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Entry requirements

You should have the equivalent of a 2:2 or above UK bachelor's Honours degree in a related subject. If you have other professional qualifications and industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis. Evidence of design work in a digital/portfolio of work is also required. If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

This course offers a practice-based, design-led experience for fashion and textile professionals looking to learn in a stimulating environment with highly motivated, dedicated and innovative graduates. You can choose from one of the following pathways, 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, menswear and fashion knitwear

Footwear Design and Accessories - covers women's, men's and children's footwear as well as accessories for sport, leisure or fashion

Textile Design - examines fashion, interiors and lifestyle, with the opportunity to specialise in print, construct and mixed media

The course promotes a philosophy of developing independent learners. Supported by specialist staff, you are encouraged to negotiate and direct you own learning within the framework of the modular structure. Assessment is therefore continuous and methods include 2D/3D design projects, portfolio, reports/essays, blogs, poster presentations and oral presentations.

The staff team are all designers and researchers with a strong technical focus ensuring current knowledge and industry awareness and are complemented by a programme of visiting lecturers who are leading practitioners in the field.

The course will prepare you for a variety of careers, graduates from the School of Design have gone on to work for national and multinational companies such as Agent Provocateur, Tommy Hilfiger, Alexander McQueen, L.K. Bennett, Superdry and Vivienne Westwood.

Information for international students

Some international students may be eligible for a scholarship and/or an early payment discount of up to £500. For more information, visit

Fees and funding

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship

Offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information, please visit .

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship

Available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Creative work80
Dissertation20 (5000 words)

Course contact details

De Montfort University
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