Master in Innovative Textile Development

Course typeNFP, Master
Course sectorTextiles & Fashion
Course duration1,5 years
Starting dateSeptember 2017
DegreeMaster of Science (MSc.)
Tuition fee EU/EEA students € 2,006
Tuition fee(specification) € 8,900

Student master innovative textile development showing smart textileMaster in Innovative Textile Development

New in the Netherlands and Western Europe. Have you (nearly) finished your Bachelor of Science degree? In just 1.5 years in full-time education you can also obtain your Master of Science (MSc) title. The unique feature of this brand new master programme is a focus on innovation in textiles. Do you want to become a textile innovation expert? This master programme will provide you the tools!

The textile industry must reinvigorate itself in order to keep up with the demands in today’s economy and society. To ensure its survival, the sector will have to focus on new textile materials, products and applications, on crossovers with other fields such as electronics, mechatronics and mechanical engineering, and on new business models, production processes and techniques. So the programme is not only interesting for students with a bachelor of science in fashion and textiles, but also for student with a bachelor of science in some other fields.

What will you learn?

In this master programme, innovation and sustainability are closely intertwined. Innovations should contribute to a more sustainable supply chain and sustainable textile products. When you graduate, you will be optimally equipped to develop new product-market combinations, new products and processes as well as new business concepts. You will be an expert in innovation and textiles: both technical textiles and textiles for clothing.

With this master programme you develop a broad and deep knowledge of textile materials and crossovers, products and production and business processes. You learn not only about innovations but also how to manage the entire innovation process. Also, you develop an enterprising and critical approach, and you will be able to valorise your knowledge to develop commercially viable products, applications and services. Moreover, you are able to lead a multidisciplinary team in often complex and unique business situations.

Admission procedure and application

Applications must be submitted via Studielink. Please apply as soon as possible, before the 1st May. More information about the admission procedure and application can be found in this Admission procedure document (PDF 389KB).


Master programme

The duration of this master programme is 1.5 years. For the first full year, you will study within the School of Creative Technology. You will spend the final half year working on your master thesis project, e.g. externally at a company or within the Smart Functional Materials lectorate.


The first year is divided into 4 quarters of 10 weeks each. For each quarter, the student will be part of a project group of approximately 4 students. Each student will perform a different role in each of the 4 quarters. Each project is developed closely with a company, which acts as the client. At the end of the quarter the project team presents their product, process or concept to the expert team, which comprises the client, tutor, textiles lecturer and project lecturer. The projects focuses on:

Project 1: business and organisational skills such as commerce, entrepreneurship, research and communication.
Project 2: technical competencies like prototyping and testing as well as project work.
Project 3: design competencies like conceptualisation and design as well as project work.
Project 4: technical aspects such as analysing, prototyping and testing as well as professional competencies like responsibility.

Self-reflection and the ability to monitor developments in the chosen field of work will become increasingly important during the master programme.

Textiles theory

Each quarter will include coverage of textiles theory, some of which will form part of the project. All textiles theory will be tested in a written exam.


The student will write a paper based on a general theme. Within the general theme, each student can choose their own topic and specialise in their field of interest. The general subjects are: Technical Innovation, Organisational Innovation, Sustainability and International Management.


Textile materials in different coloursWho can apply to this master?

To be admitted to the Master in Innovative Textile Development programme you must hold a bachelor of science. A bachelor in Fashion and Textiles Technologies or a similar degree such as AMFI qualifies you for direct admission. If you have a bachelor of science in another field, supplemented by the transition course in textiles, you are also warmly welcome to apply. After all, with your knowledge of chemistry, chemical engineering, industrial product design, mechanical engineering, electrical & electronic engineering, mechatronics and suchlike, you are in a prime position to stimulate innovations in the textile industry and achieve crossovers with other sectors.


In addition, each student must meet the minimum language requirement for English: TOEFL 550 or IELTS 6. This is comparable with an English-language bachelor of science or a degree in Fashion and Textile Technologies from Saxion or AMFI.

Transition course in textiles

The transition course, for students with a bachelor of science in another field, amounts to a study load of approx. 100 hours and comprises a theoretical part and a practical part. You learn the theory at home, during an e-learning programme which includes online support from a lecturer. The practical part comprises a 3-day programme in our chemical and mechanical laboratory and our textiles studio, where you work on assignments that link the theory to practice. This 3-day session is held in Week 0, which is the week before the master programme gets underway.


The programme will start providing in September. The maximum number of students is set at 16, so places are limited.


After accepting your application the intake procedure will begin, comprising an assignment and an interview. For foreign students we can arrange an interview via Skype or Facetime. 

For more information please download the admission procedure which you can find in tab 1: Introduction.

Textile with smart functions embedded Industry needs

The Master in Innovative Textile Development has been developed in response to a clear need from within the industry. The programme provides thorough preparation for positions in the national/international business-to-business textile industry and in companies where crossovers with textile-based applications are important. After graduation, you can work in a wide variety of positions and roles in which innovation is important, such as Product Development Manager, Product Manager, Innovation Manager, Sustainability Manager or Business Development Manager.


The Master in Innovative Textile Development has been co-created in collaboration with the textile industry. Companies told us about their strong need for graduates at master level who are able to develop innovative materials, products, business models and production processes in a textiles context. Firms including Teijin Aramid BV, Vlisco Netherlands BV, DyeCoo Textile Systems B.V., SPG Prints Group and MODINT, trade association for the fashion, interior design, carpet and textile industry, have all helped to design the programme content. They all are very enthusiastic about the launch of this unique master.

Zaki Adda, Training and Development Coordinator at Vlisco: “Co-creation is essential. In order to survive we need to be involved.”

Monica López Lorenzo, Manager New Business Development at Teijin: “We need to co-create. The future of our business lies in working together.”

Jef Wintermans, Managing Director Economic and Technical Business at MODINT: “The master programme has the potential to make valuable contributions in terms of textile-industry innovations on the one hand and solutions to problems in other sectors, through innovation applications for textiles (crossovers), on the other. Hence the programme also clearly helps to achieve objectives in other top sectors, in particular in High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM) and the creative industry.”

Tuition fee for EU/EEA students:                         € 1,984

Tuition fee for students from outside EU/EEA:    € 8,900

Books: approximately                                           € 750

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