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Study a graduate program in fashion and textiles

What will I study in a graduate program in fashion and textiles?

Graduate programs in fashion and textiles normally aim to strike a balance between practical, self-directed work and theoretical concepts. At graduate level, you should have a good idea of where your strengths lie and what your specialist area would be.

A fashion and textiles postgraduate course allows you to explore and experiment with your specialist area at an advanced level.
Studying a graduate program will enable you to network more effectively and develop professional relationships with international fashion industries where appropriate.

A graduate fashion and textiles course will require you to undertake a research project of your choice which will largely be self-directed. Most fashion courses organise a fashion show at the end of each academic year as a celebration of the students' work and to allow graduating students to present their final collections to a wider audience.

Length of program

The length of your graduate program in fashion and textiles will depend on the country and type of course you choose to study. As a guide, you should expect the course to last around the following lengths:

  • UK- 1-3 years
  • US – 1-3 years
  • China – 1-3 years
  • Canada – 1-3 years

Entry requirements

In order to gain a place on a graduate program in fashion and textiles, you will normally need a good first degree in fashion or a related subject. Sometimes university and college programs will accept applicants from non-academic backgrounds provided they can demonstrate equivalent experience through industry. Some of the better fashion design colleges will expect more so make sure you do your research before applying.

In addition to qualifications, universities and colleges will require you to have a proposal outlining your area of investigation. A good portfolio is essential. This must demonstrate your ability in drawing, design development, problem solving, colour work and interest in fashion.

Career development

Once you have completed your graduate course in fashion and textiles, you should be ready to enter the fashion and textiles industry as a professional designer. During your time at college or university, you will have acquired the skills and developed a professional creativity which is invaluable in securing your first position as a fashion designer.

Some areas of work that postgraduate fashion and textiles designers work in include:

  • Fashion
  • Design
  • Retail
  • Charities
  • Buying and procurement

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate fashion and textiles programs varies widely, depending on the country, the institution and the course.
The average tuition fees per year of graduate programs in fashion and textiles are listed below:

  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 21,000-24,000

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