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Royal College of Art: Fashion MA

Institution Royal College of Art
Department School of Design
Telephone 020 7590 4444
Study type Taught


The Fashion MA programme asks for a disruptive critical approach leading to new aesthetics and responses about the practice and industry of fashion. Choose the World's number one ranked art and design university* and expand the possibilities of your practice by developing a speculative, independent and critical ethos.

Fashion is designed, created, articulated, manipulated, and simulated in both physical and digital spaces. It aims for a state change, where you are open to new and emerging thinking and to unlearning. It is also at its best when guided by diversity, inclusivity and cultural awareness. We must perceive systems and structures, and express our fashion identities with an awareness of how our values are embedded in our outputs. This programme creates an environment where you can engage with these processes. This will include an exploration of themes such as gender, culture, race, justice, nature, time, space, data, science, materials and magic. Throughout you will have the opportunity to reflect on, discuss and strengthen your own authentic identity, and help others to do the same.

In the MA Fashion programme you will have the opportunity to choose one of three platforms: BIO, DIGITAL 360 or SYSTEMS. These are designed to give students an opportunity to work with tutors and peers to explore themes that responds to their emerging practice and develop new spaces, materials, identities and business models. There are points of intersection where students can engage with peers across platforms. There will also be an opportunity to participate in the School of Design’s interdisciplinary Grand Challenge, which enables all students to work collaboratively to develop projects that anticipate and respond to key societal concerns.

Fashion at the RCA has also been awarded Best Overall standing in the Business of Fashion, Best Fashion Schools in the World report (Graduate - Fashion Design category), June 2019.

Alumni Our alumni form an international network of creative individuals who have shaped and continue to shape the world. They include:

  • Alice Potts

  • Alice Robinson

  • Apu Jan

  • Bianca Saunders

  • Christopher Bailey

  • Christopher & Graeme Raeburn

  • Congregation

  • Fen Chen Wang

  • Holly Fulton

  • Julien Macdonald

  • Kanghuyk Choi

  • Kristian Aadnevik

  • Saul Nash

  • Staff Only

  • Supriya Lele

  • Xiao Li

About the RCA The Royal College of Art, is an internationally renowned art and design university, providing students with unrivalled opportunities to deliver art and design projects that transform the world.

A small, specialist and research-intensive postgraduate university based in the heart of London, the RCA is a high performing institution, a radical traditionalist in a fast paced world. The RCA's approach is founded on the premise that art, design creative thinking, science, engineering and technology must all collaborate to solve today's global challenges.

*The RCA was named the world’s leading art and design university for the seventh consecutive year (2015-2021) in the QS World University subject rankings.


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