Graduate Diploma Fashion Design Technology
This intensive one year programme allows you to develop your skills in creative fashion design technology.
This course has places available. You can apply for this course via the ‘How to apply’ section on this page.
Innovate and challenge footwear design through new technology and craftsmanship and in the process, master fashioned footwear. In consultation with Cordwainers Advisory Board made up of key figures from the industry, MA Footwear offers the opportunity to design as well as craft.
This MA course will provide students with a unique creative and technical platform to develop their own unique personal interest and methodology through design and technical skills, as well as their individual conceptual and critical thinking.
The course aims to explore the link between the impossible and the achievable, to challenge aesthetics, to question function and challenge the discipline in order to redefine it.
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MA Footwear provides a wealth of technical knowledge, machines, expertise and highly skilled technicians combined with innovative forward thinking academic staff who work in a student focused made to measure approach to develop their initial study proposals towards well-considered final projects.
We seek to recruit students from a wide variety of design and cultural backgrounds who will be a unique force of free-thinkers who challenge boundaries, within a laboratory of experimentation and investigation. This will include both graduates and practitioners from within industry with previous knowledge and skills in the area of footwear design, and self-motivated individuals with relevant materials and technology-based skills who look to challenge themselves.
Building on a wealth of knowledge and machinery heritage, the course puts an emphasis on the footwear tradition and craft that the Cordwainers heritage embodies, but also actively explores and questions technologies and materials of the future through availability of the latest technology. In this environment students will build on their previous background knowledge and skills to create innovative footwear, extending existing norms both conceptually and technologically, through either bespoke handcrafted or mass production manufacturing.
The outcome of this can be commercial, innovative, radical, conceptual and/or avant-garde; students are challenged to respond in an innovative way not to what footwear is, but instead to look to what it can be.
15 months, 4 terms, level 7, 180 credits
Creative and Technical Innovation (40 credits)
Research Methods (20 credits)
Collaborative Unit (20 credits) - find out more
Technical Analysis and Development (40 units)
Terms three and four
Masters Project (60 credits)
The renowned London College of Fashion library is at our John Prince’s Street site, and you will need to travel to this site, and possibly others, during your course to use the library, which is open seven days a week in term time, and for tuition and special events.
The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.
Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.
In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.
We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the course team.
The Creative and Technical Innovation unit is designed to establish and develop a balance to creative thinking and expand on your practical level of skills. Work will develop individually in response to the particular workshop sessions and introductions of supporting facilities and equipment available.
You will evaluate and expand your technical and practical skills in relevant methodologies pertinent to the technological and/or craft based skills you have appropriated.
Through tutorial guidance and peer review you will explore alternatives and possibilities to strengthen and expand your initial ideas into a revised proposal for presentation and development in the next stage of the MA.
The purpose of the Research Methods unit is to introduce you to the range of research methods, approaches and tools that are available to you in order to conduct your post graduate project.
The unit will cover philosophy and ethics in research; primary and secondary research methods, including quantitative, qualitative and visual research methods; and how to analyse, evaluate and disseminate research findings.
The unit will consider research in a range of contexts relevant to the cultural and creative industries and enable you to understand the relationship between theory and practice.
The Technical Analysis and Development unit is designed to support the planning and development of your Masters Project. In order for you to achieve a coherent and original body of work by the end of the course, this unit concentrates on the further development of your studio practice and the evaluation, which is underpinned by sound research.
Analysis within the previous specialist units of your MA course will inform you of ways to consult and develop a wide range of specialist resources and methodologies.
You are required to develop and scope your critical practice, to analytically review, and revise your focus in line with your expanding theories and in the context of your proposed market. The process of development and review culminates in an oral presentation and written proposal for assessment.
This Collaborative Unit is designed to enable you to innovate, engage in developmental processes and participate in collaborative working practices. You will be encouraged to develop the professional negotiating and networking skills that you will need in order to be successful in the cultural and creative industries.
The nature of this collaboration may be within your own course, with students on other courses or with industry. The project that you undertake will depend upon your discipline and the specific requirements of your course. Further details will be available in your unit handbook.
The Masters Project is an important piece of work which will provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in relation to your discipline and chosen project. Throughout the Masters Project, you are guided and supported by tutorials and peer and staff evaluation at interim stages.
You will be allocated a supervisor for your project and will complete a learning contract outlining how you intend to develop and deliver your project. The Masters Project may take a variety of forms by negotiation and is assessed by presentation in an agreed format.
All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCF and will last for up to 12 months after graduation. This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.
Eelko Moorer is Course Leader and an interdisciplinary designer/maker of interior products, footwear and bespoke accessories offering new perspectives on existing typologies and processes through design. His studio combines an experimental practice rooted in academia with commercial work. The Studio works on a variety of commissions and consultancy with outputs ranging from designs for industry, bespoke and catwalk pieces, installation, performance, to short film. His work has been widely exhibited internationally in places such as The Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, The Fashion Institute of Technology New York, Saatchi Gallery London and with the British Council and Design Museum London.
Georgina Goodman is Associate Lecturer and runs the Georgina Goodman footwear brand, which has become synonymous with uncompromising style, clarity of vision and discreet originality. Georgina Goodman the designer embodies that philosophy: twice nominated Accessory Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Council, she has established long standing design collaborations, most famously with Lee McQueen, with whom she created iconic shoes for his catwalk collections and the Alexander McQueen label. Over the past ten years Georgina’s shoes have graced the feet of discerning clients and style icons such as Kate Moss and Thandie Newton, drawn by the subtle luxury, stylish inventiveness and attention to detail Georgina is known for. Recently Georgina's unstinting creativity and desire to explore her chosen craft through other art forms led to collaborative projects with artists and filmmakers. Georgina created wearable glass shoes for the film La Douleur Exquise (2014) by Nick Knight, both subsequently shown as part of the Killer Heels exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in New York and a following USA tour. Alongside her consultancy work, she has been creating couture and art shoes in her design studio and in 2015 Georgina has entered the commercial shoe landscape again with a new business, new team and reinforced vision. The fresh iteration of the Georgina Goodman brand launched in January 2016 with a new e-commerce project, an online Couture Boutique selling one-off and limited edition pieces alongside the GG’s by Georgina Goodman Slippers.
We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and seek to recruit students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. We are committed to supporting all our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.
This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements and selection criteria.
Both Home/EU and international students can apply for this course using our online application form – the link to this is below. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide.
Alternatively, international applicants can apply through an overseas representative in your country.
You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:
Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.
Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will need to contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).
When you are submitting your application form, you will also need to provide the following pieces of documentation in support of your application:
You will be required to submit a Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) in support of your application. This should include your full education and employment history.
The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and your suitability for the course that you intend to study.
Some key points to consider:
Your study proposal should be titled and no more than 900 words (excluding research sources, bibliography and appendices).
Your study proposal should have the following structure:
Introduce your work. Briefly outline recent developments prior to application. Describe the anticipated programme of study in detail, demonstrating your knowledge of the historical and contemporary context of your area of study. Focus on specific areas or issues that underpin and frame the proposal.
Outline the sequence of practical, theoretical and research that you intend to follow. This will be vital to your programme of study in the development stage in which the Study Proposal will progress and take shape. For example, describe in detail the methodologies that you follow and their significance for the design process. (Advice and support will be offered by tutors on the course). Any supporting material should appear in the Appendices at the end of the proposal.
Evaluate your work to date. Draw any conclusions you are able to make.
Give details of libraries, exhibitions, museums, galleries and special archives that you have visited as part of your research towards the proposal.
Keep a full record of all original and documentary material consulted. List appropriate material using the Harvard Referencing System.
Insert any additional material that you consider relevant but not part of the core of the study proposal. This could include links to notes, drawings and additional research material.
You will be required to submit a digital portfolio with a maximum of 30 images that you consider would help support your application. Submit your portfolio via the university’s digital portfolio tool, PebblePad. More details will be sent to you after you have submitted your application. Label and present any visual work with care, including dates and captions.
Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.
Selection for interview will be made on the basis of your application, including the personal statement, the reference, a digital portfolio, the supporting written assignment and project proposal. If you are selected for interview you will be asked to bring a portfolio of previous work, including developmental work where possible, and three footwear products you have made to evidence your skills.
The course seeks to recruit students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, and welcomes applications from mature students.
The course seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:
All classes are conducted in English. The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill.
For more information, read the University's English Language requirements page.
The International Recruitment Office at the London College of Fashion will help to guide you through the application process and answer any specific questions that you may have regarding our courses. This may include portfolio advice, the application process and fee advice. We offer a ‘drop-in’ facility for applicants who may be in London and wish to obtain further course and admissions information. Please contact us for further information on this facility. We can also arrange a tour of our facilities if we are given prior notice.
International applicants should contact the Admission Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org about portfolio requirements (if applicable), interview times and dates.
This applies for the 2018/19 academic year.
Home/EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 (called the 'ELQ' fee). Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held. For enquiries relating to ELQ fees, please complete the course enquiry form.
This applies for the 2018/19 academic year.
In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.
Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.
There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.
Masters graduates have an acknowledged advantage in the employment market, obtaining work in a wide range of vocational and academic fields related to fashion. Graduates from the MA Fashion framework will be in a position to gain employment as innovators within the fields of fashion design and technology, fashion communications, or management and marketing for the fashion industries. Marina Chedel (MA Footwear Graduate 16-17) won the first accessory Award at the prestigious fashion festival HYERES, France: SWAROVSKI FASHION ACCESSORIES GRAND PRIX OF THE JURY, 2017
The MA also provides an excellent preparation for higher level research degrees (MPhil or PhD), with an increasing number of graduates undertaking research in fashion related subjects, in practice or theory or entering into education as lecturers.
Students find employment in industry working for footwear consultancy companies, working for brands as well as setting up their own shoe business. Graduates of the course have gone on to work in many roles within the industry, at companies including Burberry Prorsum, Celine, Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen and Tom Ford. Further employment opportunities include trend prediction, stylist, illustrator and freelance designer.