Our MA Textiles course is constructed around the development of individual research into textile culture, craft and design. It will enable you to combine previous experience of textiles practice with a personal project.

As a student on our course, you'll be encouraged and supported through the process of exploration, interrogation, transformation and resolution. You'll question your own conventions of making, challenge your own assumptions about your work, innovate with materials, processes, techniques and ideas, and emerge from the postgraduate experience with a renewed sense of personal vision.

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Length of study:

One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts:

September 2017

Campus:

UCA Farnham

Course overview:

Our course team are practising researchers, involved in a range of textile practices, exhibiting and publishing internationally, including Professor Simon Olding and Professor Lesley Millar MBE. You'll benefit from our links with established artists and designers drawn from an international cohort, studio-workshops and galleries, as well as with the Craft Study Centre. This is a purpose-built museum, research centre and gallery dedicated to crafts based at our Farnham campus.

On this course you'll be taught through tutorials, lecturers, seminars and critiques support the development of your research and practice. As part of the course you're expected to undertake some form of professional practice, such as a live brief, competition, application for a residency, funding or a work placement.

Course content - 2017 entry

You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first stage includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Theory and Analysis

    This focuses on challenging and confirming your practice. You'll achieve this through the development of critical reading, observation, handling and thinking deeply about products, craft artefacts, contextual research associated with your work and the field of enquiry surrounding it.

  • Exploratory Practice

    This unit focuses on beginning to develop your practice into a form of enquiry, a questioning, analytical and interrogative approach to your work that will enable you to become a self-sustaining reflective practitioner.

During stage two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Reflective Practice

    Reflective practice is one of the most important concepts for a creative practitioner. It enables you to become your own best critic, allowing you to develop and progress your practice independently. The work undertaken in this unit should begin to address the research questions you refined and explored in the Exploratory practice unit. Although you won't have yet concluded your research project, the work completed for this unit should be considerably more resolved and establish a clear line of enquiry - through materials, concept and context. You also have the opportunity to complete a period of professional practice during this unit.

In the third stage of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Major Project

    This is the culmination of your studies and will form an exposition of the central ideas and concepts developed throughout your course. As such, it should achieve a resolution to previous project units and demonstrate evidence of advanced conceptual, theoretical and technical capability over an extended period of self-directed study.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

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International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

As part of this course, you'll have access to well-established industry connections. These include:

  • The Crafts Council
  • Royal School of Needlework
  • Farnham Maltings
  • Selvedge Magazine
  • Nuno Corporation
  • The New Ashgate Gallery
  • Melin Tregwynt Woollen Mill.

Recent guest lecturers include:

  • Rachel Kelly, wallpaper designer
  • Yosi Anaya, textiles designer
  • Dr Jane Harris, textiles designer.

Our course will equip you with a host of valuable and transferable skills. Upon successful completion, you may decide to become self-employed, or forge a career within the craft and design industries. These offer a variety of career opportunities, including:

  • Freelance design professionals
  • Self-employed designer-makers
  • Textile designers
  • Public art practitioners
  • Textile conservationists and curators
  • Arts educators and teachers
  • Textile stylists
  • Fashion buyers and retailers
  • Gallery directors.

You may want to undertake further study or research to specialise even more.

How to apply - 2017 entry

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Entry requirements - 2017 entry:

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline

and/or

  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Your portfolio

For this course, we'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

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