MA Design - Fashion and Textile

Pearl Academy

Program Description

MA Design - Fashion and Textile

Pearl Academy

MA Design - Fashion and Textile

Master’s – level Programme provides generic design and lifestyle related inputs arranged to generate and encourage specific design applications based on student’s self-chosen area.

The principal aims of MA programme are:

  • To educate individuals from suitably qualified backgrounds to function as higher managers and specialists for the dynamic fashion industry in India and abroad.
  • To hone creativity, initiative, innovation and judgement along with intellectual and conceptual acumen compatible with the fashion industry.
  • To inculcate graduates with capacity for critical professional engagement and investigative attitude in the fashion business context.
  • To develop and enhance graduates lifelong learning skills and personal development so as to be able to work with self-direction, professionalism and originality to contribute to business and society at large through the domain of fashion.

The Structure

Semester 1 – This semester of the Programme is akin to the Certificate Phase. This provides the basis for selection to the diploma /M.A. Phase-which will primarily test the student’s ability to demonstrate one’s potential in the chosen area (s) of application. Despite their common vertical background, students may come from varying institutional origins; this semester will bring all the entrants to the required level in terms of conceptualization skills and ability to identify individual needs for specialization at the following stages. At the end of the semester, the students will undergo industry internship.

Semester 2 – This semester of the programme is akin to the Diploma Phase. It is project-driven. Students will have to present a group project, based on design trend forecasting, analysis, and interpretation; and an individual project that focuses on the development of options for creative application(s). The student, in this phase of learning, must develop clear evidence of creative and practical abilities required for advanced design applications through the individual project – which will be converted to actual prototype development in the final semester.

Semester 3 – This semester is akin to the Degree Phase. It will primarily involve the development, and execution/ application of innovative design prototypes. Such prototypes will be expected to be concept-driven, and will have to be derived from the previous semester’s Individual Project. Students will be expected to deepen their concept development in chosen area of work, which will be demonstrated through a Masters Project. They will also be expected to create their own resources, which include activities such as (a) producing their own design presentation(s); (b) networking with external resources; and (c) independently developing/ innovatively using appropriate raw materials.

The Audience

Any graduate either with Fashion Design (UG Degree or Diploma) or Textile Design (UG Degree or Diploma) / with or without working experience .

For PAF students: Students who have completed PGTD and PGFD from PAF are eligible for lateral entry in semester 2 to get a MA Degree.

The Future

a. Industry employment : students will be recruited by industry in mid-management echelons, with or without a stint of traineeship, depending upon recruiters’ policy

b. Self-employment: students will create free-lance consultancy service or set up own organized business.

c. Further studies: students may advance to M.Phil or Doctoral studies wherever opportunities exist

d. Consultancy and research sector employment: students will be found very useful by this sector for their analytical and personal qualities

e. Teaching: students will be recruited by fashion education institutions at entry levels of teaching career


Semester 1 :

1. Design Studies

The module aims at enabling students to interpret design ideas through research on design events, activities, and issues and to enable students to research and assess contemporary fashion issues, and communicate findings through written, verbal, and visual means.

2. Lifestyle Studies

To enable students to develop a strategic perspective on influences of lifestyle and design on each other, and the interconnection between design and lifestyle that eventually shapes the development of appropriate product solutions.

3. Product Development

To develop in the students the ability to locate, interpret and use a variety of generic, conceptual and technical aspects of materials & processes and information systematically required for developing a design product.

4. Term Project

To draw upon the learning of the modules in the first semester as well as prior acquired learning and demonstrate the ability for advanced, independent study in the Diploma/ M.A. Phase of the Programme.

5. Professional Practice

This module is will provide an opportunity for the budding post graduates get familiar with fashion business firms and relate all prior learning in fashion / textiles design discipline to practical professional world.

The aim of the module is to:

  • Expose the students to prevalent commercial, industrial, ethical and professional practice, standards and commitment
  • Appreciate fashion business, industry and design practice systems and expertise available, as well as related implications

Semester 2 :

1. Group Project

To study the process and influences of trend-forecast for design/lifestyle products.

2. Individual Research Project

To study the process and influences of trend-forecast for design/lifestyle products.

Semester 3 :

1. M.A. Project

To develop a brief for product development based on the findings stated in the Individual Research Project. To explore and innovate solutions for application. To communicate findings in an appropriate manner.

2. Professional Practice-II

This module will provide an opportunity for the budding post graduates to acquire familiarity of organizational practice relating to learned discipline and to apply test and reflect upon the findings of master’s dissertation.

The aim of the module is to:

  • To develop autonomous and proficient design professional
  • To set career and professional goals for oneself.


  • Stylists
  • Concept Thinkers
  • Designers
  • Managers
  • Creative Thinkers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Lecturers or Researchers in fashion vocational and academic fields
  • Higher level research degrees (M.Phil or PhD)


  • Tarun Tahiliani
  • Shantanu And Nikhil
  • Rohit Bal
  • Manish Arora
  • JJ Valaya
  • W
  • Future Group
  • Reliance Industries
  • Shahi Exports

Eligibility : A graduate Degree in fashion design or textile design


A graduate diploma in fashion design or textile design with at least 2 years work experience in fashion/textiles industry


Any graduate with 3 years work experience in fashion/textiles industry

Location : Delhi

Validation : Nottingham Trent University

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
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July 2017
2 years
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Start date July 2017
India Delhi, NCR-Delhi
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