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MA Design: Fashion and Textiles student — Jayne Goulding

Jayne studied MA Design: Fashion and Textiles at Bath Spa University. Discover a little more about the course

Why did you choose this course and institution?

After gaining my BA in Textiles in 1998, I held several roles in fashion design - most recently as a lingerie and textile designer for a major retailer. I then became a full-time mum for four years, occasionally freelancing during this time.

I chose MA Design: Fashion and Textiles as I've wanted to start a business for years. This part-time programme appealed to me because it focused on developing a product and taking it to market. I was also attracted by Bath Spa's beautiful, close-knit campus and its fantastic facilities.

Tell us about the course...

It focuses on the practices surrounding developing a product and positioning it within the marketplace, while strongly encouraging research, creativity and experimentation.

Self-motivation and organisation is essential, as the programme is completely owned and driven by students. The course also provides a wonderful opportunity to use all of the university's facilities.

What advice would you give to others considering postgraduate study?

Understanding what you want to do before starting is a real bonus, even if it's just a research idea. The course is self-taught, so you must work things out on your own. Use your first year in particular to experiment.

The programme is also very fast-paced, making focus and time management vital. Prepare for hard work, and you'll get plenty out of the course.

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