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Fine Art

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Learn from and be inspired by major figures in British art as you push the boundaries of your creativity and imagination by studying for an MA or Professional Doctorate in Fine Art.
School of Arts and Digital Industries

    Our fashion students have worked in roles such as buyers, assistants to campaign managers, fashion magazine journalists and PR managers. Their employers have included companies like Marks and Spencer, Topshop, John Galliano, Free People, Adidas. 
  • well connected

    In addition to formal learning and teaching, you will engage with industry professionals, live projects, guest speakers and overseas trips to ensure a rich and varied experience.
  • travel opportunities

    Our Fashion & Textiles department organises overseas trips every year. You’ll be able to participate in a study trip to Paris during Premier Vision Week, giving you an insight into new trends and technology.

Why us?

From the design studio to the print workshop to the catwalk, our internationally acclaimed courses will prepare you, like so many talented UEL students before you, to make your name in the thrilling and competitive world of fashion.

The reputation of UEL fashion students is of the highest order. Our courses have gained national and international recognition through Graduate Fashion Week and national design awards.

We’ve tailored our courses to fit today’s fashion business, responding to its pace and the adaptability of its processes. So, our students from all three courses work together and learn from each other as they achieve their goals. This collaboration results in exceptional work.

UEL Docklands Campus
Based in the vibrant artistic hub of our Docklands campus, you will work in a well-equipped, studio-based environment with access to free equipment hire and dedicated exhibition spaces.

The knowledge and experience of our academics is supplemented by a stimulating programme of guest lectures by visiting artists, as well as opportunities to undertake field trips and annual residences in the UK and abroad.

Learning By Doing


My advice to MA students would be to make use of the freedom and the general friendliness of UEL to try out lots of different things, and also make use of what London offers – major galleries with major collections, all free.

Elizabeth Bond ,  MA Fine Art
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What we’re researching

Our academic team are dedicated to furthering the knowledge of creative practice and how it impacts on the fashion industry. Their expertise is allowing the department to expand and consider new ways in which to deliver innovation.

One of our research areas is sustainable design within fashion and textiles. In a collaborative project by UEL researchers, we’ve been analysing and identifying new materials and decorative methods.

We’re also looking at creativity as a commercial commodity, with Course Leaders David Thomas and Vicki Fong exploring how creativity is perceived in professional practice and in education. Vicki is also examining the way cultural identity shapes creativity within different environments.

Subject Head Dorota Watson is investigating the fashion manufacturing base within the UK, looking at creative production strategies and how they can be applied to fashion education.

And in a joint project, Senior Lecturers Caryl Court and Kate Davy are conducting explorative 3D research into how surface print applications can be used with creative pattern-cutting techniques. 

Susan was commissioned by the National Army Museum to lead a two-year research project exploring the interconnected themes of the Army, conflict and rehabilitation.

Working in workshops with soldiers from two UK recovery centres, encouraging them to use drawing, sewing and quilting to unlock their memories, the collaboration led to the creation of a remarkable patchwork quilt, entitled Peace Makers – a symbolic flag for peace, justice, equality and humanity.

Professor Grenville Davey, the Turner Prize-winning sculptor who leads our MA course, has produced a number of high-profile public art projects, including Well, which was commissioned by Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and Inter Alia – a commission for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The latter was an installation reflecting human presence in the form of a series of hand prints cast in aluminium bronze.