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In the UK for Fashion and textiles in The Guardian University Guide 2022

Fashion Communications MA

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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MA Fashion Communications provides the essential conduit between fashion organisations and their consumers, stakeholders, and the wider fashion environment. This subject area combines visual, audio and written media to communicate the creative essence of the fashion industry. The course aims to prepare you for a career within the fashion industry in roles as diverse as fashion journalism, PR, advertising, trend prediction, fashion styling and art direction, digital and social media management, and visual merchandising management.

Our MA Fashion Communications sits in a suite with the following courses:

You learn alongside students from these other MA courses, and have the option to transfer MA titles if your specialism changes.

Key features

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of both new and established communications practices across different areas of the fashion industry, and choose your specialist focus
  • Select from a range of possible outputs to reflect your personal career aspirations, or to support an entrepreneurial concept
  • Benefit from industry speakers, such as established communications practitioners from leading fashion and lifestyle brands
  • Attend workshops to enhance your research skills, acquire relevant software skills like Adobe InDesign, and gain support for your personal career planning
  • Work individually and as a team in a challenging, creative and multicultural environment within the Nottingham School of Art & Design
  • Go on study trips to international fashion capitals like Paris, Copenhagen, Antwerp and New York
  • Gain a globally recognised academic qualification, in conjunction with personal and professional development for employability and entrepreneurship
  • Prepare for further postgraduate study, such as PhD.
  • We are proud to be in the top ten in England and Wales for Art and Design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).

What you’ll study

The curriculum develops the key knowledge and skills that will support your career as a fashion communications specialist, and includes an examination of the international and cultural contexts to which fashion communication concepts respond and relate. You’ll examine emerging market insights, which will enable you to devise and manage communication and promotion strategies. You’ll be supported to develop research skills, the application of theory, critical and analytical skills, and to devise creative and commercial concepts.

Fashion Communications

(180 credit points)

You’ll start with a three-week induction period, during which you’ll be introduced to the Fashion Management, Marketing and Communication (FMMC) framework of postgraduate courses. This induction will give you an understanding of the nature of studying at Masters level, the range of resources available to you to support your learning, and an introduction to the staff who’ll be teaching you.

You’ll take part in a short project that will give you an insight into the core research and study skills required on the course. Importantly, this is an opportunity to get to know your fellow students and the environment you’ll be studying in.  

The next part of the course will introduce you to the core subjects of marketing, management, branding and communications. This period of study will provide you with a platform of knowledge, enabling you to appreciate the complexity and essential interrelatedness of the fashion industry. During the first phase of the course you’ll also attend sessions in your chosen subject area to provide a framework of understanding, from which you’ll continue to build your specialist field of skills and knowledge. Your assignments for this part of the course will be focused on your chosen subject pathway.

In the second phase, you’ll continue to build your understanding of the fashion industry and advance your research skills and theoretical knowledge. You’ll write a project proposal for an individual research study in your area of specialism, undertake a team project, and give a verbal presentation. These assignments will develop your team working, research, negotiation, communication, presentation and time-management skills.

Through further development of your analytical skills, you’ll gain a fully integrated knowledge of your specialist area of FMMC, associated contexts, and relative professions.

In the final phase of the course you’ll produce a research methodology and literature review that forms an important part of your personal project, which you’ll hand in at the end of the course. This will provide you with an opportunity to apply your research and analytical skills, together with the specialist knowledge you’ve acquired about the industry. Your project will be in written format, and you’ll also give an individual verbal presentation.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Jr-Chian Ho

Fashion Communications

If you are looking for a university that offers scholarship opportunities, reasonable cost of living and a practical curriculum, I think NTU is a good choice.

Jessa Burnley

Fashion Communications

The course really allows you to focus on your passion within the fashion industry. This course has reiterated just how much I want to make a successful career within the fashion industry and is motivating me to follow my dream.

How you’re taught

Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • individual and group tutorials
  • peer group activities
  • presentations
  • directed and self-directed learning
  • access to NTU's online workspace
  • team working
  • personal development planning
  • work-based learning

Find out when our postgraduate term dates for the Nottingham School of Art & Design are. Please note that these are slightly different to other Schools within the University.


Assessment is 100% by coursework and involves:

  • case studies
  • an industry report
  • presentations (individual and team)
  • a project proposal
  • an individual research project

Staff Profiles

Yuri Siregar

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham School of Art & Design

Dr Yuri Siregar is a lecturer in FMMC, the School of Art & Design

Careers and employability

This course will prepare you for senior management roles across the fashion industry, in areas such as:

  • fashion communication
  • digital and social media management
  • marketing
  • advertising
  • fashion consultancy
  • trend prediction
  • styling
  • visual merchandising management
  • art direction
  • public relations
  • fashion journalism

The skills and knowledge you'll learn through this course will be transferable to roles within other industries.

Connections with industry

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake self-negotiated placements or internships, learn entrepreneurship skills through NTU Enterprise - our centre for entrepreneurship and enterprise and attend events held by industry experts and organisations.

We’ll help you to develop your skills in self-promotion, team working, presenting and communication. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake case studies, which will help your understanding of how businesses work.

You’ll be encouraged to attend and get involved in conferences and symposia to share your work. Recently, this has included the IFFTI (International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes), to deliver papers and performances relating to fashion theory and practice.

You’ll have the opportunity to showcase your work at the end of the course.


Explore our showcase ‘We Are Creatives’ - celebrating the work of the Nottingham School of Art & Design students. You will find a sneak peak of some of our students’ work and gain a real insight into what it’s like to be part of the NTU creative community at

Study trips

Study visits will inspire and inform your projects. Recent visits to exhibitions in London have included:

  • Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion at the Victoria & Albert Museum
  • The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier at the Barbican
  • ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol at the Fashion and Textile Museum

An optional annual trip to Antwerp and Paris has included:

  • Paris Première Vision, (incorporating Indigo and Yarntex), matériO
  • Li Edelkoort’s Trend Union studio, Paris
  • a walking tour of the luxury fashion district of Paris
  • hidden fashion retail treasures of Antwerp
  • Olivier Theyskens, at the Fashion Institute of Technology Antwerp

YouFirst – working with our Employability Team

Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course.

Re:search Re:imagined

To us, research is about more than writing papers and proposing new ideas. By daring to think differently, we’re disrupting the research landscape and finding the answers to the questions that really matter. From electronic textiles to the history of lace, we’re inspiring the brightest minds to rise up and find solutions to some of the most significant global challenges facing society.

Find out more:

Campus and facilities

You’ll be taught at City Campus in the heart of Nottingham, and specifically the Barnes Wallis building – a newly refurbished space dedicated to our Fashion Management, Marketing and Communication students. Explore all of our facilities in our Nottingham School of Art & Design facilities hub.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 2.2 honours degree.
  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and / or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Other requirements:

    You are asked to use your Personal Statement to illustrate your knowledge and perspective on an aspect of the fashion industry.

    This should be related to the course and could include product development, supply chain, marketing, forecasting, consumer behaviour or the financial aspects of fashion as well as many other topics.

    NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

    All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

You will need one of the following:

  • Bachelors degree grade 2.2 or equivalent qualification.

International qualifications 

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements 

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans? 

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Home fees for 2022 entry are:

MA International Fashion Management £11,000
MA Fashion Marketing £11,000
MA Fashion Communications £11,000
MA Luxury Fashion Brand Management £11,000

Alumni Loyalty Scheme - 20% fee discount

We're happy to be able to offer a 20% fee discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU graduates.
See if you're eligible.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on
+44 (0)115 848 2494.

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

Postgraduate loans

The government introduced a new postgraduate loans scheme for the 2016/17 academic year for Masters degrees. The loan will be a contribution towards the costs of study and it will be at the student's discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs.


We are offering a number of scholarships for Masters study.

International / EU fees for 2022 entry are:

MA International Fashion Management£15,850
MA Fashion Marketing£15,850
MA Fashion Communications£15,850
MA Luxury Fashion Brand Management£15,850

Alumni Loyalty Scheme - 20% fee discount

We're happy to be able to offer a 20% fee discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU graduates.
See if you're eligible.

International scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to international students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our International students page for information about fees, scholarships for international students, visas and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying.

Application deadline

You can apply for this course throughout the year, but we'd recommend that applications should be received by the end of July for entry in September.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieve, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans? 

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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