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Professional Doctorate in MA Design: Fashion and Textiles

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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.


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.


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)

Gill Hewitt

768.jpg This course has enabled me to further research and experiment with ideas developed during my first degree in Surface Design. The facilities at the university are first class; the studios are well equipped with all the latest digital technology and the level of personal support from tutors and technicians is fantastic. The course is particularly good for product development and I have developed a product that combines textile art with high performance sound absorption. I received an Innovation Award from the University that enabled me to complete further in-depth testing of the performance of my product before launching it during London Design Week at Tent London in 2007. I exhibited my acoustic panels at ICFF New York with the British European Design Group in May 2008 and again at Tent London in 2008.

Completing this MA has enabled me to launch a credible well-tested product into a well-researched market. Studying part-time gave me the time to also set up my own design practice, Gill Hewitt Textile Art, which I have continued on a full time basis since finishing the course. I am currently focusing on finding new applications for textiles within contemporary architectural interiors and have undertaken commissions for Pizza Express and [email protected]

(Student Profile)

Caroline Ritchie

By the end of my undergraduate degree in Creative Arts I had only just worked out a way that I wanted produce work, so I chose to do the MA Design: Fashion and Textiles course to help develop my skills and establish a good working practice.

Bath Spa University has a great textiles department and is in a fab location. There are excellent facilities, a wealth of knowledge in the department, and a friendly and supportive student body and atmosphere.

I did the course part-time, which was a real benefit to me. The first year I mainly concentrated on establishing my working routine. During the second year I feel that I had time to explore new techniques and skills in order to give another dimension to my work.

Since finishing my MA I have set up my business, Corita Rose, which specialises in fabrics and furniture. The knowledge gained during the course, and the time to hone my skills, was more important to me than the postgraduate qualification as I am running my own company. However, later in life the qualification may be of more significance.

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Penny Seume

This course was fantastic and gave me invaluable skills, confidence and authority to embark on my career as a textile designer for interiors. All the staff were really knowledgeable and totally dedicated, and having worked in the industry had invaluable insights as well as practical advice which greatly enriched the course experience. The standard on the course and across the department as a whole was outstanding and being surrounded by such high quality and amazing work was a total joy.

I would like to emphasise that the marketing module was a vital part of the course for me. It greatly aided my professional approach as well as making useful contacts in the industry, of which I am still in touch with today.

Since exhibiting at Tent in 2010 and finishing the course I was one of four finalists in the New Design Britain competition at Interiors UK in January 2012, winning a stand to show my New York collection in the Designers Block arena. I received a highly commended award for my fabrics and also had a lot of interest from the industry. My work was selected for the New Brewery Arts "Crafted" exhibition in December 2011. At New Designers in June 2012 my work was selected by the Society of Designer Craftsmen and invited to show at the prestigious annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London in January 2013. The whole body of work was given a Distinction award by the Society.

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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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