Cimo Li, MA Printed Textiles, UCA Rochester

MA Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors

Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors MA

Course overview

Develop your creative vision and redefine yourself within the world of textiles on our MA Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors degree course 

From day one you’ll be part of the inspirational community within our internationally recognised School of Fashion, with its exciting postgraduate research culture.

You’ll be encouraged to push boundaries and challenge yourself intellectually and creatively – and we'll provide a stimulating and supportive environment in which to do just that. You’ll also have the freedom to explore and combine traditional, handcrafted design and production techniques with the latest innovations in digital technology, while researching a broad range of materials and technologies.

Print design for fashion spans textiles collections for fashion, samples, experimental textile pieces, garment prototypes, design concepts or range plans, and fashion-related products or accessories.

Print design for textile art and interiors includes fashion-led interior concepts, one-off textiles, installation or site-specific works, product prototypes, floor and wall coverings and exterior print applications.

As part of this course, you'll be involved in professional practice as you work on a live industry project brief, and take part in competitions and industry sponsorship or industry engagement activities – all of which set this programme apart.

The course also offers a unique series of industry guest lectures from some of the UK’s foremost print for fashion designers and colour consultants, whose clients include Dior, Vuitton Homme, Margiela, Topshop, Agi and Sam, Giles Deacon, and The Unseen. We also invite experts from research fields including sustainable fashion design and production, and offer opporunities to receive mentoring from specialists involved in maker development.

Please note, from September 2021 we will only be running this course as a full-time course and this course will be moving to UCA Epsom for 2022 entry.


Length of study 1 year full-time
Campus Rochester
Entry requirements Honours degree and/or relevant work experience
Course entry options Sept 2021
Course details

Course details

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

Professional and Creative Practice
This unit eases you into the course, and focuses on the development of your creative skills and redefining your professional practice. You’ll achieve this through an in-depth exploration of materials, techniques and processes. Experimentation with handcrafted design techniques, industry production methods, innovation in digital CAD and CAM applications are combined with advanced textiles printing and dyeing workshops. Live industry projects offer the opportunity to contextualise your practice.

Research and Creative Enquiry
This unit focuses on practice based research and materials and process exploration. You'll be challenged to adopt an analytical, enquiring approach to your research and to discover how this can inform and enrich your creative practice. This unit aims to give you the confidence to become an independent reflective practitioner.

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

Innovation, Development and Interpretation
Working on your own self-initiated brief, you’ll be encouraged to experiment with printed textiles through a broad range of materials, from fabrics and leather to wood, metal and plastics, exploring these as you address and redefine your research question. In response to your own reflections, you’ll develop a well-informed line of enquiry into a specialist topic emerging from your project proposal. Product prototyping or sampling, range planning and market research will be aligned to a market level appropriate for your work. Creative opportunities in the form of a work placement, and a chance to show at Graduate Fashion Week and New Designers continue the industry focus to stage two of the course

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

Resolution and Presentation
In this final stage of the course, you’ll be challenged to create a dynamic personal design philosophy through advanced conceptual thinking, exploring constantly evolving materials, technologies and processes. You’ll consider ways to exhibit and disseminate your practice and final professional portfolio through exhibition, website or competition work, showcasing a range of high quality design solutions for a diverse range of markets, disciplines and applications. Tutorials, workshops and seminars with your peers will continue to provide you with opportunities to present, reflect and refine your work.

Tuition fees
The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:

  • UK students full-time - £10,400

  • EU students full-time - £10,400 (see fee discount information)

  • International students full-time - £17,500 (standard fee)
  • International students full-time - £16,800 (full early payment fee)

The course fees for 2022 entry will be available here shortly. 

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2021 entry. The details for 2022 entry will be available here in due course.

Further information
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

To support our students and alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.

Course specifications

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.


Our excellent facilities include: textiles print room facility with a fully equipped dye lab, traditional screen printing tables, fabric processing and cloth dyeing; digital textiles resource area; digital textile printers; large and well-equipped pattern and production studios and workshops with industrial sewing machines, embroidery machines and specialist finishing machines.


Fashion Textiles studios, UCA Rochester


Digital Print studios, UCA Rochester


Fashion Textiles studios, UCA Rochester


Textile dye area, UCA Rochester

Course connections

Course connections

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

  • Faye McNulty
  • James Bosley
  • Kay Politowicz
  • Beatrice Mayfield
  • Zandra Rhodes
  • Jonathan Saunders
  • Eley Kishimoto
  • Westcott Studios
  • Maxine Sutton Textiles

From day one on the course you start to build a professional portfolio, exploring ways to externalise your practice and create an online presence and ways to present your work to industry. This can evolve through first-hand experience, industry engagement activities and internships, or through working with fashion studios and agents, buyers, shops, galleries and interior designers as well as exhibition, national competitions and online selling platforms. Fashion Textiles graduates from UCA Rochester have secured positions in many fashion and textiles companies including:

  • Jimmy Choo
  • Debenhams
  • Skinny Dip
  • Monsoon
  • Circleline Design
  • House of Fraser.

The wide range of career opportunities open to our graduates include:

  • Print design for clothes, fashion accessories and interiors
  • CAD design for printed textiles, fabrics and print products
  • Textile designers
  • Self-employed designer/makers
  • Public art practitioners
  • Arts educators and teachers
  • Fashion buyers and retailers
  • Freelance design/research and tend forecasting
  • Artist in residence

Our course provides an excellent platform for you to connect with your subject, or to further your teaching career at an advanced level. It also helps prepare you for progression to an MPhil or PhD.

The International Textiles Research Centre (ITRC), based at UCA, offers an exciting staff and student research culture developing collaborative relationships with major cultural institutions, networks, galleries and museums around the world.

The International Textile Research Centre

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree or equivalent qualification in the subject or a related discipline


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

Consideration will also be given to applicants who can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

For this course, you’ll be required to submit an online portfolio via your UCA Applicant Portal. Further information on how to compile and upload your portfolio will be provided once you have applied. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

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UK applications

International & EU applications

Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa.
If you have another category of visa please contact us: to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892838 or

When to apply:

You can apply throughout the year but we recommend you try and apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas, if required.

For more information visit our how to apply pages

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