The course

Delivery
Full-time, Part-time, Per course
Course type
Taught
Location
Scottish Borders
Entry date
September

Contact

Overview

Our taught postgraduate programme aims to develop advanced knowledge and practice through the exploration of concepts and contemporary topics in design, fashion and textiles.

The MA in Fashion and Textile Design is focused on the development of practice-based studies informed by an in-depth study of design. The programme attracts students from an art and design background and results in a design collection that demonstrates an in-depth investigation of a clearly defined design concept that challenges established design practice and offers new insight. For more information on final design collections visit the School programme page.

The programme content challenges traditional and contemporary uses of fashion and textiles, as well as creating the opportunity, through well-resourced workshops, to promote new approaches and processes in fashion and textiles. Students concentrate on an appropriate area of study to acquire knowledge and expertise in an area of fashion and textiles that is conducive to their individual project intentions. Staff knowledge and expertise span the full spectrum from design to manufacture, context to management, technology to creativity and practice to theory.

The design of the programme also encourages inter-disciplinary projects reflecting the School's strategy of creative collaborations between subject areas to foster design innovation.

Objectives

  • Challenge traditional and contemporary uses of fashion and textiles, as well as creating the opportunity to promote new approaches and processes in fashion and textiles
  • Provide students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to meet the diverse demands of the fashion and textile industries
  • Encourage, in inter-disciplinary projects, creative collaborations between subject areas to foster innovation
  • Develop an inter-disciplinary understanding of key issues relating to the design, management and innovation in fashion and textiles
  • Develop competent and confident professionals for the global fashion and textiles industries with an in-depth understanding of the creative process and its management in international and local contexts.

Programme duration

MA: 3 semesters, 12 months
PGDip: 2 semesters, 9 months

Course content

   Detailed course guide

Students negotiate with their supervisor to concentrate on an appropriate area of study to acquire knowledge and expertise in an area of fashion and textiles that supports their individual project intended outcome. The areas available across the School reflect the breadth of expertise relevant to fashion and textiles.

Semester 1

  • Fashion and Textiles Practice and Expertise 1
  • Design Context
  • Design project
  • Design Technology and Innovation

Semester 2

  • Fashion and Textiles Practice and Expertise 2
  • Research Methodologies
  • Raw Materials Testing and Exploration

And

  • Business Enterprise

OR

  • Brand Management

Semester 3

  • Research Project

Assessment

Students are assessed through a combination of practical and written course work, examinations and the Masters project. Emphasis is placed on rigorous academic standards as well as acquiring and developing a range of transferable industry skills and individual creative development. Assessment exercises can therefore include making effective visual and oral presentations, writing reports and as well as team and group work.