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 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 in 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 the 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 one

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 two

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 product level.

Trimester three

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).

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules.

  • Research Methods
  • Development of Product, Market Research and Product Ideas
  • Marketing Skills
  • Product Sampling, Development and Research
  • Master's Project.

How will I be assessed?

The PG Cert is assessed by studio exhibition and/or portfolio presentation with a marketing assignment. The PG Dip involves a written report including market analysis of your chosen product field. Practical work is presented by studio work and/or portfolio and an evaluative report. For the MA you will present a cohesive body of creative work, supported by an extended report.

How will I be taught?

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.


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

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

Cost & Fees

  • UK/EU students full time - 2019/20 entry £7,995
  • UK/EU students part-time - 2019/20 entry £4,000
  • International students full time - 2019/20 entry £14,900
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Last updated May 10, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
1 - 2 years
14,900 GBP
UK/EU Full Time: £7,995 | UK/EU Part Time: £4,000 | International Full Time: £14,900
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