Fashion and Textiles (MA)

the United Kingdom

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How long you will study
1 - 2 Years

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How you will study
full-time, part-time

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About Fashion and Textiles at University of Portsmouth


Are you a creative and innovative thinker, with the ambition to lead the industry of the future? This MA Fashion and Textiles degree course will help you develop the skills and critical awareness to apply your creative talent in this exciting and constantly evolving industry.

On this course, you'll expand your core practice within a fashion or textile context. You'll identify and explore your own motivation and be challenged to create designs that respond to social and environmental issues. You'll also get the opportunity to develop and hone transferable skills, getting the confidence and tools to become a successful innovator and leader in your chosen field.

Whatever the direction and focus of your studies, we'll help you develop your creative, critical and practical skills to achieve considered and professional outcomes with commercial viability. Whether you're looking to move into a leadership or management role, or start your own business, this course will help you achieve your goals.

What you'll experience

On this Fashion and Textiles degree course, you'll:

  • Work in our creative studios and workshops with the latest tools and equipment
  • Get guidance and support from industry-experienced academic tutors and highly skilled technicians
  • Have opportunities to work across different disciplines or collaboratively on funded research and innovation projects
  • Get professional experience through work-based learning
  • Experiment with and combine traditional skills and techniques with new digital technologies
  • Build on your prior learning, skills and expertise in experimental and innovative ways across fashion and textiles
  • Produce a major project based on your own research, and supervised by academic, technical or business mentors
  • Hear from inspirational guest speakers from various creative fields through the Enrichment Programme
  • Organise individual or group exhibitions or events
  • Have opportunities to go on study visits to cultural and industrial hubs, in the UK and abroad

What you'll study on this MA Fashion and Textiles degree course

Core modules

  • A Question of Research (30 credits)
  • Exploratory Practice (30 credits)
  • Major Project (60 credits)

Optional modules


  • Contextual Report (60 credits)

Or one of:

  • Transdisciplinary Experiences (30 credits)
  • Work-Based Learning (30 credits)
  • Concept Development (30 credits)


  • Context (30 credits)


Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • guest lectures
  • one-to-one tutorials
  • group tutorials
  • peer assessment review and feedback
  • presentations
  • workshops

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're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • portfolio
  • coursework
  • research journal
  • presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. You'll get feedback from academics, industrial professionals and your peers.

Careers and opportunities

When you graduate from this course, you'll have the creative, critical, practical and business skills needed for a successful career.

What can you do with a Fashion and Textiles degree?

Career opportunities include:

  • fashion/textile design
  • starting your own business
  • leadership/management within an existing business
  • research and development in a leadership/management role within service and design-led industries
  • product development
  • PhD research/research related career
  • teaching

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study1 - 2 year
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Notes about fees for this course

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a related subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. An interview or online portfolio submission will 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.

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