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Fashion and Textiles MA

A research-inspired, practice-based and design-led adventure for experienced fashion, footwear, accessories and textile creatives looking to  develop in an inspiring and supportive environment. 

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Overview

This stimulating course challenges motivated graduates from fashion and textiles disciplines to explore their chosen specialism and take their development to the next level of creative innovation. Choose from one of the following three areas to specialise in: 

  • Fashion Design focuses on womenswear, menswear and fashion knitwear. 

  • Footwear Design and Accessories covers women’s, men’s and children’s footwear and accessories for sport, leisure or fashion.

  • Textile Design examines printed, constructed and mixed media in relation to fashion, interiors and lifestyle.

You will focus on building creative, technical and academic knowledge, while developing a critical and contextual understanding of wider issues facing the global fashion industry. Complement your creative practice by selecting from a range of optional modules to tailor your skills to your career aspirations from marketing and business planning to responsible design and manufacture.

Learn independently and direct your own studies, with encouragement and support from our  specialist teachers who bring their industry insights to the curriculum. You will benefit from outstanding facilities that will both push your creative boundaries and advance your technical skills. 

Key features 

  • We are recognised as one of the country’s most sustainable fashion and textiles schools (Green Gown Awards, 2021).
  • We will empower you to authoritatively choose your creative direction and tailor your learning around your own academic and professional interests 
  • Our stimulating, practice-based environment will help you to contextualise your own work, develop real-world skills and collaborate with international practitioners  
  • Learn from our research experts with a strong technical focus, alongside leading industry professionals who deliver outstanding guest lectures 
  • Benefit from an optional year-long work placement to gain valuable experience and enhance your practical and professional skills 
  • Join our close-knit interdisciplinary community which fosters a supportive learning environment for students from around the world 
  • Our award-winning Vijay Patel building has been designed to provide the space and facilities where all of our art and design students can develop their ideas and flourish. 

See our student work

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The Green Gown Award puts DMU at the forefront of sustainable fashion and textiles education in the UK. Our comprehensive approach to sustainability is empowering our students to be agents of change within the industry.

Professor Carolyn Hardaker, Head of School of Fashion and Textiles

Scholarships:

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

Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship
Up to 20 per cent of tuition fees offered to DMU alumni who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship page.

Sports Scholarship
Apply for the DMU Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

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  • UK
  • EU/International

Duration: One year full-time.

Start date: September 2022


Fees and funding 

2022/23 tuition fees for UK students:

£8,560 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.

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Duration: One year full-time

Start date: September 2022


Fees and funding: 

2022/23 tuition fees for EU and international students: £15,100

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.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

You should have the equivalent or above of a 2:2 UK bachelor’s honours design degree in a fashion, textiles, footwear, or a contour related subject relevant to your chosen subject specialism.

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 Fashion and Textiles MA application portfolio advice for full details).

Non-standard applicants will be invited to attend an interview with a portfolio and a 2,500-word report.

English language requirements

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

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

Modules 

Term one

Research Methods (Compulsory)
Teaches you a range of conceptual and practical research skills, such as questionnaire design and interview techniques. As part of this module, you will formulate your major project proposal, specifying your aims, objectives, research methods and expected outcomes. You will also learn how to undertake the literature review for your major project.

Design Innovation (compulsory) 
Is a subject-specific module that explores the development of conceptual thinking, creative approaches to design and the technical aspects of product realisation. An introductory design brief considers the use of primary research sources as inspiration for the generation  of innovative subject-specific product design statements.

Choose one module from the following:

Design Communication
Helps you to develop a detailed understanding of the fashion portfolio and to hone your 2D communications skills. Using CAD and hand-crafted illustrative work, you will explore communication tools and techniques in order to fully communicate your own design and experimentation work in a variety of media formats.

Fashion Promotion and Marketing
Provides students with a toolkit of both theoretical concepts and current, relevant approaches to communication and commerce within a global fashion context. Key strategies  within fashion marketing are explored and promotion via case studies of retailers, brands and designers analysed, enabling students to develop creative strategies and commercial solutions in response to real-life industry challenges.

Term Two

Research and Design (compulsory)
Is a subject-specific module that further develops your design research capabilities, creative thinking and sees you demonstrating your design expertise and specialist technical skills. You will investigate potential new designs and technical applications within the subject specialism, which will culminate in developing a pre-collection and proposal for your Major Project.

Promotion and Portfolio (compulsory)
Is a practice-based module that will equip you with an understanding of the marketing process for the fashion industry as well as methods for self-promotion.  

Choose one module from the following:

Critical Perspectives in Ethical and Sustainable Fashion
Investigates the impact of ethical and environmental considerations on designed products, garment production and business ideology. It will enable those looking to work in fashion manufacturing or retail to provide future designers and buyers with a clear overview of the major sustainability issues within the industry.

Business Planning for the Creative Entrepreneur
Develops your business knowledge and planning skills enabling you to identify the potential for a new product or service. You will study the key issues in starting a business and covers topics such as business plans, leadership, investment and risk management.

Global Markets: Designing businesses for international growth
Examines the key issues involved in developing new international markets and the role of the design manager and entrepreneur in enabling design and creative businesses to compete effectively in the global economy.

Term Three

Major Project
Gives you the opportunity to explore the aesthetic, conceptual and technological considerations of your chosen research area within your subject specialism. At this stage in your programme you have the opportunity to further tailor your learning to your strengths. You will be able to produce either a 3D garment/prototype collection with a 2D portfolio, supported by a personal illustrated critical and reflective thesis (5,000 words), or a design concept/product supported by a more extensive body of written work (8-10,000 words).

Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

The course promotes a philosophy of developing independent learners. Supported by specialist staff, you are encouraged to negotiate and direct your own learning within the framework of the modular structure. Tuition mainly takes the form of skills development workshops and design tutorials with additional lectures and seminars. The overall aim is to build on your individual skills and knowledge.

Assessment is continuous through methods such as 2D/3D design projects, portfolio, reports/essays, blogs, poster presentations and oral presentations.

The staff team are designers, researchers and/or senior academics with a strong design and technical focus, which ensures that their teaching remains current. Course teaching is further complemented by visiting lecturers and guest speakers who are leading industry practitioners..

Contact hours
In your first two terms you will normally attend around 8-10 hours of timetabled taught sessions including lectures, tutorials and workshop and studio sessions each week, and be 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 

 

 

Facilities and features

Art and design facilities


Our award-winning Vijay Patel building has been designed to provide the space and facilities where all of our art and design students can develop their ideas and flourish. 

The creative industries require imaginative graduates who can develop new ideas and products. Students use our sophisticated and contemporary workshops, labs and studios to experiment and test in the same way they will in industry, while the open and transparent spaces in the building encourage collaboration between disciplines. In doing so, the building prepares students for industry and helps develop them as future leaders in their respective fields. 

Take a look at our stunning showcase of the building at dmu.ac.uk/aad.

 

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

 

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

During this course you will have the option to complete a paid placement year, an invaluable opportunity to put the skills developed during your degree into practice. This insight into the professional world will build on your knowledge in a real-world setting, preparing you to progress onto your chosen career. Placements will normally take place between semester two and three. 

Our careers programme, DMU Works, can help to hone your professional skills with mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and an assigned personal tutor will support you throughout your placement.

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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.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

 

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Graduate careers

Our graduates have gone on to exciting careers working with international brands such as Agent Provocateur, Courtaulds, Abercrombie & Fitch, Tommy Hilfiger, Superdry, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, French Connection, Jigsaw, Next, H&M, Kurt Geiger, L.K. Bennett, Clarks, New Balance, Tesco, Joules and Calvin Klein. 
 
Graduates considering developing a new business will have access to enterprise support from DMU Works, our comprehensive careers programme. 
 
Raabia Arif beat hundreds of hopefuls to land a design role working with illustrious brands such as Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. She praises the opportunities she had at DMU, including the chance to showcase her graduate collection in Hong Kong, while representing the university at the GREAT Festival of Innovation.  She said: "Studying fashion at DMU is phenomenal. The facilities are fantastic and the tutors and quality of teaching they deliver really sets it apart," 

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