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MA - Master of Arts
Fashion / Textiles / Clothing (Craft) Management Of Change & Innovation
Contour Fashion is a huge, established and specialised field within fashion design. It is defined by garments worn close to, or shaping the contours of the human form, including corsetry, lingerie, swimwear, performance sportswear, nightwear and athleisure. The Contour Fashion Innovation MA is ideal for contour graduates with advanced pattern-cutting skills wishing to further their practice, or fashion or textile graduates who want to specialise in contour design.
The course explores creativity, technologies and entrepreneurship, alongside the technical considerations of this complex specialism. Contextual studies into historical, political, social and cultural considerations are at the core of this programme and fuel intellectual curiosity, speculative enquiry, imagination, and divergent thinking to successfully understand design concepts.
During this course, we prepare our graduates to succeed in this competitive and fast-developing industry. Our unparalleled understanding of the sector informs the curriculum and includes loungewear, sportswear and athleisurewear – these specialisms are in high demand following the global shift to remote working which has led to a growth in comfort-inspired, fashion-driven work attire. Marketing and visual communication is examined from the viewpoint of a creative individual, giving you the skills to develop a leading-edge portfolio and the insight into how a contour fashion label might be launched into the market place.
You will learn to take a critical and innovative approach to contemporary global challenges facing designers and businesses, with a focus on sustainable practice embedded throughout.
Teaching and assessment
Through the various modules of this programme you will be able to explore your own areas of interest within the Contour field. Self-directed and independent learning will constitute a majority portion of study and will be supported through regular tutorials with specialist tutors.
Theoretical elements will be explored via formal lectures, seminars and tutorials. Seminars will provide the opportunity to explore concepts in a small group setting. Practical aspects of the programme will be developed through workshops and in the studios.
Staff are experienced Industry professionals, closely connected to their specialism, which ensures that their teaching is progressive and Industry-relevant.
You will have the opportunity to experience international travel to trade fairs, partner educational institutions in Fashion as well as being able to attend guest talks from industry speakers and visits to a range of Fashion businesses, including Contour-specific businesses and suppliers.
Contour Fashion is a specialist area within Fashion design, defined by garments worn close to or shaping the contours of the human form. Traditionally, Contour Fashion graduates have sought careers as designers, technologists and pattern cutters of foundation garments such as corsetry, lingerie and swimwear. Increasingly, roles extend to performance sportswear, athleisure, nightwear, medical, wearable technology and within sustainable advancement.
Graduates from the Contour Fashion Innovation MA may also pursue careers within the contour industry in communications, trend and PR. DMU Contour boasts a rich history of successful entrepreneurs, such as latex lingerie specialist Elissa Poppy, and the Enterprise Team supports students who wish to start their own businesses.
For this course (per year)
For this course (per year)
You should have the equivalent or above of a 2:2 UK undergraduate honours design degree in a contour, fashion design or textile design related subject. A good level of general pattern-cutting skills is required, however you do not need to have experience of specialist Contour garment pattern cutting before applying. If you have other professional qualifications and industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.
De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) is a university with a rich heritage, providing students with high-class further education options for over 150 years. Situated in the centre of Leicester, a thriving midlands location, students benefit from excellent facilities not only on campus but also when seeking leisure time in the surrounding region. Students at DMU are able to choose from a wide range of postgraduate courses, all of which are...more