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Fashion Textile Practices MA 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

The MA in Fashion Textile Practices aims to cover a vastly changing environment. As a broad subject area this course allows you to explore a varied range of fashion and textile directions. It offers continuing or recent graduates opportunities to enhance their knowledge, skills, creativity and employment prospects, through imaginative enquiry into different fashion, textile and surface platforms and processes.
Our MA in Fashion Textile Practices aims to combine advanced creative, aesthetic and technical design skills. You will normally have a degree in a related subject (Fashion Design, Textile or Surface Design, Textile Crafts), may be seeking to develop fresh approaches to your subject (creative pattern cutting, design for fashion, interiors or exterior architectural surfaces, future materials, 3D printed textiles or surfaces, advancing your weave, embroidery, knit or print skills, or textile art), or may wish to build your portfolio for fashion, textile or surface roles in industry in the future. A portfolio of work or ideas is required for subject entry.

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


2 years part-time
Full-time option also available

Entry requirements


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Course content

The course is one of a suite of Master's courses within the School of Art, Design and Architecture and offers an opportunity for a multi-disciplinary approach to Fashion Textile Practices. We encourage exploration in the fields of fashion design, 3D design technologies for surface or textiles, creative pattern cutting, the art of moulage, embroidery, experimental toiling, woven textiles, knitted textiles, textile surfaces, future materials, and site-specific textile art. Our shared modules in research methods and creative innovation and entrepreneurship facilitate opportunities for students to engage in cross-disciplinary working and to participate in the School's research and enterprise activities as well as undertaking subject specific modules in Fashion and Textile Concepts and Fashion and Textile Processes leading to a Major Project.

Term 1

Research Methods and Project Proposal

On this module you will be encouraged to explore how different research methods underpin all kinds of creative practices. As thinkers and practitioners you will work to develop an understanding of the different research approaches you might design and use to enhance and transform your ideas. You will be introduced to a range of practice-led methods which may include: creative and design thinking, user-centered methods, practice-led approaches, cultural analysis, historical/archival research and market-driven data capture and analysis. The module helps to equip you with a tool kit of research skills to guide you in the development a project proposal or working brief for your Master's study. The module is made up of lectures and guided seminars which will help you to build a solid foundation to lead you through your studies.

Fashion and Textile Concepts

This module aims to introduce you to a range of concepts at the forefront of fashion and textile thinking in contemporary practice. You will have the opportunity to develop your own ideas through practice and understand the relation between concepts, research and innovation in practice.

Term 2

Creative Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This module aims to introduce you to key features of innovation and entrepreneurship within the context of the cultural and creative industries. Depending on your future aspirations we will help you to build your knowledge and understanding of different approaches to creative innovation (social, ethical and sustainable aspects), provide guidance on business start-ups, and assist you in your professional skills development (commercial awareness, self-management, problem-solving, team working, communication strategies), including searching for marketing, promotion, consultancy and funding opportunities specific to your subject. The module involves lectures, seminars and practical projects where you will experiment with the tools and techniques of creative innovation. There will be opportunities for group projects and multi-disciplinary working on this module.

Fashion and Textile Processes

This practice-led module offers you the opportunity to question and develop the parameters of your practice through a range of different processes suited to specific concepts and contexts. You will have the opportunity to produce a body of work supported by specialist workshops which will allow you to develop a framework of process for your ideas. You will be encouraged to push the conceptual direction of your project through risk taking and experimentation.

Term 3

Major Project

The major project module builds on your development work in previous modules to culminate in the realisation of your ideas. You will select a 'Major' or 'Minor' weighted approach to your project which will allow you to pursue an 'academic/written' or 'practice/led' focus to your submission. You will revisit your project proposal to develop a final stage framework to help realise your intended outcomes. This could include a group project subject to negotiation with your specialist supervisor.

Career opportunities

There are many exciting opportunities within the creative industries for innovators in such areas as museums, galleries, fashion, interiors, the retail sector and freelance/consultancy. The education sector or further doctoral study are also options.

The expectation is that you will seek to enter the fashion textile and surface industries into roles such as: buyers working on commercial projects, fashion designers, fashion merchandisers, trend and colour forecasters and consultants, textile and surface design managers, material specifiers for interiors and exteriors, colour and material designers for the automotive industry, curators, community craft engagement practitioners, or you may wish to advance your research expertise in your current subject area or role by developing proposals for further postgraduate research. Students studying within the subject area of Fashion and Textiles have gone on to be successful within the following roles: Wardrobe Manager at Northern Ballet; Head of Design at Rael Brook Shirts; Project Leader at Oldham College; Design Maker at Beverley Kendall and Dora Dolls; Senior Fabric Manager at Avery Dennison; Tutor at the Bradford University; Lecturer at the Cleveland College of Art and Design; Graduate Supervisor at Warehouse Fashions; Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Fashion; and Visual Merchandiser in Signet Jewellers.*

*Source: LinkedIn

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching strategies include lectures, tutorials and projects. Modules are assessed by a combination of written reports, presentations, and the production and critique of craft, culminating in an exposition of work in the form of theoretical and/or practice based work.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

  • permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.


We have a fully equipped postgraduate suite which is dedicated to our MA students. This space is a lively and friendly environment where students can engage in creative exchanges across different subject areas in art and design.

Postgraduate students are able to access a wide range of facilities within the School as well as those that are particular to your specialism. Whatever your specialist practice, whether fashion or textiles driven, will be supported by a vast state of the art suite of facilities and workshops, ranging from: UV printers (hard materials), Textile Inkjet Printers, Laser cutters, an Amayer embroidery machine, Rapier Looms, CCi Technology Studio Loom, printing and dye facilities to support all types of screen printing, Rapid Prototyping machines, Scotweave, Optitex, lockstitch machines, cover stitch machines, leather stitch machines, and a multi-needle embroidery machine.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the part-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £425 per 15 credit module and £850 per 30 credit module (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.


For the two practical subject specific modules you'll need to supply your own materials. The costs may vary based on the materials you choose. There is no limit on the amount you may wish to spend, however as a guide, costs in recent years have ranged from £500 to £700 per student for these modules.

Additional routes

[h]Interim Awards[\h] A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early. Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.

Other information

Our specialist staff and research expertise in the department brings students into contact with a wide range of academic staff, many of whom have industry experience. All of our staff are research active and are involved in the events of our research centres. Students are welcome to participate in these wider research contexts as part of their studies with us at the University of Huddersfield.


If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC) or you can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

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