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The Design School’s long standing heritage, highly qualified staff and excellent facilities, provides a stimulating environment for highly motivated, dedicated and innovative graduates from fashion and textile design disciplines to take their development to the next level of creative innovation.

Choose from one of the following subject specialisms, which will then provide the focus of your design practice:

  • Contour Fashion
  • focuses on intimate apparel, including jersey wear, lingerie, swimwear, corsetry, loungewear and bra design
  • Fashion Design
  • specialises in womenswear or menswear.
  • Footwear Design and Accessories
  • covers women’s, men’s and children’s footwear for leisure or fashion, as well as accessories for sport.
  • Textile Design
  • examines fashion, interiors and lifestyle, with the opportunity to specialise in print, construct, knit and mixed media

At the heart of this course is a focus on building creative, technical and intellectual knowledge, alongside critical and contextual understanding of wider issues.

There is a close-knit community of postgraduate students and staff which creates a supportive learning environment for students from around the world. We will provide a stimulating environment for highly motivated, dedicated and innovative graduates from fashion and textile design disciplines to take their development to the next level of creative innovation.

You will have the opportunity to compliment your creative practice by selecting from a range of option module, allowing you to bespoke your experience and skills, ready to launch you into the next chapter of your career development. Option module areas include; Marketing, Business Planning, Web Presence, Global Strategic Markets, Ethical and Sustainable Fashion.

Modules 

Term one

Research Methods (Compulsory)

Teaches you a range of conceptual and practical research skills, such as questionnaire design and interview techniques. As part of this module, you will formulate your major project proposal, specifying your aims, objectives, research methods and expected outcomes. You will also learn how to undertake the literature review for your major project.

Design Innovation (compulsory) 

Is a subject-specific module that explores the development of conceptual thinking, creative approaches to design and the technical aspects of product realisation. An introductory design brief considers the use of primary research sources as inspiration for the generation of innovative subject-specific product design statements.

Choose one module from the following:

Design Communication

Helps you to develop a detailed understanding of the fashion portfolio and to hone your 2D communications skills. Using CAD and hand-crafted illustrative work, you will explore communication tools and techniques in order to fully communicate your own design and experimentation work in a variety of media formats.

Fashion Promotion and Marketing

Provides students with a toolkit of both theoretical concepts and current, relevant approaches to communication and commerce within a global fashion context. Key strategies within fashion marketing are explored and promotion via case studies of retailers, brands and designers analysed, enabling students to develop creative strategies and commercial solutions in response to real-life industry challenges.

Term Two

Design Research and Development (compulsory) 

Is a subject-specific module that further develops your design research capabilities, creative thinking and sees you demonstrating your design expertise and specialist technical skills. You will investigate potential new designs and technical applications within the subject specialism, which will culminate in developing a pre-collection and proposal for your Major Project.

Promotion and Portfolio (compulsory)

Is a practice-based module that will equip you with an understanding of the marketing process for the fashion industry as well as methods for self-promotion. 

Choose one module from the following:

Critical Perspectives in Ethical and Sustainable Fashion

Investigates the impact of ethical and environmental considerations on designed products, garment production and business ideology. It will enable those looking to work in fashion manufacturing or retail to provide future designers and buyers with a clear overview of the major sustainability issues within the industry.

Business Planning for the Creative Entrepreneur

Develops your business knowledge and planning skills enabling you to identify the potential for a new product or service. You will study the key issues in starting a business and covers topics such as business plans, leadership, investment and risk management.

Global Markets: Designing businesses for international growth

Examines the key issues involved in developing new international markets and the role of the design manager and entrepreneur in enabling design and creative businesses to compete effectively in the global economy.

Managing Business Web Presence

Teaches you how to critically appraise website designs, social media activity and wider networking channels while learning about creative production and management processes. You will learn how best to evaluate the role of website design in business, marketing and the creative industries, while examining advances in web architecture, technology, interface and management.

Term Three

Major Project

Gives you the opportunity to explore the aesthetic, conceptual and technological considerations of your chosen research area within your subject specialism. At this stage in your programme you have the opportunity to further tailor your learning to your strengths. You will be able to produce either a 3D garment/prototype collection with a 2D portfolio, supported by a personal illustrated critical and reflective thesis (5,000 words), or a design concept/product supported by a more extensive body of written work (8-10,000 words).

Graduate careers

Graduates from the School have gone on to work in roles ranging from design, product development, buying, and garment technology to working freelance or starting up their own business. They have also gone on to work for national and multinational companies such as Agent Provocateur, Courtaulds, Abercrombie and Fitch, Tommy Hilfiger, Superdry, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, French Connection, Jigsaw, Next, H&M, Kurt Geiger, L.K. Bennett, Clarks, New Balance, Tesco, Joules, and Primark.


Visit the Fashion and Textiles MA page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

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