Become a fashion textile design specialist by combining a range of practical textile skills across print, stitch, embellishment and knit, with the complementary fashion design skills such as pattern cutting, construction, fashion illustration and digital portfolio promotion.
Develop advancing research, conceptual, creative and technical abilities that allows you to determine your own creative direction. With opportunities to fuse fashion contexts and textile specialisms according to your personal style, technical direction and design focus.
The fashion industry is adapting to a rapidly changing world, which post-pandemic will require adaptable, flexible, and creative agents for change. We will help you to become a forward-thinking contemporary designer with a practical and creative understanding of responsible and sustainable design. You will learn to enhance the value, luxury, and craft of our traditional practice by embracing the digital design and communication technologies that are shaping the future of the industry.
- We have been recognised as one of the most sustainable fashion and textiles schools in the country as winners of the Next Generation Learning and Skills Award in the Green Gown Awards 2021.
- Combine and specialise in textile processes such as knit, print and mixed media with fashion design development and exploration. Developing material realisations within a clear fashion outcome.
- Gain valuable work experience by undertaking a year-long placement. Past students have landed roles at Helen Lawrence, Tommy Hilfiger, G-Star and Disney.
- Our graduates have gone on to work at established brands such as Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Ted Baker, French Connection, Next and Adidas Makers Lab.
- Discuss your work and network with visiting lecturers, who have recently included industry professionals Phoebe English, Katie Roberts-Wood, Helen Bullock and David Longshaw.
- Gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our DMU Global programme. Previous trips have taken students overseas to visit global trade shows such as Première Vision in Paris.
- The award-winning Vijay Patel Building houses our cutting-edge facilities including workshops for print, knit, plastics, 3D and digital textile printing, metal, wood and leather. Industry-standard facilities will allow you to explore and provide new creative directions for fashion-forward, luxury and innovative design outcomes.
- We provide core workshop materials at no cost, and give cash awards – £150, £200 and £300 in years one, two and three respectively – to support personal materials/printing costs*.
Structure and assessment
- Design Cultures 1
- Design Cultures 2
- Design Cultures 3
Facilities and features
Art and design facilities
You will have full access to all the faculty workshops. A large print room is within the dedicated subject area with extensive facilities for dyeing and printing. There is a broad range of woven and knit equipment, sewing machines, digital embroidery facilities, heat transfer plotter and cutter. A digital production facility and CAD suites will allow you to engage with cutting edge production. Access to our extensive workshops for working with plastics, woods, metal and ceramics is available. This covers a range of traditional and digital production methods with expert technical staff on hand, allowing you to develop innovative work using hybrid technical processes.
You will have access to your own personal studio space, which helps to create a strong working community and course identity.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
Work placements are offered as part of this course and they are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job and can often lead to an offer of employment for when you graduate.
We have numerous links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you find a placement to suit your and you interests and aspirations.
There are many opportunities for work experience and to work on live projects set by industry, and we support you with your personal promotion (CV writing, portfolio support, online strategies, branding). An optional yearlong placement opportunity is available between years two and three and is supported via our faculty work based learning unit.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
As part of the #DMUglobal initiative, the course provides opportunities to examine the global fashion industry. You will have the opportunity to take part in and visit the Textile Design/Fashion Textiles and Accessories stand at the Premiere Vision exhibition in Paris. This show puts some of your work from years two and three in front of an international industry audience. Preparing you for your career by giving you a chance to develop contacts and see first-hand how the fashion industry works.
Graduates go on to careers in the textile and fashion industry, gaining employment in design agencies as freelance or in-house designers, developing their own businesses as bespoke designers or becoming high-end designer-makers. They also work for major UK fashion chains and design labels. The course has produced professional, multi-skilled graduates who have gone on to work at companies such as Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood, Ted Baker, Cambridge Satchel Co. and Jaguar Land Rover.
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