Suspended for September 2021 entry

This programme has been temporarily suspended for September 2021 entry. You will not be able to apply for this programme at this time.

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 have an excellent track record in Graduate Fashion Week awards and the Sophie Hallette Lace Challenge 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.
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.


We are committed to offering a high-quality experience to all our students. We are working to minimise the impact of Covid-19, but we have reluctantly decided that we will be unable to offer this programme for entry in 2021.


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.


As one of the top institutions in the UK for the study of fashion, our graduates are highly regarded by the industry: alumni destinations include Gucci, Balenciaga, H&M, Burberry, Cerruti, Alexander McQueen, Nicole Fahri, Stella McCartney and Joseph to name but a few.


Mal Burkinshaw

Head of Subject Area - Design: Senior Lecturer, Fashion

Convenor of Special Circumstances Board for Design


Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 5966

Facilities and resources

The Fashion workshops are equipped for a mixture of fabric sewing and pattern-cutting processes.

The Textiles workshops are equipped for traditional flat-bed screenprinting, digital printing and fabric dyeing.

Students at the University of Edinburgh have access to a range of library resources across the campus and online.

Scholarships and bursaries

Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarships

  • Deadline: 1 March 2021
  • Value: £10,000
  • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate Masters study at Edinburgh College of Art.


Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086