- 1 year full-time
- 2 years part-time
Why study a digital fashion master's degree at Solent University
Gain the skills and knowledge to work in the ever-changing global fashion and technological landscapes – whilst contributing to the sustainable future of the fashion, beauty and lifestyle industries.
- 0thUK uni for sustained employment (Longitudinal Educational Outcomes, 2022)
- £0minvested in our campus estate and facilities in the last five years
Whether it is non-fungible token (NFT) drops, the opening of virtual retail spaces, the introduction of virtual influencers, or the launch of the first global Digital Fashion Week, the world of digital fashion continues to grow and innovate, setting an exciting precedent for what could be to come. With everyone from luxury fashion brands to online gaming platforms embracing the opportunities digital fashion holds, this masters will equip you with all the critical and creative skills needed to push your practice and explore the developing symbiosis between the real and the virtual worlds. Whether you come from a background in fashion, media, marketing or gaming, this masters offers you an opportunity to develop your cross-disciplinary practice and explore the future opportunities of the digital world.
Fashion is a dynamic field with trends pointing to the need for all brands to embrace significant innovations in digital design, production and promotion to facilitate the creation of multiple digital and physical products from both fashionable and functional briefs. From immersive experiences to full virtual fashion collections, this course will provide forward thinking postgraduates with the digital capabilities to lead and innovate in this sector while also supporting a student’s individual career aspirations allowing them to tailor work specific to their discipline, whether this be fashion design, marketing, content creation, promotion or gaming.
The course culminates in a final master's submission, where students can either write a thesis or produce an original creative digital fashion outcome using everything from digital design to photography, AR, VR and immersive experiences. Students will have access to a wide range of industry-standard facilities in support of this project.
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You can apply direct to Solent University for this course
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent
You can study this course part-time
This course is for
This course is ideally suited to those who have studied areas such as fashion design, buying/management and marketing, media, film and animation, as well as games and digital art. This course is also suited to those currently in industry, looking to develop their digital design and virtual presentation skillset.
What this course leads to
Students graduating from this programme are expected to be highly desirable across the fashion industry. With a 55% increase in the number of job roles where the terms AR, VR and virtual appear in fashion media, design and marketing related job descriptions, success on this course will ensure a graduate will be excellently placed to secure a highly skilled graduate role.
- Digital marketer
- Virtual garment designer
- Immersive event practitioner
- Insights analyst
- PR executive
- Content Creator
- Digital print and textile designer
- Virtual stylist
- Digital artist
- AI trend researcher
- CGI artist for media and games
- Digital media designer
Meet the team
The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.
Digital Fashion Practice
This module has been designed to enable master's level students to conceptualise and create a range of theoretical and practical research outputs specific to the current landscape of the digital fashion industry. Students will immerse themselves in the world of digital fashion looking at both its past and present incarnations in the world of fashion (and its emergence in other sectors) pushing their investigations perhaps to the expanding beauty and lifestyle sectors.
This module will explore fashion forecasting and the boundaries and limitations of existing knowledge, pushing in to new areas and ideas that will influence and impact future fashion and beauty practice and that, ultimately, will inform developed solutions to complex problems. Central to this module will be the awareness and understanding of emerging digital developments, and the investigation of future digital technology. The evaluation and critical analysis of this complex information will create new knowledge that will be translated into innovative and creative trend interpretation.
In this module students will design, execute and present an individually demanding piece of work that deploys a systematic and in-depth understanding of the skills and debates relevant to creative direction for fashion and beauty.
Masters Project: Proposal and Development
In this module you will plan and prepare an academic proposal for your masters project or dissertation. You will be taught how to successfully define, research and prepare for a substantial project or dissertation that will bring to life research in interdisciplinary creative practice. Traditional research-based skills and knowledge will be explored in relation to contemporary research methodologies. Within the module students will be introduced to diverse research methodologies and sessions will explore how research methods and practices can be applied in the context of critical analysis, academic debate and interdisciplinary creative practices.
This module, which focusses on the fashion, beauty and creative industries around the world, will equip students with advanced skills to enable them to research the industry they seek to work in and to critically analyse opportunities. Students will be supported to produce a career development plan including an element of work-based learning, professional development or professional research practice equivalent to 100 hours.
At Solent, our aim is to deliver innovative, inclusive and intellectually stimulating teaching to develop self-confident and highly employable graduates. All our courses are designed with employability in mind, which makes industry-based learning a priority.
Learn transferable skills
You will be supported to develop a range of transferable skills throughout the course. This includes programming, project management, problem-solving, analytical skills, technical writing, teamwork, communication and presentation skills.
These transferable skills empower you to work in a range of different industries after graduation. The course will also equip you with research and academic skills helping those who wish to pursue a PhD or an academic career.
Course facilities include an extensive media loans programme, providing access to high-end DSLR cameras such as the Canon 5D MKII, an extensive range of lenses (including many ‘L’ series and Prime lenses), 35mm cameras, medium format cameras (645, 6x7 and 6x9), large format 5x4 cameras and lenses, and a full stock of accessories – light meters, tripods, flash guns, remote-controlled boom-mounted flash systems and more.
You’ll also have access to our digital reprographics lab, featuring commercial-standard and large-format printers, flatbed scanners, three Hasselblad drum scanners scanning up to 5x4 size and a colour-calibrated ProMac-based reprographic suite. Our recently rebuilt colour and black-and-white darkrooms are of the highest industry standards and students can also freely use our in-house colour film processing machine. Additionally, we have finishing and film processing rooms, a modern multimedia lab featuring 24 iMacs with Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro, plus large professional photographic studios and associated make-up and styling rooms.
As part of our global alumni community, you can take advantage of a range of benefits.
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Research and knowledge exchange
Research doesn't just live in publications and journals - the effects of groundbreaking research can be found everywhere you look. That's why research at Solent has always been firmly rooted in industry needs and real-world application.
Solent University prides itself on carrying out not only pioneering research, but also research that addresses real world problems. We offer opportunities to study for a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in a number of areas.
At Solent, we want to help you achieve your best and discover new insights. Whether you're thinking about applying for a PhD, or already underway with your research studies, you'll find useful guidance and information in our research pages.Find out more
Support at Solent
All students at Solent University have access to a range of specialist support services. Whether you are having financial difficulty, need additional help with academic skills or want advice on setting up your own business you'll find that help is always on hand.
Most of our specialist support services are based around the Student Hub, a central space where you can access all of the information and support you may need during your time at University. The Student Hub is the first point of contact if you have any queries relating to your course, including questions about your timetable, options, and assessments and extenuating circumstances.
The tuition fees for the 2024/25 academic year are:
- UK and Channel Island full-time fees: £8,495 per year
- International full-time fees: £16,540 per year
For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.
Extra course costs
While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact email@example.com.
Solent alumni are eligible for a 20% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course.Find out more
Bursaries, scholarships and financial support
Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.
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Key entry requirements
An honours degree at 2:2 or higher.
- Applicants will be required to send a portfolio and may be contacted for a video interview.
- Alternatively, applicants may be considered with industry experience in one or more areas of the fashion industry, including fashion design, marketing, merchandising or promotion (or a similarly related field).
Key entry requirements
If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please contact admissions.
Note to all international students requiring a visa
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.
We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at our 2023 course entry statement document.
Your application checklist
Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.
Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application:
- Two academic references.
- Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student.
- Copy of passport.
- Copy of current visa (if applicable).
- A personal statement.
- Employer sponsor form, where appropriate.
Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:
- IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with no component score below 5.5
- TOEFL IBT 92 with a minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 20 in reading, listening and speaking
- Duolingo English Language Test - 115 overall with minimum of 100 in each component or equivalent.
Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.
Pre-Sessional English programme
The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.