Detailed course guide
We aim to achieve a balance between taught material, acquisition of key skills and knowledge with applied practical exploration and enquiry into current and continually changing industry expectations. Working closely with industry gives our students relevant insight and realistic expectations for employment in Knitwear Design, and related specialist areas, whilst equipping students with the ideal graduate attributes needed for a professional environment.
Critically evaluate traditional and contemporary knitwear design and production practices to inform design output
Develop the appropriate level of technical and creative skill for prototyping, visualising and communicating design ideas
Identify and analyse appropriate methods of design, production and yarn selection for different market levels
Respond innovatively to industrially and commercially relevant demands, restrictions and conventions, through industrial collaboration
Research, understand and apply current developments in technology to design thinking
Develop concepts and ideas that benefit the knitwear industry and enhance the sustainability of the discipline
Design Technology & Innovation
Advanced Knitting Techniques & Practices
Materials: Testing & Exploration
Knitwear Design & Production Communication
One of the following:
Masters Knitwear Collection (with dissertation)
Combining specialist courses with core and elective courses, enables the students to develop specialist skills and understanding while also mixing with other post-graduate students from different disciplines to apply their design thinking to a broader range of outputs. This cultivates a flexible and creative approach to problem solving, and use of transferrable skills.
The assessment policies for this course incorporate a range of assessment types, with a specific emphasis on formative assessment, self-evaluation, debate and peer critique in all courses.
Summative assessment types include coursework, examinations, collaborative and individual problem based projects and a self-directed Masters project with dissertation.
Learning and teaching
The overall approach in the course is centred around the learner, with core information delivered via lectures and embedded during seminars.
Key practical techniques will be demonstrated and skills will be developed in workshop classes and by independent practice.
Courses are designed to enable students to undertake activities, which require complex skills such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation within both practical and theoretical contexts and to foster peer interaction and collaboration in a studio environment.
Normally a 2:1 in textile design, fashion design or equivalent workplace experience.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.
Pre-sessional English courses are available for applicants at the Edinburgh Campus to improve on English language usage and study skills. Please note that completion of pre-sessional courses are not a guarantee of admittance. Please contact us for more information.
14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)