Taught course

Fashion and Textiles

University of Portsmouth · School of Art, Design and Performance

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a related subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. All applicants will be invited to attend an interview or be asked to submit a online portfolio in support of their application.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA Fashion and Textiles degree course will help you develop the skills and critical awareness you need to pursue your creative talents in research, enterprise, or a creative career or practice.
On this workshop-based course, you'll develop your core practice in a fashion or textile context, unique to Portsmouth. You'll identify and explore your own motivation, be challenged to create designs, and develop your own digital and physical fashion products, using our excellent facilities that are a playground for creatives like you.
You'll also learn and hone transferable skills, gaining the confidence and tools needed to become a successful innovator and leader.
Whatever the focus of your studies, you'll strengthen your creative, critical, and practical abilities to achieve considered, professional results that are commercially viable. Whether you're interested in a leadership or management role, or starting your own business, this course can help you accomplish your goals in a constantly growing industry.

Course highlights
  • Take opportunities to do cross-disciplinary work or collaborate on funded research and innovation projects – past ones include client-set briefs to work with architects, photographers, and scientists
  • Get professional experience through work-based learning
  • Experiment with traditional skills and techniques and combine them with new digital technologies in our Eldon Production Centre workshops
  • Produce a major project based on your own research, and supervised by academic, technical or business mentors
  • Hear from inspirational guest speakers from various creative fields through our Enrichment Programme
  • Organise individual or group exhibitions or events, like the Portsmouth PostGraduate Showcase
  • Go on study visits to cultural and industrial hubs, in the UK and abroad – such as Premiere Vision (Paris) and Future Fabrics Expo (London)

Career planning

During your course you'll have expert career support from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Business and Law Career-Ready Programme. This support will continue for 5 years after you graduate.

Career support

You'll benefit from:

- Networking events

- Regular emails from the Career Ready Programme sharing job opportunities, application tips and events

- Applied projects with companies such as IBM, Boeing and Hampshire County Council

- Workshops to enhance your employability skills

- Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair

- 1-to-1 appointments

- CV and cover letter advice

- Interview preparation and practice

- Support starting your own business

Careers and opportunities
This MA Fashion and Textiles degree will prepare you to explore your creative practice or pursue management opportunities within two globally in-demand industries. From design to export, the UK is a rich international source for fashion and textiles. In 2020, it exported almost £6 billion in fashion, and £3 billion in textiles (UKFT, 2020) worldwide, so you'll graduate with best practice and knowledge from a reputable contributor to these industries.
Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:
  • Assistant designer
  • Business owner
  • Freelance designer
  • Textile artist
  • Technician
Graduates of this course have gone to work in areas such as:
  • Design
  • Start-ups

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566