Fashion Innovation: Design

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International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Fashion Innovation: Design at Salford


Study in world-leading facilities on our MediaCityUK and Adelphi campuses


Develop the advanced creative-thinking skills valued by employers


Tap into strong links with national and international industry partners

Course Summary

Your time on this course will develop your understanding of fashion design to a professional level. Upon graduation, you will be familiar with a wide range of fashion concepts and be confident in proposing innovative solutions to real-world design problems.

As a student, you will receive instruction and guidance from expert lecturers, tutors and industry figures. Additionally, you will have the chance to collaborate and knowledge-share with your peers from other Fashion Innovation courses. Teaching staff on the course have an excellent reputation in the industry. Moreover, you will benefit from our national and international links with key industry organisations. 

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Course Details

MA/PgDip Fashion Innovation: Design develops students as expert professional practitioners and creative and critical thinkers in the context of fashion. Graduates from the course will be able to respond to emerging demands and developments and to lead innovation in the sector. The course aims to:

  • Develop advanced, critical understanding of research methods in the context of fashion and to understand how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research
  • Establish an environment where learners can explore and deepen their understanding of fashion innovation, particularly through the course’s online virtual studio
  • Develop an advanced knowledge of the relevant past, present and/or future practices in fashion, with an advanced understanding of key concepts in the context of culture, creativity and innovation
  • Critically explore at an advanced level the interdisciplinary practice of fashion and the development of new concepts, emerging methodologies, ethical practices, sustainability and commercial strategies
  • Establish intellectual debate and make original propositions in the context of fashion and the way in which these can be articulated and disseminated.

The course consists of three 60 credit modules, each of which is contained within a semester. The modules will be delivered through blended learning with an intensive block of delivery over six - seven days at MediaCityUK and other appropriate venues, supported through the virtual studio.

This module enables you to identify your place in the context of the contemporary networked fashion industry. The module establishes core research methods and activities in order to allow you to develop an individual approach to your postgraduate studies in parallel with peer-to-peer collaboration. You will be challenged to consider the future of fashion and to explore concepts that are shaping fashion by considering the needs, values and aspirations of emerging and established audiences, and the relationships between the two.
This module facilitates the articulation, development and realisation of a conceptual proposition related to the notion of innovation in fashion. Through a process of research, debate and experimentation, you will cultivate and evaluate your ideas and the direction of your study. You will be encouraged to work both collaboratively and independently, as appropriate to your concept, in order to reflect on contemporary practices and processes.
The purpose of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to research, develop and produce an appropriate intervention framed by emerging and complex issues at the intersection of fashion disciplines and beyond. Interventions are driven by notions of trans-disciplinary thinking, innovation and change. Complex responses are encouraged; the module aims to produce leading thinkers and practitioners who challenge what fashion is.

Entry Requirements

Relevant undergraduate degree, normally at 2:1 or above, and supporting portfolio of practice. Applicants with an undergraduate degree of 2:2 will be considered where a high quality portfolio of practice is presented.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants must also provide evidence of proficiency in English, in the form of IELTS 6.5 overall band score with no less than 5.5 in any band.

Suitable For

  • Fashion design and image making-trained applicants and graduates from other design based courses looking to enhance their careers options by further study
  • Applicants from business, marketing, manufacturing or journalism backgrounds, who may be finding themselves increasingly involved in the fashion and wider creative sector
  • Those who wish to pursue a change of career path and are excited by the prospect of working in the fashion industry

Due to the diversity of MA Fashion Innovation: Design and the related awards on this course, there is no typical applicant. We are interested in applicants who are committed to both leading in, and challenging, the fashion sector and related industries. This is demonstrable through your application statement, portfolio, accompanying documentation, or during your interview as appropriate.

Where possible, we actively encourage potential applicants to visit us, meet staff and, whenever possible, our students. We feel that the suitability of potential applicant and course is a two way process of visiting and ensuring a thorough understanding of the possible outcomes is desirable in this respect.

Non-UK based students may seek clarification via email or telephone conversation. We actively encourage you to maintain regular contact with us throughout the application process and beyond.

Applicant profile

Applicants will be able to demonstrate that they:

  • have expertise in fashion or related subjects
  • are highly motivated
  • are ready to work flexibly and independently.


All modules are core to all course awards and allow for award specialist practice and learning outcomes to be pursued in an award-specific mode.  

The course is delivered with a blended learning approach to allow flexibility for a wide range of students. Each module will incorporate an intensive face-to-face learning period where students and staff will come together in one location. The remainder of the module will be experienced through web-based and other distance learning channels and further face-to-face contact where appropriate and possible. Before the course formally commences, and in its early stages, you will be provided with guidance, and subsequent support, on the use and application of e-learning and its related technologies.  

Within the intensive learning period teaching and learning formats include seminars, workshops, tutorials, situated learning and independent learning. Group critique of student work will feature at this time in order to provide formative feedback. You will be encouraged to develop your own opportunities for ‘live’ engagement and to work in collaboration with staff to develop placement opportunities. The course aims to develop an environment that allows you to progressively take ownership and direction of your learning so that you may develop as independent, life-long learner. The notion of self direction is at the core of each module to ensure you continually negotiate your learning and assessment requirements.  

Through regular group learning experiences (virtual and face-to-face) you will be able to develop and advance your knowledge and skills in a multidisciplinary learning environment. This will foster a developing community of learners, where you take charge of your individual learning, supported by your peers and under the guidance of specialised staff who will act as facilitators within the learning process. Regular formative feedback will be provided through online/virtual means which will focus on tutor-student dialogue and peer-to-peer feedback.  

With the broad subject coverage of the modules, the course aims to develop a learning environment that encourages interaction among students with different approaches to fashion. This allows you to learn from your peers and to further develop inter- and multidisciplinary projects appropriate to your career interests.


  • Self-directed research project – this may be entirely written or practical or a combination of these approaches (75%)
  • Presentation (25%).

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Bashir Aswat - Award Leader for Design and Programme Leader for BS (Hons) Fashion Design

Bashir's reas of expertise: conceptual development of design ideas and creative pattern cutting and draping.  

Bashir is an experienced lecturer and fashion designer. He has worked in several countries as a professional practitioner and continues to work on his own design label selling to clients in the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia.  

Bashir has been teaching fashion students in the UK for the last 12 years. He joined Salford in 2006 and has established an excellent reputation for the undergraduate fashion course. Under his direction the course has won:

  • WGSN British Fashion Council Digital Portfolio Award (2009)
  • British Fashion Council Portfolio Award (2010)
  • British Fashion Council Portfolio Award (2011)
  • British Fashion Council Warehouse Fashion Design and Photography awards (2012)  
  • Fashion Monitor Colleges Portfolio Award in association with the British Fashion Council (2013)
  • WGSN British Fashion Council Digital Presentation Award (2014)

Other successes included winning the River Island competitions at Graduate Fashion Week and the Royal Society of Arts Fashion Design award. Under Bashir’s leadership students have found success in employment with many graduates working for established brands and others starting their own businesses.   

Bashir has led the development of several international projects including working with textile companies in Southern China where Salford students have pioneered the use of an innovative milk-substance jersey fabric in a design context. Other projects have included digital collaborations with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.

Fiona Velez-Colby MA Fashion Innovation Programme Leader and Award Leader for Entrepreneurship, Communication and Digital

Fiona is an experienced HE teaching professional, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is able to bring her experiences as a practicing designer into her work on the programme. Since arriving at Salford in 2008 she has developed her subject specialism of Design Management to now include Innovation, Design Strategy, Business and Marketing, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Ethics and Sustainability. Her graduates can be found working across a broad range of creative activities including fashion, marketing, teaching and freelance both as frontline designers and as design managers.

Published research, design education, ethics and sustainability

Industry practice: Spatial Design, Design Management consultant

Christine Ratcliff  Lecturer for MA Fashion Innovation and Programme leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Image Making and Styling

In her role as Award Leader for Digital and Communication on the MA Fashion Innovation Christine oversees the whole specialism including:

  • Industry collaborations
  • Exhibitions
  • Events
  • Lecture programs
  • Personal tutorials
  • Exhibition catalogues/magazines
  • Styling for fashion show events
  • Blogs

She is also on the Executive Committee at Graduate Fashion Week and involved with the British Fashion Council.


Career Prospects

You can expect to find employment in the following areas:

  • Fashion journals, magazines and publications
  • Fashion houses and major retail organisations
  • Fashion manufacturing
  • Higher education
  • New business development and owner management.

Links with Industry

You will have the chance to meet a wide range of industry experts and specialists at the block teaching event. This will include visiting lecturers, masterclasses and live briefs given by designers, journalists, photographers and film makers.

We have established many links with the fashion industry through both live projects and work placements. These include Alexander McQueen, Anna Sui (New York), Barbour, BBC, Burberry, Dazed and Confused, Erdem, George, Grazia, Guardian, Harpers and Queen, Harpers Bazaar, Hussain Chalayan, Interview Magazine (New York), Louise de Gama, The Independent, Matthew Williamson, Maria Chen, Matalan, Markus Lupfer, Ryan McGinley, Nylon (New York), Promostyl (Paris), Photo-Link, Puma, Richard Nicoll, Selfridges, Tatler, Top Shop, Vogue (New York), Vivienne Westwood, Vogue (UK), Vera Wang (New York).

Further Study

There are opportunities to continue your study to PhD level.

There are a range of research-active academic staff and a number of embryonic and early career researchers engaged in innovative creative practice in art and design and in advancing the boundaries of practice-based and theoretical investigation. Find out more at

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time International£12,500

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section


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