Masters | Postgraduate Course - Pattern and Garment Technology MA Course Details within University of the Arts London

Course Fees
Home/EU Fee: £8,000 (Full Time) £900 per 20 credit unit (Flexible) £2,700 per 60 credit unit (Flexible) Please note that the fees payable on the Flexible route will be those of the academic year in which the unit(s) are studied. International Fee: £15,950
Contact Name
London College of Fashion
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Pattern and Garment Technology MA

Study Details

London College of Fashion - MA 15 months (Full time) or up to 5 years (Flexible)

Develop yourself as an innovative pattern cutter or garment technologist able to provide companies with creative technical solutions through focused research that will advance the commercial fashion industry.

*This Masters course has been developed from the Postgraduate Certificate Creative Pattern Design and the Postgraduate Diploma Pattern Design and Garment Technology.

Module details

Please note that for this MA course applicants will apply to one of the two pathways:


MA Pattern and Garment Technology: Creative Pattern Cutting


MA Pattern and Garment Technology: Garment Technology

This new course, MA Pattern and Garment Technology, offers a unique experience in fashion education at postgraduate level. The course develops innovative pattern and garment technologists who will be able to provide creative technical solutions to current and future problems within the fashion industry. You will acquire strong 2D and 3D technical skills and will become aware of the challenges currently facing this sector of the industry. The opportunity to work collaboratively with a company in order to research into and develop new processes and techniques that advance current practice will be a feature of the course.

You will experiment with a range of digital and manufacturing technologies and techniques, materials and components in order to achieve your goals. Individual research, experimentation and analysis will be supported by a programme of workshops, lectures, team-working activities and industrial visits that will allow you to develop a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research or advanced knowledge.

As well as developing conventional and creative pattern cutting techniques, you will become conversant with digital pattern technology and you will explore digital pattern development through using 3D sampling software. You will also be encouraged to set up work placements which give you the opportunity to further your skills and knowledge and make valuable contacts within the industry. Your Masters Project will give you the opportunity to research and develop an initiative that breaks new ground in the field of pattern and garment technology. This project will be supported by extensive documented research, experimentation and analysis before the final outcome is achieved.

For this course we are looking for students who have gained a good degree from a fashion design course and have particular interest and skills in creative technical processes. Other routes to the course will be for pattern and garment technologists already working in the industry who want to expand their skills, or creative fashion designers seeking to develop their technical skills to advance their practice.

Course structure

Please note that the fifteen week blocks go across the term dates listed under Facts.

Full Time 15 months, 4 terms, level 7, 180 credits

Flexible up to 5 years, level 7, 180 credits

Full Time mode

Block One September to February

You will study two units plus a third option unit:

  • Creative Technical Skills (core skills) (20 credits)
  • EITHER Creative Pattern Design (option unit) (20 credits) OR Pattern Design and Garment Technology (option unit) (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (20 credits)

Block Two February to June

You will study one unit plus two option units:

  • EITHER Technical Analysis (option unit) (20 credits) OR Sustainability and Fashion (option unit) (20 credits)
  • EITHER Technical Development (option unit) (20 credits) OR Consumer Behaviour and Psychology (option unit) (20 credits)
  • Collaborative Unit (20 credits)

Block Three June to December

  • Masters Project (60 credits)

Flexible mode

The same units are taught but you have the option of taking longer to complete the coursework. You may build credits towards a Postgraduate Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma, or a Masters. Please note that all units in Blocks One and Two (120 credits) must be successfully completed before the Masters Project is started. The Masters must be completed within five years.

Travelling across London

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.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is highly competitive; applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.

Course Entry Requirements

An Honours degree at 2.1 or above from a fashion based course, supported by a portfolio evidencing abilities in pattern development and garment construction to intermediate level


Equivalent qualifications in an alternative subject will be considered if supported by a portfolio which demonstrates significant evidence of technical skills


Relevant industrial experience for a minimum of three years

Applicants must submit an outline study proposal together with their application and portfolio.

Student Destinations

Masters graduates have an acknowledged advantage in the employment market, obtaining work in a wide range of vocational and academic fields related to fashion. Previous graduates of the PG Cert and PG Dip programmes have gone into the industry at companies including Roland Mouret, Topshop Unique, ACNE, Matthew Williamson and Vivienne Westwood.

LCF Careers

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