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Master in Design, Technology and Innovation in Fashion

Facing a production system in crisis, the fashion world needs professionals who are capable of proposing innovative solutions in multidisciplinary environments that combine technology with art, design and creativity.

 

 

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Teaching period: From October 6th 2020 to June 2021. Final master's project presentation: June 2021
  • Schedule: Mondays to Thursdays from 15:45 to 18:45
  • Modality: On site
  • Language: Spanish
  • Price: 8.220 €
  • Qualification: Master's Degree in design, technology and innovation in fashion awarded by the UVic-UCC
  • Credits: 60 ECTS

Presentation

With a clear perspective of the future and an orientation towards new industrial and social trends, this master's degree provides a critical and constructive perspective of fashion, reconceiving it from its most sustainable aspects and its production systems.

The aim of the master’s degree is to encourage critical thinking, reconsider design roles by introducing innovative research methodologies that allow new futures in the fashion system to be proposed to guarantee economic viability, technological feasibility, environmental sustainability and social utility.  

Through a programme divided into five modules that combine theory and history of thought with technological innovation and practice, students will learn to consider fashion from different methodologies, implementing new forms of design and digital pattern making and applying the appropriate technology to their research projects.

This master's degree is targeted at all fashion professionals who want to refresh their methodologies and engage with new ways of working and considering the fashion of the future. It is also suitable for fashion students with a desire to carry out research projects that employ technology, and any designers from other fields who are interested in entering the fashion world.

Syllabus

Module 1 – Design for change

Module 2 – Digital systems for a new fashion paradigm 

Module 3 – Strategies, methodologies and research systems in fashion

Module 4 – Technologies and material innovations 

Module 5 – Prototyping and finishing resources. Master's Degree Final Project

Programme

Module 1 – Design for change 

Assisted by speculative design, new technologies applied to fashion and debates with sector professionals and specialists, the first module will prepare students for the shift that is about to occur in the fashion system.   

  • Speculative fashion design. A theoretical block that will introduce a future where fashion will be considered in a different way.
  • Fashion Future Laboratory. Debating the fashion system with specialists and professionals who will impart an understanding of the realities of the sector and the complex world of fashion; visualising strategies, methods and models of development that will validate our creative process.
  • Introduction to new technologies in fashion. Covering the possibilities that technology offers for innovation and change towards a new paradigm and more sustainable systems within the larger fashion system.

 

Module 2 – Digital systems for a new fashion paradigm 

Today’s fashion design programs and digital software provide access to tools that are sufficiently agile and flexible to redirect the production system chain towards a more creative and sustainable future. Customisable digital body modelling, direct design on the body using 3D simulation and new research systems in computer pattern making will revolutionise the way we envisage fashion creation, reduce time usage, broaden our design skills, and also allow us to embrace artistic research in digital contexts. 

  • Construction of the digital body. Flexibility, mutation and deconstruction. Open codes of production. Eco-couture
  • Dressing the body in a digital context with 3D design program CLO.4.0 
  • Art and digital media and how to research in digital environments and virtual realities
  • Connections with compatible formats of digital pattern making. Gerber software

    

Module 3 – Strategies, methodologies and research systems in fashion  

This module will contextualise fashion design, providing it with multidisciplinary tools and methodologies that are used in other fields, such as ethnography and social innovation, to create a design that is focused, real and connected with the user. Furthermore, extreme fashion design proposals will be analysed along with the way in which the market absorbs any idea of dissident design.

  • Ethnographic methodologies, field research and social innovation applied to fashion design
  • Management and promotion of innovation projects. Collaboration with ESADE through management simulations and business games
  • Creation, distribution and positioning
  • Theoretical block. Fashion activism – hacking fashion – disobedient design: dressing the body as a political statement.
  •  Interactive tools. Electronics, e-textiles, wearables, soft sensor, soft robotics, skin electronics.

 

Module 4 – Technologies and material innovations  

Fashion design can be approached from the perspective of working with materials, not only with smart textiles and those which are provided by technology, but as a material basis that requires contemporary design decisions which combine sustainable solutions, innovation and craftsmanship. We will experiment with uncommon materials by applying both digital and manual technologies in the creative process, which will help to link it to the environment. 

  • Sustainability. Upcycling 
  • Digital Manufacturing Modular systems, seamless laser-cut patterns, chainmail systems, structures and flexibles in 3D printing
  • Natural biomaterials and dyes
  • Conductive filaments
  • Thermosensitive material

 

Module 5 – Prototyping and finishing resources. Master's Degree Final Project

This last module will be developed through a manufacturing and prototyping laboratory, providing tools for the realisation of projects. In addition, a theoretical block on body, gender and diversity will introduce students to the current discussions and issues that are fundamental to the fashion of the future. The module will also work with art direction to attain a well-oriented aesthetic result that transforms the project into a professional visual proposal. 

  • Theoretical block on body, gender and diversity
  • Prototyping as a creator of new aesthetics. Garment finishes through the application of available technologies such as laser cutting, embedding or heat sealing 
  • Photography, visual communication and art direction

Career opportunities

  • Researcher.
  • Designers.
  • Fashion sector professionals.

Payment methods

Total cost of the course: 8.220 €

Payment methods

BAU, Design College of Barcelona offers different terms of payment:

  • Single payment: attracts a 3% discount
  • Part payment, in three installments:
    • 1st payment consisting of 40 % of the fees on enrollment
    • 2nd payment consisting of 30% of the fees before November 5th
    • 3rd payment consisting of 30 % of the fees before January 5th

Former students of BAU benefit from 10% discount on any of the courses. A former student of BAU is a student who, not being registered in the current academic year, has exceeded 50% of the credits for a Degree, Higher Degree in Design or the BAU Nit (BAU Evening); or 100% of the credits for any of the Master’s or Postgraduate degrees.

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