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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.


Master of Arts (Art and Design)

Application period:

1.12.2020 – 4.1.2021

Language of instruction:



2 years, full-time


Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Art and Design


120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Tuition fees:

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

The application period will open 1.12.2020 09:00 (UTC+2)

Scholarships and Tuition Fees

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 (

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


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

Will be updated during autumn 2020

Applying to master’s programmes

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The application period will open 1.12.2020 09:00 (UTC+2)

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