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Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design

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The Programme aims to:  

- To provide a challenging and stimulating study environment.
- To provide a framework allowing students to follow a flexible and coherent programme of study.
- To enable students to study a subject area and to develop subject specialist interests and knowledge.
- To provide students with the opportunity to develop key skills.
- To provide students with the skills and knowledge to maximise career and postgraduate study opportunities.
- To provide a broad contextual and historical knowledge of the fashion and textiles industries and related contexts.
- To provide students with the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills.
- To provide students with an understanding of the principles of manufacturing, promotion and retail in the fashion and textiles industries.
- To develop an awareness of trends within the fashion and textiles industries.
- To enable students to develop a high standard of visual and verbal communication skills using appropriate media.
- To provide students with the networking opportunities to develop relationships with a range of relevant companies or individuals.
- To develop an understanding of the variety of theoretical and critical approaches to issues in design and culture.
- To enable students to develop high levels of skills of critical judgment.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this course, graduates could work in areas such as:
- fashion, textile or accessories design
- trend prediction
- buying
- visual merchandising
- teaching or lecturing
- journalism or writing

Previous students in the UK campus have gone on to work for some of the biggest names in fashion, such as:
- Ralph Lauren
- Hugo Boss
- Matthew Williamson

Others have secured careers working within major retailers including River Island, Fat Face, and Marks and Spencer. Previous students (from UK campus) on this course have also set up their own fashion and textile labels. For example:
- Sunny Williams set up his label, House of Sunny, in 2011 and has developed minimal, androgynous aesthetic womenswear, which sells internationally and is stocked by ASOS.com
- Nikki Strange created her own-name line for Marks and Spencer in 2015 and also works as a freelance textile designer and visiting lecturer

University of Portsmouth, UK

The University of Portsmouth prides itself on its excellent reputation for quality teaching and sustained, high levels of student satisfaction.

The University of Portsmouth is one of only four universities in the south east to receive the highest 'Gold' rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework – a Government scheme that recognises excellent teaching in UK universities.

The Gold-rating sees the University of Portsmouth ranked among the top 20% of the 299 universities, colleges and alternative providers that entered the Teaching Excellence Framework

The University of Portsmouth is in the top 25 of The Guardian’s University Guide 2019 and at subject level, the University is in the Top 10 for six subject areas including Social Work (3rd), Criminology (4th), Economics (9th), Biosciences (9th) and Health Professions (10th). Other notable areas where subjects are in the Top 20 include Sports Science (13th overall), Psychology (16th overall) and Accounting and Finance (18th overall). The Guardian’s league table ranks universities according to: spending per student; student/staff ratio; graduate career prospects; grades applicants need to get a place; a value-added score that compares students’ entry qualifications with their final degree results; and how satisfied final-year students are with their courses, based on results from the annual National Student Survey.

The University is ranked in the top 150 young universities in the world, in the Times Higher Education ranking of universities less than 50 years old.

The University has risen in The Complete University Guide, an independent ranking of excellence across 129 UK universities. It has climbed five places and is now ranked 51st in the UK, from 56th in 2018. This also means that the University of Portsmouth is now 8th in the south-east region. We're a top 30 UK university for teaching quality and student experience, according to The Times Good University Guide 2019.

More importantly the University was ranked as the number one university in the UK for boosting graduate salaries, according to The Economist. 2017 and 97.5% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2017.

The University is also ranked 36th this year in The Times Higher Education’s Student Experience Survey results for 2017, where students said the University offered inspiring experiences and activities across a range of areas including academic and societal experiences, facilities and industry connections.

YEAR 1 / LEVEL 4:

Core Skills: Fashion

Students will be introduced to a range of fabric types and their properties used for fashion design. They will study existing garments and fabric suitability to create design drawings and design specification. Students will learn the core skills and techniques required to draft patterns and construct fashion samples from a specified design.

Core Skills: Textiles

Students will learn the core techniques required to create textile designs, particularly the creative use of drawing and primary research. Students will develop an appreciation of textiles processes and practises, both historical and contemporary.

Design Research and Development

This unit will introduce students to various processes of researching, using and responding to primary and secondary information. The role of drawing in design as a primary research method will be explored, alongside other fundamental aspects of design research. Students will learn how to establish a design direction/concept and how to realise this through a range of design development techniques for fashion and textiles. Students will toile and sample appropriately selected techniques.

Digital Designing for Fashion and Textiles

The aim for this unit is to introduce the learner to digital software. They will acquire a comprehensive understanding of digital printing software for fabric, vector-based illustration software for patterns and image manipulation software. This unit will be taught through a series of introductory lectures and workshops. This will encourage students to use digital media as part of the creative process for fashion and textile design, to enhance and develop their presentation of work, relevant to industry requirements.

Design Resolutions

Students will refine and resolve a complete outfit effectually combining both fashion and textile design. Presentation methods will be explored and utilised dependent on the nature of the task.

Introduction to Visual Culture (Fashion and Textile Design)

This unit is designed to introduce students to visual analysis through the framework of visual culture. This is supported by a series of lectures and seminars. The unit will also provide specific study skills which will support academic writing within a visual culture context.

YEAR 2 / LEVEL 5:

Intermediate Design Research and Development

Students will learn how to formulate a design direction/concept informed by global trends and/or customer and market requirements. Students will consolidate skills and learning from Level 4 as they select and creatively employ suitable design development techniques for fashion and textiles showing a growing understanding of the construction and fabrication constraints of their designs.

Intermediate Design Resolutions

Students will undergo considered and intensive toiling and sampling processes, exhibiting more refined and reflective decision-making. Students will compile a portfolio of presentation boards that show growing professionalism and communication skills. Students will show increasing skill in the construction of resolved garments and in the utilisation of textile techniques.

Enterprise Production and Manufacture

This purpose of this unit is for the students to create a range of products of retail quality and for them to understand the standards, restraints and expectations of the identified market that they are designing for. Working within these parameters will ensure a high standard of construction and finish.

Enterprise Planning and Retail

The purpose of this unit is to enable the students to develop an awareness and understanding of the commercial context of fashion and textile design, by setting up and working within a fashion and textiles related Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises.

The students will learn how to design for specific, researched, markets, market niches and customers through the creation and development of a product range. They will promote, market and retail the products within the identified market. The group element will give the students the opportunity to experience and contribute to a viable, functioning team.

Visual Culture: Performing Identity

This unit will introduce students to key debates on personal, national and cultural identity. Covering a range of topics – race, gender, class and memory, for example – the unit presents a series of historical and contemporary case studies of the ways in which identity has been constructed and discussed within various contexts. Lectures and seminars explore design, fashion, illustration, photography, film, television and online materials associated with youth culture. Ideas pertaining to national identity and collective memory will also be explored, and the implications of such ideas interrogated. Providing an introduction to theoretical and historical approaches to the study of identity, the unit will also prepare students for their independent research projects to be undertaken at Level 6.

Live Project

This unit will provide students with the opportunity to gain credit from paid/unpaid work, volunteering, research placements, internships and other work related learning.

Students will arrange and organise their own programme of learning activities (of at least 80 hours in total) and are supported through workshops and tutorials supported at course level both to set appropriate learning goals and to provide appropriate evidence of how their employability skills have been enhanced.

YEAR 3 / LEVEL 6:

Advanced Design Research

Students will learn how to formulate, initiate and self-manage an original personal design brief to drive design activity throughout the forthcoming year.

This project brief will underpin the two subsequent units Advanced Design Development and culminating in Final Design Resolutions to generate a creative fashion and textile design outcome. They will employ primary and secondary research skills for the purpose of developing individual fashion and/or textile designs. Two and three-dimensional methods will be used to create and present conceptual ideas as defined by trend, customer and market requirements.

Advanced Design Development

Students will extend and consolidate learning from previous units as they select and creatively employ suitable design development techniques for fashion and/or textiles. Undertaking intensive toiling and sampling processes, students will exhibit more confident decision-making skills in response to their personal original brief. Students will demonstrate a professional understanding of the construction and fabrication constraints of their designs through a comprehensive development process journal and technical pack. This will inform a clear and cohesive direction for their subsequent project resolutions.

Final Design Resolution

Students will refine and consolidate their development work to achieve a professional outcome appropriate to a defined market level and expectations. Students will show skill and imagination in the complex construction of garments and / or in the manual and digital construction methods for textiles. Students will critically evaluate and present their own work, demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the professional market through a 2D/3D portfolio to fulfil these requirements.

Self-Initiated Design Briefs and Student Competitions

This unit will give the student an opportunity to work to a live brief and/or enter international design competition and create a self-initiated professional portfolio of work. Project proposals will be negotiated and agreed with the unit co-ordinator. The design resolution needs to show a strong awareness of professional practice, demonstrating independent judgement in reference to their work and chosen career path.

Professional Strategies

This unit examines professional practice and employability within the fashion and textile industry. The student will learn how to create self-promotional materials, including a physical and on-line portfolio. The unit will also include the preparation and design of the final year show and the progression of employment or post-graduate study.

Visual Culture: Research Paper

This unit, through lectures, workshop and tutorial support, produces a written research paper on a subject that engages with critical discourse and academic enquiry in a topic of research. A research paper is a structured piece of written work with a focus on a clearly defined subject and is the outcome of primary and secondary research conducted around the theme selected. The (notional) model for this is an academic journal article. The research paper should demonstrate evaluation, analysis and judgement in the engagement with the research sources.
 

Profile of lecturers and their respective teaching modules

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 100 (lecture)

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 40 (tutorial/practical)

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Structure and Duration

Full-Time Programme Only

  • 36 months (Year 1 entry)
  • 24 months (Year 2 entry)

Commencement Date (2019)

Course Commencement Date  
Full Time Programme  Apr, Oct  

Fees (Year 1 entry - 36 months)

Application Fee:               S$ 321.00
Tuition Fees:                     S$ 39,055.00

Non-tuition Fees:             S$1,900.00 - 2,100.00

Fees (Year 2 entry - 24 months)

Application Fee:               S$ 321.00
Tuition Fees:                     S$ 28,622.50

Non-tuition Fees:             S$1,900.00 - 2,100.00

  • All fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
  • Non-tuition fees for full-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership fees, MDIS experience seminars, medical insurance, condition tutorial fee (if applicable) and Fees Protection Scheme (FPS) Insurance Premium.
  • Non-tuition fees for international students may vary.
  • Non-tuition fees are non-refundable, refer to MDIS refund policy for more details.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be of age 17 and above and have one of the following academic qualifications:

For Year 1 / Level 4 entry:

  • A minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent; OR

    International Foundation Diploma in Fashion Design and Marketing awarded by MDIS; OR

    Relevant qualifications awarded by other Private Education Institutions (PEIs) or recognised Higher Education providers in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines, (which are deemed by the University to be suitable as pathway programmes for entry onto the Level 4 / Year 1 of the University course) with an entry requirement of 10 years of formal education*
     

For Year 2 / Level 5 entry:

  • Relevant Diploma level qualifications awarded by other Private Education Institutions (PEIs) or recognised Higher Education providers in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines, (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Level 4 / Year 1 of the University course) with an entry requirement of 12 years of formal education*  OR

  • Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines

For Year 3 / Level 6 entry:

  • Relevant polytechnic diplomas in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines, (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Level 4 / Year 1 AND Level 5 / Year 2 of the University course) with a pass grade* OR

  • Relevant overseas polytechnic diplomas in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines, (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Level 4 / Year 1 AND Level 5 / Year 2 of the University course) with an entry requirement of 10 years of formal education* OR

  • Higher National Diploma (HND) in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines OR

  • Relevant PEI qualification in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Level 4 / Year 1 AND Level 5 / Year 2 of the University course) with entry requirement of 12 years of formal education

Notes:

Some applicants will be given the option to take bridging modules in order to secure entry into the appropriate level of the programme. The bridging modules could be taken from the International Foundation Diploma in Fashion Design and Marketing awarded by MDIS and/or Level 4 and/or Level 5 of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Fashion and Textile Design programme respectively, depending upon the entry point determined by the university following their Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy.


*All applications are subject to University approval through its Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and procedures.

All applicants are required to submit a portfolio.
- For entry to Level 4, if no portfolio is available, applicants will be interviewed to assess their level of creativity, innovation and potential and passion for the subject.
- The portfolio submission for entry to Level 5 and Level 6 should demonstrate:
  • enquiry, research and observations
  • original idea generation
  • conceptual development
  • experimental work
  • a good level of technical ability
  • an ability to select and present a range of work to a high standard

English Language Requirements

Applicants are required to possess one of the following:

  • Possess a minimum C6 grade in English at GCE 'O' Level OR
  • IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) OR
  • TOEFL score of 550 OR
  • Completed MDIS Professional Certificate in English (PCIE) OR
  • Equivalent

Student Pass Application

International students are required to apply for student pass if he/she wishes to study full-time in Singapore. Please click here for detail information.

 

Structure and Duration

Full-Time Programme Only

  • 36 months (Year 1 entry)
  • 24 months (Year 2 entry)

Commencement Date (2019)

Course Commencement Date  
Full Time Programme Apr, Oct  

Fees (Year 1 entry - 36 months)

Application Fee:          S$ 32.10
Tuition Fees:                S$ 36,915.00

Non Tuition Fees:        S$ 882.13
Total Course Fees:      
S$ 37,797.13

Fees (Year 2 entry - 24 months)

Application Fee:          S$ 32.10
Tuition Fees:                S$ 26,750.00

Non Tuition Fees:        S$ 726.69
Total Course Fees:      
S$ 27,476.69

  • All fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
  • Non-tuition fees for full-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership fees, MDIS experience seminars, medical insurance, condition tutorial fee (if applicable) and Fees Protection Scheme (FPS) Insurance Premium.
  • Non-tuition fees for international students may vary.
  • Non-tuition fees are non-refundable, refer to MDIS refund policy for more details.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be of age 17 and above and have one of the following academic qualifications:

For Year 1 / Level 4 entry:

  • A minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent; OR

    International Foundation Diploma in Fashion Design and Marketing awarded by MDIS; OR

    Relevant qualifications awarded by other Private Education Institutions (PEIs) or recognised Higher Education providers in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines, (which are deemed by the University to be suitable as pathway programmes for entry onto the Level 4 / Year 1 of the University course) with an entry requirement of 10 years of formal education*
     

For Year 2 / Level 5 entry:

  • Relevant Diploma level qualifications awarded by other Private Education Institutions (PEIs) or recognised Higher Education providers in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines, (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Level 4 / Year 1 of the University course) with an entry requirement of 12 years of formal education*  OR

  • Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines

For Year 3 / Level 6 entry:

  • Relevant polytechnic diplomas in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines, (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Level 4 / Year 1 AND Level 5 / Year 2 of the University course) with a pass grade* OR

  • Relevant overseas polytechnic diplomas in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines, (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Level 4 / Year 1 AND Level 5 / Year 2 of the University course) with an entry requirement of 10 years of formal education* OR

  • Higher National Diploma (HND) in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines OR

  • Relevant PEI qualification in Fashion-and-Textile-related disciplines (which are deemed by the University to be equivalent to Level 4 / Year 1 AND Level 5 / Year 2 of the University course) with entry requirement of 12 years of formal education

Notes:

Some applicants will be given the option to take bridging modules in order to secure entry into the appropriate level of the programme. The bridging modules could be taken from the International Foundation Diploma in Fashion Design and Marketing awarded by MDIS and/or Level 4 and/or Level 5 of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Fashion and Textile Design programme respectively, depending upon the entry point determined by the university following their Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy.


*All applications are subject to University approval through its Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and procedures.

All applicants are required to submit a portfolio.
- For entry to Level 4, if no portfolio is available, applicants will be interviewed to assess their level of creativity, innovation and potential and passion for the subject.
- The portfolio submission for entry to Level 5 and Level 6 should demonstrate:
  • enquiry, research and observations
  • original idea generation
  • conceptual development
  • experimental work
  • a good level of technical ability
  • an ability to select and present a range of work to a high standard

English Language Requirements

Applicants are required to possess one of the following:

  • Possess a minimum C6 grade in English at GCE 'O' Level OR
  • IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) OR
  • TOEFL score of 550 OR
  • Completed MDIS Professional Certificate in English (PCIE) OR
  • Equivalent

 

 
 
QUICK INFORMATION

Duration of course

36 months Full-Time (Year 1 entry)
24 months Full-Time (Year 2 entry)

COMMENCEMENT DATE  

Class Intakes for 2019

Full-time Programme
Apr, Oct

CONTACT DETAILS  

Local Students Enquiries:
+65 6247 9111 / 6372 1000

International Students Enquiries :
• Main Hotline: +65 6278 7660
• China: +65 8305 5107
• India: +65 9121 0277
• Vietnam:  +65 8858 4910
• Korea:  +65 9372 5853
• Myanmar: +65 8727 4147
• Thailand / Laos / Cambodia: +65 8858 4910
• Malaysia/Indonesia : +65 9137 2398
• Others: +65 9728 0695

 

Local Enquiries
etc@mdis.edu.sg
+65 6247 9111
ib@mdis.edu.sg
+65 6278 8000
International Enquiries