Fashion and textile design


Our research in fashion and textile design explores innovative design concepts, garments, textiles, materials, accessories and systems that respond to the current world through digital fabrication technologies, traditional processes and critical thinking.

Our expertise includes textile construction, fibre, yarn and new materials development, textiles coloration, surface design, sustainable fashion systems, fashion design strategies, pattern-making, garment production and fashion communication.


Careers in fashion and textile design

With a degree in textile or fashion design you’ll be well prepared for global careers in fashion, interiors, film, costume, product development and fashion communication, as well as postgraduate study. During your studies there are many opportunities to undertake internships, international field trips and study exchanges that will expand your awareness of the global fashion and textile industries.

Graduates can be found in diverse international companies like Nike (USA), Givenchy (Italy), Alexander McQueen (UK), and Gorman (Australia), or in local businesses like Kate Sylvester, Phil & Ted’s, Weta Workshop and Kowtow in New Zealand.

Graduates also pursue their own enterprise, or follow pathways in more traditional areas of woven, knitted or printed textile design, as well as following their passions into other creative fields like illustration, animation or jewellery design.

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3D Workshop

Students can access a number of workshops on campus, alongside technical staff who will introduce them to the equipment and assist them if required. The 3D Workshop has specialty spaces to explore materials, prototyping and manufacturing processes. This includes wood, plastics, engineering, resins/ casting, welding, sanding and spray booths, CNC (water jet cutter, laser cutters, mill, routers) through to wood and metal working machinery and hand tools.

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Dye, digital print and screen print

Students have access to the synthetic colouration and natural dye laboratory, which includes a dye vat and colour testing winch. There is also a digital sublimation printer for polyester fabrics and materials, and screen printing facility with 7m print tables.

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Fab Lab

Fab Lab Wgtn is Australasia’s first digital fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab) affiliated to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Fab Lab's capabilities include: A computer-controlled laser cutter; numerically-controlled milling machine; a sign cutter; a precision milling machine to make three-dimensional moulds; surface-mount circuit boards; and small 3D printers, for fast production of 3-dimensional forms.

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Fashion Workrooms

Students have access to extensive workrooms that include plain sewers, overlockers, industrial presses, buttonholers, bar tackers, knit and leather machinery. The expansive studios have large tables for pattern-making and cutting, and computer labs for digital pattern-making using CAD software, pattern digitising and plotting. There is space for students to set up their own working stations as they prepare final collections or presentations.

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Textiles construction studio

Our spacious textile weave and knit design and construction studio includes domestic single bed knitting machines, 8 shaft table looms, 16 and 32 shaft AVL floor looms, and a needle felting machine for felt and non-woven production.

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The Toystore offers a wide range of audiovisual equipment for design students to borrow, as well as access to large format printing and technical support.

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  • Hinemoa Hilliard Memorial Scholarship
  • Massey University Creative Arts International Excellence Scholarship

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