This unique course gives you the opportunity to become an expert in understanding trends and meanings in visual and material culture. In particular, those aspects which are defined by their appearance, affected by fashion, and which communicate ideas and values through stylistic choices.
- Study on a full-time or part-time basis, with flexible teaching and learning.
- Negotiate your projects to reflect your personal and professional aspirations.
- Learn through an innovative curriculum, studying across fields and genres, focusing on key themes within visual and material culture.
- Gain an understanding of the political, social, environmental and ethical implications of style culture.
- Learn to communicate your ideas about culture in a professional way, through media like academic conference papers, documentaries, and journalistic articles.
- Attend workshops for creative thinking, writing for different audiences and media, and relevant software like Adobe InDesign.
- Develop your practical skills in the basics of mobile journalism and communications.
- Take part in live briefs and collaborations, allowing you to network and gain experience.
- Benefit from guest speakers who will share their specialist knowledge, challenge perspectives, and give insight into current cultural developments.
- Prepare for further study, such as a PhD.
How you're taught
Teaching and learning experiences may include:
- reading groups;
- group and individual tutorials;
- off-site activities such as exhibitions, cultural events, and study trips;
- team working;
- directed and self-directed learning; and
- NTU's online workspace.
Assessment is 100% based on coursework.
Style Matters: histories and theories in style culture
- 5,000-word essay plus two pieces of journalism of 700 words each.
Surface and Depth: themes and methodologies
- Two negotiated written or visual outcomes of 2,000 words each;
- audio / visual presentation; and
- individual 20-minute symposium presentation of 2,000 words.
Negotiated independent research project
- 15,000-word thesis; or
- two academic journal articles of 5,000 to 7,000 words each; or
- a negotiated range of outcomes – for example, one conference paper plus one five-minute audio / visual presentation, and three journalistic articles of 2,000 words each.
Careers and employability
This course will help you to develop a range of postgraduate attributes including:
- independence and self-direction;
- communication in a range of media; and
- the ability to prioritise and meet deadlines.
Graduates from this course will be equipped with expert and current knowledge and skills relevant to a range of potential careers and further study. These include:
- cultural journalism across a range of subjects and media;
- authoring cultural books and commentary for a wider audience;
- research and consultancy where understanding of trends and issues affecting consumers is needed;
- curation or communication roles in cultural institutions such as museums and galleries;
- teaching at further education or higher education level; and
- progression to PhD study with the goal of teaching and / or research.
Where possible, live or realistic briefs will provide opportunities with real vocational purpose and value, allowing you to network and gain relevant experience for careers in academia and beyond.
For example, you will prepare an academic paper for NTU's annual Visual and Material Delights symposium. There may also be opportunities to collaborate with other students to provide content for Notts TV, to curate a film season, or to write articles to a brief set by a magazine. You will be able to negotiate with your tutor the form your final outcomes take, allowing you to build on your strengths and tailor your experience towards a chosen professional field.
Guest speakers will enrich the course with specialist academic knowledge, challenging perspectives and will provide insight into current cultural developments and the relevant creative industries.
Within the department, trips are offered each year to various cultural centres, which you may be able to participate in. Visits to observe and engage in current cultural events relevant to the course will be offered too.
YouFirst – working with our Employability Team
Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course.
Take a look at a recent zine produced by our graduating Masters students to get a flavour of the innovation and creativity that goes on within the School of Art & Design.
Our MA Culture, Style and Fashion students are based in the Bonington building, a dedicated centre for Art and Design, and a great environment in which to network and observe trends in all kinds of visual and material culture.
Our library provides excellent resources for the study of style culture, with excellent physical holdings of fashion, youth culture and lifestyle magazines stretching back to the early twentieth century, and collections relevant to art, graphics, product design and photography for primary research.
You'll also have online access to many relevant academic journals and databases for visual research like The Vogue Archive and The Land of Lost Content, a unique digital collection of popular cultural images and artefacts.
We also have The Fashion Map, an archive of garments, photographs and interviews representing high street fashion from the last few decades.