The MDes in Fashion and Textiles at the Glasgow School of Art is an advanced skills postgraduate programme designed to meet the ambitions of motivated Fashion and Textile Graduates who wish to extend, develop and hone their individual 'design signature'.
The programme attracts and welcomes two different 'types' of Fashion Design Student each with a characteristically different approach.
One can broadly be described as 'Textile (or surface) led' with a design approach considered to be from the 'Textile-outwards'. The other can broadly be described as 'Silhouette (or shape) led' with a design approach considered to be from the 'Silhouette-inwards'.
Textile-led Fashion Designers are more concerned with the surface (print, embroidery, decoration) or structure (weave, knit) of the fabric in a garment and tend to think more in two dimensions when designing. Silhouette led designers are more concerned with the shape, cut, outline and construction of a garment and tend to think more in three dimensions when designing.
An everyday example might be the difference between an Arran jumper and a tailored jacket. In an Arran jumper (textile led) it is the decorative effect of the cables and the structure of the knit which 'leads' the garment. Also, the textile and garment are created and considered simultaneously. In a tailored jacket (silhouette led) it is the shape, cut, outline and construction which 'leads' the garment. Also, the textile and garment are created and considered separately.
A particular strength of the MDes programme is the interrelatedness of the practice and theory. All written work requires students to integrate reflections of their own design practice as a component part of any text.
The programme also connects to the research strategy of The Glasgow School of Art in its links with the Centre for Advanced Textiles (CAT) Research Centre.