Heriot-Watt University

School of Textiles and Design

MA Fashion and Textiles Design

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Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA Fashion and Textiles Design

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Overview The School has developed an enhanced postgraduate programme designed to respond to the needs of local and global textile industries, utilising our unique combination of traditional and contemporary expertise in science, technology and creativity. The benefits of our location within Scotland's manufacturing centre of high-end cashmere and textile production and design, are extended and maintained through international links in fashion and textiles. Studying within a school that reflects such high-quality collaborations, research and teaching, positions our graduates highly within these rapidly evolving sectors. Our taught postgraduate programme aims to develop advanced knowledge and practice through the exploration of concepts and contemporary topics in design, fashion and textiles. The programme content challenges traditional and contemporary uses of fashion and textiles, as well as creating the opportunity, through well-resourced workshops, to promote new approaches and processes in fashion and textiles. Students concentrate on an appropriate area of study to acquire knowledge and expertise in an area of fashion and textiles that is conducive to their individual project intentions. Staff knowledge and expertise span the full spectrum from design to manufacture, context to management, technology to creativity and practice to theory. The design of the programme also encourages inter-disciplinary projects reflecting the School's strategy of creative collaborations between subject areas to foster design innovation. Objectives Challenge traditional and contemporary uses of fashion and textiles, as well as creating the opportunity to promote new approaches and processes in fashion and textiles Provide students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to meet the diverse demands of the fashion and textile industries Encourage, in inter-disciplinary projects, creative collaborations between subject areas to foster innovation Develop an inter-disciplinary understanding of key issues relating to the design, management and innovation in fashion and textiles Develop competent and confident professionals for the global fashion and textiles industries with an in-depth understanding of the creative process and its management in international and local contexts. Structure Students negotiate with their supervisor to concentrate on an appropriate area of study to acquire knowledge and expertise in an area of fashion and textiles that supports their individual project intended outcome. The areas available across the School reflect the breadth of expertise relevant to fashion and textiles. Semester 1 Design context Creative and Critical Thinking: Research principles Management Studies in Design Fashion and Textile Practice and Expertise Semester 2 Design Technologies and Textiles Futures Reflective Practice to plan the agreed course of study Industrial placement Fashion and Textile Practice and Expertise Semester 3 Masters Project: Design Collection Assessment methods Students are assessed through a combination of practical and written course work, examinations and the Masters project. Emphasis is placed on rigorous academic standards as well as acquiring and developing a range of transferable industry skills and individual creative development. Assessment exercises can therefore include making effective visual and oral presentations, writing reports and as well as team and group work.

Accreditation:

Staff expertise in the School of Textiles and Design covers the full spectrum of the Fashion and Textiles industry, from context to management, from design to manufacture, from technology to creativity and from practice to theory. The programme is designed to prepare students to be competant professionals in industry or inspiring educators.

International Student Requirements:

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Facts & Figures

Out State Tuition (per year): 10630 GBP

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