Bachelor in Fashion & Textile Technologies

Course typeBachelor
Course sectorTextiles & Fashion
Course duration4 years
Starting dateSeptember 2017
DegreeBachelor of Science
Tuition fee (EU/EEA students) € 2,006
Tuition fee (NON-EU students)(specification) € 7,800

Students Fashion & Textile Technologies, Saxion“The future of fashion is materials,” predicts trendwatcher Lidewij Edelkoort. And that’s exactly how Saxion’s bachelor degree in Fashion and Textile Technologies (FTT) sets itself apart from other textile and fashion courses! Our teaching staff of professionals from the fashion and textile industry, each of them passionate about materials, will give you a firm foundation for stimulating and rewarding roles in this international sector.

The Fashion and Textile Technologies degree programme

At the end of the Fashion and Textile Technologies degree you will be a textile expert (with a Bachelor of Science qualification), with a keen eye for sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR). You will learn all about textile materials, innovative production methods, putting together a collection, purchasing, selling and other aspects of business.

With your knowledge of products and materials you will crucially bridge the gap between designers, production and the market, forming the linchpin of the organisation. For interior designers or fashion designers, your specific knowledge and input will be indispensable. That’s what we call ‘co-creation’.

What will you learn?

The Bachelor of Science in Fashion and Textile Technologies offers you plenty of scope to discover and further develop your own talents, be they technical, creative or commercial ones. The degree programme starts by giving you a broad understanding of all the ins and outs of textiles. You subsequently sharpen your focus through your choice of minor, internship, Living Technology project and graduation assignment. Hence you can create your own portfolio, based on the following:

  • Materials: materials and production (technical)
  • Collections: product development and creating collections (creative)
  • Buying: business and market development (commercial)

Needless to say, if you’re an all-rounder with a broad range of interests you can also make crossovers. Whatever you choose, textile materials form the common thread running through this textile and fashion degree programme. Thanks to the knowledge you gain, many companies in the textile and fashion industry, both at home and abroad, will welcome you with open arms.

International opportunities

The fashion and textile industry is a very international one, that’s why the FTT degree programme is offered in English for students from all over the world. We also have an extensive international network. Whether you’re looking for an international internship, an exchange minor or a graduation assignment, we offer you plenty of choice with our partners all over the world! Studying in English alongside students of many different nationalities is the ideal preparation for a career abroad.

Fashion and Textile Technologies is much more than just a fashion degree. This unique and diverse bachelor degree programme is only available at Saxion in Enschede. Come along to the Open Day to find out more.

Taster day

Do you want to experience Fashion and Textile Technologies? FTT offers you the possibility of a taster day. A student will guide you. Together you will visit theoretical an practical classes in the field of materials, collection and buying. Please contact Ms. Florien Ticheler. She will give you the name of a student and together you will plan a suitable date for the taster day.

This four-year degree programme will turn you into a fashion and textile specialist. During your studies, you gain first-hand experience of working in the industry and you specialize by choosing a topic that is best-suited to your talents.

First and second years

In the first two years, you start by laying a broad foundation for the rest of your studies. You set to work on projects related to Buying, Materials and Collections and attend a wide range of lectures on topics including textile basics, business management and marketing. You also work on your linguistic and financial skills. Each term is dedicated to a particular theme: Into The Future, Purchasing, Collections or Materials Concepts.

Top Talent Programme

From the second year onwards, you can apply for the Saxion Top Talent Programme. This gives you the opportunity to further develop your talents in preparation for an easier and smoother transition to a research university. Keen to know more? Read all about it at Top Talent Programme.

Third and fourth years

In your third and fourth years you study your chosen topic of Buying, Materials or Collections in more depth by doing a minor plus spending five to six months as an intern. You also make a start on your
Living Technology project.

Catwalk Saxion Fashion and Textile Event 2017Your fourth year revolves around Living Technology, which means you learn how to successfully apply technological developments in your field in practice together with students from other Saxion degree programmes. 
In addition, all fourth-year fashion students organize the annual Fashion & Textile Event Saxion in the Wilminktheater in Enschede. Here you and your group will show your homemade fashion collection on the catwalk. Besides you’ll show video’s about the innovations that you have processed in the collections, For example: fruit leather or paint with rust. Have a look at the photo album of the Fashion & Textile Event Saxion 2017.
Your degree concludes with a graduation assignment.

A team of several enthusiastic lecturers, many of whom have worked in the textiles sector, will teach you using modern real-life business cases in a challenging and inspiring learning community with state-of-the art facilities. Lessons are held in a fantastic new building with lots of glass and light, providing a home base for around 700 enthusiastic Dutch and international students who are keen to immerse themselves in all aspects of today’s world of textiles.

The lecturers are very helpful in sharing their knowledge and experience, whilst encouraging your personal development as well. The course programme is varied, comprising a mix of lectures, seminars, practical sessions and projects, ensuring all the material covered is directly relevant to practical situations in the textiles business.

First of all you have to meet the general entry requirements. Besides that, the following applies to all students wanting to enrol in Textile Engineering and Management.

You should of course be interested in clothing and textiles. And on top of that you should be interested in different cultures, you have to speak English fluently and you should have the ambition to go global. Since you work in a trendy environment some trend awareness is necessary. In the clothing and textile industry you definitely need to have some commercial affinity.

The FTT certificate and the Bachelor of Science qualification is your ticket to applying for roles at national or international companies in the textile and apparel industry.

Careers for fashion and textile specialists

Fashion and Textile Technologies is a broad-based fashion and textile degree which opens up many different career avenues. As an FTT specialist, you have an understanding of the characteristics of all textile materials and you know exactly how you can use those materials in fashion and fabric applications.

As a graduate of Fashion and Textile Technologies you can set to work as, for example:

  • a buyer for a major fashion chain, such as H&M
  • a product developer at an interior design company;
  • a quality manager for a fashion brand;
  • or a materials engineer for a well-known apparel brand such as Nike.

Which companies could you work for?

As an FTT expert you can work in many different roles in the fashion and textile sector. It is also possible to start your own business, such as developing performance apparel for example.

Continuing your studies after the Fashion and Textile Technologies degree programme

Would you like to continue your studies after the Fashion and Textile Technologies degree programme? No problem! You can choose from various master programmes, including Saxion’s Master in Innovative Textile Development. It’s also possible to study for a master degree another European city, such as in Manchester or Aberdeen where you can choose a master programme specifically focused on the commercial, technical or creative aspects.

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