MA Fashion Portfolio

This course provides you with an environment to work both collaboratively and independently within a portfolio of Fashion subjects, which include Film, Illustration, Journalism, Photography and Styling specialisms.

Together with other students you will engage in furthering your intellectual enquiry through Research Methods, and develop business and entrepreneurial skills to underpin your future career. In subjects, knowledge is deepened through specialist projects and learning opportunities, enabling you to define your individual direction for a professional creative outcome.

You have access to a wide range of specialist facilities and the experience of dedicated academic staff and visiting professionals.

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Course Structure

If studying full-time you will undertake 60 credits of modules over each Trimester. In part-time mode you will undertake 30 credits of modules over a Trimester.

You will begin the course with the module in ‘Research Methods 1’. This will enable you to contextual and describe your intentions for developing your own practice in one of the specialist subject areas within the Fashion Portfolio – Film, Illustration, Journalism, Photography and Styling. In the studio practice module ‘Establishing Skills and Identity’, you will work within your subject area and the associated facilities. You will then undertake ‘Research Methods 2’, which is aimed at developing relevant skills needed for a creative career, and further your studio practice in the ‘Defining Practice’ module. For the final 60 credits you will undertake the ‘Final Masters Project’. This allows you to develop a body of work leading to a publication or an exhibition.


Trimester 1
Research Methods 1: Contextual Research and Creating Narratives

Establishing Skills and Identity:

Trimester 2
Research Methods 2: Defining Audience, Market Research, Entrepreneurship, Business Development and Promotional Skills

Defining Practice:

Trimester 3
Final Masters Project in:

Fashion Photography
Fashion Styling
Fashion Illustration
Fashion Film
Fashion Journalism

Teaching Methods and Resources

Teaching methods will include:

Studio engagement
Technical demonstrations
Practical workshop introductions
Taught practical sessions
Directed or self-directed projects
Active participation through seminars, group work and directed learning
Engagement in using both hand and digital processes
Lecture series
Individual and group tutorials
Study trips and gallery visits
Personal presentation, display and documentation of work
Self-directed research and study activities
You will receive extensive personal support from a friendly and caring staff, good practical and theoretical education, extensive workshop facilities and availability of careers advice and support.

Teaching methods
Staff / Tutors
Kerry Curtis MA (RCA) is the Head of Department for Fashion, Textiles and Three Dimensional Design. As a practicing Textile Designer, specialising in Embroidery, she has worked for many international Fashion Houses including Valentino, Alberta Ferretti and Nina Ricci. Kerry continues to work as a consultant for Fashion brands. Other projects have included creating pieces for music videos, illustrations, styling and exhibition curation.
Louise Pickles is the Coordinator of Fashion in the Department and the Creative Director of Bath in Fashion. Louise has a very varied twenty-two years of fashion industry experience both nationally and internationally prior to developing the BA (Hons) Fashion Design course here at Bath. She has experience within differing levels of the market from high end to high street. As a Design Director, Louise has managed and directed design and product development teams in the UK and overseas.

Assessment criteria

The PGCert is assessed by studio exhibition and/or portfolio presentation with a marketing report. The PGDip involves a written report including market analysis of your chosen product field. Practical work is presented by studio work and/or portfolio. For the MA you will present a cohesive body of creative work, supported by written work.

Career opportunities

The course will prepare students for the following careers:

Fashion Photographer
Fashion Stylist
Fashion Illustrator
Fashion Film Maker
Fashion Journalist

Entry requirements

Admission is normally based on a good undergraduate degree in a design or media discipline together with an interview. Applicants with a good honours degree in a related discipline and/or with relevant work experience will also be considered. To help applicants – especially those from overseas – to decide if this course is appropriate for them, it is advisable to contact the Course Director prior to application.

Staff Profiles

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