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Master's Programme in Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design

The programme deepens and extends the students' skills in fashion, clothing and textile design at a high artistic and professional level.
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Degree:

Master of Arts (Art and Design)

Application period:

1.12.2020 – 4.1.2021

Language of instruction:

English

Duration:

2 years, full-time

Eligibility:

Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Art and Design

Credits:

120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Tuition fees:

For non-EU/EEA citizens, €15000/y (Master’s studies)
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Study objectives

The programme deepens and extends the students' skills in fashion, clothing and textile design at a high artistic and professional level. Strategic thinking and managing design processes are at the core of the studies and creativity and new forward-thinking ideas are emphasised at every step of the process. At the heart of the programme are the understanding of the fashion system and its impact on society and business. Basic and applied understanding of sustainable issues in fashion and textile area is provided. Students are challenged to explore the possibilities of new technologies, new materials and innovative design solutions in both physical and digital media.

  • Creative design skills. Students learn to combine design, commerce, industry and research-based approaches. An artistic, creative and problem-solving approach to design processes and field-specific practices is an essential part of the studies. Students learn an experimental and conceptual approach to creating fashion, clothing, textile, surface and colour concepts and collections of a high international standard.
  • Re-thinking. The programme emphasises 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. Sustainable and entrepreneurial thinking, as well as multidisciplinary co-operation and communication in product and material development, are essential skills.
  • Analytical skill set. The students learn to analyse the practices and phenomena in fashion, clothing, textiles and design. The programme fosters students' presentation skills in writing and visualisation. Students gain an understanding of design research methods and learn to apply them in creative, academic, societal and business contexts. The programme also provides students with skills needed in doctoral studies.

Tuition fees

15 000 € for non EU/EEA citizens in programmes instructed in English. Further information is available on Scholarships and Tuition Fees page (aalto.fi).

Career opportunities

The graduates have the skills and knowledge needed to sustain a professional career in fashion, clothing, textile, design business and industry, media and education. Graduates of the programme may work as fashion designers, textile designers and creative directors and many graduates have also established their own businesses. The master's studies prepare the students for a career in academic and corporate research.

Post-graduate opportunities

After graduating from the Master's Programme in Fashion, clothing and textile design, you have excellent knowledge to continue your studies to a doctoral degree in Aalto University or another university in Finland or abroad.

Languages of instruction

The Master's Programme in Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design the language of instruction is taught in English.

Content of the studies

First-year studies build on the students' previous knowledge in fashion, textiles, materials, colours and structures and joint studies help the students to learn skills beyond their own field. The content of the studies can be further deepened to multidisciplinary projects and the constructing of personal study paths, the scope of the alternative and elective studies, is guided by the programme's professors.

For further details on the education content, see the study guide for academic years 2020-2022.

For more information on the Fashion and Collection Design programme, please visit fact.aalto.fi.

Internationalisation

At Aalto University, you can participate in student exchange, and part of your studies can be completed abroad. Also, students have the possibility to gain experience in international competitions, exhibitions, conferences, and trade fairs.

Programme-specific Admission Procedure and Evaluation Criteria

Study-option-specific evaluation criteria

Applicants meeting Aalto’s general eligibility criteria for master's studies will be evaluated and ranked according to the evaluation criteria that has been decided in advance for each study option. The applications to Master’s Programme in Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design (FaCT) will be evaluated based on the following criteria.

Phase I

Artistic and/or design practice (1)

Assessed area

Demonstrations of artistic and/or design work or assignments

Admission requirements

 

Artistic and design skills and insights, ability to create fresh and inventive design solutions individually and in teams, vision and creative thinking​, conceptualisation skills, ability to open the design processes behind featured projects, design skills and technical competence relevant to the field

Method of demonstrating competence

Portfolio

 

 

Suitability (1)

Assessed area

Applicant’s further suitability to the study option, motivation, and commitment for studies/communication skills

Admission requirements

 

Motivation, commitment​ and goal-orientation, creative thinking,​Vision​, Focus of the studies in the programme, writing and language skills​

Method of demonstrating competence

Motivation letter

 

Relevance of previous studies

Assessed area

Content and quantity in relation to the applied study-option-specific requirements

Admission requirements

 

Bachelor of Arts degree in the field of art and design or completed equivalent studies in the field of fashion, clothing and textile design.

Method of demonstrating competence

Transcript(s) of records, degree certificate(s)

 

 

Academic performance

Assessed area

Grades of the previous degree(s)

Admission requirements

 

Bachelor of Arts degree in the field of art and design or completed equivalent studies fashion, clothing and textile design. Following course grades are emphasised: artistic and design skills, theoretical competence, bachelor thesis.

Method of demonstrating competence

Transcript(s) of records, degree certificate(s)

 

Other areas of competence

Assessed area

Work experience and other acquired knowledge/achievements e.g. publications, non-formal education, competitions

Admission requirements

 

Study time​, work experience, internships​, activity in studies, competitions, exhibitions etc.​

Method of demonstrating competence

Curriculum vitae

 

 

Phase II

Suitability (2)

Assessed area

Applicant’s further suitability to the study option, motivation, and commitment for studies/communication skills

Admission requirements

 

Communication and language skills​, suitability and talent for the field, Readiness to challenge own learning and thinking, motivation for the field, commitment and study plan

Method of demonstrating competence

Interview

 

 

 

Artistic and/or design practice (2)

Assessed area

Demonstrations of artistic and/or design work or assignments

Admission requirements

 

Originality, ability to open the design processes behind featured projects, vision and creative thinking​

Method of demonstrating competence

Portfolio

The portfolio submitted in the first phase will be the base for evaluation.

 

Evaluation process

The applicants will be first evaluated based on Aalto’s general eligibility requirements. Applicants meeting the general eligibility criteria for master's studies will be evaluated and ranked according to the evaluation criteria that has been decided in advance for each study option.

The selection process for applicants who meet the general eligibility criteria comprises of two phases.

Phase I

In Phase I, the applications are evaluated based on the following criteria

  • Artistic and/or design practice (1)
  • Suitability (1)/Motivation letter
  • Relevance of previous studies
  • Academic performance
  • Other areas of competence

Descriptions of the selection criteria can be found in the above tables.

Only the applicants who are ranked highest in the preliminary evaluation will be invited to phase II in the selection process.

Phase II

In Phase II, the evaluation is based on the following criteria

  • Suitability (2)/Interview
  • Artistic and/or design practice (2)

Descriptions of the selection criteria can be found in the above tables.

Part of the applicants are invited to Phase II. The invitation to Phase II will be send to the applicants at latest 7 days in advance. Selected applicants will be invited for a face to face interview. The interviews can also be conducted online.

The interview is intended to evaluate the applicant’s potential to complete the studies successfully.

The final selection decisions will be made based on the evaluation conducted in Phase II.

Study-option-specific documents requested

The documents requested from all applicants are listed on the Aalto University website (https://www.aalto.fi/en/study-at-aalto/applying-to-masters-programmes). In addition, applicants to this study option are requested to provide the following study-option-specific documents:

Portfolio

In the portfolio, applicants display work that shows their artistic expression and design skills. The portfolio must contain diverse samples of the applicant’s previous artistic, professional and/or scientific activity, yet the maximum number of cases presented in the portfolio can be five (5). The art and design work can be provided as illustrations or drawings, photgraphs of slides and technical drawings.

The work contained in the portfolio must be catalogued, listing at least the title and/or theme, materials used, size, purpose and year of completion of each piece. The catalogue must also detail where and when the work has been exhibited, displayed or published and whether the work is based on individual or group work. The contribution of the applicant in the work should be stated in case the work has been completed in a group. The applicant’s name, address and phone number and the degree program applied for must be indicated clearly on the portfolio.

The portfolio should be uploaded as a single PDF-file. Maximum size for the portfolio is 1.0 GB. Name the file as: Portfolio-surname-firstname.pdf. If your portfolio contains password protected video links, include the password(s) in your portfolio. If a portfolio is not uploaded to the online application form by the deadline, the application will be rejected.

The intake committee will only evaluate the material displayed in the PDF-file. Links to external material (e.g. website) or video material will not be considered during the intake process.

The submitted portfolio will be used as the method demonstrating competence in both Phase I and Phase II of the selection process.

The lack of this application document will adversely affect the evaluation of your application.

Motivation letter

Write a motivation letter explaining your reasons for applying for this programme and your particular interest(s) in the field as well as your goals and expectations for the studies to be completed at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

Describe your strengths and interests, your vision of design, fashion, clothing and textiles aspects related to your work, and your creative goals. You should also include your study plan indicating your core interests.

The motivation letter should answer to the following questions:

1.Why do you want to study in the Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design MA programme at Aalto University?

2.What are you aiming to do after completing the master’s programme?

3.What is the role of the master’s programme for your professional development?

The maximum length of the letter of motivation is 4000 characters.

The lack of this application document will adversely affect the evaluation of your application.

Curriculum vitae

The application must include the applicant’s CV with personal data, educational background, work experience, exhibitions, publications and articles, awards and grants, study trips and positions of trust.

Lack of this application document will adversely affect the evaluation of your application.

Transcript(s) of records, degree certificate(s)

Eligible applicants for the programme have earned a Bachelor of Arts (Art and Design) or completed equivalent studies.

Lack of this application document will adversely affect the evaluation of your application.

Language of application documents

All the application documents should be submitted in English.

Read more about Fashion Clothing and Textile Design (FACT) community on their website

The application period is open until 4.1.2021 15:00 (UTC+2)

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