Fashion and Textiles Design

Study mode:On campus Study type:Part-time Languages: English
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351–400 place StudyQA ranking:1842 Duration:12 months You need IELTS certificate

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The School has developed an enhanced postgraduate programme designed to respond to the needs of local and global textile industries, utilising our unique combination of traditional and contemporary expertise in science, technology and creativity. The benefits of our location within Scotland's manufacturing centre of high-end cashmere and textile production and design, are extended and maintained through international links in fashion and textiles. Studying within a school that reflects such high-quality collaborations, research and teaching, positions our graduates highly within these rapidly evolving sectors.

Our taught postgraduate programme aims to develop advanced knowledge and practice through the exploration of concepts and contemporary topics in design, fashion and textiles.

The programme content challenges traditional and contemporary uses of fashion and textiles, as well as creating the opportunity, through well-resourced workshops, to promote new approaches and processes in fashion and textiles. Students concentrate on an appropriate area of study to acquire knowledge and expertise in an area of fashion and textiles that is conducive to their individual project intentions. Staff knowledge and expertise span the full spectrum from design to manufacture, context to management, technology to creativity and practice to theory.

The design of the programme also encourages inter-disciplinary projects reflecting the School's strategy of creative collaborations between subject areas to foster design innovation.


* Challenge traditional and contemporary uses of fashion and textiles, as well as creating the opportunity to promote new approaches and processes in fashion and textiles
* Provide students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to meet the diverse demands of the fashion and textile industries
* Encourage, in inter-disciplinary projects, creative collaborations between subject areas to foster innovation
* Develop an inter-disciplinary understanding of key issues relating to the design, management and innovation in fashion and textiles
* Develop competent and confident professionals for the global fashion and textiles industries with an in-depth understanding of the creative process and its management in international and local contexts.

Programme duration

MA: 3 semesters, 12 months
PGDip: 2 semesters, 9 months

Study location:
* Scottish Borders

Students negotiate with their supervisor to concentrate on an appropriate area of study to acquire knowledge and expertise in an area of fashion and textiles that supports their individual project intended outcome. The areas available across the School reflect the breadth of expertise relevant to fashion and textiles.

Semester 1
* Design context
* Creative and Critical Thinking: Research principles
* Management Studies in Design
* Fashion and Textile Practice and Expertise

Semester 2
* Design Technologies and Textiles Futures
* Reflective Practice to plan the agreed course of study
* Industrial placement
* Fashion and Textile Practice and Expertise

Semester 3
* Masters Project: Design Collection


Students are assessed through a combination of practical and written course work, examinations and the Masters project. Emphasis is placed on rigorous academic standards as well as acquiring and developing a range of transferable industry skills and individual creative development. Assessment exercises can therefore include making effective visual and oral presentations, writing reports and as well as team and group work.

Attracting applicants from art and design backgrounds and resulting in a design collection.You should hold a good (first or second class) Honours degree or its non-UK equivalent in a relevant subject from a recognised British or Overseas University. In addition, work or project experience in a related company role will be taken into consideration as part of the application process.Language supportPre-sessional English courses are available for applicants at the Edinburgh Campus to improve on English language usage and study skills. Please note that completion of pre-sessional courses are not a guarantee of admittance. Please contact us for more information.How to applyApplications are made by submitting a completed application form to the Postgraduate Office at the Edinburgh Campus. Additionally, before our final decision can be given, applicants will be asked to supply documentation to provide proof of academic background and suitability as a candidate: * A copy of your degree(s) certificates and relevant transcripts * A portfolio of past design work where appropriate * Proof of having being awarded a first degree(s) * Proof of your ability in the English language if this is not your mother tongue * Proof of how your tuition fee and personal maintenance costs are to be met * Two academic refereesFor full details about our application process including relevant forms and guidance notes, please contact us or visit our website at English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Scholarships & bursaries
* Alumni Scholarship (TEX)
All Alumni of the School wishing to undertake a 1 year course
* Alumni Scholarship Scheme
Heriot-Watt Alumni
* Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursaries
Applicants must be Scottish by birth, have at least one parent born in Scotland or have been continuously resident in Scotland for a period of three years for the purpose of secondary or tertiary education.
* Colin McDowell Scholarship (TEX)
UK/EU student
* Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
International (Commonwealth citizens)
* Department for International Development (DFID) Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme
Commonwealth citizens
* Dr Oliver Educational Trust Scholarships (TEX)
Overseas (non EU applicants)
* East Lothian Educational Trust
Applicants must be a resident of the old county of East Lothian (ie excluding Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig.)
* International Scholarships Programme (TEX)
Non-UK/EU applicants
* Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust
Restricted to residents of the UK who are a son, daughter, spouse, widow or widower of a commercial traveller, chemist or grocer.
* Local Education Authority Awards
* Mexican Scholarships
Mexican applicants
* Music Scholarships
All students
* Part-time Fee Grant (SAAS)
See SAAS residence conditions.
* Postgraduate Student Allowance Scheme (SAAS)
EU and UK applicants who meet the SAAS criteria on eligible courses
* Remission of Fees (families of staff)
Spouses/civil partners and children of members of staff, also retired members of staff of the University
* Royal Caledonian Schools Trust
Applicants must be of Scots parentage (conditions apply - see below)
* Scotland's Saltire Scholarships
Citizens of Canada, the People's Republic of China, India or USA (2 awards for each country)
* Sports Scholarships
All students
* Staff Scholarships
Employees of Heriot-Watt University
* The Consumer Affairs UK Scholarship Programme
All currently enrolled students
* The Premier School of Textiles and Design Scholarship (TEX)
Overseas (non-EU) applicants
* The Silver School of Textiles and Design Scholarship (TEX)
Overseas (non EU) applicants
* The Worshipful Company of Woolmen Scholarship (TEX)
Students undertaking postgraduate projects involving UK wool
* West Lothian Educational Trust
Individuals must have originated in West Lothian or have lived there for the last 3 years.

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