Master in Innovative Textile Development

Course typeOKP, Master
Course sectorTextiles & Fashion
Course duration1,5 years
Starting dateSeptember 2019
DegreeMaster of Science (MSc.)
Tuition fee EU/EEA students € 2,060
Tuition fee(specification) € 8,900

The Master in Innovative Textile Development trains you to become an expert in textile innovation. The programme focuses on innovation and sustainability in textiles. With this it provides a unique master programme in the Netherlands and Western Europe.

What will you learn?

The textile industry must reinvigorate itself in order to survive and to keep up with the demands in today’s economy and society. Therefore, in this master programme you will acquire knowledge on new textile materials, such as composites, new applications and smart textiles, innovative products and state of the art techniques, such as 3D printing and digitalization. You will learn to develop new product-market combinations, new sustainable products and processes as well as new business concepts based on crossovers with other fields. For example: electronics, mechatronics, industrial product design and mechanical engineering.
You will also develop an enterprising and critical approach, with which you will be able to develop commercially viable products, applications and services. And what’s more: you will be the one who will manage the entire innovation process and lead the multidisciplinary team working on it.

After your graduation you will obtain your Master of Science (MSc) title.

For who?

The Master in Innovative Textile Development will be fit for you if you have a bachelor in fashion and textiles, but also if you have a bachelor of science in some other field.

Admission procedure and application

Applications must be submitted via Studielink. More information about the admission procedure and application can be found in this Admission procedure document (PDF) and in the Innovation Case Admission procedure document(PDF).

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.

Quarter 1 ECTS Quarter 2 ECTS
Project 1 9 Project 2 9
Textiles1 3 Textiles 1 3
  • Textiles Technology
  • Textile and Color Chemistry
  • Composites
  • Technical and Functional Textiles
Paper Technical Innovation 3 Paper Organisational Innovation 3
Quarter 3 ECTS Quarter 4 ECTS
Project 3 9 Project Living Technology 9
Textiles 3 3 Textiles 3 3
  • Digitalisation of Textiles production
  • Sustainable Textiles
  • Smart Textiles
  • Applied Textiles Sciences
Paper Sustainability 3 Paper International Management 3
Quarter 5 and 6 ECTS    
Master thesis project 30    


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.

Who can apply to this master?

Studenten master Innovative Textile DevelopmentTo 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 24, 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.

Industry needs

Innovative textile developmentThe 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.”

Study costs

Tuition fee for EU/EEA students € 2,060
Other costs for international EU/EEA students  
Tuition fee for students from outside EU/EEA € 8,900
Other costs for international students from outside EU/EEA  
Books: approximately € 750




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