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The complete Masters (MSc) course in Technical Textiles enables you to develop a high level of understanding of modern technical textiles, preparing you for a career in the textile or related industries as a manager or researcher, or for an academic career. Read more

The complete Masters (MSc) course in Technical Textiles enables you to develop a high level of understanding of modern technical textiles, preparing you for a career in the textile or related industries as a manager or researcher, or for an academic career.

Graduates of this programme are expected to understand the whole process of converting fibrous materials into the end product and to be able to identify and analyse the appropriate material and production route for a specific end product. You will also have developed the expertise and skill to conduct quality evaluation of textile products.

The complete MSc programme is made up of taught course units and a research dissertation. The taught course units are delivered through a combination of lectures and practical laboratory work.

Special features

The Masters programme in Technical Textiles enables you to develop a high level of understanding of the advanced Technical Textiles sector, preparing you for a career in the textile or related industries as a manager or researcher, or for an academic career.

After successfully completing the programme, you will have gained a thorough grounding and understanding of the whole process of converting fibrous polymeric materials to the end product. This successful delivery to the Technical Textiles sector involves materials performance, Computer Aided Design (CAD), 2D/3D product design and specification, sustainability, effective supply chains and an understanding of diverse product sectors such as textile composites, protective wear, filtration, sportswear, medical textiles and the integration of electronics into textile structures.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed by a combination of exams and coursework. The coursework supports the development of your transferable skills such as literature review and report writing. You will complete your MSc programme with a dissertation project. Your dissertation is an opportunity to apply your learning on a five-month technical textiles project. It also enables you to further develop your knowledge and skill in your chosen field. Your choice of topic, in consultation with your personal tutor, will range in purpose from investigatory and problem-solving work, through studies of state-of-the-art technology and current practice, to experimental and analytical research.

Course unit details

 The taught units are:

  • Textile Materials and Performance Evaluation
  • Yarn Technology
  • Applied Manufacturing Processes
  • Advanced Manufacturing Techniques
  • Technical Textiles
  • Advanced Coloration and Performance Evaluation

Textile Materials and Performance Evaluation

This programme unit provides a wide range of topics in textile materials science, performance enhancement and testing that are fundamental for effective functioning in a technical capacity within any textiles or materials related organisation. 

  • Nature of man-made and natural fibres.
  • Characteristics of fabrics and fabric mechanical properties. Yarn and Nonwovens Technology
  • Principles and applications of KES-FB and FAST fabric evaluation systems. Comfort in garment microclimates.
  • Dimensional stability, surface modification techniques, oil/water repellency, waterproofing, coating, lamination, flame retardants and smart materials.
  • Microscopy and surface analysis.

Yarn and Nonwovens Technology

This programme unit introduces the technologies of producing yarns and nonwovens from staple fibres and continuous filaments and provides knowledge in the quality and quality control aspects of yarn production. 

  • Fibre preparation, ring and other modern spinning technologies, texturing, yarn quality control, fancy yarns, composite yarns and yarn preparation.
  • Nonwovens web forming technology including dry laying, air laying, wet laying, spun-bonding, melt-blowing. Nonwovens consolidation/bonding technologies; mechanical and chemical bonding; thermal bonding; applications of nonwoven products.

Applied Manufacturing Processes

This programme unit provides a working knowledge of the weaving, knitting and joining processes, types of machinery used, types of fabric structures and associated properties of the product fabrics.

  • Fundamentals of weaving. Shuttle and shuttleless looms; multi-phase weaving machines and other modern developments in weaving technology; warp preparation; technical weaving and braiding.
  • Classification and analysis of knitting techniques and knitting cycles; patterning and shaping; flat bed, circular, Tricot and Raschel knitting machines; modern knitting techniques; cycle of high-speed circular knitting machines; machine performance; yarn performance and properties in knitting; quality and the dimensions stability of the fabric.
  • Fabric joining techniques.

Fundamental Technology and Concepts for Industrial Manufacture

This programme unit provides a working knowledge of concepts of `production for profit', `economy of scale', the importance of the Supply Chain in Textile manufacturing, the importance of pre-competitive research, Design of Experiments(DoE), prototyping and technology transfer and the basics concepts of textile engineering & machine mechanics.

  • The fundamentals of engineering & machine mechanics in order to deal with the Technical Textiles end users in Aerospace, Automotive and other industries, sustainability and recycling issues in manufacturing and design.
  • The nature of the global traditional and technical textiles industry and concepts relating to successful manufacturing and supply chain. Nature of engineering & chemical industry as opposed to the textile industry. Certification requirements (e.g. Aerospace, Automotive, Healthcare, Sportswear), product development in real industrial context, Design of Experiments, quality & inspection, product lifecycles, Sustainable Design. The nature of the research and production environment, individual and team R&D activities.

Technical Textiles - Industrial Applications

This programme unit introduces industrial applications for technical textiles and covers the production and application of textile composites, architectural textiles, geotextiles, automotive textiles, and industrial filtration.

  • Composites: Basic concepts, classification, manufacturing techniques-from fibre to composite, textile composites, composite applications, reuse & recycling; geotextiles: basic classification, main functions of a geotextiles, applications; Architectural textiles, concepts of tensegrity structures.
  • Automotive Textiles: requirements on automotive textiles including tyre cords, air bags, seat belts and seat fabrics, carpets, trims.
  • Principles of filtration, industrial filtration in textile, chemical, food and metallurgical applications.

Technical Textiles - Personal Environment

This programme unit introduces the production and use of technical textiles in human related areas including medical, smart, protective, sportswear, space applications.

  • Medical textile materials and structures; application of compression bandage technology for medical care; integrating electronic sensors into medical textiles; knitted electro-textiles.
  • Protective Textiles: Bullet proof, stab proof vests. Impact protection: impact mechanism and cellular textile composites. Ballistics and body armour.
  • Technical clothing, sportswear, spacewear, sailing equipment.
  • Medical and Smart Textiles

Accrediting organisations

Accredited by the Institute of Minerals, Materials and Mining (IOM 3 ) as meeting the Further Learning requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.



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The textiles industry is continually evolving. Developing new products that meet the needs of a changing market demands a combination of technology and design technology. Read more

The textiles industry is continually evolving. Developing new products that meet the needs of a changing market demands a combination of technology and design technology. This programme will give you access to the latest developments across the textile industry to equip you for these challenges.

You’ll receive training in key skills including laboratory practice, problem solving, and reasoning, and you’ll undertake a substantial research dissertation. In addition, you’ll have the chance to specialise in either textile technology or textile design technology, depending on your own interests and career plans. A variety of optional modules will also give you the chance to learn about topics such as medical textiles, or fashion and sustainability.

Taught by experts in one of the UK’s major hubs for textile research, this programme will help you gain the specialist knowledge and skills to build a career in a fast-paced and challenging industry.

We have plenty of facilities to help you make the most of your time at Leeds, including well-equipped laboratories and purpose-built computer clusters so you can build your skills on both PC and Mac.

Accreditation

The course is accredited by the Society of Dyers and Colourists as being equivalent to its ASDC examinations leading to Chartered Colourist (CCol) status. It is also accredited by The Textile Institute at Associate level (CText ATI), this demonstrates a good broad knowledge of textiles and its application, and allows you to apply for Licentiateship (LTI) upon graduation, and Associateship (CText ATI) after one year in industry.

Course content

Everyone studies the same compulsory modules throughout the programme, which allow you to become a confident researcher and give you experience of practical lab work in Semester 2. You’ll apply the knowledge and skills that you have gained throughout the course to a substantial piece of independent research, which you’ll submit by the end of the programme in September.

You’ll also have the chance to specialise in the aspects of textiles that interest you by selecting the appropriate pathway.

Textile Design Technology pathway

In the modules on this pathway you’ll learn how to view technology through the eyes of both the designer and the technologist. You’ll gain understanding of how to manipulate technology to design and produce new products and how to maintain and/or improve the desirability of current products.

Textile Technology pathway

You will gain in-depth knowledge of advanced textile technology, textile processes and quality management together with the science, technology and testing of functional textile materials, product development, coloration and finishing processes, medical textiles, nonwovens and performance clothing.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Research Dissertation 60 credits
  • Laboratory Practicals and Case Studies 30 credits

Optional modules

  • Sustainability and Fashion 15 credits
  • Textile Design Technology 15 credits
  • Colour and the Design Process for Textiles 15 credits
  • Digital Printing 15 credits
  • Textile technology including nonwovens 15 credits
  • Coloration and Finishing Technology 15 credits
  • Technical Textiles 15 credits
  • Textiles in Medical Devices and Healthcare Products 15 credits
  • Textile Consultancy and Management 15 credits
  • Textile Product Design, Innovation and Development 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Textiles MSc Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Textiles MSc Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use various teaching and learning methods, including practicals, lectures, seminars and tutorials. Independent study is also vital to this degree, allowing you to develop your skills and prepare for taught sessions so you can make the most of them.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed by a range of methods including essays and exams as well as practical and project work, reports, literature reviews and presentations.

Career opportunities

This degree is designed to equip you with a wide range of knowledge and skills to succeed in careers such as textile management, technical consultancy, and education and training. You’ll also be well prepared to continue with academic research in textiles at PhD level.

If you take the Textile Design Technology pathway, you could work in the industry as designers or in areas, which need an understanding of technology and design e.g. buying, textile product development for apparel, and in various third party testing houses. Moreover, you could work in various textile industries in managerial positions including the retail and supply chain management with major clothing companies and their suppliers.

The Textile Technology pathway will allow you to gain the skills to pursue a career in any of the following fields: technical consultancy; education and training; and academic research in technical textiles. You may also be employed as a product development technologist in specialist fields such as medical textiles, geotextiles and civil engineering materials, aerospace and transport engineering materials, and sport and performance clothing.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.



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Textile Conservation is a multidisciplinary subject which combines academic knowledge with cultural awareness, aesthetic sensitivity and technical skill. Read more

Textile Conservation is a multidisciplinary subject which combines academic knowledge with cultural awareness, aesthetic sensitivity and technical skill. This MPhil is both an academic programme and professional training; it will give you a framework of theoretical knowledge and a range of practical experience which will enable you to contribute to the understanding and preservation of culturally significant textile artefacts.

Why this programme

  • If you are looking to enter a career in textile conservation practice in a museum or other institution, or to pursue doctoral-level research in this field, this programme is designed for you.
  • You will take part in a project-based work placement, where you can explore a possible future career while meeting professional practitioners and developing your skills and experience.
  • You will be based in our specialist conservation laboratories. The facilities include workrooms, a wet lab, dye lab, chemistry lab and well-equipped analytical lab.
  • You will benefit from our close links with Glasgow Museums, as well as the University’s own Hunterian Museum. Glasgow’s civic and university collections are some of the richest and most diverse in Europe and are of international standing. You will have the opportunity to draw on the museums’ rich and varied textile collections.
  • This is the only programme of its kind in the UK, and one of only a few specialist textile conservation programmes in the world.
  • You will be taught by visiting specialists from local and national museums in Scotland and the wider UK.

Programme structure

You will take core courses over two semesters in each year, with a work placement in the summer between the first and second years. You will write up your dissertation over the second summer and submit it at the end of August.

The core courses will develop an understanding of

  • the practical skills used in textile conservation
  • related practical skills including dyeing and photography
  • the science underpinning textile deterioration and conservation treatments
  • preventive conservation techniques
  • the technological, cultural, historic and aesthetic contexts of textile artefacts
  • the place of conservation in the wider cultural sector.

Core courses

Year 1

  • Research methods in practice
  • Principles and practice: core skills and ethics
  • Understanding textiles: technology
  • Principles and practice: developing skills
  • Preventive conservation
  • Material cultures
  • Placement

Year 2

  • Principles and practice: advanced skills
  • Conservation in practice
  • Deconstructing the artefact 
  • Principles and practice: conservation projects
  • Professional development
  • Research management
  • Dissertation

Career prospects

The programme is at career-entry level and graduates are qualified to go on to a post-training internship or directly into the workplace as a textile conservator in a museum or other institution around the world, as well as to undertake further study at PhD level.

The great majority of graduates of this programme and of its predecessor, the Textile Conservation Centre’s MA Textile Conservation programme, now work in museums and other institutions. Graduates of the two programmes have an outstanding record of employment on graduation and of remaining in the sector. They now work in nearly 30 countries and are in senior positions worldwide.

MPhil graduates have been awarded Mellon Fellowships at Denver Art Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Institution in the USA.

In the UK, others work for:

  • National Museums Scotland
  • Historic Royal Palaces
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum 
  • The National Maritime Museum
  • Freelance conservators

Graduates also work in museums in Singapore, Japan, Qatar, the USA, Canada and other countries around the world.

However, it is worth noting that many graduates go on to short-term contract posts initially. It is easier to find a textile conservation post if you are able to be flexible in terms of location.



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Create beautiful, innovative textiles and gain the skills you’ll need for a successful career in textile design, guided by industry experts and supported by unrivalled facilities. Read more

Create beautiful, innovative textiles and gain the skills you’ll need for a successful career in textile design, guided by industry experts and supported by unrivalled facilities.

Introducing your course

The MA Textile Design programme will encourage you to be experimental, to stretch the boundaries and focus on taking your textile design skills to the next level. Taught by industry-experienced tutors and supported by our dedicated technicians, you’ll learn techniques such as print, embroidery and Devore, with access to superb facilities including traditional print rooms, laser cutting, dye labs, illustration and mac suites. Alongside thisyou’ll gain the contextual knowledge and critical research skillsthat will underpin your work through core topics such as sketchbook development, visual and market research and considerations of sustainability. Our staff are committed to helping you realise your own creative ideas and you will develop the ability to inquire into and reflect on contemporary life; whether your interests lie in textiles for fashion, interior design or as a medium for art pieces, you’ll receive plenty of individual support.

The programme includes extensive industry exposure through guest lectures, live project briefs and visits to trade events, and staff will work closely with you to help you develop your individual strengths and enhance your employability. Using their industry connections, tutors can also facilitate internship opportunities with leading fashion and textile companies and the opportunity to showcase your work in Winchester and London. 

You’ll graduate with a portfolio that demonstrates your creative talents and technical accomplishments, as well as the industry-specific knowledge that will enable you to pursue a successful career in textile design.

Overview

Whether you are a recent graduate or want to refocus your career, the MA Textile Design programme will allow you to develop your creative design skills and apply them to a range of textile media within a robust academic framework. As part of a well-respected Russell Group university, we place a strong emphasis on research across our programmes. As well as honing your technical skills, you’ll be encouraged to explore the ideas and issues that have shaped textile design and contemporary issuesthat influence the industry, rooting your studio work in a conceptual context.

In addition, you’ll be able to access lectures and conferences run by the School’s renowned research and special interest groups, such as the Winchester Luxury Research GroupIn The Loop and the Fashion and Sustainability Forum.

A relatively small intake means you’ll get plenty of individual attention from your tutors, and you’ll develop friendships and contacts among your peer group that will be invaluable as your career progresses. You’ll be co-located with MA Fashion Design students in a creative studio atmosphere where students can share ideas and draw inspiration from one another’s work.

Click here to download the full Programme Specification.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to pursue a broad variety of careers such as designing for textile design agencies, becoming in-house designers for design houses or suppliers, or greeting card design. Past students have also set up their own design labels, have become design tutors or continued their studies at PhD level.



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Germany is the primary location in researching and developing new technologies in mechanical engineering industries and textile production worldwide. Read more

Germany is the primary location in researching and developing new technologies in mechanical engineering industries and textile production worldwide. Germany is also one of the biggest producers of technical textiles.

RWTH Aachen's Textile Engineering department (ITA) has frequently been honored for their innovations and leading position in the area of textile engineering, for example, it won the Techtextil Innovation Award 2015. M.Sc. Textile Engineering at RWTH Aachen University offers an interdisciplinary curriculum drawing on diverse science and engineering principles.

In this program you will learn about the latest developments in textile technology in a wide range of subjects covering high-performance fibers, 3D textiles and new processes and machines to manufacture textile products. In 2015, the program was accredited by ASIIN e.V. as well as by the Textile Institute.

Our Engineering graduates...

  • work at companies such as Anvis, BASF, Continental, Fiat, Ford, Kautex, Liebherr, Rolls Royce, Toyota and Volkswagen
  • are very successful on the job market: half of our graduates find employment within a month of graduating and two thirds within three months
  • increase their salary by more than 50% (about 40 %)

An RWTH textile engineer is someone who...

  • develops new machines to manufacture textile products
  • develops nano-composite materials for high-performance textiles
  • invents new fiber-reinforced plastic materials for application in aeronautics or car racing such as Formula 1
  • develops advanced polymer blend technology for product improvements in textiles and composites
  • improves and develops innovative methods in production of fibre-reinforced plastic materials
  • designs smart fibers which are able to monitor vital signs to support more independence to those with cardiovascular disease treatment

...to make a difference. Is this you?



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The MA in Fashion Textile Practices aims to cover a vastly changing environment. As a broad subject area this course allows you to explore a varied range of fashion and textile directions. Read more
The MA in Fashion Textile Practices aims to cover a vastly changing environment. As a broad subject area this course allows you to explore a varied range of fashion and textile directions. It offers continuing or recent graduates opportunities to enhance their knowledge, skills, creativity and employment prospects, through imaginative enquiry into different fashion, textile and surface platforms and processes.
Our MA in Fashion Textile Practices aims to combine advanced creative, aesthetic and technical design skills. You will normally have a degree in a related subject (Fashion Design, Textile or Surface Design, Textile Crafts), may be seeking to develop fresh approaches to your subject (creative pattern cutting, design for fashion, interiors or exterior architectural surfaces, future materials, 3D printed textiles or surfaces, advancing your weave, embroidery, knit or print skills, or textile art), or may wish to build your portfolio for fashion, textile or surface roles in industry in the future. A portfolio of work or ideas is required for subject entry.

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The Masters in Dress & Textile Histories provides you with the skills to research and interpret the history of dress and textiles. Read more

The Masters in Dress & Textile Histories provides you with the skills to research and interpret the history of dress and textiles. Drawing on the knowledge of interdisciplinary academic and curatorial experts, the programme combines taught and research components based on a combination of theoretical and object based approaches. Working with museum collections, archives and historic interiors you will also be given a unique insight into the curation, interpretation and preservation of historic dress and textile collections.

Why this programme

  • The programme provides you with a unique opportunity within the UK to study historic dress and textiles, enabling you to develop knowledge and understanding of theory and practice in dress and textile histories in a critical and/or historical context
  • Scotland has a rich textile heritage and Glasgow is the ideal city in which to study dress and textile history, as there are internationally significant object and archival collections in the city and close by, including the National Museums Scotland, Paisley Museum and Art Gallery, and the Scottish Business Archives at the University of Glasgow.
  • You will have privileged access to primary source material, objects and archives, including at the University of Glasgow’s Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery and Glasgow Museums.   
  • The work placement option will enable you to develop your professional expertise within the heritage sector.

Programme structure

The taught component consists of three core courses and three optional courses running over two semesters. This is followed by a period of supervised research and writing of a dissertation.

A number of study visits are built into the programme, introducing important local collections.

Teaching is delivered by a combination of in-house specialist and visiting scholars and experts. The lectures are enhanced by seminar discussions, some based in museums and galleries, giving you the opportunity to present your ideas and discuss them with classmates in a supportive yet challenging environment. 

Core courses

  • Framing Dress and Textile Histories
  • Research Methods in Practice
  • Museums and the Making of Dress and Textile Histories

Optional courses

  • The Birth of Modern Fashion? Textiles and Dress, 1680 - 1815
  • Understanding Textiles
  • Victorian Visions: Dress and Textiles c.1837-1901
  • Material Cultures

You may also choose from the following options run by History of Art:

  • Work placement
  • Independent study

Or from the following options in the College of Arts:

  • A Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institution (HATII) course : 2D Digitisation (Theory and Practice)
  • A course from elsewhere in the College of Arts, subject to the approval of the programme convenor.

Study trip

These courses are supported by a self-funded four day study trip in semester 2. Previous trips have included Manchester (2012), Leeds (2013) and London (2014-16).

Dissertation

Submitted at the end of August, the dissertation (or other substantial piece of work) encourages independent work and the application of acquired research skills. It is expected that MLitt dissertations should make a contribution to some aspect of the subject. The dissertation is 15,000 words in length (including footnotes but excluding bibliography) and will be an in-depth critical exploration on a topic chosen in consultation with the tutors and the programme convenor.

Career prospects

The attributes you gain will be attractive to employers from museums, the heritage sector, art dealers and auction houses. You could also get into theatre, film and television production as a costume researcher/designer. The programme also offers an excellent foundation upon which to progress to PhD studies and an academic career.



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Primarily vocational and practical, the course caters for those with career interests in contemporary textile design. The course helps students to strengthen personal creativity, design and style by taking a professional approach to textile design. Read more

Summary

Primarily vocational and practical, the course caters for those with career interests in contemporary textile design.

The course helps students to strengthen personal creativity, design and style by taking a professional approach to textile design. Students will explore major issues linked to textile design and benefit from a unified programme and work alongside textile, fashion and surface designers.

Learning will be based around studio and workshop practice, with personal programmes of study and joint lecture and seminar programmes. Art, craft and design interpretations of the disciplines are all supported and our highly experienced course team recognise the importance of having a personal and distinctive approach to your work and study. There are also ample opportunities to collaborate, exchange ideas and broaden your perspective.

Learning through studio and workshop practice, students will also benefit from our close connections with manufacturers, and get to experiment with a wide range of materials to create new and innovative products.

Modules

Modules include: Portfolio 1; Lecture and Seminar programme; Research Strategy; Portfolio 2, Portfolio 3 or Dissertation.

Assessment

The programme includes a mixture of practical projects and written work; students develop a portfolio of work that showcases students' abilities and ideas and is executed and managed in a professional manner; at each stage students also write reflective reports that encourage student to develop a critical and contextual framework within which to understand their practice and future career choices; students are assessed using a mixture of tutorial reviews, project work submissions and oral exams.

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Combining creativity, craft skills and technological innovation, our MA Textile Design Masters degree course will develop and refine your expert knowledge of textile design. Read more

Combining creativity, craft skills and technological innovation, our MA Textile Design Masters degree course will develop and refine your expert knowledge of textile design.

You’ll work at the forefront of the discipline, embracing the latest digital and technological advancements while developing a clear understanding of the market and the commercial potential of your work.

You’ll be encouraged to push your imagination and stretch the boundaries of the discipline through creative use of materials, processes and concepts.

Course tutors and workshop technicians teaching on this postgraduate course are also practitioners, with extensive and diverse experience in areas including digital textile production, CAD for repeat design, laser cutting, illustration, dye and weave. The breadth and depth of their knowledge will benefit you as you experiment and develop your practice through exhibitions and national competitions.

Tutorials and practice-based projects are designed to encourage debate and reflection on the environmental, ethical and social impact of textile design.

Guest speakers from industry will support your professional development and give you greater understanding of the range of pathways for practising designers in a rapidly evolving sector.



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Why study this course?. The research-led Textile Design MA addresses the needs of graduates from textile design and related discipline backgrounds, or those who wish to collaborate with professionals in the field. Read more

Why study this course?

The research-led Textile Design MA addresses the needs of graduates from textile design and related discipline backgrounds, or those who wish to collaborate with professionals in the field. MA Textile Design is one of several postgraduate design courses that co-exist at the Cass, offering rich opportunities for the collaborative multidisciplinary approach that is a feature of the current and future design sector and a requirement for success in the field.

More about this course

The course is grounded in the understanding that design is a key driver for change in society and the environment. However, traditional roles in design are increasingly blurred and designers need to be able to negotiate complex and ambiguous problems. This means that the challenges and opportunities for design and designers are being constantly reimagined, as the unpredictability of the future tests our capacity to adapt, invent and apply creative design solutions to emerging needs.

Graduates of this course will challenge conventional ideas of what textiles are, and will design textiles and textile products that have not yet been conceptualised.



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Interweaving Theory and Practice. In the two-year, 60-credit full-time MFA Textiles program, you develop a critical understanding of textiles’ sociocultural, environmental, and emotional dimensions throughout human history and into our future. Read more

Interweaving Theory and Practice

In the two-year, 60-credit full-time MFA Textiles program, you develop a critical understanding of textiles’ sociocultural, environmental, and emotional dimensions throughout human history and into our future. You explore the potential to unite craft with innovative high-tech and bio-tech production. In studio courses, you develop skills in essential fabric-making techniques, such as fiber development and innovation, yarn sourcing and making, weaving and jacquard technology, knitting, pattern design, and textile embellishments. You refine your personal aesthetic sensibilities and understanding of sustainable practices on-site in NYC textile studios and design ateliers, deepening collaborative and conceptual abilities in weaving, dyeing, knitting, and printing. Instruction in business best practices is integrated into each aspect of the curriculum, bringing economic and conceptual real-world skills into the studio.

Cross-Disciplinary by Design

Your study in the MFA Textiles program is interdisciplinary by design. Coursework connects fields including art, architecture, interior and industrial design, as well as fashion and autonomous design. The curriculum unites concerns ranging from human dignity to environmental sustainability to social justice. Accordingly, the program welcomes applicants from various backgrounds in textile research and making related to the liberal arts as well as creative disciplines including fashion design, interior design, product design, fine arts, and architecture. The goal is to create a diverse textiles community committed to expanding the field and integrating the high-tech innovations of Silicon Valley with local craft techniques developed in the Hudson Valley. Your study prepares you for a future in which smart textiles play many roles, collecting and transmitting data in a variety of products, including domestic goods and woven technology.

Join the Critical Conversation

Textiles are integral to a diverse array of institutions and industries — from fashion design, interior design, and scenic design to ubiquitous computing, automotive design, acoustic design, and health. At the same time, textiles fulfill the desire for tactile stimulation that accompanies the recent rise in digital and virtual culture. In the MFA Textiles program, you explore these dynamics creatively and reflectively, dissolving the boundaries between technology and craft, in keeping with contemporary practice. In the process, you take an active role in textile cultures and industries, preparing to reimagine textile mills and design businesses, lend studio skills to companies, launch a business as an independent designer or high-tech researcher, or pursue advanced studies.

You can request more information here: http://www.newschool.edu/m/textiles?utm_source=find_a_masters&utm_medium=hyperlink_listing&utm_campaign=pm_parsons_grad&utm_term=textiles

Textiles are literally and figuratively woven into human history and culture. Today communities of makers, designers, and scholars are exploring textiles — from locally crafted materials to 3D knitted matter to hand-embellished fabrics — and pioneering textile-based industries and theory. The Master of Fine Arts in Textiles, launching in fall 2018, enables you to explore these dynamics creatively and reflectively, dissolving the boundaries between technology and craft. In the process, you are prepared for the growing array of creative and professional opportunities related to textiles in fashion design, product design, interior design, textiles research, set design, fine arts, architecture, and hybrid fields.

This program is part of the School of Fashion (SOF) at Parsons.

Textiles as Urban Practice

New York Textile Month — a September celebration of textile culture initiated by MFA Textiles founder Lidewij Edelkoort, dean of Hybrid Design Studies at Parsons — highlights the community-based approach to promoting textile industries that students in the program will find. Local partners in the event become your direct mentors, inviting you into their studios and businesses one day a week to build your creative skills and networks. The growing global interest in textile-related creation brings international players into the fold to partner with the program, extending your understanding of conceptualization and production. The program also draws on Parsons’ institutional partners such as Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, with its extensive material collections and curatorial resources. Lectures and hybrid workshops by major international designers and producers add dimension to your learning.

You can request more information here: http://www.newschool.edu/m/textiles?utm_source=find_a_masters&utm_medium=hyperlink_listing&utm_campaign=pm_parsons_grad&utm_term=textiles



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Introduction. MA Textile Design at Chelsea College of Arts explores creative approaches to sustainable textiles and surface design. Read more

Introduction

MA Textile Design at Chelsea College of Arts explores creative approaches to sustainable textiles and surface design.

Content

What students can expect from the course:

- A studio-based, practice-led course

- Numerous opportunities for developing and collaborating on pioneering work within the textile industry

- Study to be underpinned by a supportive theoretical framework, as well as instruction in professional contemporary practice

- Focus and debate about environmental issues as well as the designer’s role in acting responsibly to these

- To participate in and develop skills through individual and group tutorials, workshops, online resources and postgraduate talks designed to introduce students to a range of visiting artists, designers and other practitioners

Structure

Phase 1: Analysis of practice and exploration of methodologies

Phase 2: Development and consolidation

Phase 3: Resolution

These phases are set within a credit framework of three assessed units:

- Studio practice and Advanced studio practice, which run sequentially

- Theoretical studies, which runs throughout the course.

Studio practice involves evolving and developing a personal programme of studio work and related research. Theoretical Studies provides a framework for students to develop a critical research paper, enabling them to locate their ideas and practice in relation to contemporary debate on cultural and theoretical issues.

Throughout the course students participate in individual and group tutorials, developing their skills through Personal Professional Development workshops and on-line resources while the postgraduate talks are organised that introduce them to a range of visiting artists and practitioners.

Work experience and opportunities

The Textile Environment Design (TED) project is a unique research unit based at the College that investigates the role designers play in the field of eco design and is a resource students, researchers and designers all benefit from and contribute to. Recent students have used TED's extensive library of contacts to establish a unique and sustainable craft design project based in Thailand.



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This course gives you the opportunity to explore and develop your skills in the specialist areas of printed, embroidered, knitted, woven, laser cut or multimedia textiles. Read more
This course gives you the opportunity to explore and develop your skills in the specialist areas of printed, embroidered, knitted, woven, laser cut or multimedia textiles. You'll devise an individual project and we will support your creative thinking and experimentation, helping you to develop new or smart design concepts, fabrications and prototypes. Our extensive textile design facilities will give you the opportunity to use a range of traditional and computerised technologies.

Key features:

Devise an individual programme of study, based on your own interests and career aspirations.
Apply for one of our Paul Smith Scholarships and have the opportunity to travel to Japan and study at Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo.
Have access to a wide range of traditional and digital textile design equipment, including laser cutting, multi-head embroidery, Jacquard weaving, and Shima Seiki and Stoll power knitting.
Benefit from the expertise of our academic staff, researchers and visiting designers such as Dr Sarah Kettley, Karen Nicol, Angharad Mclaren, Ryan Wayne, Professor Jane Harris, Jo Cope and Moxham.
Have the opportunity to join a European study trip to Antwerp and Paris.
Be selected to exhibit at New Designers in London, and SPINEXPO in Shanghai, China.
Work alongside other Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design students in our dedicated postgraduate studio.
Opt for a 20 credit point advanced research module if you're thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study.

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MA Textile Practice course is a place to explore ideas through making textiles of any kind. Textiles is interpreted in its broadest sense, encompassing art, design and craft, as well as practice that encompasses more than one field. Read more

MA Textile Practice course is a place to explore ideas through making textiles of any kind. Textiles is interpreted in its broadest sense, encompassing art, design and craft, as well as practice that encompasses more than one field. Individual, collaborative and community group work is encouraged. Your work may be process driven, or concept driven. Outcomes range from installation and site-specific work, to community work and design collections.

You will engage in critical debate and reflection as a means by which the field of textiles practice is acknowledged and contested, allowing work to be located in relation to the contemporary expanded field of practice. The studios and workshops offer a lively and supportive place to test out and visualise ideas.

Design Network

Based in the heart of the School of Art, MA/MFA Design: Textile Practice is part of an innovative design network — a community of staff and students exploring design ideas in a discursive, cross-disciplinary studio environment. Critically informed practical designers, the group works experimentally, inspired by new insights and possibilities.

While studying towards a particular qualification at MA/MFA level, students experience their subject in the broader context of contemporary design practice.

Specialist Environment

Dedicated spaces for the postgraduate community have been developed to enable the postgraduate community to flourish. These spaces, for thinking and practice, are located centrally within the School of Art, allowing easy access to an extensive range of workshops where the combination of traditional and state of the art equipment opens up a world of exciting possibilities.



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A UNIQUE, INTERDISCIPLINARY POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMME DESIGNED TO RESPOND TO THE DIVERSE NEEDS OF THE TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED AND CREATIVELY DYNAMIC FASHION AND TEXTILE INDUSTRIES. Read more

A UNIQUE, INTERDISCIPLINARY POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMME DESIGNED TO RESPOND TO THE DIVERSE NEEDS OF THE TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED AND CREATIVELY DYNAMIC FASHION AND TEXTILE INDUSTRIES.

Heriot-Watt University's School of Textiles and Design is enagaged in leading-edge international research and our unrivalled facilities, combined with traditional and cutting edge expertise in technology and management, make our graduates highly sought after in these rapidly evolving sectors. Staff knowledge and expertise span the full spectrum from design to manufacture, context to management, technology to creativity and practice to theory.

The School has developed an enhanced postgraduate programme designed to respond to the needs of the global fashion and textile industries, utilising our unique combination of traditional and contemporary expertise in science, technology and creativity. The benefits of our location within Scotland's manufacturing centre of high-end cashmere and textile production and design, are extended and maintained through international links in fashion and textiles. Studying within a school that reflects such high-quality collaborations, research and teaching, positions our graduates highly within these rapidly evolving sectors.

Our taught postgraduate programme aims to develop advanced knowledge and practice through the exploration of concepts and contemporary topics in design, fashion and textiles. The programme content challenges traditional and contemporary uses of fashion and textiles, as well as creating the opportunity, through well-resourced workshops, to promote new approaches and processes in fashion and textiles. The design of the programme also encourages inter-disciplinary projects reflecting the School's strategy of creative collaborations between subject areas to foster design innovation.

The MSc in Fashion and Textiles Management attracts applicants from business as well as fashion and textile backgrounds and results in projects that test and develop theory in the form of an academic paper.

Structure:

Students negotiate with their supervisor to concentrate on an appropriate area of study to acquire knowledge and expertise in an area of fashion and textiles that supports their individual project intended outcome. The areas available across the School reflect the breadth of expertise relevant to fashion and textiles.

Semester 1

Design context

Creative and Critical Thinking: Research principles

Management Studies in Design

Fashion and Textile Practice and Expertise

Semester 2

Design Technologies and Textiles Futures

Reflective Practice to plan the agreed course of study

Industrial placement

Fashion and Textile Practice and Expertise

Semester 3

Masters Project: an academic paper or report on a design management theme.

Objectives:

Challenge traditional and contemporary uses of fashion and textiles, as well as creating the opportunity to promote new approaches and processes in fashion and textiles

Provide students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to meet the diverse demands of the fashion and textile industries

Encourage, in inter-disciplinary projects, creative collaborations between subject areas to foster innovation

Develop an inter-disciplinary understanding of key issues relating to the design, management and innovation in fashion and textiles

Develop competent and confident professionals for the global fashion and textiles industries with an in-depth understanding of the creative process and its management in international and local contexts.

Course length

The full-time Fashion Management masters starts in mid September and lasts one year. The course can also be taken part-time over two years.

Objectives

  • Challenge traditional and contemporary uses of fashion and textiles, as well as creating the opportunity to promote new approaches and processes in fashion and textiles
  • Provide students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to meet the diverse demands of the fashion and textile industries
  • Encourage, in inter-disciplinary projects, creative collaborations between subject areas to foster innovation
  • Develop an inter-disciplinary understanding of key issues relating to the design, management and innovation in fashion and textiles
  • Develop competent and confident professionals for the global fashion and textiles industries with an in-depth understanding of the creative process and its management in international and local contexts.

Course content:

Students negotiate with their supervisor to concentrate on an appropriate area of study to acquire knowledge and expertise in an area of fashion and textiles that supports their individual project intended outcome. The areas available across the School reflect the breadth of expertise relevant to fashion and textiles.

Semester 1

  • Fashion Management
  • Design Context
  • Design Project
  • Design Technology and Innovation

Semester 2

  • Brand Management
  • Research Methodologies
  • Business Enterprise

And

  • Raw Materials Testing and Exploration

or

  • Consumer Motivations

Semester 3

  • Research project

Assessment

Students are assessed through a combination of practical and written course work, examinations and the Masters project. Emphasis is placed on rigorous academic standards as well as acquiring and developing a range of transferable industry skills and individual creative development. Assessment exercises can therefore include making effective visual and oral presentations, writing reports and as well as team and group work.

How to Apply:

https://www.hw.ac.uk/study/apply/uk/postgraduate.htm

 



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