Major studies

Advanced major studies 60 cr

Thesis 30 cr

Elective studies 30 cr

Master's Programme in Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design


Director of the Master's Programme: Professor Kirsi Niinimäki

Language of the Master's Programme: English

Degree: Master of Arts (Art and Design)

Scope:120 ECTS credits

Aims of the Master of Arts (Art and Design) degree

The aim of the degree is to provide students with:

  1. good theoretical and general knowledge of as well as artistic and practical expertise in their field of study as well as a general knowledge of the field of arts;

  2. knowledge and skills needed for independent and demanding artistic work and for multidisciplinary collaboration as well as knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific knowledge and scientific methods;

  3. knowledge and skills to perform, both independently and collaboratively, demanding expert, development and management duties of the field, and to cooperate internationally;

  4. knowledge and skills needed for education leading to a Doctor of Arts (Art and Design) degree and for lifelong learning;

  5. good language and communication skills for work in the field of arts and for international operations and cooperation.

The education shall be based on scientific research and artistic activity and professional practices in the field.

Learning Outcomes of the Master's Programme in Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design

The programme deepens and extends the students’ skills in strategic thinking as well as creating, coordinating and leading design concept processes. Students cultivate their personal creative vision as a base for portfolio design and management skills by creating fashion, clothing, and textile design collections. The collection design process is deepened to consists the whole path from concept to marketing and sales. In the core of the programme is understanding of the industrial and fashion system and its impact on the environment, society and business. Moreover the students learn to analyze the mechanisms and phenomena in fashion, clothing, textiles and design. Basic and applied understanding of sustainable issues in fashion and textile areas are provided. Students are challenged to explore the possibilities of new technologies and innovative design solutions in both physical and digital media.

During the studies the student learns to combine design, commerce, industry and research. Artistic and creative problem-solving strategies and techniques in mastering silhouettes, structures and materials are a part of the studies. The students learn an experimental and conceptual approach in creating fashion, clothing and textile designs of a high international standard. They also learn an analytic approach to trends, events and phenomena. The programme emphasizes the understanding of different cultures and encourages students to innovate and re-think current practices in fashion and textiles as well as design business and industry in order to extend it to new domains. Entrepreneurial and sustainable thinking as well as multidisciplinary collaboration in product development are an essential part of the acquired skills.

The programme fosters students’ skills in presentation, writing and visualization. Students gain an understanding of design research methods and learn to apply them in academic, societal and business contexts. The programme also gives skills needed in doctoral studies.

Education Content

Fashion as phenomena is extended beyond clothing and textiles to include the production and consumption of many other types of products and services. Joint studies help the students to learn skills beyond their own field. The programme cultivates a fashion and design-driven approach and gives methods of practice to bring the students work on a high international and professional level. Sustainability is the grounding for all studies in fashion, clothing and textile design. Experimentations, critical thinking and multidisciplinary collaborations are important areas to extend the core of fashion, clothing and textile design skills.


Career opportunities

The graduates have the skills and knowledge needed to sustain a professional career in fashion, clothing, textile and design business and industry, media and education. Further the master studies prepare the students for a career in academic environment or career in research in the context of corporate activities.

Further information about the programme: fact.aalto.fi