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In the UK for Fashion and textiles in The Guardian University Guide 2022

Fashion and Textile Design MA

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: 2 years (90 weeks)
  • Study Mode(s): Part-time (day)
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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This specialist, flexible part-time course provides the opportunity for you to explore and develop your own specialism within Fashion, Textiles or Knitwear Design.

Key features

  • Study on a part-time basis, and complete modules sequentially or independently (depending on your current qualifications).
  • Benefit from lectures by researchers and visiting designers working in industry such as Jo Cope, Simeon Farrar, Professor Jane Harris, Moxham, Karen Nicol, and Christopher Raeburn.
  • Work with fellow students, practitioners and academic staff from different cultures and backgrounds.
  • Have the opportunity to join a European study visit to Antwerp and Paris.
  • Take advantage of our extensive links with industry.
  • Be selected to exhibit your work at New Designers in London.
  • Opt for a 20 credit point advanced research module if you’re thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study.
  • We are proud to be in the top ten in England and Wales for Art and Design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).

Student work

What you’ll study

At the start of the course you will devise an individual project which can be commercial or conceptual in its focus. Your project may be based on your own design and career aspirations, links with industry, or an investigation into the intersections between fashion, interiors, art and fabrication.

Fashion and Textile Design (160 or 180 credit points)

Working with your allocated supervisor and through discussion with your peers, you will develop ideas for your project creating a Project Proposal outlining your personal and project aims. It is expected that your project will have its focus within the subject of fashion and / or textile design, and be based on your initial application and future career aspirations.

Group tutorials held across the subject area (Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design) will be used to invite debate and provide a platform to critique the theories and practices you are interested in. You will also be encouraged to evaluate the development of your research and use of methods, personal engagement and reflective practice, all of which will inform your project and contribute to discussions about your fellow students' projects.

As part of your learning you'll keep evidence of your reflective practice, through recording, analysing and evaluating your ideas, and by considering ways in which your project might progress.

You'll have the opportunity to attend a series of multi-disciplinary Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design lectures and seminars on themes to support the development of scholarly, critical, and practical knowledge and skills at postgraduate level. This will include lectures delivered by academic staff, postgraduate researchers, MA alumni, designers, and fellow professionals. If you are unable to attend the timetabled lectures or seminars, you will be able to view the presentation slides and notes through NTU's online workspace, NOW.

Building on your skill base you will attend workshops in visual research, computer-aided design (CAD), 2D / 3D and portfolio presentation from which you will schedule a timetable of study which enables you to develop, prototype, test and identify the materials, processes and technologies required for the production of your designs.

Throughout you will be asked to present your work to date in formal verbal and visual presentations to the Course Leader, supervisors, and your peers. You will effectively articulate, critically analyse and reflect upon your progress through examples of theoretical research, practical design work and reflection on your developing fashion and / or textile design practice. You will also be asked to submit your work to date, including evidence of reflective practice, an understanding of research methods and project development work.

During the module you will also consider options for sharing your fashion / textile / material design and prototype work in public forums through exhibition briefings and professional practice lectures and seminars. This will provide you with opportunities to present and critique your work, and that of others, to support you in the successful and professional resolution of your project. Portfolio tutorials will support you in resolving the visual communication of your project in a format that reflects your individual philosophy and identity as a fashion and / or textile designer.

Peer group independently organised activities, both inside and outside the university, can also be planned in this module to encourage the dissemination of your work in a manner that benefits you and your project. Towards the end of the module, you will be invited to join promotional events such as New Designers (London) and an MA Exhibition (NTU) to present your innovative designs to the Industry and general public. Towards the end of the module you will have the opportunity to prepare and deliver a final presentation summarising the outcomes of your MA project.

Advanced Art and Design Research (20 credit points)

This module will support your reflection on your research and practice through discursive lectures and coursework assignments. In these, you will contribute accounts of your postgraduate research enquiry, its antecedents in your practice and academic study, as well as your understanding of the role your practice can play in it.

After an initial diagnosis phase, where you’ll outline your perspectives on research, you’ll be introduced to an overview of the philosophical assumptions that underlie research across disciplines. You’ll also identify where these feature in your experience of education and practice.

You’ll be introduced to the literature on practice based research that has grown out of PhD activity in Art, Design and Performance, in which you will discover the direction you want your work to take. The module then identifies a range of practice based approaches that are found across disciplines from education to archaeology, and laboratory science.

The second phase of the module brings these insights to be applied to your practice, so that it can be an element in a research design that will contribute to knowledge. This process includes a reflective audit of the research dimensions of your practice, to identify elements of it that could be part of a research design. The outcome of this audit will help you to build a prospective view of the design of potential research processes that include your practice, as well as appropriate modes of analysis and reporting.

At the end of the module you will write up your responses to the discursive lectures, supplementing them with appropriate visual material (no more than 3,000 words).

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Fashion and Textile Design, MA - Stefan Efobi

Fashion and Textile Design

I was accepted onto the course with a Scholarship from Paul Smith which included a research trip to Japan. It was one of the best experiences of my life.

MA Fashion Knitwear Design Alyssa Gucci

Fashion Knitwear Design

How you’re taught

Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • inductions
  • workshops
  • live projects
  • study visits
  • self-directed research
  • independent studio practice.

Find out when our postgraduate term dates for the Nottingham School of Art & Design are. Please note that these are slightly different to other Schools within the University.


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/ textile / knitwear designs
  • portfolio and CV.

Staff Profiles

Sean Prince

Principal Lecturer

Nottingham School of Art & Design

Sean Prince is responsible for the development and management of the postgraduate courses in Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear.

Careers and employability

This course leads to a wide range of career opportunities including commercial or independent fashion, textile or knitwear designer, maker or artist.

Other industry-related roles include buyer, merchandiser, production manager, trend forecaster, and styling for fashion and knitwear companies and brands.

You could also use this course to support a career in teaching, lecturing, journalism and progression to MPhil or PhD study.

Recent graduates have set up their own successful businesses, and work within the fashion and textile design sector and wider creative industries. 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 NTU Enterprise, our centre for entrepreneurship and enterprise.

Professional practice

If relevant to your project you will have the option to organise and undertake internships, learn entrepreneurship skills through business development courses and attend events held by the University's 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 trips

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!
  • Madame Grès: Sculptural Fashion.

During this trip student have also visited:

  • Première Vision (incorporating Indigo and Yarntex)
  • MatériO
  • 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.


Explore our showcase ‘We Are Creatives’ - celebrating the work of the Nottingham School of Art & Design students. You will find a sneak peak of some of our students’ work and gain a real insight into what it’s like to be part of the NTU creative community at

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.

Re:search Re:imagined

To us, research is about more than writing papers and proposing new ideas. By daring to think differently, we’re disrupting the research landscape and finding the answers to the questions that really matter. From electronic textiles to the history of lace, we’re inspiring the brightest minds to rise up and find solutions to some of the most significant global challenges facing society.

Find out more:

Campus and facilities

Our dedicated postgraduate Fashion Design studio is a lively, highly creative environment based in the Bonington building, a dedicated art and design hub. You can view all of our Fashion facilities on the Nottingham School of Art & Design Facilities page.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 2.2 honours degree in a related subject.
  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and / or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Other requirements:

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

You will need one of the following:

  • Bachelors degree grade 2.2 or equivalent qualification.

International qualifications 

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements 

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans? 

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for September 2023 will be confirmed in late 2022.

Fee amounts are per year and will increase each year in line with inflation, capped at no more than 5%.

Alumni Loyalty Scheme - 20% fee discount

We're happy to be able to offer a 20% fee discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU graduates.
See if you're eligible.

Postgraduate loans

The government introduced a new postgraduate loans scheme in the 2016/17 academic year for Masters degrees. The loan will be a contribution towards the costs of study and it will be at the student's discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs.


We are offering a number of scholarships for Masters study.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on
+44 (0)115 848 2494.

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying.

Application deadline

You can apply for this course throughout the year, but we'd recommend that applications should be received by the end of July for entry in September.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieve, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Your portfolio 

If your initial application is successful, you may be asked to upload a portfolio of your work and you may also be asked to attend an interview.

Portfolio advice

Would you like some advice on your study plans? 

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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