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Textile Design, Technology and Innovation MSc

Fusing design with technical understanding in the research and development of high-performance and innovative textiles, this course will evolve your technical, practical and creative skills in textile design and production.

Winner: Best University Careers and Employability Service
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Overview

Watch: Student Nadir talk about his experience studying Textile Design, Technology and Innovation at DMU.


This course will challenge you to explore the diverse and novel application of textiles and push the boundaries of textile design and production. We aim to equip you with the creative skills to enter the industry with an innovative vision for the application of textile materials and the advanced technical expertise to design, construct and test garments in a specialist area.

We encourage applications from students from either design or technical backgrounds, and previous students on this course have created some of the most exciting, pioneering work by drawing on their wide-ranging areas of expertise. We have seen an engineering graduate using lasers to enhance the design process, a mechanical design engineer investigating the performance of lightweight synthetic motorcycle clothing and a contour design graduate developing clothing for amputees.

Sustainability is embedded into the curriculum. You will critically examine the ethical and environmental impact of design and explore a variety of materials and processes. Our range of optional modules span from real-world entrepreneurial skills of marketing and business planning to responsible design and manufacture.

You will learn in a supportive environment with a host of specialist facilities. Our team of academic staff and skilled technicians have experience working in industry and provide expert knowledge across garment and product technology, intimate apparel, textile technology and innovation, fabric construction, and sustainable and ethical practices. You will have the chance to work closely with industry professionals, enhancing your learning with opportunities to connect with a range of businesses, including those focusing on textile product research and development, innovative material development and sustainable design.

Key features

  • Consider all aspects of textiles, from design through to construction and testing, developing the advanced creative and technical skills for a career in textiles or associated industries.
  • Tailor the course to your career aspirations by focusing on a specialist area of textiles, or selecting optional modules to gain professional skills for the creative entrepreneur.
  • Learn from our expert teaching team, who are all active in their own field and who maintain links with the commercial sector, ensuring they teach real-world, relevant skills.
  • Commercial visits to textile technology experts and guest lectures from sector professionals enhance the curriculum and give you industry insight.
  • You can choose to undertake a year-long work placement, gaining valuable experience to enhance and embed your practical and professional skills.
  • 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.
  • Benefit from facilities include textile testing, colouration and research laboratories (physical performance testing, fibres, yarns and fabric dyeing and finishing), sample fabric construction (knit, weave, print, 3D print), and garment and sewn product manufacture.

 

Scholarships:

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

Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship
Up to 30 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, two years part-time.

Start date: September 2021


Fees and funding: 

2021/22 tuition fees for UK students will be £8,350 (full-time) per year, part-time fees will be £695 per 15 credits across all of our courses.

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.

Duration: One year full-time

Start date: September 2021


Fees and funding: 

2021/22 tuition fees for EU and international students: £14,600

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 degree in a relevant subject.

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  Textile Design, Technology and Innovation MSc portfolio advice for full details.

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

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

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

Modules

Term one core modules

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.

Key Textile Technologies (Core)
This module builds on your foundation knowledge of textile materials with a focus on conventional and new innovative materials. Through lecture seminars, hands-on practical sessions and off site trips your knowledge to be challenged to allow exploration into diverse and novel applications for textile materials. 

Design, innovation and Sustainability (Core)
This module takes an integrated approach to the complex issues surrounding sustainability and the role of design and innovation as a driver for change.  Students will critically examine both the ethical and environmental impact of design and explore a variety of innovative materials and processes.

Term one optional modules (Choose one)

Marketing for the Creative Entrepreneur*
Examines the key marketing and corporate strategy issues that affect a designer. You will develop your own marketing strategy and carry out an analysis of the competitive environment.

Fashion Promotion and Marketing
The module reviews both theoretical concepts & current approaches to communication and commerce in global fashion markets. Exploring key aspects of fashion marketing and promotion via case studies of retailers, brands and designers, to enable you to develop creative strategies and commercial solutions to real-life industry challenges.

Design as a Strategic Business Tool
Looks at how design itself can be the driving force behind the strategic management and development of digital design and creative businesses. You will audit the use of design, design management and design thinking in the creative industries and business.

Term two core modules

Performance and Analysis (Core)
This module explores the importance of quality assessment and fitness for purpose in the creation of new innovative textile products. Through a combination of theoretical and practical sessions undertaken on site using industrial test laboratory apparatus different end uses will be examined enabling students to focus attention on areas of personal interest. Off site visits will provide an appreciation of both commercial testing processes and technical textile R&D.

Manufacturing Processes and Technologies (Core)
Innovation in product development will be explored from a foundation of the core methods used in design and manufacture for textile apparel and merchandise. You will select an area for development and be supported by experts from intimate apparel, leisurewear, fashion clothing and product development. Your focus will be on improving the design, function, quality and fitness for purpose for your selection. Dependent upon education and experience you will follow a mainly theoretical or practical route for the product analysis and development brief.

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 two optional modules (Choose one)

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.

Managing Business Web Presence
Teaches you how to critically appraise website designs, social media activity and wider networking channels while learning about creative production and management processes. You will learn how best to evaluate the role of website design in business, marketing and the creative industries, while examining advances in web architecture, technology, interface and management.

Technology for Design
Provides a platform for designers from various fields to explore a range technology and potentially help to advance their knowledge and practise in this area. This module recognises that digital technology and the development of new equipment, materials, artefacts and devices are all growing exponentially.

Supply and Sourcing
This module deals with the mechanics of the garment industry from product development and planning of the ‘Critical Path’ to production. You will explore supply chain dynamics as well as how and when to source. This module includes potential networking and linking opportunities with manufacturers. There will also be the opportunity of a trade fair visit to Paris, to experience the specialist Interfiliere/Salon Internationale de la Lingerie. As within most modules, sustainable practice will be examined. This module is particularly relevant for those wanting to pursue careers or gain knowledge related to design led contour and intimate apparel garments, and sports/performance driven product development where sourcing relevant materials and understanding the supply chain mechanism would prove invaluable.

Term three

The final module will be one of four options: developing a design concept; design/practice-based project with practical outcomes; dissertation; work-based project/live-project. Final projects will allow you to focus on an area of personal interest taking this forward in a design/practical led format or theoretical/ research context. There is also the option to undertake a work based project for those wanting to gain industrial experience at a host company.

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

 

Overview

The programme is delivered primarily through lectures, seminars and practical workshops as well as tutorial guidance. 

Lectures deliver a discourse on a particular subject followed by seminars, which are used for holding discussions or for the exchanging of information in a smaller group. 

Practical workshops allow you to engage in hands-on design and development work using a range of specialist equipment.  

Tutorials are provided usually to discuss a subject on a one to one basis between the tutor and yourself; however you may find yourself in a small tutorial group to benefit from the contribution of others.

Throughout the programme the curriculum is enhanced by offsite visits and onsite visiting industry professionals. Offsite visits allow you to experience a range of companies, factories and facilities, who play a critical role in the textile industry relevant to the module curriculum. Visiting industry professionals from a variety of business experiences will form the basis of some lecture sessions onsite, where appropriate to the module curriculum.

Contact hours
In your first two terms you will normally attend around 12 hours of timetabled taught sessions including lectures, tutorials and workshop and studio sessions each week, and be expected to undertake at least 23 hours of independent study each week. Your third term will be pre-dominantly self-directed (including meetings with your supervisor), during which you can expect to undertake 35 hours of independent study each week.

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

 

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.

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.

Campus Centre

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

Winner: Best University Careers and Employability Service
NUE Awards, 2021
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Placements

During this course you will have the option to complete a 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 pursue a range of roles, including product developers, textile technologists, textile chemists, product testers, project scientists, technical textile designers, across sportswear clothing, fashion and functional performance wear, and wearable technology. 

Progression routes from these would often lead to senior management, in roles such as production managers, heads of innovation, and product development. Many of our graduates have gone on to work for national and multinational companies such as Cleversocks and John Smedley while others start their own businesses. By helping you to develop sophisticated research skills, this course also provides excellent preparation to  progress onto a PhD.  

Graduate Ema who works as an Innovation Intern at Gymshark said: “I wanted a course that would make me stand out from other candidates when applying for jobs in the Performance Sportswear industry. I really enjoyed how varied the course was and how we could tailor each module to suit our own areas of interest.” 

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Our dedicated Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship provides DMU graduates with a tuition fee discount of up to 30 per cent. The discount is available on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate taught courses running across multiple start dates in the 2021/22 academic session, with the first intake in September 2021.

The scholarship, based on academic achievement and merit, applies automatically to all DMU UK, EU and international students who are graduating in 2021.

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