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University of Sunderland

100% online MDes Design with Fashion Design

Dress for career success with an MDes Design with Fashion Design from a global university

Apply By 20 August 2024
To Start 3 September 2024
  • 180 credits
  • Complete within 24 months
  • £6,780 total fees
  • 5 star QS Teaching Rating (2023)

Why Sunderland?

  1. 100% online MDes within 24 months
  2. 5 star rating for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities*
  3. Top 50 UK University**
  4. 70% of university research rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’***
  5. 7th in the UK for social inclusion****
  6. £6,780 total fees, option to pay £565 per module
*QS World University Rankings 2023
**Guardian University Guide 2024
***Research Excellence Framework 2021
****The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

Make a statement with a career that will never go out of style

Careers in fashion combine art, aesthetics and versatility to support the creative world around what we wear. Put your business nous and artistic flair to good use in this exciting and enduring industry with the University of Sunderland’s 100% online MDes Design with Fashion Design.

This course is meticulously crafted to nurture highly skilled and ethically conscious designers who grasp the influential role of design in shaping society and the world.

Become immersed in the critical aspects of fashion design through a dynamic curriculum blending theoretical frameworks, historical contexts, practical exercises, and case studies, and develop the skills and acumen needed to critically analyse and creatively address design challenges.

A fusion of design theory and practice, your studies will be supported by specialised online tutors dedicated to your successful completion.

Designed for adaptability and global applicability, the course covers a diverse array of media, materials, techniques, and processes, so you can align your learning to your passions and career aspirations. Finally, you will be equipped with the technical proficiency and creative ingenuity, career-oriented mindset, and full understanding of the creative industries landscape needed to excel in the exciting world of fashion.

Fully flexible learning crafted to your needs

We’ve crafted our online courses to break down the barriers working professionals considering postgraduate study experience with 100% online learning that means you won’t have to attend campus to complete your studies.

You will study in our custom-built online learning platform and be able to access your course materials anywhere and anytime around day to day activities including your job, family appointments, sport and other recreational events and more.

Pick a pace that suits you from either full-time or part-time study methods and learn asynchronously for maximum flexibility.

Finally, we offer six intakes per year, so you can get your studies started within weeks of admission, unhindered by the traditional academic calendar.

What will you study?

Fashion design professionals contribute their work to positively impact society and the world. Through this course will gain a full understanding of this impact, as well as a systemic understanding of design knowledge and awareness of the current challenges and new insights of modern design practice.

As a graduate you will have gained a broad knowledge of the creative industries and can use this understanding to confidently recognise and pursue career paths as well as position, promote and assess the likely demand for your work as a creative.

Key knowledge and skills taught on this course:

  • How to generate creative ideas and apply them to design concepts
  • Develop creative brand awareness concepts using research
  • Ethical design issues including sustainability, inclusive design and social responsibility
  • A body of work showcasing original ideas, skills and knowledge application
  • Producing creative and technically advanced materials to generate paid work
  • Strategic design thinking and design leadership and management
  • Knowledge of smart fabrics, interactive garments and wearable electronics
  • Design, illustrate or represent fashion garments through digital means


The University of Sunderland’s experience teaching international students spans 40 years and our global reach extends across campus locations in Hong Kong, Sunderland and London, as well as links in the Caribbean, Greece, Kenya, Malaysia, Lanka, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tashkent and Vietnam. We champion the diversity of our online learners who benefit from a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds and graduate with truly global professional networks.

We have international students in all corners of the globe and a high percentage of our student cohort are distance learners. Our work in UK widening participation is also highly regarded and we have been awarded 7th in the UK for social inclusion (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024).

Our expertise, our cutting-edge technology and our vast experience delivering excellent online learning experiences to global students is key to what sets the University of Sunderland and our online MDes Design with Fashion Design apart.

Admission requirements

Applicants must be of age 19 and above and should have or be about to complete:
And have
  • At least a UK 2.2 honours undergraduate degree in a design or related subject (or international equivalent)
  • A third-class honours degree or an ordinary degree (without honours) in a design or related subject (or the UK equivalent) together with a minimum of 2 years appropriate work experience
  • The work experience must be at a graduate level, in a relevant field of design, which may include voluntary work, placements, internships, project management etc
  • Applicants who do not hold a recognised degree will be asked to provide evidence which demonstrates a minimum of three years’ relevant organisational experience
Software requirements for studying this course
    Students will need their own access to some software licenses. (The University could provide guidance with the students pricing)

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Microsoft 365
  • Clo3d (MDes Design with Fashion Design)
  • ToonBoom Essentials, Advanced or Premium (MDes Design with Animation Design)
  • Maya (MDes Design with Animation Design)
  • 3D Studio Max (MDes Design with Animation Design)
  • Maxon One Student (Cinema 4D, ZBrush, Red Giant, Red Shift, Capsules, Training, etc) (MDes Design with Graphic Design)


Total course fees
Per 15-credit module fee

If you are based in the UK, you may be eligible for a government-backed postgraduate loan to cover the full costs of the course.

In addition, if you have successfully completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Sunderland, you are eligible for a 10% tuition fees reduction on our postgraduate programmes.

You pay tuition fees for each module taken, either module-by-module or in full at the start of your course.

If you pay module-by-module, you will pay in instalments of £565.