Fashion + Textiles

Key Facts


Programme Overview


MDes Fashion + Textiles. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.


Assessment methods include peer and staff review, as well ascourse work, essays, presentations and practical design projects. Formative assessments take place at key points through Stage 1, 2 and 3. Feedback will identify weaknesses to address and strengths to capitalise upon prior to summative assessment. Summative assessments occur at the end of each academic stage.

Studio-based with workshops for weave, print and dye knit, embroidery and CAD. Students in the department also have access to the Centre for Advanced Textiles (CAT) and digital jacquard weave.

Studios are open from 8.00am - 10.00pm weekdays, and 08.00am - 6.00pm weekends.
Workshops are supervised from 9.00 am - 5.00 pm weekdays.

Indicative Additional Costs
Individual departments levy material fees as indicated on this page. You should budget for each year of your programme of study and should allow for costs over and above your fees and maintenance, particularly if expensive materials or projects are chosen.

Programme Leader
Professor Jimmy Stephen-Cran

Dan Fradgley
Alan Gallacher
Julia Maclean-Evans

Programme Overview

The Master of Design 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/or textile graduates who wish to extend, develop and refine their design practice.

The programme welcomes two broad types of fashion design student, each of which has 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) 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.

Knitwear is considered a hybrid activity as the structure of the knitted cloth and the shape of the knitted garment are considered simultaneously. The emphasis might be on knitted structures or fully fashioning.

Students on the programme are required to specialise in a surface or silhouette approach in order to give focus to and strengthen their individual area of expertise.

Please read the MDes Fashion + Textiles Study Guide for further information.

We also recommend following the department on Facebook and Instagram to find out more about daily life as an F+T student at GSA, as well as hearing about our news, upcoming events and current projects.

•  Programme Padlet

•  Facebook: GSA Fashion+Textiles /// stuff to share ///

•  Instagram: gsafashiontextiles

Application Deadline Dates

Applications to this programme will be processed in three rounds: Standard 1; Standard 2 and Late. We guarantee to review all complete applications received by the Standard 1 deadline date of 28 January 2022. After this date, this programme can become full and close to applications in advance of the Standard 2 and Late rounds. Early application is therefore encouraged to avoid disappointment. Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place on the dates indicated below, please ensure you can be available.


Deadline to apply

Interviews taking place

Decision on application by

Standard 1

Friday 28 January 2022

Monday 21 February – Friday 4 March 2022

Friday 18 March 2022

Standard 2

Friday 18 March 2022

Monday 11 April – Friday 22 April 2022

Friday 29 April 2022


Friday 10 June 2022

Monday 4 July – Friday 8 July 2022

Friday 22 July 2022


Applicants must submit a completed application form and personal statement by 12:00 noon (GMT) on the deadline to apply date. Applicants should then submit their digital portfolio by 4:00pm (GMT) the same day. Submissions made after these times will automatically move to the next round unless the programme has closed to applications.

Application Guidance

Further guidance on applying to this programme can be accessed below:

Start an application on the How to Apply webpage. Online application forms for 2022 entry will be available from November. 


For more information you are welcome to contact Professor Jimmy Stephen-Cran, Programme Leader & Head of Department, or Julia Maclean-Evans, Design Process Lecturer,