MA in Design: Fashion and Textiles

Bath Spa University

Program Description

MA in Design: Fashion and Textiles

Bath Spa University

MADesign Fashion and Textiles

Aimed at ambitious graduates, this practice-based MA course is supported by marketing theory.

Staff have broad national and international industry experience which underpins and informs the course.

Develop your creative design practice and thinking, while building valuable marketing and business skills.

Alumni enjoy diverse career destinations with many successfully working for themselves.

This course offers ambitious individuals the opportunity to become designers, designer-makers or textile artists, either within the professional industries or to set up small businesses working independently or in small teams.

The programme of study allows you to freely develop creative design practice and thinking in conjunction with valuable marketing and business skills, building comprehensive understanding, vision and direction.


The course is developed through seminars, lectures, tutorials, visiting speakers, group critiques, market research and personal research.

You will be introduced to research skills and methods, product development, design management and methods, with marketing and business skills. The emphasis of the course is learning how best to present ideas, and where and how to place them on the market.

Students develop and propose a personal route of study and explore and research an area of textiles in knit, print, weave, or embroidery for fashion or interiors, textile art, or in fashion design.

You are encouraged to trial a product in the market either through a first-hand experience, or through working with studios and agents for designers, shops and craft markets (for designer-makers), or with galleries or public spaces (for textile artists).

Course structure

Trimester 1

The emphasis in trimester 1 is on the development of ideas: Delivered through a taught programme of lectures, seminars, group critiques, and assignments Research Methodologies introduces generic methodologies and considers subject-specific data retrieval analysis and evaluation techniques. Through The Development of Product, Market Research and Product Ideas you will negotiate a programme of study developing ideas technically and aesthetically, and applying in-depth investigation into techniques and researching the chosen market.

Trimester 2

During the second trimester you’ll take two modules: Marketing Skills comprises of lectures, seminars and research and is about developing relevant professional skills and understanding of marketing requirements for textile designers, makers and artists; Negotiated by each student, Product Sampling and Development and Research involves initial product sampling techniques and investigation, range planning and the development and progression of ideas to the product level.

Trimester 3

The final trimester involves a further negotiated major study. This practice-based Master’s Project is about bringing ideas to a professional conclusion often in the form of an exhibition of finished work and supporting promotional materials.

Part-time students follow the same sequence of modules but do so over seven trimesters (or 28 months).

The course is developed through seminars, lectures, tutorials, visiting speakers, group critiques, market research and personal research.


Study abroad

Through negotiation, part-time students may choose to participate in an overseas study visit during the programme. Our students have completed Exchange programs and study visits in a variety of countries including Japan and the USA.

Field trips

The department organises a number of study visits each year in which MA students may be invited to participate. Additionally, specialist course trips (for example to local industry) are scheduled where possible.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Students and new alumni have worked with companies both in the UK and abroad. These are mainly negotiated internships.


Alumni work in a variety of sectors and levels of different industries typically:

  • Studio Designer.
  • Freelance Designer.
  • Industrial Designer.
  • Designer-Maker (Small Business Practice).
  • Practicing Textile Artist.
  • Public / Private Arts Design and/or Management.
  • Retail and Display Management.
  • Styling.
  • Academic careers in a further or higher education institutions.
  • Museums and Collections.
  • Numerous ‘Portfolio’ Careers.

Competitions and awards

Students are encouraged to participate in local, national and international competitions and exhibitions. Successes have included selection for awards such as Texprint (which funds and promotes a professional exhibition at Premiere Vision in Paris) and the Worshipful Company of Weavers Industry placement award.

All students have the opportunity to apply to exhibit at New Designers, London.


Admission is normally based on a good undergraduate degree in a design or media discipline together with an interview. Applicants with a good honours degree in a related discipline and/or with relevant work experience will also be considered.

We advise that you contact Tim Parry-Williams, Course Director, to decide if the course is appropriate for you.

Cost & Fees

Year 1 tuition

  • UK/EU students full-time: £7,000 / part-time: £3,500.
  • International students full-time: £13,500.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 29, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
1 - 2 years
Part time
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- Tuition fees for 2019-2020 school year are to be published in January 2019.
United Kingdom - Bath, England
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