The Master's programme in Fashion and Textile Design has two specialisations: fashion design and textile design. Specialisation is selected upon application to the programme.
The Master's programme combines individual studies through four major design projects with common courses in design methodology and artistic development as well as common design seminars that run parallel to other courses throughout the course or study programme. The individual study plan is based on the student's application projects. A number of courses are offered as an introduction to the work in workshops and labs. To further develop and deepen the student's understanding and knowledge regarding textile techniques and materials, individual course elements will be added to the design projects.
The programme is conducted in a multidisciplinary environment where instructors from a range of disciplines are gathered, supplemented by guest lecturers and external supervisors that provide the programme with specialised skills of various types, giving students an opportunity to build up a professional network during the studies. Instructional methods have a strong focus on mentoring, seminars and workshop activities. To ensure continuity, all students have a main supervisor who follows them through all their design projects, and all design courses are additionally positioned within a common framework: introduction, seminars, and examination that gathers together all of the students in the group. The seminars are an important forum for the discussion of ongoing projects that initiate critical analysis.
Documented reflection in text, images, etc., about the results and the process is included in all design projects. By working with both interpretation and documented reflection, student knowledge is deepened along with the ability to discuss a given piece of work.
Examination is based on evaluation of the design work, oral and visual presentations, and documented reflection in accordance with the given learning outcomes for each course. Professors and lecturers from leading design education programmes in Nordic countries or professional designers within the students' specialisations are opponents for the Master's programmes degree projects.
Year 1, 60 higher education (HE) credits
Aesthetic Theory - Design Methods, 7.5 HE credits
The course aims to deepen students' theoretical understanding of the principles and foundations of systematic design work and further develop their ability to design the design process by applying theoretical principles and foundations in practical work. The main focus of the course is on learning outcomes 1b-c, 2a-c.
Aesthetic Theory - Design Seminars I, 7.5 HE credits
The course aims to introduce students to research and professional development in textile and fashion design. The course also has an aim to train students in an open critical discussion of their own and others' work. The main focus of the course is on learning outcomes 3a-b.
Artistic Development - Advanced level, 7.5 HE credits
The course aims to develop the student's individual artistic ability and convey insight into contemporary art and design through the study of contemporary trends. The main focus of the course is on learning outcomes 1a-c, 2a-c, 3a.
Design Project - Specialisation project, 7.5 HE credits
The course aims to prepare and develop the Master's programme's application projects; to prepare, develop and determine a design programme on the foundation of the application project that was the basis for the student's admission to the Master's programme. The main focus of the course is on learning outcomes 1a-c, 2a-b, 4a-b, 6a-b.
Design Project – Advancement project, 15 HE credits or Design Practise
Design Project – Advancement project
The course is aimed at advanced training in design work; to deepen, and test, the given the design programme through a series of design examples, for example in collaboration with a textile and/or fashion company and/or organisation on the basis of the student's choice of specialisation. In the course, students will develop their own chosen design projects with a focus on the development of ideas that take into account environmental, technical,commercial and ethical aspects. The main focus of the course is on learning outcomes 1a-c, 2a-c, 3a-b, 4a-b, 5a-c, 6a-b.
The course will be carried out at a company/organisation with a design focus. In consultation with their supervisors, students will formulate and decide on the content, course structure and course literature, adapted to suit the company/organisation and subject area. Documentation of methodology and design process in order to attend to cultural, economic, ethical, and environmental issues in relation to a globalised fashion and textile industry.The main focus of the course is on learning outcomes 1a-c, 2a-c, 3a-b, 4a-b, 5a-c, 6a-b.
Elective courses, 15 HE credits
It is possible to study introductory or advanced courses in textile techniques designed to provide knowledge and skills in different techniques, such as: dyeing, textile printing and processing, weaving, tricot and knits, construction, as well as textile material knowledge. The main focus of the courses is on learning outcomes 6a-b.
Year 2, 60 higher education (HE) credits
Aesthetic Theory - Design Seminars II, 7.5 HE credits
(See Aesthetic Theory - Design Seminars I in Year 1)
Design Seminars II includes design history, aimed at deepening reflection around, and critical review of, the student's own work as it relates to the history of design in terms of artefacts, people, movements and companies, etc. The main focus of the course is on learning outcomes 3a-b.
Design Project - Research project, 15 HE credits
The course aims to develop students' artistic and creative abilities through experimentation with materials, design and functions in relation to fashion and textiles. The course also aims at a deeper perspective on design methodology and design concept through analysis, both exploratory and investigatory; to further develop the given design program through experimental design work. The main focus of the course is on learning outcomes 1a-c, 2a-c, 3a-b, 4a-b, 6a-b.
Design Project – Master’s degree project, 30 HE credits
The course aims, through seminars and supervision, to prepare students for the final work expected to demonstrate excellence in textile and fashion design with respect to professional and/or experimental practice; to summarise and develop a final exam collection for display/exhibition. The main focus of the course is on learning outcomes 1a-c, 2a-c, 3ab, 4a-b, 5c, 6a-b.
Elective courses, 7.5 HE credits
Students choose courses in consultation with programme coordinator.
For more information, See the programme page in programme portal
Level: Second cycle
Approved by: Artistic Research and Education Board