Reasons to study Fashion Textile Design at DMU:
- Specialist practical course
developing your understanding of contemporary and innovative approaches to textiles and materials development for fashion.
- Fantastic facilities
including well-equipped workshops for print, knit, plastics, 3D and digital textile printing, metal, wood and leather.
- Hugely successful graduates
have gone on to postgraduate study here at DMU, and work at companies such as Vivienne Westwood, Ted Baker, and Jaguar Land Rover
- 100% of our Fashion Textiles and Accessories†
graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
- 100% overall student satisfaction†
with the quality of the course and its organisation according to the National Student Survey, 2019
- Professional practice
with portfolio skill support, CAD, digital promotion, CV writing and personal development planning.
- Strong fashion contextual knowledge
underpins the course by learning the fundamentals of pattern cutting, garment design, 3D prototyping and construction.
- International opportunity
through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience
- The new Vijay Patel building
has been designed to provide the space and facilities where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design courses – find out more
- Core workshop materials available at no cost
to our students along with some programme-specific workshop materials – find out more
- Cash awards of £150, £200 and £300
for students in years one, two and three respectively, towards materials and specialist printing*
This is a specialist course, providing opportunities for students to develop in-depth textile design expertise for the fashion industry. Investigating and providing new creative directions for fashion forward, luxury and innovative design approaches for fashion material culture. We aim to produce versatile fashion specialists through the courses’ philosophy of exploring and combining a broad range of practical skills. Allowing investigation of materials and technical approaches across print, stitch, embellishment and knit, as well as complimentary skills in CAD, design communication, and 3D product realisation.
A strong emphasis is placed on nurturing research, conceptual, creative and technical skills, coupled with the development of essential fashion skills such as pattern cutting, construction and fashion illustration. We aim to encourage you to become conversant in a broad fashion context, whilst honing your specialist textile design skills. The course encourages you to show a commitment to the practice of design that is forward thinking, innovative and original.
The course believes on creating an environment of choice, allowing you to determine your own creative direction. You will have the option to choose or mix technical specialisms, in many differing contexts, allowing you to direct your studies as appropriate to your style, context, technical skills and market focus.
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.