Taught course

Fashion and Textiles

Institution
Glasgow School of Art · Design
Qualifications
MDes

Entry requirements

Applicants will be considered for admissions 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

September

Course content

The MDes 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 Textile Graduates who wish to extend, develop and hone their individual 'design signature'.

The programme attracts and welcomes two different 'types' of Fashion Design Student each with 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, knit) 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.

An everyday example might be the difference between an Arran jumper and a tailored jacket. In an Arran jumper (textile led) it is the decorative effect of the cables and the structure of the knit which 'leads' the garment. Also, the textile and garment are created and considered simultaneously. In a tailored jacket (silhouette led) it is the shape, cut, outline and construction which 'leads' the garment. Also, the textile and garment are created and considered separately.

A particular strength of the MDes programme is the interrelatedness of the practice and theory. All written work requires students to integrate reflections of their own design practice as a component part of any text.

The programme also connects to the research strategy of The Glasgow School of Art in its links with the Centre for Advanced Textiles (CAT) Research Centre.

Qualification and course duration

MDes

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Jimmy Stephen-Cran
Email
design@gsa.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)141 353 4500