Taught course

Fashion and Textiles

Glasgow School of Art · Design

Entry requirements

Applicants will be considered for admission who have achieved an educational level equivalent to an Honours degree. Normally applicants will be expected to have achieved a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in Textile Design (with a strong fashion bias) or Fashion Design. Consideration will also be given to candidates from other relevant backgrounds if they can demonstrate:

  • An equivalent academic qualification
  • Professional qualifications, equivalent to an Honours Degree
  • A combination of professional qualifications and experiential learning.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Design in Fashion and Textiles at The Glasgow School of Art is an advanced skills postgraduate programme designed to meet the ambitions of motivated fashion and/or textile graduates who wish to extend, develop and refine their design practice.

The programme welcomes two broad types of fashion design student, each of which has a characteristically different approach:

One can broadly be described as ‘Textile, or surface, led’ with a design approach considered to be from the ‘Textile-outwards’. The other can broadly be described as ‘Silhouette, or shape, led’ with a design approach considered to be from the ‘Silhouette-inwards’.

Textile-led fashion designers are more concerned with the surface (print, embroidery, decoration) or structure (weave) of the fabric in a garment and tend to think more in two dimensions when designing. Silhouette led designers are more concerned with the shape, cut, outline and construction of a garment and tend to think more in three dimensions when designing.

Knitwear is considered a hybrid activity as the structure of the knitted cloth and the shape of the knitted garment are considered simultaneously. The emphasis might be on knitted structures or fully fashioning.

Students on the programme are required to specialise in a surface or silhouette approach in order to give focus to and strengthen their individual area of expertise.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MDes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Jimmy Stephen-Cran