Textiles

MA - UCA Farnham - 2019

Our MA Textiles course is built around developing your 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.

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, as well as studio-workshops, galleries, and 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, lectures, seminars and critiques, supporting 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.

Length of study:

One year full-time or two years part-time

Campus:

UCA Farnham

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

    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.

    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, with a questioning, analytical and interrogative approach to your work that will enable you to become a self-sustaining reflective practitioner.

  • Term 2

    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.

    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.

  • Term 3

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

    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.

  • 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 Textiles facilities include, extensive weave workshops equipped with George Wood dobby looms, Countermarch looms, table looms and a computerised dobby loom. We have large-scale textile printing studios with traditional screen-printing tables and dedicated screen separation and preparation areas; separate dye and finishing labs for Weave and Print; cone winder and skein winder for preparing yarn; large scale tenter frame for stretching fabric; chemical room for dying fabric.

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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'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.
  • Careers

    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.
  • Further study

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

     

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.

International entry requirements

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements


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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