Master of Arts in Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design

Aalto University

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AACSB Accredited

Master of Arts in Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design

Aalto University

Holistic thinking, creativity and innovation at the core of Fashion, Clothing and Textile Studies. Are you interested to explore more? Visit the Fashion, Clothing and Textile Programme website for course highlights, exciting visuals of our students works and more information about the study opportunities and faculty members.

Goal of education (Learning outcomes)

Content outcomes

The programme deepens and extends the students’ skills in fashion, clothing, textile and collection design on a high artistic and professional level, strategic thinking as well as creating, coordinating and leading fashion and design concept processes. Students develop their creative vision and management skills as a base for portfolio design by creating fashion, clothing and textile and collection designs . The design process is includes the whole path from concept and initial design to marketing and sales. Creativity and new forward-thinking ideas are emphasized on every step of the process. At the core of the programme is the understanding of the fashion system and its impact on society and business. Students are challenged to explore the possibilities of new technologies and innovative design solutions in both physical and digital media.

Skill outcomes

Students learn to combine design, commerce, industry and research based approaches.Artistic and creative problem-solving strategies and techniques in mastering silhouettes, structures and materials are a part of the studies. Students learn an experimental and conceptual approach to creating fashion, clothing, surface design and colour collections of a high international standard.

The programme emphasises the understanding of different cultures and encourages students to innovate and re-think current practices in fashion as well as design business and industry. Entrepreneurial and sustainable thinking as well as multidisciplinary co-operation and communication in product development are essential skills.

Academic skills

The students learn to analyse the practices and phenomena in fashion, clothing, textiles and design. The programme fosters students’ presentation skills in writing and visualisation. Students gain an understanding of design research methods and learn to apply them in creative, academic, societal and business contexts. The programme also provides students with skills needed in doctoral studies.

Education content

Fashion as a phenomenon is extended beyond clothing and textiles to include the production and consumption of other types of products and services. Joint studies help the students to learn skills beyond their own field. The programme cultivates a fashion-driven approach and provides students with working methods that prepare them for careers of high international and professional level.

Career opportunities

The graduates have the skills and knowledge needed to sustain a professional career in fashion, clothing, textile, and design business and industry, media and education. The master studies prepare the students for a career in academic and corporate research.


Students are encouraged to apply for international exchange studies or internship. In addition, they are expected to gain experience in international competitions, exhibitions, conferences, and trade fairs.

Admission procedure

Applicants for the Master’s Programme in Fashion and Collection Design apply in the master’s level admissions in the field of Art and Design. The main criteria are competence and suitability. Specifically, the programme seeks students with skills to understand processes and structures, an ability to create innovative design solutions individually and in teams, with personal and artistic insight, ideation skill, and goal-orientation and motivation.

Eligible applicants for the programme have earned a Bachelor of Arts (Art and Design) or completed equivalent studies. The Master’s Programme in Fashion and Collection Design consists of advanced studies which can be completed in two years.

Students are selected for the programme in two stages. In the first stage, the applicant submits an electronic application form and sends in the application and required application documents. In the second stage, some applicants are selected for an interview. If necessary, additional work samples may also be requested. Applicants may also have to complete entrance exam assignments set by the selection committee. The portfolio, interview and study plan plus any additional work samples and exam assignments are assessed as pass/fail.

Applicants accepted to the programme may be required to take supplementary studies.

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Last updated December 14, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug., 2017
2 years
Full time
Jan. 25, 2017
Application period: 2016-12-15 - 2017-01-25
Start date Aug., 2017
Finland Espoo
Application deadline Jan. 25, 2017
Application period: 2016-12-15 - 2017-01-25
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years