Textiles MA

UCA Farnham - 2020

Length of study:

One year full-time or two years part-time

Campus:

UCA Farnham

Start date:

September

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Entry year(s)

2020

Entry requirements:

Honours degree and/or relevant work experience

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Course overview

MA Textiles, based at UCA Farnham, is built around developing your individual research into textile art, culture, craft and design and will enable you to combine previous experience of textiles practice with a personal project.  

You’ll be encouraged and supported through the process of exploration, transformation through to resolution. Challenging your own conventions, you’ll innovate with materials, processes, techniques and ideas and emerge with a renewed sense of personal vision.

You'll benefit from our links with established artists and designers drawn from a UK and international cohort. Our team comprises eminent professors, visiting scholars, academics and associate lecturers, experienced practitioners, designer-makers, artists and researchers, who work in industry, produce commissions and who regularly exhibit and are published internationally.

The course programme includes opportunities for live working projects with established galleries. The content of lectures and seminars focuses on professional practice, including high profile guest speakers from art, craft, industry and design practices.

We curate our own Textile Collection, which provides our students with an enviable on-site archive of historical and contemporary material objects to study. Also located on our Farnham campus is the internationally renowned Crafts Study Centre, UCA’s purpose-built museum, research centre and gallery dedicated to crafts. We have a long list of alumni who set up as designer-makers and practice as textile artists and many work in education as academics and researchers.

 

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
    Through the development of critical reading, observation, handling and thinking deeply about projects, artefacts and contextual research, you’ll challenge and confirm your own practice.

    Exploratory Practice
    Through this unit, you’ll begin to develop your practice into a form of enquiry, with a questioning, analytical and interrogative approach to your work, enabling 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 Exploratory Practice.

    Although you won’t have yet concluded your research project, your work 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 and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2020 entry are:

    • UK and EU students full-time - £8,000
    • UK and EU students part-time - £4,000
    • International students full-time - £16,250 (standard fee)
    • International students full-time - £15,600 (full early payment fee)

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2020 entry.

    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.

  • Fee discounts and 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

As well as dedicated studio spaces we have - three, 9m long screen-printing tables; individual dyeing labs; materials exploration area; Indigo vat and rust dyeing space; chemical mixing rooms and finishing areas with industrial steamers, baking cabinet and heat presses; computerised and George Wood Dobby looms, Countermarch and table looms; industrial cone and skein winders and frames for finishing woven textiles; well stocked cloth and yarn shops; access to specialist facilities across the School of Craft and Design.

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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.

     

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If you are applying for more than one course in the UK please apply via UCAS, to apply direct to UCA please use the links below:

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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: internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892 960 or admissions@uca.ac.uk

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

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

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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