MA Fashion Cultures - History and Culture

United Kingdom
Dates flexible
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Course Fee

Course Overview

Course summary:

Scroll down to the How to apply section below. MA Fashion Cultures: History and Culture offers students a unique opportunity to study fashion and dress within its historical, theoretical, social and cultural contexts to become informed critics and communicators.


This course offers an individualised experience in fashion education at postgraduate level. Theoretical and methodological perspectives give a grounding in the history and culture of fashion enabling students to critically examine contemporary fashion practices, experiences and communication. Great reasons to apply

  • Graduates of this course have progressed to careers in fashion education, curation and archives, journalism, publishing and retail consultancy.
  • The opportunity to develop deep, specialised knowledge in fashion theory as a means of critical intervention and innovation of contemporary fashion debates and practices.


This course is based at Lime Grove. Find out about the local area in our local area guides on the Student Life pages .

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About MA Fashion Cultures:

Investigate fashion, dress and style in culture and society.

Course trips and visits:

  • Examining everyday British womenswear from the interwar period in the Museum of London Archives with curator Beatrice Behlen
  • Delicate evening bags on display at Museum of London
  • Archival British Vogues on display at Museum of London
  • A selection of interwar hats on display at Museum of London
  • MA Fashion Cultures students hear from Anna Buruma, Archivist at Liberty of London
  • Lorraine Smith, MA Fashion Cultures alumna, shares a selection of brassieres from The Underpinnings Museum archive, where she is Learning and Outreach Coordinator.
  • A vintage Mary Quant lurex bra
  • Contemplating Rose English's exhibition "Forms, Feminisms, Femininities" at Richard Saltoun Gallery, London.
  • Hearing from Director of TJ Boulting Gallery, Hannah Watson, about 'Subversive Stitch', a group show of textile-based works that embrace and explore the political, innovative and unconventional possibilities of embroidery.
  • MA Fashion Cultures students visit 'Museum of Transology', Brighton Museum
  • MA Fashion Cultures students visit 'Queer Looks', Brighton Museum
  • MA Fashion Cultures students visit Designer of Dreams' at the V&A
  • MA Fashion Cultures students visit Designer of Dreams' at the V&A
  • MA Fashion Cultures students visit Designer of Dreams' at the V&A

Who should take this course

Anyone Interested.

Course content

Course details:

On the MA Fashion Cultures:

History and Culture course you will investigate fashion as object, representation, discourse and practice through an interdisciplinary approach from both historical and contemporary perspectives.

Course structure:

  • 12 months, 3 terms, level 7, 180 credits

Fees & Funding:

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About Course Provider

University of the Arts London (UAL) is Europe’s largest specialist art and design university. Its unique creative community is made up of six renowned Colleges, each with its own world-class reputation: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts.

UAL is the world’s sixth best University for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings 2018. Offering an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts, UAL is the main talent pipeline to the UK’s creative industries.

Home to a diverse community of over 18,000 students from 129 countries, UAL has a track record for launching and furthering careers. Our graduates can be found in every part and at every level of the creative and cultural sectors, from heads of global business to self-employed practitioners, and on shortlists for awards ranging from the Turner Prize to the Oscars.

Building on UAL’s association with some of the most original thinkers in the arts, students and staff are inspired to challenge convention, generate new ideas and nurture talent. Home to award-winning staff and students for more than a century, UAL’s Colleges are at the forefront of learning, creativity and practice in their specialist subjects. This close-knit College structure offers opportunities for learning and enquiry for people at all stages of their creative development.

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