Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years

UK fee

£6,550 for the full course or £730 per 20 credits* (2021/22)

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

MA

Start dates

January, September

Location

Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

This course is being updated for September 2021 entry, please keep checking back for more information.

Course description

You will study at our Markeaton Street site which has both traditional and industrial equipment - we're the only UK university to own two Jacquard looms. Realise your creative ambitions using advanced new technology in our fashion and textiles studios and other specialised workshops. You'll also benefit from our excellent links with industry in the fashion and textiles sectors. 

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

Take a look at highlights from the 2019 MA Degree Show.  

Models on the catwalk at the University of Derby Fashion Show 2018 at Derby Theatre
Close-up on yarns in the Textiles studio
Students' work on display at degree show
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What you will study

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. 

This process of critical scrutiny and debate will provide you with a platform for developing your scholarly understanding of concepts such as ideology, identity, ethics, and aesthetics, and an appreciation of how these might be associated with issues relating to gender, globalisation, sustainability, taste, and consumer culture. This module will encourage you to examine your own practice in relation to the ideas and contrasting theories you have studied.

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) 

You will plan a personal programme of research on a negotiated topic relevant to your personal practice. Your topic will be carefully selected and honed to ensure that it successfully informs your practice. The individual methodologies you develop during this module will inform your practice based final project. You will develop a coherent argument, informed by your research, which will drive the structure and logic of your dissertation.

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)

This triple module is the culmination of your masters practice project. It will enable you to realise the practice concept that you defined and researched during the Concept module. You will work with independent scholarship and with an enquiring and questioning approach to test, analyse, and critically evaluate your work throughout the process of concluding your masters study.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Live Virtual Postgraduate Open Day

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How you will learn

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.

Facilities

Our Fashion and Textiles courses are taught at our specialist studios based at Chandos Pole Street. Students can also use the Digital Design Hub at Markeaton Street to create embroidery and to print or heat press images on to fabric.

Students working in fashion and textiles workshop

Who will teach you

Programme leader

Kay Bolderson

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject. After you have submitted an application we will ask you to provide is with a digital portfolio and written statement describing your practice and ambitions. You may arrange a meeting with the programme leader to discuss your portfolio in person.

If English is not your first language, you'll also need an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent.

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Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)

TypeFull-timePart-time
UK

£6,550 for the full course or £730 per 20 credits*

£730 per 20 credits

International/EU

N/A

N/A

Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.

* UK full-time fees paid within one academic year are rounded down to the nearest £50 if applicable

About postgraduate awards

Please note at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.

AwardCredits
Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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How to apply

UK students

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Careers

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.

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.

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.