About the programme

MA Fashion, Clothing & Textiles strives to be brave. The new programme is built on the belief that profound change in and through fashion is needed.

Students are encouraged to engage in critical, innovative approaches to the practice of fashion, clothing and textile design both as a creative practice and a global industry.

Since 2016, KADK has been working with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Fashion, Clothing & Textiles aims to educate fashion and textile designers that are committed to exploring smart, alternative materials and methods in design as well as developing groundbreaking strategies for sustainable development. 

Responsible production and consumption lie at the core of the programme – from considerations on design for longevity, circularity, re-use/re-purpose, zero-waste, textiles to cultural, societal and gender issues and the creative development of form while still maintaining the artistic and innovative concepts. 

The master programme aims to:

  • Provide a stimulating study environment that enables artistic development, academic, strategic and critical thinking.
  • Instigate a critical approach, questioning existing standards.
  • Develop a sustainable mindset and understanding.
  • Develop detailed knowledge of design methods and theory combined with hands-on experiments, material and craftmanship.
  • Challenge to explore new technologies and new materials.
  • Provide in-depth analytical, reflective and communicative skills. 

Rooted in the tradition of Danish Design coupled with an international outlook, it is our aim to educate a new generation of fashion, clothing and textile designers with the skills and reflective mindset to effect real change.

Content and structure

The programme is predominantly projectbased supported by seminars, lectures, courses, “how-to-workshops”, one-to-one tutorials, plenerary discussions and critiques.

The four semesters are interlinked and require full participation from beginning to end. 

1st semester: Explore
General introduction to the field of sustainability, responsible production and consumption in the  fashion, clothing and textile industry. The semester focuses on identifying different pathways for the students based on informed knowledge, skills and competencies within fashion, clothing and textiles. 

In the first two weeks of the semester, students participate in a cross-disciplinary workshop together with all first year MA students at the Institute of Architecture and Design. 

The semester includes four one-week theory and practice based seminars introducing responsible design strategies and methods as well as programme specific theory including short individual assignments exploring different approaches and design methods for creating design projects. Students will be challenged to be methodical, reflective and able to critically explore the impact of fashion, clothing and textiles, and to position themselves within the field. 

The design project in the first semester will be based on the knowledge gained throughout the semester and the students will be required to link their individual pathways applying the relevant methods and theories.  The framework for the design project of the semester is body, space and material,aiming at unfolding analogue/digital technical skills as well as methods within fashion, clothing and textiles through artistic development, visualization and prototyping. In 2020 a studytrip framing the theme of the project will take place in the beginning of the project period. 

2nd semester: Develop
The knowledge, skills and competencies obtained during the first semester will be further developed during the second semester design project through case-studies. There will be a strong focus on in-depth research and analysis as well as experimental work and representation methods. Lectures and “how-to-workshops” will offer specific knowhow related to the project work. 

Mandatory career days and individual interviews aim to prepare the students for their professional life. 

3rd semester: Collaborate
As introduction to the theoretical thesis, three one-week theory and practice based seminars and workshops will address past, current and future perspectives within fashion, clothing and textiles followed by the theoreticial writing assignment. 

The final project of the semester will focus on investigating, experimenting and visualising possible concepts, strategies, prototypes and techniques for the final degree work, welcoming all types of media and formats to communicate the students’ ideas in the most effective way. 

4th semester: Define
Degree work and project report. Study trip to Premier Vision in the beginning of February 2021. 


The programme is taught in English.

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