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You will study at our Markeaton Street site which has both traditional and industrial equipment, and advanced new technology in our fashion and textiles' studios and other specialised workshops. Students benefit from our excellent links with industry in the fashion and textiles sectors

You will be surrounded by like-minded creative individuals in from our Art and Design subjects. You will have the chance to gain appropriate industrial experience working on high level, multidisciplinary projects.

The course will build on your skills, and will develop your potential to position yourself within the professional spectrum of design for fashion, textiles or related product areas such as knitwear, performance sportswear, or smart textiles for apparel and other uses.

You'll be studying in a vibrant learning environment where you'll have the opportunity to work alongside designers from a wide range of disciplines throughout the department. Not only will you acquire professional design skills, but you'll also develop your enterprise and creativity, and you will feel empowered with the ability to challenge industry with production-ready innovation.

Employable graduates – we’re ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree: HESA 2016.

Postgraduate Certificate

During this stage you will explore contemporary debates and experimentation, as well as appraising your practice strengths and potential.

You will choose modules such as:

Fashion and Textiles Practices (40 credits) 

During this double module you will explore, critically review, and develop your personal practice and methodologies. By examining your interests, philosophical concerns, and ethical stance as a designer, you will develop a sophisticated knowledge of fashion and/or textile design as a cultural entity and its significance to society.

Visual Culture: Debates (20 credits) 

The module takes as its starting point selected academic texts, which will be used for initiating debate. Through them, you will stimulate and expand your knowledge and understanding of visual culture. 

Postgraduate Diploma

This stage will see you developing a major in-depth personal project and research for a supporting dissertation.

You will choose modules such as:

Fashion and Textiles Concepts (40 credits)

This double module represents the concept phase of the body of work that will form your masters practice project. You will extensively research and explore your individual area of focus in your practice.

Visual Culture: Dissertation (20 credits) 

MA

This stage involves the realisation, testing, and evaluation of your masters practice project and related dissertation.

You will choose modules such as:

Fashion and Textiles Realisation (60 credits)

Careers

With ever more increasing pressure on employment opportunities in the fashion and textiles sectors, this course will provide you with a skill set that will stand you in good stead when you graduate.

You could become an entrepreneurial designer, and start up your own business, using the skills you acquired on the course to take your products to market. We offer further support for emerging businesses, through our Creative Industries business incubation unit - Banks Mill.

You could also go on to find employment within any number of global companies. Among the alumni from our fashion and textiles programmes, graduates have gone on to work for Polo Ralph Lauren in New York, Viewpoint Magazine, Franklin Till and Jaeger.

You may also wish to continue on to further study through one of our MPhil / PhD programmes.


Visit the Fashion and Textiles (MA) page on the University of Derby website for more details!

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