Taught course

Fashion and Textiles

Institution
University of Portsmouth · School of Art and Design
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a related subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. An online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Why take this course?

This career-focussed Masters programme emphasizes the importance of adaptability and social and environmental awareness within the future of the fashion and textile industries. Through an innovative educational experience this course offers graduates, budding entrepreneurs and those coming from industry the opportunity to develop their own fashion and/or textile practice and become successful innovators and leaders in their own right.

What will I experience?

A studio-based culture of inter-disciplinarity and exchange will underpin your post-graduate student experience, and on this course you will have opportunity to:

  • Work collaboratively on an innovation-driven integrated fashion label, providing a unique opportunity to gain real professional experience in a senior design role whilst achieving your Masters qualification.
  • Explore business research strategy and planning, develop analytical and entrepreneurial skills and become adept at flexible and future focused market thinking.
  • Experiment and combine both traditional skills and techniques with state-of-the-art digital technologies, pushing the boundaries of what fashion and textile design means and how it is communicated.
  • Undertake a substantial self-directed major project informed by your research and supervised by an Academic and/or Business mentor(s).
  • Go on study visits to cultural and industrial hubs, both in the UK and abroad.

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course provides the opportunity to develop your creative, critical and practical skills to achieve professional outcomes and compete in a commercial arena as well as the visual, verbal and written communication skills to promote your work for commerce or postgraduate studies.

Here are some expected destinations our graduates may pursue:

  • Establishing a new business venture.
  • A leadership / management role within an existing business.
  • Working in Research and Development in a leadership/management role within service and design-led industries
  • An entrepreneurial / advisory role within an existing business using entrepreneurial thinking to extend business through innovation.
  • A product development role within an existing business using creative and divergent thinking to develop and extend business through innovative approaches to material usage and end user requirements.
  • PhD research / Research related careers.
  • Teaching

Module Details

The course is offered over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time) and includes:

  • Research: methodologies, analytical skills, visual analysis, research management and organisation.
  • Enterprise: business strategy and planning, analytical and entrepreneurial skills, and knowledge. It's specifically and purposefully designed for creative thinkers using innovative and apposite methods of delivery, including an opportunity to work within an established or integrated fashion label within the course itself adopting the Atelier approach.
  • Concept and Design: brand identity, flexible and future focused market thinking, range planning end user analysis and product development.
  • Skill and Manufacture: mastering existing skills in a recognisable niche product area through specialist workshops and facilities.
  • Professional Practice: embedded throughout the programme with high quality visiting lecturers and practitioners alongside the University’s award winning careers department.

Core units comprise:

  • A Question of Research: 30 credits. This unit provides an introduction to debates and research methods relevant for creative practitioners and your application to a pertinent research question. It also encourages self reflection on the research process.
  • Fashion/Textile Enterprise: 30 credits. Explore business research strategy and planning, develop analytical and entrepreneurial skills, and become adept at flexible and future focused market thinking.
  • Fashion/Textile Industry: 60 credits. Work with an established or integrated fashion and textiles label.
  • Fashion/Textile Major Project: 60 credits. Supervised by Academic and/or Business mentor(s) to undertake an extended self-directed project, informed by research.

Programme Assessment

Teaching methods include a mixture lectures, seminars, group critiques, live projects, workshops, individual tutorials and events. During the final stage of the course, learning becomes more independent and self-managed, making your timetable more flexible.

The learning environment will be primarily studio, seminar room and workshop based but will also involve field trips and/or working within external companies.

You will be assessed through mix of written and practical coursework, with regular feedback. There will be assessment points of project work conducted by academics, industrial professionals and peers.

Student Destinations

You will acquire research methods training and skills that are relevant to your current and future employment.

Here are some expected destinations graduates may pursue:

  • Establishing a new business venture.
  • A leadership/management role within an existing business.
  • Working in Research and Development in a leadership/management role within service and design-led industries
  • An entrepreneurial/advisory role within an existing business using entrepreneurial thinking to extend business through innovation.
  • A product development role within an existing business using creative and divergent thinking to develop and extend business through innovative approaches to material usage and end user requirements.
  • PhD research
  • Teaching

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Team
Email
admissions@port.ac.uk
Phone
023 9284 5566