Northumbria University Newcastle

Fashion Design (Sustainable and Ethical) MA

Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world, second only to oil. As the planet struggles for economic and environmental balance the need for the fashion industry to address and adapt to these demands is becoming essential. The Fashion Design (Sustainable and Ethical) Master's will equip you with the knowledge to become an expert in ethics and sustainability, and begin and exciting career in fashion.

If you are passionate about fashion and driven by your conviction in responsible fashion practice, then we want to hear from you. Applicants of this course will be accepted from a range of disciplines if you can demonstrate an authentic, principled approach to the value of ethical and sustainable fashion . You will work with integrity and vision and possess the ambition necessary to make an impact on the wider world.

Design courses at Northumbria are ranked within the UK top 10, and we are renowned for our pioneering and innovative course frameworks which meet the demands of industry and produce graduates who are ready to step straight into employment.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant discipline. Applicants with appropriate work experience and/or a relevant professional qualification will be considered.

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

You will graduate with the knowledge and expertise required to become a world-class designer, a design change-maker who can inspire and develop products with a high level of integrity and commercial value.

Contemporary design practice is evolving due to new technologies and changing contexts of design innovation. This means there are more opportunities for graduates with advanced masterly understanding of how fashion and industrial design can collaborate in order to respond to future human and planet well-being. You will hold a critical awareness of current issues, an analytical knowledge of relevant craft skills, processes and technologies, and the entrepreneurial skills to evaluate and commercialise creative opportunities.

Throughout the year, you will have the opportunity to engage in a range of events such as conferences and guest lectures to help further your knowledge and build networks towards your future career aspirations. In addition to working on your personal design projects, you will also have the chance to work on industry-led, collaborative projects within cross-disciplinary teams, reflecting the nature of your future work in the fashion industry. 

Course Details

You will study a series of interconnected modules over three semesters. These modules will equip you with the latest theoretical, practical and professional knowledge, skills and applied thinking, primarily through project-based learning experiences.

Approximately two-thirds of your taught sessions will be studio-based, following a ‘learn, explore further and apply’ structure, encouraging you to take risks and to cross traditional boundaries. The modules have been designed to reflect the realities of the design industry and working environments you will encounter on graduation.

During this programme, you will undertake two 30-credit core modules in the postgraduate design framework. Design Thinking (DE7001) and Design Process (DE7002) will provide you with new ways of thinking and approaching global design challenges in the context of your practice. In addition to this, you will also engage in two 30-credit modules within your subject specialism Fashion Product Lifecycle (DE7010) and Responsible Design (DE7011), which will be your opportunity to really master your area of investigation and inspire you to push subject norms and discipline boundaries. To conclude the programme, you will undertake a 60-credit module (Project/Thesis – DE7003) which will act as a consolidation of your learning and give you the opportunity to explore a particular research question of your choosing. 

Year One

Design Thinking (Core,30 Credits)
Design Process (Core,30 Credits)
Project / Thesis (Core,60 Credits)
Fashion Product Lifecycle (Core,30 Credits)
Responsible Design (Core,30 Credits)

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