Taught course

Fashion and Textiles

University of Derby · College of Arts

Entry requirements

At most UK universities you will be asked to produce a portfolio to discuss at your interview. What we look for in a portfolio for any of our Art & Design programmes are examples of your work. This can include work you are currently producing for any of your courses of study, or materials that you are developing outside of your studies. We look for a broad range of skills, ideas and thinking processes. Our key aim is to look at your portfolio to see your potential as a student of Art & Design here at the University of Derby. Portfolio: We would like to see your sketchbooks, notebooks and work in progress. Much of the content will depend on your interests and we will review the work and listen to your ideas in light of what you present. Think of your portfolio as an indication of you and a snapshot of your creativity. We want to see what motivates you and what inspires you. Most of all make sure you are proud of what you are showing us and use it to talk through the interview and ask us questions about your chosen field. Your aim with your portfolio is to demonstrate a high level of engagement with art and design subjects. Some examples of what could be in your portfolio are: drawing, painting, images of sculptures, mixed media, installations, fashion design, costume, fashion accessories, surface and textiles design, examples of printmaking, photography, illustration techniques, a storyboard, scriptwriting, animation, logo design, packaging design, or publicity and branding material that you have created. You may want to show us animations, films, digital design and CAD examples, furniture design, theatre design, jewellery and product design. Your portfolio can be shown either digitally in Powerpoint, an online blog, Tumblr or Flickr or another website of your choice, or as a folder of work, or a journal, whatever is the most appropriate way for you to show us your work, your visual creativity and expression. Our top tips are:  Put your most recent work first  If showing a sketchbook, be able to talk through the processes you have been exploring  Include your best work  Quality over quantity  Photograph any difficult to transport, heavy or 3D work We would also like to see an example of your written work, which may also be a work in progress. We look forward to seeing you and your work when you come for interview.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Derbyshire has a strong heritage in the fashion and textiles industries, with world-renowned companies such as Paul Smith, John Smedley and Aristoc on our doorstep. This inspirational backdrop will underpin your studies on this postgraduate course, which is one of only a few programmes in England with the option of combined study across fashion and textiles.

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.

Postgraduate Certificate

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.

Postgraduate Diploma

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.

Information for international students

Entry requirements You will usually need a qualification equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree (lower second or above). For equivalent qualifications from your country go to www.derby.ac.uk/international/applying

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12 months


full time
3 months
part time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
6 months

Course contact details

Dr Kate Wells
+44 (0)1332 593216