Fashion and Textiles MA
MA Fashion and Textiles
Are you an ambitious creative, budding entrepreneur or critical thinker with the drive to take your love of fashion and textiles to the next level? This MA Fashion and Textiles Master's degree course will give you the skills you need to apply your talent in this exciting industry.
You'll develop your business knowledge and learn how to integrate this with fashion and textile design processes. You'll also build an understanding of the importance of adaptability and social and environmental awareness within the industry. And you'll get to develop your own fashion or textile practice, gaining the confidence and tools you need to become a successful innovator and leader.
We'll help you develop your creative, critical and practical skills to achieve professional outcomes and compete in a commercial setting. Whether you're looking to move into a management role in a design-led industry or start your own textile business, this course will help you achieve your goals.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Work in our design studios and fashion and textile workshops, supported by skilled technicians
- Use our extensive facilities, which include pattern-cutting equipment, industrial sewing machines, digital embroidery machines and a fabric print workshop
- Work collaboratively on an innovation-driven integrated fashion label, gaining professional experience in a senior design role
- Learn about business research strategy and planning, and develop analytical and entrepreneurial skills
- Experiment with and combine traditional skills and techniques with new digital technologies
- Produce a major project based on your own research, and supervised by academic or business mentors
- Hear from inspirational guest speakers, including designers and fashion journalists
- Organise individual and group exhibitions at events including London Fashion Week
- Have opportunities to go on study visits to cultural and industrial hubs, in the UK and abroad
Careers and opportunities
What you'll study on this MA Fashion and Textiles degree course
Core units are:
- A question of research
- Fashion and textiles enterprise
- Fashion and textiles industry
- Fashion and textiles major project
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.
Teaching on this course includes:
- guest lectures
- one-to-one tutorials
- group tutorials
- peer assessment review and feedback
During the final stage of the course, learning becomes more independent and self-directed, making your timetable more flexible.
The learning environment is primarily studio, seminar room and workshop based, but also involves field trips and working within external companies.
How you'll spend your time
How you're assessed
- A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
Tuition fees (2019 start)
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full time: £7,000
- Part time: £3,750 (may be subject to annual increase)
- Full time: £13,900
- Part time: £6,950 (may be subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
There may be travel costs for internships/placements. These will vary depending on the nature of internship/placements and can range from £50 - £1000.
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.