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Design (Fashion and Textiles)

MA

Postgraduate degree

Key facts

Award
Options: MA Design (Fashion and Textiles), PG Dip (Fashion and Textiles), PG Cert (Fashion and Textiles).
School
Bath School of Art and Design
Campus or location
Sion Hill
Course length
MA full-time: three trimesters (one calendar year); MA part-time: six trimesters (two calendar years); PG Dip full-time: two trimesters (one academic year); PG Dip part-time: four trimesters; PG Cert full-time: one trimester; PG Cert part-time: two trimesters.

Entry requirements

Admission is normally based on a good undergraduate degree in a design or media discipline together with an interview. Applicants with a good honours degree in a related discipline and/or with relevant work experience will also be considered.

Aimed at ambitious graduates, this practice-based MA course is supported by marketing theory.

  • Staff have broad national and international industry experience which underpins and informs the course.
  • Develop your creative design practice and thinking, while building valuable marketing and business skills.
  • Alumni enjoy diverse career destinations with many successfully working for themselves.

This course offers ambitious individuals the opportunity to become designers, designer-makers or textile artists, either within the professional industries or to set up small businesses working independently or in small teams.

“The course offers a lot of freedom to explore your own interests. It is very self-directed, allowing you to control the evolution of your work, in order to get the most out of it.”

Kate Mawby MA Design: Fashion and Textiles (Part-time)

The programme of study allows you to freely develop creative design practice and thinking in conjunction with valuable marketing and business skills, building comprehensive understanding, vision and direction.

What you'll learn

Overview

The course is developed through seminars, lectures, tutorials, visiting speakers, group critiques, market research and personal research.

You will be introduced to research skills and methods, product development, design management and methods, with marketing and business skills. The emphasis of the course is learning how best to present ideas, and where and how to place them in the market.

Students develop and propose a personal route of study and explore and research an area of textiles in knit, print, weave, or embroidery for fashion or interiors, textile art, or in fashion design.

You are encouraged to trial a product in the market either through first hand experience, or through working with studios and agents for designers, shops and craft markets (for designer makers), or with galleries or public spaces (for textile artists).

Course structure

Trimester 1
The emphasis in trimester 1 is on the development of ideas: Delivered through a taught programme of lectures, seminars, group critiques, and assignments Research Methodologies introduces generic methodologies and considers subject specific data retrieval analysis and evaluation techniques. Through The Development of Product, Market Research and Product Ideas you will negotiate a programme of study developing ideas technically and aesthetically, and applying in-depth investigation into techniques and researching the chosen market.

Trimester 2
During the second trimester you’ll take two modules: Marketing Skills comprises of lectures, seminars and research and is about developing relevant professional skills and understanding of marketing requirements for textile designers, makers and artists; Negotiated by each student, Product Sampling and Development and Research involves initial product sampling techniques and investigation, range planning and the development and progression of ideas to product level.

Trimester 3
The final trimester involves a further negotiated major study. This practice-based Master’s Project is about bringing ideas to a professional conclusion often in the form of an exhibition of finished work and supporting promotional materials.

Part time students follow the same sequence of modules, but do so over seven trimesters (or 28 months).

How will I be assessed?

  • The PG Cert is assessed by studio exhibition and/or portfolio presentation with a marketing assignment.
  • The PG Dip involves a written report including market analysis of your chosen product field. Practical work is presented by studio work and/or portfolio and an evaluative report.
  • For the MA you will present a cohesive body of creative work, supported by an extended report.

How will I be taught?

The course is developed through seminars, lectures, tutorials, visiting speakers, group critiques, market research and personal research.

Opportunities

Study abroad

Through negotiation, part-time students may choose to participate in an overseas study visit during the programme. Our students have completed Exchange programs and study visits in a variety of countries including Japan and the USA.

Field trips

The department organises a number of study visits each year in which MA students may be invited to participate. Additionally, specialist course trips (for example to local industry) are scheduled where possible.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Students and new alumni have worked with companies both in the UK and abroad. These are mainly negotiated internships.

Careers

Alumni work in a variety of sectors and levels of different industries typically:

  • Studio Designer
  • Freelance Designer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Designer-Maker (Small Business Practice)
  • Practicing Textile Artist
  • Public / Private Arts Design and/or Management
  • Retail and Display Management
  • Styling
  • Academic careers in a further or higher education institutions
  • Museums and Collections
  • Numerous ‘Portfolio’ Careers

Competitions and awards

Students are encouraged to participate in local, national and international competitions and exhibitions. Successes have included selection for awards such as Texprint (which funds and promotes a professional exhibition at Premiere Vision in Paris) and the Worshipful Company of Weavers Industry placement award.

All students have the opportunity to apply to exhibit at New Designers, London.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Fashion and Textiles is taught at Sion Hill campus. You'll have access to:

  • Specialist workshops: screen printing, knitting, weaving, machine and digital embroidery and pattern cutting;
  • Purpose built digital textile design studio for inkjet printing and laser-cutting;
  • Computing suites;
  • Sion Hill library.

Resources

Facilities are superb. You'll be able to enjoy ‘open-door’ access to Bath School of Art and Design's range of workshops including photography, sound and video, etching and lithography.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £7,000
2018/19 entry £7,195
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
Material fees
2017/18 entry £280
2018/19 entry £290
2019/20 entry Published Jan 18

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,500
Year 2 £3,600
Material fees
Year 1 £140
Year 2 £145

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,600
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Material fees
Year 1 £145
Year 2 Published Jan 18

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Material fees
Year 1 Published Jan 18
Year 2 Published Jan 19

International students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £13,500
2018/19 entry £13,900
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
Material fees
2017/18 entry £280
2018/19 entry £290
2019/20 entry Published Jan 18

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Admission is normally based on a good undergraduate degree in a design or media discipline together with an interview. Applicants with a good honours degree in a related discipline and/or with relevant work experience will also be considered.

We advise that you contact Tim Parry-Williams, Course Director, to decide if the course is appropriate for you.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: t.parry-williams@bathspa.ac.uk

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