Creative Pattern Cutting MA 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
Our MA in Creative Pattern Cutting aims to combine advanced creative, aesthetic and technical design skills. You'll normally have a degree in a related subject (fashion design practices) or may be seeking to develop fresh approaches to your professional practice. This course is suited to applicants who wish to develop a future career within the industry or who wish to advance their existing skills in this area. A portfolio of work or ideas is required for subject entry.
18 / 09 / 2017
1 year full-time - September start
Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admissions requirements of the University of Huddersfield and the specific requirements of the course in the following ways.
The normal entry requirements are:
• An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject or an equivalent professional qualification.
• Alternative qualifications and/or significant experience may be accepted, subject to approval.
• For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.
• All suitably qualified applicants are normally invited in for an informal chat with a portfolio or considered for admittance under alternative arrangements, such as a skype chat.
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Creative Pattern Cutting is a developing area of expertise within the world of fashion, clothing and costume design. This course aims to foster innovative approaches to different pattern cutting concepts and processes and encourages you to investigate contemporary issues of creative design for fashion, clothing and costume. The course aims to support the development of imaginative approaches to the materials, processes and methodologies of creative pattern cutting to rigorously test these ideas against current trends within the fashion and clothing industries.
Our shared modules in research methods and creative innovation and entrepreneurship facilitate opportunities for students to engage in cross-disciplinary working and to participate in the School's research and enterprise activities.
Research Methods and Project Proposal
On this module you will be encouraged to explore how different research methods underpin all kinds of creative practices. As thinkers and practitioners you will work to develop an understanding of the different research approaches you might design and use to enhance and transform your ideas. You will be introduced to a range of practice-led methods which may include: creative and design thinking, user-centered methods, practice-led approaches, cultural analysis, historical/archival research and market-driven data capture and analysis. The module helps to equip you with a tool kit of research skills to guide you in the development a project proposal or working brief for your Master's study. The module is made up of lectures and guided seminars which will help you to build a solid foundation to lead you through your studies.
Creative Pattern Cutting Concepts
The aim of this module is to enable you to develop and deepen your understanding of creative pattern cutting. You will be introduced to a range of thematic research studies into social, cultural, historical, contemporary and ethical issues to assess their impact on existing creative pattern cutting practices. You will also have the opportunity to examine methods of presenting your results to develop your own research strategies. The aim of this module is to introduce key theories within the context of creative pattern cutting for fashion/clothing and costume design.
Creative Innovation and Entrepreneurship
This module aims to introduce you to key features of innovation and entrepreneurship within the context of the cultural and creative industries. Depending on your future aspirations we will help you to build your knowledge and understanding of different approaches to creative innovation (social, ethical and sustainable aspects), provide guidance on business start-ups, and assist you in your professional skills development (commercial awareness, self-management, problem-solving, team working, communication strategies), including searching for marketing, promotion, consultancy and funding opportunities specific to your subject. The module involves lectures, seminars and practical projects where you will experiment with the tools and techniques of creative innovation. There will be opportunities for group projects and multi-disciplinary working on this module.
Creative Pattern Cutting Processes
The aim of this module is to enable you to develop core creative pattern cutting skills through guided workshops alongside independent experimentation and exploration. You will be encouraged to extend your expertise by examining creative and innovative pattern cutting processes and undertake an investigation of advanced pattern cutting techniques. The lecture/workshop series is supported by group and individual supervision with specialist tutors.
The major project module builds on your development work in previous modules to culminate in the realisation of your ideas. You will select a 'Major' or 'Minor' weighted approach to your project which will allow you to pursue an 'academic/written' or 'practice/led' focus to your submission. You will revisit your project proposal to develop a final stage framework to help realise your intended outcomes. This could include a group project subject to negotiation with your specialist supervisor.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
Students studying within the subject area of Fashion and Textiles have gone on to be successful within the following roles: Wardrobe Manager at Northern Ballet; Head of Design at Rael Brook Shirts; Project Leader at Oldham College; Design Maker at Beverley Kendall and Dora Dolls; Senior Fabric Manager at Avery Dennison; Tutor at the Bradford University; Lecturer at the Cleveland College of Art and Design; Graduate Supervisor at Warehouse Fashions; Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Fashion; and Visual Merchandiser in Signet Jewellers.*
Teaching and assessment
Teaching strategies include lectures, tutorials and workshops. Modules are assessed via a combination of written reports, presentations, and the production and critique of fashion management, culminating in an exposition of work in the form of theoretical and/or practice based work.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
- permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
We have a fully equipped postgraduate suite which is dedicated to our MA students. This space is a lively and friendly environment where students can engage in creative exchanges across different subject areas in art and design.
Postgraduate students are able to access a wide range of facilities within the School as well as those that are particular to the course. We have a large well-equipped computer suite carrying a range of design, graphic design related software. Students on the MA have access to a multi-disciplinary design studio and in addition there is access to workshop facilities at the Design Development Centre, photography studios and print facilities. The central library has a superb array of resources and additional digital resources.
How much will it cost me?
In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £5,100 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you're interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
For the two practical subject specific modules you'll need to supply your own materials. The costs may vary based on the materials you choose. There is no limit on the amount you may wish to spend, however as a guide, costs in recent years have ranged from £500 to £700 per student for these modules.
Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details.
A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early.
Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.
Our specialist staff and research expertise in the department brings students into contact with a wide range of academic staff, many of whom have industry experience. All of our staff are research active and are involved in the events of our research centres. Students are welcome to participate in these wider research contexts as part of their studies with us at the University of Huddersfield.
If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages. If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the Universityâ€™s International Study Centre (ISC) or you can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.
If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.
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