiles are investigated in more depth, communicated through one-to-one tutoring and seminar presentations and diversified through collaboration with the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art library archives. Through this research focus, you will learn how the rich, creative history of Scotland can enhance how you think about design, both nationally and globally.

With support from our dynamic team of experienced tutors (all industry practitioners or researchers), you will be encouraged to create interdisciplinary collaborations and take up work placements. We expect our postgraduate students to be independent and able to engage in sophisticated design dialogue with tutors as a means of pushing your ideas to reach their full potential.

You will be encouraged to consider the semiotics of clothing and style to position your work towards a diverse context. We will ask you to think about the social responsibility that your work has on the consumer by working with our industry-leading Diversity Network, with All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, to develop emotionally considerate design solutions that address diversity of age, skin tone, size, height and gender through innovations in all aspects of design research and process.

Top five reasons to choose the programme

  • We aspire to create ‘originals’ – students who can think for themselves and who demonstrate aptitude in communicating their ideas through the semiotics of fashion and style.
  • You will be part of an award-winning student community. We scooped the Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award 2013 and have a track record in the GFW Menswear Collection of the Year Awards, the David Band Textile Awards, the Sophie Hallette Lace Challenge and the British Fashion Council Howard Tillman Scholarship, to name but a few.
  • We hold the UK’s first Diversity Network with All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, which will hone your skills in 'emotionally considerate' design and enable you to position your work to a globally-expansive consumer base through more intelligently-designed products.
  • You will receive one-to-one design teaching, in addition to creative and collaborative group teaching sessions, providing a platform for mutually beneficial and stimulating knowledge sharing.
  • You will develop an enhanced research and design proposal, culminating in a showcase of your fashion collection at our annual ECA Degree Show.

Student work

Staff

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Scholarships & bursaries

Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate study at Edinburgh College of Art. (£5,000)

News & events

Mal Burkinshaw collaborated with Sophie Hallete on the work, which is part of a show that converses with the museum’s collections.

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Paul Archibald collecting his Best Student Who Tutors award
Paul Archibald, a PhD student at Reid School of Music, won in the Best Student Who Tutors category
Image courtesy of Mihaela Bodlovic

The wins were in the “Best Feedback” and “Best Student Who Tutors” categories in the 2016 EUSA awards.

26 May 2017
The National Museum of Scotland, Grand Gallery
Chambers Street

Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh fashion students will showcase their cutting-edge collections in the iconic National Museum of Scotland, sponsored by Cazenove and co-curated by the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival.

Contact

Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4086

Email: hsspg@ed.ac.uk