Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £19,000 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 2 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

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.

In order for our students to establish their aspirations and to define a sustainable career path within a global design context the Course is delivered by the most inspiring menswear design professionals who provide a learning environment that is supportive, challenging and informed.

Course structure

The taught project-based curriculum has two core modules that progressively develop students’ confidence in an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary context and encourages imaginative, practical and theoretical knowledge to the highest level of strategic and tactical competence.

The following modules are indicative of what you study on this course.

MA Menswear 1

This module is based upon a programme of personal and aimed at bringing research, design, specialist abilities and thinking to postgraduate level. There will be continuous tutor, peer and self-reflective evaluation with each project feeding into a final synoptic grade only assessment that champions a diagnostic, reflexive and critical approach.

MA Menswear 2

The second year module is self-directed with essential industry related work aimed at developing the highest level of creative thinking, specialised process and professionalism aligned to each student’s individual aspirations. This summative module is designed to enable students to generate their own perspective on originality, the creation of the appropriate specialist techniques and a working process and context that establishes them as influential and informed design professional. Pre-requisites are the successful completion of the first year MA Menswear Module or demonstration of having achieved the equivalent.

Entry Requirements

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. Critical 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. 

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. Critical 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. 

Careers

“Ike Rust is a star in the field of menswear education. It’s great that the British reputation for excellence and rigour will be strengthened in this growing arm of the industry and to see Westminster University making such an enlightened investment in the future.” – Sarah Mower MBE - BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent

“The University of Westminster BA has produced some of the most exciting menswear talents of recent years, both name designers and those working in the industry. It’s so exciting that Westminster is now offering an MA course for menswear under the direction of Ike Rust, allowing an even deeper study and education in one of fashion’s most exciting fields.”  Charlie Porter, Mens Fashion Critic - The Financial Times

“Studying with Ike was massively important to me. He saw my potential well before I recognised it myself and taught me to be brave and to honour it with hard work. His great impact on the fashion industry is a testimony to his commitment to recognising and pushing talent.” – Astrid Andersen - Designer, London Collection Mens

“After studying at Westminster and being taught by Ike Rust at the RCA, it’s a fantastic development to see him launch this new and exciting MA Menswear course. With the menswear industry developing at such an intense rate Westminster will be able to offer something both fresh and exciting.” – Liam Hodges - Designer, London Collection Mens

“Anyone that gets to have Ike as Head of Menswear is lucky.” – Katy Eary – Designer, London Collection Mens

“Ike’s pragmatic and holistic approach to teaching fashion design has proven outstandingly successful. His passion and deep knowledge of the subject, plus the vast array of industry experts he is able to draw upon as visiting lecturers and advisors, puts him in a unique position. His track record of finding and nurturing influential menswear talent is evidence that his methods really work.” – Simon Foxton - Menswear Stylist and Creative Consultant

“Ike’s contribution to fashion education is to have taken menswear out of the shadow of womenswear.” – Jane Rapley OBE, Professor Emerita - Central Saint Martins

“The experience I gained at Westminster surpassed all my expectations and prepared me fully to start my career as a professional designer in the Fashion industry.” – Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative Officer – Burberry

Westminster has a long history of producing menswear graduates capable of working at the highest levels of the international fashion industry. Menswear graduates from Westminster in the last four years now work in design roles for companies including Tom Ford, Burberry Prorsum, Alfred Dunhill, Topman, Alexander McQueen, Harrods, GAP, Belstaff, J.W. Anderson, Bottega Veneta, H&M, Adidas, Pull & Bear, Aitor Throup, Timothy Everest, and James Long. Others go on to set up their own design brands including Aaron Tubb, who set up Bazar14 and Liam Hodges, who was recently awarded the NEWGEN award and shows at London Collection Men.

Westminster has exceptional industry connections and a great track record of successful internships that have benefited both the students and the fashion companies alike. Our internship programme was recently voted the best in the world in the 2015 Business of Fashion Global Fashion School Rankings. Examples of where of menswear companies that our students have undertaken internships include:

 

  • Acne Studios
  • Adidas
  • Aitor Throup
  • Alexander McQueen
  • Balenciaga
  • Balmain
  • Bernhard Willhelm
  • Burberry
  • Calvin Klein
  • Dior Homme
  • Christopher Kane
  • Christopher Raeburn
  • Christopher Shannon
  • Craig Green
  • Gieves & Hawkes
  • Givenchy
  • J.W. Anderson
  • Jeremy Scott
  • Lanvin
  • Liam Hodges
  • Loewe
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Marc Jacobs
  • Margaret Howell
  • Norton & Sons
  • Old Navy
  • Paul Smith
  • Sibling
  • Thom Browne
  • Thomas Tait
  • Tom Ford
  • Versace
  • Viktor & Rol

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Student work

Facilities

Our fashion facilities at Westminster are acknowledged as being outstanding, with each cohort having their own dedicated studio to work in, equipped with individual student design spaces with industrial sewing machines, pattern cutting tables and mannequins.

Every student on has their own dedicated space for the entirety of their time on the course. There is, at least, one machine for each two students as well as a number of specialist sewing machines. We also have two large dedicated fitting rooms, a large pattern cutting room, a menswear garment archive room, tutorial rooms and a fabric room. Additionally, there is a dedicated fashion computer suite, which has all the latest fashion computer software such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

In the 2015 Business of Fashion Global Fashion School Rankings, University of Westminster students ranked their workrooms the highest in the survey.

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Westminster Menswear Archive

Founded in 2017 The Westminster Menswear Archive was created for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a collection of menswear garments to encourage and develop the study of menswear design from a technical and functional point of view.

Home to over 1,000 menswear garments, the archive is also designed to advance the general knowledge of menswear as a design discipline, and to be used as a resource tool to inform contemporary menswear design. 

Some of the designers that we have in the collection include Alexander McQueen, Craig Green, Stone Island, CP Company, Jean Paul Gaultier, MA.Strum, Adidas, Nanamica, Belstaff, Barbour, Burberry, Jeremy Scott, Vexed Generation, Comme Des Garcons, and Aquascutum.

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

Additional costs will vary dependent on the nature of the work and output generated by the individual student. These generally include, and are not limited to, material costs for the projects, including calico, fabrication, textile processes, tools and specialist manufacture not provided by the course and printing.

Students are encouraged to attend Premier Vision and are required to arrange and pay for their own travel and accommodation.

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £19,000 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

Additional costs will vary dependent on the nature of the work and output generated by the individual student. These generally include, and are not limited to, material costs for the projects, including calico, fabrication, textile processes, tools and specialist manufacture not provided by the course and printing.

Students are encouraged to attend Premier Vision and are required to arrange and pay for their own travel and accommodation.

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

The vibrant home of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, the Harrow Campus offers one of the richest portfolios of creative industry research and learning in Europe. The recent redevelopment of the campus has seen the creation of fluid, informal learning spaces, dedicated project and gallery spaces and a revamped library. For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.

Contact us

Call our dedicated team on:

+44 (0)20 7915 5511

Opening hours (GMT): 9am-5pm Monday to Friday

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