Master Programme in Textile and Fashion Design, Specialisation in Textile Interaction Design

University of Borås
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus

About this program

Master Programme in Textile and Fashion Design, Specialisation in Textile Interaction Design

Want to educate yourself in fashion and textile design? Are you looking for an education that encourages an experimental and exploratory approach? Then the Master’s Programme in Fashion and Textile Design might be the education for you. In the school’s laboratories, you get the opportunity to test many of your design ideas.

Textiles can be responsive, adjustable and emergent, physical or digital and accordingly the design of them extends also into the field of textile interaction design. The Master's Programme in Textile and Fashion Design aims to further develop and deepen your artistic, technical, theoretical and reflective skills and abilities as textile/fashion designers.

To specialise in Textile Interaction Design is about exploring and developing textiles that behave and exist in relation to their surroundings, bodies, actions, humans, and other species, where questions and issues about textile interaction centered expressions are explored and developed from a wide range of perspectives – environmental, ethical, technical, cultural.

Admission requirements

Special eligibility to the programme requires an undergraduate degree in design consisting of 180 credits or the equivalent and the ability to conduct experimental investigative work and critical reflection. Furthermore, knowledge of English equivalent to English 6 is required.

Candidates register for a specialisation, i.e. Textile design, Textile interaction design, Fashion design or Performance wear. Application is conducted via and through the uploading of a portfolio with work samples, application projects, and a CV, see the below link. In the portfolio, the applicant's skills and abilities in the field of design should be clear and the application projects should provide a description of what the applicant wants to focus on during the Master's programme within the framework of the programme's project courses.

Assessment of eligibility and selection is made on artistic grounds and is based on the work samples in the portfolio, application projects, and interview. The first step is an assessment of the portfolio with respect to shown artistic creative ability, ability when it comes to experimental work, technical skill, and reflective ability. In the next step, some candidates are interviewed. Thereafter, a final assessment of eligibility and a ranking of applicants is conducted before acceptance.

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Program content

As a student here, you will have the opportunity to explore and develop a subject you choose yourself through a series of project-based courses. You will develop and introduce theoretical concepts through experimental and practical design development. The educational programme places great emphasis on artistic research work and encourages experimental, investigatory work that pushes the boundaries of the performance wear field.

In the first year, you will deepen your knowledge and skills in design methods and techniques as well as your ability to critically reflect upon and define ideas for exploration and development through design.

The last year is devoted to design research and degree project work, followed by elective courses that further prepare you for a career in the fashion design sector with its various actors or a career in academia with a focus on doctoral studies.

During the two years of the programme, you will also meet every week with fellow students and faculty members in design seminars that introduce and discuss a broad range of perspectives on design practice and research, from ethics to materiality, from art to business, that will help build your knowledge and skills for more complex interdisciplinary collaborations.

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarship options, please visit the university website. 

Program delivery

Society and collaboration

Borås and the surrounding Region Västra Götaland of Sweden are strong in textiles and clothing. That opens up for many different kinds of interesting opportunities for collaborations, learning, and experiences with business and research hubs as well as other type of actors in the sector. The Department of Design also coordinates and participates actively in several research and education networks internationally, offering exciting opportunities for collaboration in research and education. Moreover, the Swedish School of Textiles is also home to textile technology and textile business programmes at all study levels that, together, provide a platform for interdisciplinary perspectives and possible collaboration.


138 200 SEK first payment. 552 800 SEK full tuition fee EU / EEA citizens and exchange students are not required to pay fees. *

Continuing studies

After graduation, you have the opportunity to continue studying for a PhD.

Career paths

Graduates from the Master Programme with a Specialisation in Textile Interaction Design have moved on to national and international careers at companies such as Inuheat, IKEA, Ludvig Svensson, Dansens Hus, GöteborgsOperan and many more. Graduates have also become entrepreneurship or pursued careers with organisations and projects driving sustainable development within the field. Additionally, graduates have continued with their careers in academia, pursuing research degrees, thus driving research and development within the field.

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University of Borås

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University of Borås

Allégatan 1
501 90 Borås

Phone no: +464354000

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