Experiment, explore and discover your own creative identity while developing essential fashion design skills. You’ll benefit from our tutors’ extensive industry experience and contacts, equipping you for success in the competitive world of fashion.
The MA Fashion Design programme gives you the freedom to pursue your creative ambitions through experimental practice, personal research and critical evaluation. Working in purpose-built studios, you’ll cover core topics such as sketchbook development, visual research, sustainability and design, construction techniques and materials, CAD (computer-aided design) and fashion portfolio skills. We focus on a combination of hand making skills and techniques alongside the use of cutting-edge technologies; our superb facilities include bespoke pattern-cutting tables and industry-standard machines, traditional print and textile facilities as well as the latest technical and 3D printing technology. You’ll learn from tutors with years of professional fashion design experience and strong industry connections. They will work closely with you to help you develop your individual strengths and to enhance your employability. You’ll benefit from professional skills workshops, exposure to industry through live briefs and guest lectures, and the opportunity to showcase your work in Winchester and London. The teaching team’s extensive contacts can also facilitate internship opportunities with leading fashion companies.
We welcome students from a range of backgrounds, including recent graduates and those with some professional experience who are looking to advance their career. You’ll study with talented students from around the world, developing a global network of friendships and professional contacts that will be invaluable as your career progresses. Co-location with MA Textile Design students creates a stimulating studio environment in which students share ideas and draw inspiration from one another’s work.
As you’d expect from a Russell Group university masters degree, there is a strong emphasis on research within the course. We encourage you to underpin your studio work with an understanding of ideas and contemporary issues in fashion and society – for example, past students have investigated the idea of sustainably produced wedding dresses, the issue of modesty and clothing, and zero waste in fashion.
In addition, you’ll be able to attend lectures and conferences run by the School’s renowned research and special interest groups, such as the Winchester Luxury Research Group, In The Loop and the Fashion and Sustainability Forum.
We produce creative, technically accomplished graduates with a professional approach, who are sought after by top employers. You will be able to choose from a range of fashion roles, including fashion designer, costume designer, pattern cutter, illustrator, fashion/photographic stylist, trend forecaster, fashion buyer, visual merchandiser, social media, blogger or fashion editor. This degree is also excellent preparation if you are interested in taking your studies to PhD level.
Past students have gone on to jobs as fashion designers and design teachers all over the world. Others have started their own labels; one former student who has established a label in Hong Kong recently brought her collection to the Pure trade show in London.
Many students have been successful in applying for internships, for example at Gareth Pugh, Roksanda Ilincic, Jasper Garvida for Ethologie and Thomas Tait. Two students who undertook internships at notjustalabel.com now have their own labels in Hong Kong and New Delhi.
Our Master's in International Fashion Design Management offers continuing or recent graduates from either fashion or management related degree courses an opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skills and employment prospects. It is tailored towards students who wish,to move into the fashion sector and manage either their own or others creative outputs.
Our course aims to combine subject specialist knowledge with creative and collaborative management and research skills. Applicants to this course will normally have a degree in a related subject such as fashion design, management, promotion and/or fashion retail management or come from business discipline or may have been involved in business, managerial or marketing roles or are seeking to move into these areas in the future. Our course is also offered to professionals from within the creative industries with several years experience. A distance learning route enables students to study online and from their own homes/places of work.
We encourage students to work alongside others from related disciplines as well as undertaking subject specific modules in international fashion management.
Our specialist staff and research expertise in the department brings students into contact with a wide range of academic staff, many of whom have industry experience. All of our staff are research active and are involved in the events of our research centres. Students are welcome to participate in these wider research contexts as part of their studies with us at the University of Huddersfield. As part of the course you will be able to become a part of a relevant research centre within the School.
The Master in Fashion Design forms creative practitioners, able to combine theoretical knowledge, insights and innovative capacity of experimentation to design stylish collections.
The new generation of fashion designers must have the capacity to identify and analyze contemporary trends to reprocess them in the form of the original story, trying to balance individual creativity with the concept of fast fashion from the world and from the market. Equally important is knowing how to combine these elements with a solid knowledge of design and visual culture of the fashion world.
Career opportunities - Thanks to the training acquired during the Master, participants can work as a Fashion Designer, as specialists in the creative process and the creation of collections of clothing for fashion houses in Italy and abroad. They can also work as a product manager, Fashion Merchandiser, Creative Advisors.