Master of Visual Arts in Fashion

VUT Research offers postgraduate students from South Africa and all over the globe the opportunity to complete a Master of Visual Arts in Fashion. Students who choose to obtain this qualification will be able to make a contribution through a formal or practice-based research dissertation and or exhibition to the application and evaluation of new knowledge within a specialized area of fashion design to further promote growth and personal development. The programme consists of a minimum duration of two years of full-time study.

Master of Visual Arts in Fashion

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Master of Visual Arts in Fashion Course Requirements

Students who want to gain admission to complete a Master of Visual Arts in Fashion need to have completed a  Postgraduate Diploma / Honours / in Fashion or an equivalent 4-year degree approved by SAQA as determined by the Department Committee with an average pass of 65% for the major subjects (Design Studies and Applied Garment Technology). Students also need to have completed a Research Methodology course approved by VUT Research.

In addition to the academic qualifications stated above, the following admission criteria also need to be satisfied before a recommendation for admission to complete a Master of Visual Arts in Fashion can be made:

  • The proposed topic must be appropriate for higher degree research and it must be consistent with the academic aims and objectives of the student.

  • The student must have access to the necessary resources, facilities and the necessary budget in order to complete the degree within the timeframe.

  • There must be a qualified staff member holding confirmed, continuous or fixed-term appointments of sufficient length for the purposes of supervision of the proposed research and student.

  • The proposed program of work must be able to be completed within the maximum period of submission for the degree.

  • A suitable level of contact with the university supervisors must be maintained.

  • Where the applicant is currently employed, capacity to meet the timelines and other requirements must be considered.

  • The proposed research cannot reproduce research that has previously been submitted for the award of a degree or diploma.

  • Where the intellectual property rights of the applicant may be a consideration, a suitable agreement protecting the rights of the student needs to be signed. If the student is unwilling to sign an agreement, the research proposal may not be approved and the student may be required to choose another topic in an area that is not commercially sensitive.

  • The applicant should have no outstanding financial obligation with the University and in the case of international applicants, they should be able to verify the necessary financial capacity to undertake the program.

  • The applicant must possess sufficient English language proficiency.

Fashion Career Opportunities

Students who have completed a Masters of Visual Arts in Fashion possess the skills and knowledge necessary to advance even further in the fashion industry. They can enjoy career options in areas such as such as Freelance Design, Fashion Manufacturing and Production Management, Fashion Buying and Retail Merchandising, Fashion Public Relations, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Stylist, Fashion Prediction and Forecasting, Fashion Illustration and Fashion Entrepreneurship. These students can also pursue a career at tertiary academic institutions in South Africa.

Master of Visual Arts in Fashion