• CollegeLCF
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length15 months

MA Fashion Futures

Places available 2018/19

This course has places available for UK and EU applicants only. Applications have now closed for international students.

You can apply for this course via the ‘How to apply’ section on this page.

MA Fashion Futures explores the nature and purpose of design in a rapidly changing world, building a generation of practitioners who are adaptable, experimental, eco-literate and culturally sensitive.

About this course

The course places sustainability at the heart of fashion practice, touching on social, environmental, and technological agendas, whilst offering the freedom to create speculate and imagine paths to a better future.

Work by MA Fashion Futures students, 2014. Film by Katharina Thiel

Work by Fiona Fung

MA Fashion Futures on LCF News

Read about MA Fashion Futures 2016 graduate Fiona Fung

Wallpaper Magazine, April 2015

Professor Dilys Williams interviewed in Wallpaper Magazine, April 2015

'Temporarily Beautiful' by Katharina Thiel, 2013


Course detail

In MA Fashion Futures, a groundbreaking course, you are encouraged to explore and develop speculative fashion practice and theoretical perspectives in parallel.

You will identify new territories for fashion and work in new spaces to communicate ideas in relation to design for sustainability where digital design applications, the interplay of hard and soft sciences, design futuring, fashion design theory, fashion thinking, meta design, ethics, politics, psychology and anthropology are considered.

You will examine a diverse range of methodologies and technologies, including film, audio, digital and online platforms, garment prototyping, publishing, events and performance. Critical fashion practice and reflexive thinking to test, reframe and make responses to existing paradigms, is key to MA Fashion Futures. This will enable you to develop a very personal response to, and a critique of, the current paradigm and the role and activities of fashion.

This course is aligned to and supported by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion and the Digital Anthropology Lab.

Course structure

15 months, level 7, 180 credits 

September to February

New Fashion Perspectives (40 credits)

Research Methods (20 credits)

February to June

Re-imagining Fashion : Speculative Prototyping (40 units)

Collaborative Unit (20 credits) - find out more

June to September

Masters Project (60 credits)

Travelling across London

The renowned London College of Fashion library is at our John Prince’s Street site, and you will need to travel to this site, and possibly others, during your course to use the library, which is open seven days a week in term time, and for tuition and special events.

Course structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the course team.

Course units

In New Fashion Perspectives unit you will explore key concepts and approaches in design for sustainability. You will develop a personal body of research both physical and theoretical, to support your understanding of fashion practice in relation to sustainability. Working with emerging perspectives and referencing a range of disciplines, you will collect and collate visual and physical samples, trials and tests.

The purpose of Research Methods unit is to provide you with an overview of the range of research methods, approaches and tools that are available to you in order to conduct your post graduate project. The unit will cover philosophy and ethics in research, primary and secondary research methods including quantitative, qualitative and visual research methods, how to analyse, evaluate and disseminate research findings.

Speculative prototyping is understood to be a process whereby your outcomes stand outside the commercial imperative that drives fashion, allowing you to explore design for sustainability in a conceptual form. In the Re-Imagining Fashion - Speculative Prototyping unit You will develop methodologies in parallel for practice-based enquiry informed by ideas developed through design and related disciplines. This work will be presented in a manner appropriate for communication with a design literate audience, and will comprise both physical and written work.

The Collaborative Unit is designed to provide an opportunity to innovate, explore developmental processes and to engage with collaborative working practices. You will be encouraged to engage in the professional negotiation and networking skills that you will need in order to be successful in the cultural and creative industries. The emphasis of this unit is on student led collaboration, the nature of which may be within your own course, with students on other courses via an exchange or with industry. The project that you undertake will depend upon your discipline and the specific requirements of your course. Further details will be available in your unit handbook.

The Masters Project is an important piece of work central to achieving the course aims, which will provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in relation to the course learning outcomes. Throughout the Master’s Project, you are guided and supported by tutorials and peer and staff evaluation at interim stages. You will be allocated a supervisor for your project and will complete a learning contract outlining how you intend to develop and deliver your project. The Master’s Project may take a variety of forms by negotiation and is assessed by presentation in an agreed format.

Showing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCF and will last for up to 12 months after graduation. This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Online and digital learning
  • Museum and gallery visits
  • Feed-forward (formative assessment) sessions
  • Tutorials
  • Small group presentations
  • Masterclasses
  • Guest speakers
  • Group work
  • Optional international study tours

Assessments methods

  • Business reports, case studies and dissertation
  • Practice-based assessments including prototype development
  • Blogs
  • Peer assessment
  • Reflective statements and self-evaluation
  • Presentations
  • Group (collaborative) work


Alex McIntosh is Course Leader.

Alex has been working in the area of fashion and sustainability for more than ten years. He is a long-standing member of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion and Managing Director of the pioneering menswear brand Christopher Raeburn.

His research interests revolve around the exploration of business models that nurture sustainable innovation, community engagement and creative thinking. He has developed a number of programmes to support and encourage emerging fashion businesses towards sustainable practices, working with The Ethical Fashion Forum, The British Fashion Council and Enterprise UK as well as the CSF. Alex has also consulted for a wide range of larger brands, most recently The Selfridges Group, to develop and launch their Buying Better programme and the Bright New Things Initiative.

Alex is currently working on the Fire research project as a Co-Investigator, exploring ways in which an active culture of research and development towards sustainability can be embedded in the UK Fashion SME community. As co-investigator on the TRANSFER project - a collaboration with the University of Sheffield psychology department - he explores the value-action gap in consumer culture.

Alex has written extensively for a number of publications in relation to fashion and sustainability and developed and authored the year long i-Sustain series for i-D magazine and i-D online.

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and seek to recruit students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. We are committed to supporting all our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

Home / EU and international applicants

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements and selection criteria.

2018/19 entry

Both Home/EU and international students can apply for this course using our online application form – the link to this is below. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide.

Alternatively, international applicants can apply through an overseas representative in your country.

Application form

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form: 

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history

Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.

Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will need to contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).

Extra information required for applications to this course

When you are submitting your application form, you will also need to provide the following pieces of documentation in support of your application:

Curriculum vitae

You will be required to submit a Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) in support of your application. This should include your full education and employment history.

Personal statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and your suitability for the course that you intend to study.

Some key points to consider:

  • Make sure that personal statement is your own work and is about you.
  • Explain why you want to study the course you are applying to.
  • Try to link your skills and experience required to the course.
  • Demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the course and link these with your personality.
  • Make sure it is organised and literate (grammar, spelling, punctuation check).


You should submit a 1,000 to 1,500 word written essay with your application. The essay title that you should respond to is:

'Envisage a world where you would like to live, what place does fashion have in this world and what does it look like?’

Please include bibliography and referencing.

Study proposal

Your proposal should be no more than 500 words (excluding research sources and bibliography).

It should:

  • describe the context of the proposal, demonstrating your knowledge, skills and values relating to the cultural, ecological and social significance of your area of interest;
  • suggest the area for exploration in your project proposal, either from the perspective of designer, buyer, maker, communicator or wearer;
  • consider that the proposal may change significantly in consultation with tutors, however we need to ensure that you are thinking on the appropriate level for MA study.

You should include:

  • Research sources - Give details of libraries, museums, galleries, events, organisations, companies and any special archives that you are planning to visit and investigate or have done so as part of your research for your proposal.
  • Bibliography - Insert relevant documentary material. Keep a full record of all original and documentary material consulted. List appropriate reading material using the Harvard Referencing System.
  • Appendices / Images - Insert any additional material that you consider relevant to the core of the proposal or your essay.


Please submit a digital portfolio with a maximum of 30 images that you consider would help support your application. Submit your portfolio via the university’s digital portfolio tool, PebblePad; Further details will be sent to you after you have submitted your application. This may range from illustration, photography, technical development, graphic illustration of text, film and multi-media communication and 3D or theoretical work.

Please note, you can submit text and as many website links as you need to, but the portfolio form does not allow you to upload files.


Entry requirements

Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.

  • An Honours degree at 2.1 or above in a related discipline. Applicants with a degree in another subject may be considered, depending on the strength of the application;


  • Equivalent qualifications;


  • Relevant and quantitative industrial experience for a minimum of three years.

Selection for interview will be made on the basis of your application, including the personal statement and the supporting written statement. If you are selected for interview you will be asked to bring examples of previous written work and to undertake a written aptitude test.

Student selection criteria

The course seeks to recruit students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, and welcomes applications from mature students.

What we look for

The course seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • strong commitment and motivation towards a career in an aspect of the fashion industry;
  • awareness and relevant experience of fashion;
  • appropriate knowledge and skills commensurate with planned entry into the course.

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 7.0 with 6.0 in each skill.

For more information, read the University's English Language requirements page.

International applicants

The Admissions office at the London College of Fashion will help to guide you through the application process and answer any specific questions that you may have regarding our courses. This may include portfolio advice, the application process and fee advice. We offer a ‘drop-in’ facility for applicants who may be in London and wish to obtain further course and admissions information. Please contact us for further information on this facility. We can also arrange a tour of our facilities if we are given prior notice. Our contact details are:

Address: London College of Fashion, International Office, 20 John Prince's Street, London W1G 0BJ.

If you have a question, you can contact our International Recruitment Office by calling +44 (0)20 7514 7656 / 7678 / 7629 or completing our Online Enquiry Form.

International applicants should contact the Admission Office by emailing lcf.international@arts.ac.uk about portfolio requirements (if applicable), interview times and dates.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee


This applies for the 2018/19 academic year.

UAL Home/EU alumni receive a £1,000 discount.

Course fees may be paid in instalments.


Home/EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 (called the 'ELQ' fee). Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held. For enquiries relating to ELQ fees, please complete the course enquiry form.

International fee


This applies for the 2018/19 academic year.

UAL International alumni receive a £1,000 discount.

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.


Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Career paths

MA Fashion Futures graduates apply their skills in a multitude of ways. Recent graduate profiles include setting up a shared space for design, make and participation: Here today, Here Tomorrow. One group of graduates formed a network to create this business, including one graduate who is continuing her studies at PhD level alongside the business. Other graduates are working at various levels of the industry in design and strategy positions, one has recently gained an award from Deutsche Bank to develop her own work and another works at Alexander McQueen. Two of last year's graduates achieved world recognition through awards, at the Earth Awards and The Observer Ethical Awards.