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Contour Fashion Innovation MA

Students will explore creativity, technologies and entrepreneurship within the changing global landscape of fashion, developing the attributes to become successful innovators and leaders in this sector.

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Overview

The Contour Fashion Innovation MA is for students wishing to further their practice following a degree in a contour subject, as well as those with a fashion or textile undergraduate degree qualification, who wish to specialise in an area of contour. This area within fashion design is defined by garments worn close to, or shaping the contours of the human form, including corsetry, lingerie, swimwear, performance sportswear, nightwear and athleisure.

The study explores creativity, technologies and entrepreneurship, alongside the technical considerations of this complex specialism. The programme encourages visionary, innovative practice and a critical approach to contemporary global challenges facing designers and businesses. Sustainable practice is explored and encouraged throughout.

Contextual studies into historical, political, social and cultural considerations lie at the core of this programme and fuel intellectual curiosity, speculative enquiry, imagination, and divergent thinking to successfully realise design concepts. 

Marketing and visual communication is examined from the viewpoint of a creative individual preparing a leading-edge portfolio or as a business launching into a competitive market place.

The programme aims to facilitate innovation and change in a fast-developing industry.

Key features

  • Specialist contour design and complex technical skills are explored in depth, considering enhanced aesthetics, fit and production
  • Learn from the founders of contour education with over 70 years of teaching this evolving specialism, DMU Contour boasts a vast global alumni network closely connected to the university. Teaching staff are industry experts and taught methodologies are progressive and industry-relevant
  • Flexible learning environment by selecting specific areas of personal interest within core modules and in addition choosing specific elective modules in line with your personal career aspirations
  • Guest lectures from leading industry professionals and commercial and trade fair visits complement the course
  • The multinational community within the School of Fashion and Textiles creates a supportive learning environment for students from around the world
  • The award-winning Vijay Patel building has been designed to provide the space and facilities where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design courses - find out more
  • DMU puts the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the heart of the university’s activities and is a Global Hub for #SDG16, which addresses Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Sustainable practice is embedded throughout this programme’s curriculum.

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time.

Start date: September 2020


Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees for UK/EU students will be £8,100 (full-time) per year, £4,050 (part-time) per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: One year full-time

Start date: September 2020


Fees and funding international: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £14,100 per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

You should have the equivalent or above of a 2:2 UK undergraduate honours design degree in a contour, fashion design or textile design related subject.

Advanced pattern-cutting skills are also a prerequisite, although do not need to be Contour-product-specific.

If you have other professional qualifications and industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.

Interview and Portfolio

Applicants with relevant qualifications should submit a portfolio of work (please see our Contour Fashion Innovation MA application portfolio advice for full details). Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work.

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment

 

Teaching and assessment

Course modules

 

Structure

Through the various modules of this programme you will be able to explore your own areas of interest within the Contour field. Self-directed and independent learning will constitute a majority portion of study and will be supported through regular tutorials with specialist tutors.

Theoretical elements will be explored via formal lectures, seminars and tutorials. Seminars will provide the opportunity to explore concepts in a small group setting. Practical aspects of the programme will be developed through workshops and in the studios.

Staff are experienced Industry professionals, closely connected to their specialism, which ensures that their teaching is progressive and Industry-relevant.

You will have the opportunity to experience international travel to trade fairs, partner educational institutions in Fashion as well as being able to attend guest talks from industry speakers and visits to a range of Fashion businesses, including Contour-specific businesses and suppliers. 

Contact hours

In your first two terms you will normally attend around 10 hours of timetabled taught sessions including lectures, tutorials, workshop and studio sessions each week. You are also expected to undertake at least 25 hours of independent study each week. Your third term will be pre-dominantly self-directed (including meetings with your supervisor), during you can expect to undertake 35 hours of independent study each week.

Part-time study is normally undertaken on a half-time basis.

 

Term one

  • Contour Foundations (core)
  • Research Methods (core)

Choose one module from the following:

  • Design, Innovation and Sustainability (elective)
  • Fashion Promotion and Marketing (elective)
  • Integrated Brand Management (elective)

Term two

  • Contour Creative (core)
  • Supply and Sourcing (core)

Choose one module from the following:

  • Business Planning for Creative Entrepreneurs (elective)
  • Managing Business Web Presence (elective)
  • Critical Perspectives on Ethical and Sustainable Fashion (elective)
  • Global Markets: Designing Businesses for International Growth (elective)

Term three

Choose one of the following:

  • Major Project: Design Concept, OR
  • Major Project: Dissertation, OR
  • Work Based Project/Placement, OR
  • Major Project: Design Practice

 

 

Facilities and features

Facilities

The Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities has excellent and well-equipped facilities to support your subject specialism, including specialist equipment and machinery for the development and manufacture of prototypes.

Group work and tutorials take place within a dedicated centre, enabling you to benefit from strong group cohesiveness and a vibrant multi-disciplinary graduate community.

IT facilities include Mac, PC, CAD, graphics and multimedia labs, with access to specialist software to support your study. The programme makes use of some of the specialist practical facilities in the fashion and textiles subject areas and is supported by a range of specialist resources in the library.

Library

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

 

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

 

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

Contour students have completed work experience and placements with Agent Provocateur, ASOS, Bordelle, Boux Avenue, Calvin Klein, Clover Hong Kong, Coco de Mer, Crystal Martin, Curvy Kate, Fleur of England, Gymshark, H&M Sweden, Heidi Klein, Jenny Packham, Seafolly Australia, Tommy Hilfiger Amsterdam, Triumph and Victoria’s Secret US. In many cases this has led to employment opportunities.

There is the option to undertake a work-based project in the final term, for those wanting to gain industrial experience at a host company.

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DMU Global

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

DMU Global supports a trip to Paris in January where you will have the opportunity to visit the Salon de la Lingerie and Interfiliere trade shows, alongside a broader cultural experience within this fashion capital. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to gather inspiration, source fabrics, discover international markets and create industry networks.

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Graduate careers

Contour Fashion is a specialist area within Fashion design, defined by garments worn close to or shaping the contours of the human form.

Traditionally, Contour Fashion graduates have sought careers as designers, technologists and pattern cutters of foundation garments such as Corsetry, Lingerie and Swimwear.

Increasingly, roles extend to performance sportswear, athleisure, nightwear, medical, wearable technology and within sustainable advancement.

MA graduates may also pursue careers within the Contour industry in Communications, Trend and PR.

DMU Contour boasts a rich history of successful entrepreneurs and continues to support students who wish to start their own businesses.

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