MA Fashion

This established fashion programme is aimed at dynamic designers with a thirst for fashion innovation. Its unique focus allows designers to question the role of the fashion designer and the body in the 21st century seeking out the new, and defining and devising new ways to design for a world we don't yet know. Fashion acts as a barometer of our times, and this remains at the heart of our Fashion MA ethos.

Fashion MA: Knit pathway offers a specialism in an area for which Kingston University has recognised success. Students will follow the same programme as MA Fashion, however specialist projects will be offered within existing modules to those students wishing to specialise in knit.

Specialist design areas include:

  • innovation-based womenswear, menswear and knitwear;
  • fashion process;
  • fashion communication, body architecture;
  • fashion futurising;
  • fashion ethics;
  • new materialogies;
  • wearable technologies; and
  • fashioning science.

Students who wish to follow the MA Fashion: Knit pathway should apply for MA Fashion and state their preference for MA Fashion: Knit at their interview.

What will you study?

You will observe and respond to contemporary rituals of dress, identifying new codes and modalities for creating future silhouettes and fashion communication. You will identify design narratives to produce and inspire future bodies, addressing the nuances that will drive and establish you as a leading fashion thinker and creative fashion catalyst.

Addressing the contemporary culture of fashion you will engage within important areas of development – social politics, economics, environments, sciences and technology futures. As the leading ateliers embrace the area of 'hybrid design', we too will explore new mediums used to create fashion such as digital design, digital craft, 3D printing, CGI-textiles, soft technology, high-tech and lo-tech product processes, bio-materials and nanotechnology, ethical and humanitarian production. With biotechnologists growing skins and creating body augmentations for future generations, we are at a juncture where the role of the human body and its skin is being redefined. As such we believe that the body image makers – the fashion designers of tomorrow – have a responsibility in this design revolution.

Thought leaders and practitioners in the ever-expanding field of ethical, sustainable and humanitarian fashion will also participate in the course programme to broaden and inspire your attitude to critical fashion design issues. Fashion's 'live' digital landscape is paramount for fashion creatives. We embrace this panorama for creative invention in both physical and digital dimensions of fashion practice and process – many of our students will showcase projects using fashion film, online fashion mediums, broadcasting, communication design, music and performance to showcase their ideas.

With the future on our minds we continue to embrace the traditions and craft of fashion and today's global fashion industry, our Kingston fashion heritage is an intrinsic part of who we are and how we shape fashion of tomorrow.

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Elinor Renfrew

Associate Head of School
Course Director BA Fashion

Neil Adams

Visiting Lecturer


Caitriona Carey

Academic Support Manager

JJ Hudson


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Andrew Ibi

Course Director MA Fashion / Acting Course Director MA Retail / Senior Design Lecturer BA Fashion

Jo Norman



Fiona Whitehead

Senior Technician