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Professional Doctorate in MA Design: Fashion and Textiles

About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

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 independently or in small teams.

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


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).


In the first trimester, you'll study Research Methodologies. This introduces generic methodologies and considers subject specific data retrieval analysis and evaluation techniques. You'll also study The Development of Product, Market Research and Product Ideas.

In the second trimester, you'll study Marketing skills. This about developing relevant professional skills and an understanding of marketing requirements for textile designers, makers and artists. You'll also study other modules such as Product Sampling and Development and Research.

The final trimester involves a practice-based Master's Project. This is about bringing ideas to a professional conclusion often in the form of an exhibition of finished wok and supporting promotional materials.

For more information on course modules please go to: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-design-fashion-and-textiles/


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


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.

For more information on teaching and assessment, please view the course handbook via the website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-design-fashion-and-textiles/


Graduates work in a variety of sectors and levels of different industries, these have included:

• Studio Designer
• Freelance Designer
• Industrial Designer
• Practising Textile Artist
• And, many more

Visit the MA Design: Fashion and Textiles page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Kate Mawby

Having previously spent ten years working in the fashion industry and freelancing for the last few years, I had been exploring setting up my own business designing knitted textiles for interiors. The structure of the course appealed to me because of its focus on developing business skills, as well as creative expression. This is what I wanted in order to give my career a new direction. 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. You have access to all of the art and design workshops, so there is opportunity to try new techniques and work with different materials. The course requires a lot of self-motivation and drive. It helps to have a focus when you start, but there is plenty of chance to change your mind and try new things

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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.

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