Fashion Design (M.A.)


The Master's examination constitutes the professional qualification for the consecutive Master's degree course in fashion design. With the successful completion of the Master's examination, students have shown that they have an overview of the interrelationships of their subject, have the ability to apply and further develop scientific methods and findings, to take on complex development, planning, organisational and design tasks in the field of fashion, and are able to meet the demands of a constantly changing professional field in a competent and innovative manner and to take on management tasks.

The Master's degree qualifies for a subsequent doctorate. The doctorate enables students to deepen independently chosen areas of specialisation and to contribute to new research results in the field of design science.

Further Information

Structure of the study programme

In the Master's degree course in Fashion Design at the University of Applied Sciences Trier, the project-oriented, experimental study is in the foreground: the design process forms the structural framework for working on different, self-chosen topics. The entire design process is taught and accompanied from research and idea generation to presentation in the sense of experimental, non-standardised work on a high-quality media-supported, technological and scientific basis. Furthermore, this project study programme is characterised by an interdisciplinary combination with specific subjects from the fields of gemstone and jewellery, communication design, interior design, intermedia design and architecture.

Students have the opportunity to choose a focus from the modularized areas within their project topic, depending on their inclination:

Fashion science and fashion theory 
Representation and design/ fashion illustration
Three dimensional techniques
Sculptural design
Digital fashion design / 3D prototyping
Fashion Tech, Smart Textiles & Wearables
Market-oriented collection design & fashion marketing
to decide. 

Transdisciplinary priorities can also be set. In accordance with their self-chosen major field of study, students can choose from the wide range of courses offered by the Master's programmes in Design in consultation with the respective professors.

The Master's programme concludes with the Master's thesis.


Career Opportunities

The master's degree in fashion design offers numerous perspectives and opportunities. This advanced course of study prepares students to work independently and on their own initiative, as well as for managerial positions.

The fields of work lie in all areas of the fashion and clothing industry: fashion design (women's wear, men's wear, casual/sportswear, KiKO) as well as in the clothing industry. In addition, the degree course also qualifies students to work in related fields such as costume and accessory design, fashion consulting, merchandising, PR and advertising, fashion and product management, industrial design, product design or fashion journalism.

More about success stories of fashion students from Trier you´ll find here >

Workshops / Studios

The Design Department has a wide range of digital and analogue workshops. Many of them are almost always available to students 24/7:

  • Fashion ateliers
  • knitting studio
  • Computer pool and computer centre
  • Digital printing service
  • Clay-Lab
  • digital lab
  • 3D printing
  • Laser cutter
  • computer pool
  • Photo studio

own workstations depending on availability
Other workshops, such as metal construction or the carpentry workshop can be used within interdisciplinary projects. The workshop managers and subject teachers introduce the students to the workshops and the materials used. The students have the opportunity to get to know different techniques to realize their artistic and creative designs and concepts.


A wide range of contacts to external institutions, companies, universities and networks support this offer. In addition to the subject-specific orientation of the bachelor's programme, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity are regarded as indispensable components of the design process and are therefore consistently applied across the disciplines in the Design Department of the University of Applied Sciences Trier.

International Cooperation

he internationality of the fashion design course is reflected in the above-average proportion of student exchanges with international universities as well as in the practical phases of the students' curriculum. The fashion design department maintains numerous intensive contacts with partner universities abroad.


More about the numerous exchange programs can be found here>

Application and registration


1. Application for an interview ( CV, portfolio, letter of motivation)

2. Participation and passing of the interview, afterwards decision

3. Application for a place at university



For all questions concerning your application and the general admission requirements, please contact the Study Service:


Information for foreign applicants on the application procedure:


More questions about the Master program?

More questions about the Master program?

Please contact: Prof. Christian Bruns

Please direct questions about the MA program to: Prof. Christian Bruns

Everything at a glance

  • Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Standard period of study: 3 semesters
  • Start of studies: semi-annually, i.e. in the winter and summer semester
  • Number of ECTS points: 90 ECTS
  • Type of study: Full-time
  • Master's programme: consecutive, optionally application- or research-oriented
  • Target group: Graduates of a fashion design course or a comparable design course
  • Access requirements: Bachelor's or diploma degree from a university, master's exposé or letter of motivation and portfolio of papers, aptitude test.
  • A minimum language level of C1 in German is mandatory. Most courses and exams are held in German.



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