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 faculty. 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.
You’ll usually need an undergraduate degree (at least second class) in a related subject, or an equivalent qualification. After you have submitted your application we will ask you to provide us 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.
During this stage you will explore contemporary debates and experimentation, as well as appraising your practice strengths and potential.
You will study these modules:
Personal Practice and Methodologies
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
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.
This stage will see you developing a major in-depth personal project and research for a supporting dissertation.
You will study these modules:
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.
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 study this module:
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.
With ever more increasing pressure on employment opportunities in the fashion and textiles sectors, this course will provide you with a skill set that will stand you in good stead when you graduate.
You could become an entrepreneurial designer, and start up your own business, using the skills you acquired on the course to take your products to market. We offer further support for emerging businesses, through our Creative Industries business incubation unit - Banks Mill.
You could also go on to find employment within any number of global companies. Among the alumni from our fashion and textiles programmes, graduates have gone on to work for Polo Ralph Lauren in New York, Viewpoint Magazine, Franklin Till and Jaeger.
You may also wish to continue on to further study through one of our MPhil / PhD programmes.
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