About this Masters Degree (MA)

Programme Format The format of the programme is lectures, tutorials, seminars and self-directed study with access to our workshops and technical support. On this programme, you will also benefit from: • Small, focussed group workshops • Access to expert staff • Access to the School’s Design Study Archive & Costume Archive
This exciting Masters Degree is designed to support your creative role, ideas and products into a thriving enterprise and business. Whatever your creative discipline, we will support you with business advice, support and premises to build your own successful start-up with an understanding of the different elements of real-world commercial practice and research.


The focus of this Masters Degree is your design work (within a range of creative disciplines) and your approach to researching and realising its commercial opportunities as a stepping stone to starting your own business or establishing a professional practice. You will gain skills in: • Brand Marketing • Finance • Market Theory • Market Segmentation

You could be working in multi-media disciplines, graphics, 3D Design, fashion, surface and interior design, textiles or costume. This Masters Degree will provide you with the support, technology and equipment, within a collaborative, creative community, to help you realise your business goals.


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Staff Profile - Carol Harris

Carol joins The Northern School of Art from Savannah College of Design, where she held a role that most fashion academics dream of having; Professor of Fashion. She brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer students in lingerie, structured body-wear, swimwear and active-wear which push the boundaries of design. Dr Carol’s academic profile spans almost 20 years and boasts industry contacts such as Jay Alexander (Runway Coach for Alexander McQueen and star of America’s Next Top Model), Andre-Leon Talley (former editor-at-large at American Vogue) as well as producing work on a freelance basis for Calvin Klein and Oscar De La Renta. Carol’s teaching has produced graduates such as Audra, whose ‘Vision’ collection is sold exclusively by net-a-porter, and is a Paris Fashion Week regular. She is also a lifetime member of Cambridge Who’s Who Executive and Professional Women.