What will I learn?

This MA course is aimed at students from a fashion, textiles or fashion technology background. It offers to extend and focus individual design skills. Approaching knitwear design from a creative, theoretical and technical viewpoint – whilst focusing on commercial relevance and product innovation. It’s part of our School of Textiles & Design, which has long supplied leaders in knitwear and knitted textile design. It’s also near to Hawick, one of the most important manufacturing centres for luxury knitwear in the world – supplying to major brands such as Chanel, Prada and Louis Vuitton. Objectives: Critically evaluate traditional and contemporary knitwear design and production practices to inform design output; Develop the appropriate level of technical and creative skill for prototyping and visualising their design ideas; Identify and analyse appropriate methods of design, production and yarn selection for different market levels; Respond innovatively to industrially and commercially relevant demands, restrictions and conventions, through industrial collaboration; Research and apply current developments in technology to their design thinking; Develop concepts and ideas that benefit the knitwear industry and enhance the sustainability of the discipline. The assessment policies for this course incorporate a range of assessment types, with a specific emphasis on formative assessment, self-evaluation, debate and peer critique in all courses. Summative assessment types include coursework, examinations, collaborative and individual problem based projects and a self-directed Masters project with dissertation. Students will also achieve PGDip and PGCert awards in this course.

Which department am I in?

School of Textiles and Design

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
£15,400.00 (US$ 19,002) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2020


Scottish Borders Campus



Scottish Borders,

TD1 3HF, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students require a good first degree with a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 (or equivalent) or above in a relevant subject.

For international students

Students should normally hold a 2:1 in textile design, fashion design or equivalent workplace experience. Students should have a minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

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