This course gives you the opportunity to explore and develop your skills in the specialist areas of printed, embroidered, knitted, woven, laser cut or multimedia textiles. You'll devise an individual project and we will support your creative thinking and experimentation, helping you to develop new or smart design concepts, fabrications and prototypes. Our extensive textile design facilities will give you the opportunity to use a range of traditional and computerised technologies.
- Devise an individual programme of study, based on your own interests and career aspirations.
- Apply for one of our Paul Smith Scholarships and have the opportunity to travel to Japan and study at Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo.
- Have access to a wide range of traditional and digital textile design equipment, including laser cutting, multi-head embroidery, Jacquard weaving, and Shima Seiki and Stoll power knitting.
- Benefit from the expertise of our academic staff, researchers and visiting designers such as Dr Sarah Kettley, Karen Nicol, Angharad Mclaren, Ryan Wayne, Professor Jane Harris, Jo Cope and Moxham.
- Have the opportunity to join a European study trip to Antwerp and Paris.
- Be selected to exhibit at New Designers in London, and SPINEXPO in Shanghai, China.
- Work alongside other Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design students in our dedicated postgraduate studio.
- Opt for a 20 credit point advanced research module if you're thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study.
How you're taught
Teaching and learning experiences will include:
- live projects;
- study visits;
- self-directed research; and
- independent studio practice.
Assessment is 100% by coursework and involves:
- Project Proposal;
- supporting fashion research and development work;
- evidence of reflective practice;
- experimental designs;
- formal presentation of key developments;
- resolved fashion designs and collection; and
- portfolio and CV.
Careers and employability
This course leads to a wide range of career opportunities including designer, buyer, merchandiser, trend forecasting and styling, working for fashion and interior textile companies. You could also work for brands developing smart design and wearable technologies.
Some graduates use this course to support careers in teaching, lecturing, journalism and progression to MPhil or PhD study.
Recent graduates have set up their own successful businesses, or work within related careers in the design sector. Others have returned to their previous job with a renewed focus and enhanced career prospects.
If you are interested in starting your own creative business, the University provides start-up training and support through The Hive, our centre for entrepreneurship and enterprise.
If relevant to your project you will have the option to organise and undertake internships, learn entrepreneurship skills through business development courses (such as The Hive's HeadStart programme), and attend events held by the our Employability Team and other organisations.
You will also be encouraged to undertake research into fashion, textile or knitwear design companies, or appropriate contexts, for retailing or showcasing your completed project.
You will be invited to collaborate in projects and attend research events and symposia. Recent exhibitions our students have been involved in include:
- Crafting Anatomies;
- Knitting Nottingham;
- Closely Held Secrets;
- DE NATURA; and
- Journeys in Lace: Parts 1 & 2 (Lace: Here: Now).
Study visits to exhibitions in London have recently included:
- The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier at the Barbican; and
- ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol at the Fashion and Textile Museum.
An optional annual trip to Antwerp and Paris has included visits to:
- Dries Van Noten - Inspirations;
- Happy Birthday Dear Academie!; and
- Madame Grès: Sculptural Fashion.
During this trip student have also visited:
- Première Vision (incorporating Indigo and Yarntex);
- MatériO; and
- Li Edelkoort's Trend Union studio.
You will also be invited to submit your work to be considered for exhibition at London's New Designers and SPINEXPO in Shanghai, China.
YouFirst – working with our Employability Team
Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course.
Take a look at a recent zine produced by our graduating Masters students to get a flavour of the innovation and creativity that goes on within the School of Art & Design.
You'll be based in the Bonington building, a dedicated centre for Art and Design. Facilities and equipment include the following.
- Postgraduate studio: you'll have space to work alongside other practice-based Art and Design students.
- Dye facility: access a range of dye types are available, bulk and sample dyeing for both fabric and yarn.
- Use laser cutting and engraving facilities.
- Print resource: explore hand screen printing, transfer printing, collograph printing.
- Digital print facility: Mimaki TX2 digital fabric printers available.
- Embroidery resource: use domestic machines, industrial machines (Irish and Cornely) and Barudan multi-head digital embroidery machines.
- Weave resource: Use Dobby and George Wood looms, Tapestry loom, Dracup Digital Jacquard loom.
- Knit resource: Use domestic and industrial flatbed hand knitting machines and fully fashioned Shima Seiki and Stoll V Bed digital machines.