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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Creative Arts & Design

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-Time: 1 Year, Part-Time: 2 Years

  • Course Type

    MA, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    UK/EU (2018 entry): £7,600, NON-EU £14,500
    Fees are subject to change see website for full information.

  • Last Updated

    04 September 2018

Course content

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 independently.

The programme of study allows you to freely develop creative design practice and valuable marketing and business skills, building comprehensive understanding, vision and direction.

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 textiles through knit, print, weave, embroidery, mixed- media or surface engineering for fashion or interiors, applied art, or in fashion design.


In the first trimester, you’ll study Research Methods. This will introduce you to the tools of practice-based research, allowing you to bring theory and practice closer together, while developing creative and academic writing skills through and about your practice. You’ll also study The Development of Product, Market Research and Product Ideas.

In the second trimester, you’ll study Marketing skills, developing relevant professional skills and an understanding of marketing requirements for textile designers, makers and artists. You’ll also study Product Sampling and Development and Research.

The final trimester focuses on a practice-based Master’s Project. This is about bringing ideas to a professional conclusion often in the form of an exhibition of finished work and supporting promotional materials.

For more information on course modules please go to our Course Page.


The course is developed through tutorials, seminars, lectures, 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 PG Cert is assessed by studio and/or portfolio presentation underpinned by a professional planning assignment.

The PG Dip involves a written report including market analysis of your chosen product field. Practical work is presented by studio and/ or portfolio presentation and an evaluative report.

For the MA you will present a cohesive body of creative work, supported by an extended report.

For more information on teaching and assessment, please view the course handbook via the website.


Graduates work in a variety of sectors and levels of different industries, these have included:

  • Studio/freelance/industrial designer
  • Designer-maker
  • Practising textile artist
  • Trend forecaster
  • Materials researcher
  • Stylist
  • Museum officer
  • Teacher

Visit the MA Design: Fashion and Textiles page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!






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