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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Salford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    18 months

Course summary

Are you ambitious to become a fashion designer who is confident in adapting to a fast-paced industry? Are you ready to master creative technical skills and innovative design thinking in a state of the art, professional studio setting based in Salford, Manchester? Our MA Fashion Design is an intensive, specialist programme that will give you the tools to explore and refine your identity as a fashion design practitioner and entrepreneur.

Our close industry links from across the globe will provide you with a clear insight into a variety of possible career paths and professional opportunities, alongside working closely with a team of academics and demonstrators ready to support and push you towards your goals. Studying within the dedicated Arts and Media building you will have access to both subject-specific and non-traditional equipment and machinery that will help to elevate your ideas.

You will:

  • Have the opportunity to produce and showcase your final collection at either New York or London Fashion Week
  • Develop and refine extensive technical skills and understand professional contexts around the study of either menswear, womenswear or non-binary fashion.
  • Be part of international fabric sourcing trips, including opportunities in Paris and China
  • Become a confident, resourceful, and creative fashion practitioner with a clear understanding of contemporary fashion contexts.
  • Graduate with a professional portfolio of work and relevant, professional skills ready to meet the demands of industry in a wide range of roles


Graduating from a fashion design master’s programme puts you in a strong position to apply for a variety of roles within the fashion industry. You may decide to join an existing fashion house as a fashion designer, pattern cutter, or textile designer, among many other roles. Alternatively, as a resourceful and independent fashion entrepreneur with excellent skills and business understanding, you might decide to set up your own fashion label.

The skills and knowledge you gain from this course will also help you in a number of other industries. For example, you could work in retail as a buyer or visual merchandiser. You’ll also have the skills to work in an editorial capacity as a fashion stylist or a fashion writer. Having a solid understanding of the fashion world will give you access to a number of specialist career options.


The programme team for this fashion design postgraduate course works with a number of key organisations and companies each year. These include the Maxmara Fashion Group based in Italy, H&M based in Stockholm, B-Bax based in China and a range of locally-based fashion brands in Manchester.

You’ll also benefit from our membership with the British Fashion Council. As a result of this, we’re able to take part in important competitions with significant fashion brands, as well as being invited to showcase portfolio work at industry events. We have won the British Fashion Council Best Colleges Portfolio award many times in recent years and this is a testament to our industry-ready portfolio of work.

Tuition fees

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£ 19,395per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Salford

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    University of Salford, The Crescent, Salford, Manchester, M5 4WT, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    37th out of 87 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    125 56%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60.0 60%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.94 79%



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