Studying a Masters in Fashion Design

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Without much introduction, I want to quickly state that this will be a little lengthy, so get a chair. lol.

Previously, I had been freelancing as an illustrator for almost 3years before I went for my masters. I also did a Creative Practice course in the UK that gave me insight to design in a whole and also allows me teach it.

So I want to give my 2cents about my masters experience and why you should or should not go for it.

I am first of all hoping you fall in 3 categories:

  1. Finished a different undergrad course and wanting to study a Fashion Masters
  2. Just Curious and you have your own business already
  3. You love me so much, you’ll read anything I type. Lol

Well great, I will address everyone but will definitely not cover all things. This post will also be based on frequent questions I get asked. Soooo….


How can I apply, since I studied Pharmacy, English or some other discipline?

Trust me when I say studying a masters without pre-knowledge is not an easy task, especially if you plan on studying abroad. But I can guide you on what you need to do. Firstly, have a great portfolio. You will need to accumulate a few of your best design projects. Present your work in a very professional yet interesting way(look online for inspiration). You need to find the schools you will like to study, most importantly, check the facilities of the school, sometimes, the best schools may not be the best for you. It is important you have some sort of work experience, it will help you in the long run. Ensure you follow the requirements of the school you have chosen to know the right format for the portfolio. If you have a great design or illustration skill, make sure your portfolio exhibits it.


How is studying in the UK like?

Its great. Inspiration everywhere! I studied in London, and we all know its one of the Fashion cities. There’s a lot I could have done during my stay but in general, it was hard for my heart to settle, I just needed to get work done and be out. Working or studying in the UK is brilliant for your CV. This is not to say that you cannot get great experience elsewhere. Also the education system is very different from what you may be accustomed with.


Did they teach you how to sew?

Hell no! Lol! They generally expect that you know how to sew because, you are coming to study a “Masters” you’re supposed to be trying to master not learn for the beginning. However, you can take short courses around town. I also believe that at a masters level, if you have so much money, you can hire a seamstress for the construction parts of your project. You didn’t hear that from me though.


What do they teach you then?

I studied at Kingston and it was generally about building up a series of projects that is to help us prepare for the industry, also we got to work with real clients. There’s also great insight shared during seminars. It doesn’t sound like a lot but it really is! Its hard to go into details but maybe someday I will.

What do you think about going for a fashion masters since I already have my business?

I think it depends on you really, there are many downsides to leaving your business for a year of school just as much as there are good sides. Personally, if I had a brick and mortar business, I would not leave for a masters, because a lot of things can happen in a year and its hard to manage your business from overseas. If you’re lucky enough to have your school close to home, please go for it but have it in mind that there will be times when things will be overwhelming. You also need to evaluate the reasons why you want a masters, If you intend to study a PHD or work in a major company then you probably should do it too. If not, theres an advantage to doing short courses to gain knowledge in what you need to learn or spending that school money of business investments or maybe a MBA.

This is not supposed to be lengthy, so I will cut it short here, If you have other questions you will like to ask, please leave a comment down below and I will be sure to answer them. Thank you for reading. Share this post to help a friend who needs to know what you know now. Hehe!


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Comments (6)


September 26, 2017 Reply

I'm definitely number 3 😂😂😂😂, great post Claire and useful information 😘.

    Claire Idera

    September 26, 2017 Reply

    Haha Jennifer baby! Thank you! 😂😂

Olubunmi Ebisemiju

September 26, 2017 Reply

Very helpful. Wish there was info on studying in USA but I understand you are writing from your experience and the tips works the same for other countries. Thank you Claire.

    Claire Idera

    September 28, 2017 Reply

    Aww Bunmi thank you. If you will like to know another thing, just ask. I will answer to the most of my abilities or at least refer you. Love


October 2, 2017 Reply

Nice post dear,I luv it,doing my masters in fashion design is on my plan,but first am working of knowing how to sew..bcos I know it will b of great interest,saw ur post on art materials,very good as a graduate of textile designing,so masters in fashion design is like a perfect xxx

    Claire Idera

    October 2, 2017 Reply

    Ha! Thank you!!!!! I wish you all the best! If you have any specific questions on applications and all that fussy bits, let me know.

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