The Department of Fashion and Textiles aims to be recognized as a global area of excellence in fashion/textile teaching and learning, technology, innovation and research. It presents opportunities for the two closely related disciplines to develop and work closely together. This includes the fusion of staff and spreading of skills and specialist knowledge in the exciting development of courses, modules, projects, research and enterprise. The department has achieved recognition for its merging of traditional technologies with new and digital technology and aims to maintain this reputation as well as being recognized for excellence in making, craft, skill and business, promotion and marketing. Fashion and textiles is an emerging research area in academia and we strive to be a world leading centre of research excellence, which informs and enhances teaching and learning and opportunities for all our students.
The department is entrepreneurial and highly pro-active in its engagement with the fashion and textile industry. Our students participate in placement opportunities with a wide range of organisations from global conglomerates to small craft based businesses. This enriches the students experience and empowers them with a professional approach enabling them to achieve their career ambitions. We develop exciting live projects that range from design briefs with companies such as Alexander McQueen or the National Theatre to competitions with bodies such as the British Fashion Council or the Clothworkers Guild. The department has pioneered ground breaking conferences that address areas such as textile innovation and creative pattern cutting. These events have attracted global delegates giving them opportunities to present their research, which greatly enhance the experience of our students.
The department has an annual research and enterprise target.
Ways we aim to achieve this;
• Bursaries from learned societies and livery companies (Clothworkers Guild etc).
• Income from research bids to funding councils.
• Income from fashion and costume shows.
• Income from conferences: three are planned in the next five years:
- Transition: Re-Thinking Textiles and Surfaces.
- The Second International Conference for Creative Pattern Cutting.
- Fashion Marketing/Management Conference.
• All staff to be pro-active and contribute any further entrepreneurial ideas
Fashion and Textiles courses
black=undergraduate – pink=postgraduate