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MA Fashion and Textiles Innovation and New Applications

Course Description


Heriot-Watt University's School of Textiles and Design is enagaged in leading-edge international research and our unrivalled facilities, combined with traditional and cutting edge expertise in technology and management, make our graduates highly sought after in these rapidly evolving sectors. Staff knowledge and expertise span the full spectrum from design to manufacture, context to management, technology to creativity and practice to theory.

The School has developed an enhanced postgraduate programme designed to respond to the needs of the global fashion and textile industries, utilising our unique combination of traditional and contemporary expertise in science, technology and creativity. The benefits of our location within Scotland's manufacturing centre of high-end cashmere and textile production and design, are extended and maintained through international links in fashion and textiles. Studying within a school that reflects such high-quality collaborations, research and teaching, positions our graduates highly within these rapidly evolving sectors.

Our taught postgraduate programme aims to develop advanced knowledge and practice through the exploration of concepts and contemporary topics in design, fashion and textiles. The programme content challenges traditional and contemporary uses of fashion and textiles, as well as creating the opportunity, through well-resourced workshops, to promote new approaches and processes in fashion and textiles. The design of the programme also encourages inter-disciplinary projects reflecting the School's strategy of creative collaborations between subject areas to foster design innovation.

The MA in Fashion and Textiles Innovation & New Applications attracts applicants from design, business and engineering backgrounds and results in projects that realise innovation and new applications for fashion and textiles through collaborative, design-led approaches.

Students negotiate with their supervisor to concentrate on an appropriate area of study to acquire knowledge and expertise in an area of fashion and textiles that supports their individual project intended outcome. The areas available across the School reflect the breadth of expertise relevant to fashion and textiles.

Semester 1
Design context
Creative and Critical Thinking: Research principles
Management Studies in Design
Fashion and Textile Practice and Expertise

Semester 2
Design Technologies and Textiles Futures
Reflective Practice to plan the agreed course of study
Industrial placement
Fashion and Textile Practice and Expertise

Semester 3
Masters Project: the realisation of an innovation and new application(s) through a prototype

Challenge traditional and contemporary uses of fashion and textiles, as well as creating the opportunity to promote new approaches and processes in fashion and textiles

Provide students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to meet the diverse demands of the fashion and textile industries

Encourage, in inter-disciplinary projects, creative collaborations between subject areas to foster innovation

Develop an inter-disciplinary understanding of key issues relating to the design, management and innovation in fashion and textiles

Develop competent and confident professionals for the global fashion and textiles industries with an in-depth understanding of the creative process and its management in international and local contexts.
(Student Profile)

Chai Yangran

829.jpg Our graduates have gone on to work with top international companies and designers including Calvin Klein, Cath Kidston, Christopher Kane, Donna Karan, Habitat, Jasper Conran, Next, Nike, O’Neill, Paul Smith, Pringle, Ralph Lauren and Rip Curl.

Graduates work in a wide range of careers such as textile design; fashion design; design and product development; management and marketing within the global industry; and in textile technology and related developments.

Since graduating Chai Yangran has set up a studio and two boutiques in China and Australia with business partner Zhang Xin, selling their ‘Raphen’ high-street fashion brand and ‘Rani&Stephen’ high-end fashion brand.


Entry Requirements

A good (first or second class) Honours degree or its non-UK equivalent in a relevant subject from a recognised British or Overseas University. In addition, work or project experience in a related company role will be taken into consideration as part of the application process. If English is not your first language, or you do not hold a degree in which the teaching was entirely in English, you must satisfy the minimum requirements for competence in English. This means either: paper based TOEFL 577 points; IELTS at grade 6.5.

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