MA Knitwear (Design, Heritage and Production)


The Masters Programme approaches knitwear design from a creative, theoretical and technical viewpoint. The focus is on commercial relevance and innovation as well as production and materials.


Hear about the programme from our Assistant Professor and current students.

MA Knitwear (Design, Heritage and Production) is open to students from a fashion, textiles or fashion technology background, who wish to extend and focus their individual design skills. We aim to achieve a balance between taught material, acquisition of key skills with applied practical exploration and enquiry into current industry expectations.


Students on the Masters will evaluate traditional and contemporary knitwear design and production practices to inform their own designs. Industrial collaborations are core to the programme, including industry visits to many of the luxury knitwear mills in the area.

Located within the heart of the luxury knitwear industry. The Scottish Borders pioneered knitwear production and remains one of the most important manufacturing centres for luxury knitwear in the world, manufacturing for major brands including: Chanel, Prada, Hermes and Louis Vuitton.

The School of Textiles & Design boasts unrivalled, industry standard facilities unlike any other in the UK. The School is a leader in Knit Design with expertise in design, production and manufacture.

The School of Textiles & Design has long supplied leaders in knitwear and knitted textile design, with many rising to lead the design function in major brands such as All Saints, Banana Republic, Abercrombie & Fitch and Monsoon.

Working closely with industry gives our students insight and contacts for senior employment in Knitwear Design, and related specialist areas.


Head on over to Postgraduate Programmes for information on how to apply, and for full course details visit Knitwear (Design, Heritage and Production) MA.

For overseas students wishing to study at The School of Textiles & Design read our Study Abroad page.

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