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This two-year course is the destination for the most creative, driven and original thinkers who will shape the contemporary menswear and design-based industries. Entry is based on a combination of formal qualifications, industry experience, portfolio, garments and demonstration of commitment through a considered study proposal.
We welcome applications from individuals who have either a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree in fashion, textiles or design-related subject areas, or the professional experience that demonstrates an equivalent knowledge and commitment to study for an Honours degree.
Selection for interview will be made on the strength of a virtual portfolio that evidences individual motivation and how this is developed through the process of designing. Applicants invited for an interview will be set a project to complete and add to their portfolio as a new body of work that identifies future direction. As the technical process is integral to design students will be asked to bring garments and toiles to interview.
Portfolios need to evidence a strong, unique style in response to a range of creative experiences. The ability to develop and apply personal research through accompanying sketchbooks and visual diaries is important. Critically engagement with a given brief and thoughtful, perceptive and responsible work will constitute an essential part of our evaluation.
You will be asked to identify in writing, through the set project and the interview process a specific area of personal interest aimed at creating a positive contribution to the menswear industry that they envisage studying in depth while on the course.
The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each element.
It is essential in this time of creative ambiguity that we develop and empower the individual. Therefore, this entrepreneurial menswear MA will recruit ambitiously envisioned designers to work on their creative expression through personal research, process development and informed professionalism.
This Course is delivered by the most inspiring and informed menswear design professionals. The Team provide a learning environment that is supportive, challenging and defined by students’ application proposals in relation to either a projected or existing opportunity within menswear or the design related industries. Through self-directed and set projects students will generate original and contextualised ideas, technique and process that establishes them as influential and informed menswear design professional capable of working at the highest levels of the international menswear and design related industry.
In order to define a sustainable career path and effect influence upon fashion, whose boundary is subject to social, economic, cultural & technological flux, it is important for our students to establish their aspirations within the global design context.
The taught project-based curriculum will progressively develop students’ confidence in an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary context that encourages imaginative, practical and theoretical knowledge to the highest level of strategic and tactical competence.
Year one: Formative: Self-directed and industry related work aimed at establishing a diagnostic, reflexive and critical approach that establishes each student’s potential.
Year two: Summative: Self-directed with essential industry related work aimed at developing the highest level of creative thinking, specialised process and professionalism aligned to students’ individual aspirations.
Ike Rust – Course Director
Previously Head of Menswear at the Royal College of Art, Ike is a design academic with experience of developing international fashion brands and instigating the most influential curricula at the top universities of art and design.
He is renowned for producing the most innovative and professional fashion design thinkers including James Long, Katie Eary, Aitor Throup, Mason Jung, Astrid Andersen, Matthew Miller, Hiroaki Kanai, Alex Mullins and in tandem with Westminster Fashion, Liam Hodges. All of who are the ‘Bright Young Things’ of the recently formed London Collections Men.
Simon Foxton is one of Britain's leading menswear stylists. Renowned for his unique style and formative work with photographer Nick Knight he has made multiple contributions to magazines including i-D, The Face, Arena, Arena Homme Plus, Fantastic Man, Vogue Hommes International, Details, W, GQ Style and Big Magazine.
His work is represented in collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum and Tate Modern. He is currently creative consultant to the Italian menswear brand Stone Island.
London-based Matthew Miller made his debut in 2011 and has become renowned for his unique aesthetic that combines classic tailoring and functional sportswear. While rooted in the political and ideological his collections retain a sense of versatility with emphasis on cut and fabric tactility. Miller sees the wearer as integral to a garment’s worth and, therefore, integral to the inherent character of each piece. He has undertaken several collaborations including Timberland, Ben Sherman and G-Shock
British menswear designer James Long established his brand in 2008 after graduating from the Royal College of Art and is currently one of the inaugural designers to show his eponymous independent brand at London collection men. The brand is considered one of the highlights of the new wave of contemporary brands showing at LCM. James has recently been appointed Creative Director of Menswear at the Italian brand Iceberg.
Rosie is a graduate of Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art. She has over 13 years’ experience in the fashion industry, which includes creating showpieces for Alexander McQueen and as menswear designer for Tommy Hilfiger and Topman. She was Senior Menswear Technician at the RCA for six years where she was responsible for ensuring students had the technical know-how and professionalism necessary to realise their design ideas. With excellent technical knowledge ranging from tailoring to knitwear construction, Rosie also works for select industry clients on a freelance basis.
Liam Hodges, a Kent boy originally, is interested in expressive polysyllabic masculinity and creating a luxury brand that is for people who live for the week, not the weekend. His signature style is big garish shapes and hardwearing workwear detailing communicated through a strong graphic language communicated on oversized t-shirts and knitwear. Liam has won the support of titles including Another Man, i-D, Interview, GQ Style, Dansk, Vogue Japan, Wonderland, Rollacoaster, Vogue Italy, Hypebeast, Complex, SHOWstudio, 7th Man, STYLE.com, Sang Bleu and Fucking Young to name a few. His designs have been worn by Drake, FKA Twigs and Big Sean.
Additional costs information
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Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.
We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.
During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.
In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.
For more details, visit the employability section on our site.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
We can help you to:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.
Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.
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Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.
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Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships
In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.
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Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.
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While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.
With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.
Study Abroad and Summer School programmes
Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.
If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.
Sport and recreation
The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.
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