Fashion and Textiles

Developing fashion and textile designers

Star Course Overview

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

Key Facts

1 year full time, 2 years part time
2017 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.

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students 
2017/18 entry: full time: £5,200, part time: £2,600 p/a*

Full-time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
Part-time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan

International students
2017/18 entry: full time: £12,600, part time: £6,300 p/a*

* Fees are subject to annual increase.

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Programme specification

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Light bulb Structure & Teaching

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.

Teaching and 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.

How are you assessed?

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.

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Monitor Facilities & Features

Design Studio and Practice Workshops

Our bright and modern design studio and seminar room is a creative, buzzing atmosphere where you will interact with staff and other students and the large pattern tables offer flexibility for both surface design, pattern drafting and practical experimentation. The studio currently benefits from an Industry standard Lectra Suite, including current versions of Kaledo Style and Print, Modaris 2D and 3D software and a pattern digitizer.

Our excellent Fashion and Textiles workshops can cater to whatever project you are working on, all supported by skilled technicians. The sewing workshop provides additional pattern-cutting facilities, a range of industrial sewing machines and digital embroidery machines, while the facilities in the fabric print workshop allow you to explore a wide range of textile techniques, including silk screen printing, heat press, dyeing, chromoblast and dye sublimation printing. There are also industry standard digital fabric printing facilities.

Additional Technical Facilities

You will have easy access to a wide range of powerful and modern multimedia PC and Mac computers equipped with the latest industry standard Adobe Creative suite software, large format professional printers and extensive film, video and photography editing facilities. Should you need any assistance, there are specialist knowledgeable, enthusiastic and highly motivated technicians on hand to support you in using the facilities.

The Eldon Production Centre currently offers laser-cutting, 3D printing and CNC milling machine. There is also digital fabric printing service available within the EPC. Specialist equipment is available from the Faculty Loan Store.

Guest Speakers and Showcase Opportunities

We arrange a diverse programme of guest speakers to encourage aspiration and industry awareness. Recent speakers include: David Longshaw (Fashion Designer), Caryn Franklin (Journalist and Fashion Commentator), WGSN (Trend Forecasting Company), Federica Tedeschi (Textile Designer).

As part of the MA students can organise individual and / or group exhibitions locally, in London or further afield. They can also experience the thrill and buzz of showing London Fashion Week showcase as part of the integrated label design team.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online e-journals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

Other costs to consider


There are costs relating to the purchase of materials and / or reprographic requirements for work. This may be in the region of £100 - £1000. These costs will depend on the nature of the work and the media used.

For optional study trips, you will be expected to pay full costs. Optional study trips will cost in the region of £200 - £800. UK trips, where offered, will be in the region of £50 - £150.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

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

Work experience

Employment boosting opportunities
Employment boosting opportunities

Here at our Creative Careers Centre we are committed to improving your employability. Whether it’s placements, self-employed placements, internships, short-term work experiences, freelancing opportunities and volunteering, we will help you find valuable and relevant work experience to complement your degree. The experienced team is always on hand to offer advice on everything from producing high-quality applications through to preparation for a company assessment day.

Career planning

Career planning
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To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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Online application form

Apply direct using our online form

Your application will be received by the University Admissions Centre for consideration.

Postgraduate Information Days

Our Postgraduate Information Days for 2017 entry have now finished. If you would like to meet or speak with a member of staff about any courses you are interested in, please email and we will arrange this for you.

We will confirm the dates of events related to 2018 entry soon.

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Further information

If you have any further enquiries about postgraduate study at Portsmouth, including advice on the Postgraduate Loan entry, plus scholarships and bursaries available, visit our postgraduate pages.

International Students

Staff from our international Office regularly attend overseas exhibitions. To find out more about these and our visits to your region see our International Office exhibitions page.

Fees and Funding

Find out more about fees and funding available to you at Portsmouth.