Association address
School of the Arts
Loughborough University Loughborough
Association phone number
+ 44 (0)1509 228 935
Asssociation email address
Association website
The Association of Degree Courses in Fashion and Textiles (FTC) 

The Association of Fashion and Textile Courses (FTC) was formed in 1977. Today, the FTC exists as an organisation to promote and develop fashion and textiles through academic debate, education and research.

The Association, through its networks has extensive links with industry, public and professional bodies and acts to advise on quality in educational matters nationally and internationally.

The aims of the FTC are to:

  • Stimulate academic debate across the constituent elements of Fashion, Textiles and related areas, in order to main an informed and current overview of the sector;
  • Provide a forum for discussion, support and dissemination of learning and teaching, research, practice and scholarly activity for Fashion and Textiles;
  • Liaise with public and professional bodies to advise on quality educational matters and take a pro-active role in lobbying the interests of the sector.


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