Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors

MA - UCA Rochester - 2019

MA Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors offers a practice based, design led experience, which develops your creative vision and redefines your professional practice. You’ll be encouraged to push boundaries and challenge yourself - we'll provide you with the stimulating and supportive environment in which to do it. You’ll have the freedom to explore and combine traditional, handcrafted design and production techniques with the latest innovations in digital technology while researching the ever evolving materials and technologies. You can create diverse design solutions that span a variety of outcomes. 

Print for fashion covers: printed textiles collections for fashion, printed samples, experimental print pieces, printed garment prototypes, print design concepts or range plans, and printed fashion related products or accessories.

Print for interiors covers: printed furnishings, fashion led interior print concepts, one off printed textiles, installation or site specific works, printed product prototypes, floor and wall coverings as well as exterior print applications.

Situated within the internationally recognised School of Fashion at UCA Rochester, the MA Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors course offers you the opportunity for in-depth exploration and creative idea development in the specialist subject area of printed textiles for contemporary creative and fashion related industries.

This unique course offers you an exciting opportunity to make your creative vision a reality, master your skills, and develop new research methods - exploring innovative, relevant and sustainable solutions for fashion and textiles. Practice based research and theoretical research are integrated throughout the course. You'll develop an individual design philosophy and research methodology, along with the visual, creative and practical skills you need to work in contemporary practice.

You’ll be challenged to exceed your personal best, gaining in confidence and professionalism throughout the programme through critical debate, seminars, lectures, tutorials, visiting speakers, group critiques, market research and personal research.

A vibrant creative studio culture with your own individual workspace is designed to support the development of your research and practice, along with a programme of tutorials, lecturers, seminars and critiques. As part of this course, you'll be involved in professional practice, such as a live industry project brief, competition work, industry sponsorship or industry engagement activities. 

Length of study:

One year full-time or two years part-time

Campus:

UCA Rochester

Start month:

September

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Entry year(s):

2019

Entry requirements:

Honours degree, normally 2.1 or above, and/or relevant work experience

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Course details

  • Term 1

    Professional and Creative Practice

    This unit 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 practice. This unit aims to give you the confidence to become an independent reflective practitioner.

  • Term 2

    Innovation, Development and Interpretation

    This unit focuses on printed textiles experimentation with a broad range of materials, from fabrics and leather to wood, metal and plastics. You'll explore 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. Competition work and industry engagement opportunities continue the industry focus to stage two of the course.

  • Term 3

    Resolution and Presentation

    In this unit, 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 your practice and final professional portfolio through exhibition, website or competition work, showcasing diverse 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.

     

  • Fees

    Uncover all the costs involved, as well as the grants, loans and other financial support you may be entitled to.

  • Fee discounts & scholarships

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

Facilities

Our facilities include, printing tables, 130cm wide dye sublimation press, screen colour separation, making and preparation equipment, dye lab with fabric dying facilities, fabric pressure steamer and fabric finishing area. Our industry quality digital textiles resource area has three specialist printers; dedicated computer software provides a full range of dye chemistries for a wide variety of fabrics; CAD and laser cutting; extensive design, pattern and production studios with Gerber suite.

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Course connections

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

  • Industry links

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

    • Alexander McQueen
    • Peter Pilotto
    • Jonathan Saundrers
    • The Victoria & Albert Museum in London
    • WGSN
    • Erdem
    • Preen
    • Keeler Gordon.
  • Careers

    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
    • Eyefix International
    • 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
  • Research

    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

How to apply - 2019 entry

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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.

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

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

and/or

  • 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.

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

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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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