Taught course

Fashion and Textiles

University of Derby · College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject. After you have submitted an application we will ask you to provide is with a digital portfolio and written statement describing your practice and ambitions. You may arrange a meeting with the programme leader to discuss your portfolio in person.

If English is not your first language, you'll also need an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent.

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.

Employable Graduates – we’re ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree: HESA 2016.

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

Fees and funding

UK students
£660 per 20 credits
International students
£13,500 for the full programme

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
3 months
part time
12 months


full time
6 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Kate Wells
+44 (0)1332 590500