The University of Edinburgh

Fashion, MFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 21 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language

About

Why choose ECA?

We aspire to create students who think for themselves and demonstrate aptitude in communicating their ideas through fashion and style.

You will be part of a multi award-winning student community. This year alone students have attained the following awards - the British Fashion Council Burberry Award - 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, the British Fashion Council Topman Award, the Levi’s and Artsthread Denim Award, the Graduate Fashion Week Fashion Innovation Award, Accessory Award and the GFW Vivienne Westwood Ethical Award.

We host the UK’s first Diversity Network with All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, which will hone your skills in emotionally considerate and intelligently designed products, positioning your work to a global consumer base.

You will receive one-to-one teaching as well as collaborative group teaching, providing a platform for mutually beneficial and stimulating knowledge sharing.

The Fashion programme is offered at The University of Edinburgh.

Career opportunities

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.

Programme Structure

We will encourage and enable you to develop new skills that are central to our fashion-learning experience. You will be immersed in a creative community working on our flagship DesignBook presentation project. You will learn creative cutting, accessory-led design and surface-led design in a community that 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. 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 create interdisciplinary collaborations and take up work placements.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 21 months
  • Credits
    240 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website
Check your fit with this programme

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in fashion design.

You must submit a portfolio of fashion design projects:

  • a high degree of contemporary thinking, creativity and originality
  • evidence of high quality and original research
  • examples of sketchbook/design process development
  • examples of prototyping process, including excellent ability in pattern cutting and garment manufacture and finishings
  • evidence of ability to produce fashion collections, accessories and styling through full realisation of final garments

If you do not meet the academic entry requirements, we may still consider your application on the basis of your portfolio and/or relevant professional experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14550 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14550 GBP per year and a duration of 21 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    6550 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6550 GBP per year and a duration of 21 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
MA:
  • EEA: £10,100
  • International: £21,300

Funding

There are postgraduate loans and bursaries for Scottish/EU students and Edinburgh College of Art scholarships available.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.