Study Fashion and Textiles in London

London Metropolitan University is pleased to be launching its new MA Fashion and Textiles programme from September 2013.  Based in our CASS Faculty of Art Architecture and Design, this course will focus on fashion, textiles and design and is based in the heart of London.


Our new MA programme is a practice-based, industry focused and design-led one year masters degree focusing on fashion and textile design, craft and manufacture.

The course is designed for graduates of fashion or textiles, or graduates of any related subject who have good design and making experience.

Graduates of the course will usually work as freelance designers and consultants in the fashion and textiles sector, but may also work in the creative industries in London, across the UK and overseas. Graduates find employment as in-house designers for fashion houses, interior practices and manufacturing companies, both large and small. Career paths in fashion styling, trend anaylsis, retail buying & management, fashion journalism, education and marketing are also open on completion of the course.

The course comprises a selected industry-based design studio, taught (practice and theory) modules and a 3-module major project (final collection), starting at the end of September and finishing in the subsequent September.

The taught modules are:


  •         Design Research for Practice
  •         Design Project Development
  •         Project as Professional Practice
  •         Democratising Luxury
  •         One option from
    • Material Thought
    • Design Evolutions: Advancing Technologies
    • Atlas of Storytelling

Students will learn most of their subject learning through practice, being project based with a substantial amount of ‘live’ professional activity. Students will also learn research and development methods through lectures, seminars and reading groups, Students will undertake design consultancy, enter competitions, and develop fashion/ textile collections in response to live briefs set by external companies – some large established high street names, others luxury, independent, cutting edge fashion houses. The course includes a wide range of visiting designers, lecturers and industry figures, who will support students to develop the currency and originality of their design practice. Students will present fashion/ textile collections and portfolios of project work throughout the course, supported by written research and professional practice reports. The course is predominantly practical in nature, students ‘learning by doing’.

The course promotes collaborative practice across design, reflecting the commercial world of work – boundaries between disciplines are breaking down. Many tutors are practising designers, current/ recent practitioners include London-based fashion designer Aimee McWilliams, Samuel Membery, House of Flora, Claire Gill, Gina Pierce and Rentaro Nishimura.

The course team have strong links with industry, including; 

  • Under/ Underground Fashion
  • Marks and Spencer
  • Alternative Fashion Week
  • London Jewellery Week
  • British Wool Marketing Board
  • We Make London
  • Camac Design
  • Gainsborough Silk Weavers
  • Parker Knoll


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