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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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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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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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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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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 specialist, flexible part-time course provides the opportunity for you to explore and develop your own specialism within Fashion, Textiles or Knitwear Design. Read more
This specialist, flexible part-time course provides the opportunity for you to explore and develop your own specialism within Fashion, Textiles or Knitwear Design. At the start of the course you will devise an individual project which can be commercial or conceptual in its focus. Your project may be based on your own design and career aspirations, links with industry, or an investigation into the intersections between fashion, interiors, art and fabrication.

Key features:

Study on a part-time basis, and complete modules sequentially or independently (depending on your current qualifications).
Benefit from lectures by researchers and visiting designers working in industry such as Jo Cope, Simeon Farrar, Professor Jane Harris, Moxham, Karen Nicol, and Christopher Raeburn.
Work with fellow students, practitioners and academic staff from different cultures and backgrounds.
Have the opportunity to join a European study visit to Antwerp and Paris.
Take advantage of our extensive links with industry.
Be selected to exhibit your work at New Designers in London.
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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Creative Futures offers recent graduates and established practitioners a chance to continue to develop their chosen discipline and specialist practice at masters level. Read more
Creative Futures offers recent graduates and established practitioners a chance to continue to develop their chosen discipline and specialist practice at masters level. You will gain advanced creative, technical and business skills, a sophisticated understanding of the business environment and a formalised work experience placement. The aim is to enhance your appeal in the job market and/or provide you with the tools needed to set up in freelance practice or to create your own business. Students will receive tuition in business skills that are designed and delivered specifically for creative practitioners as well as access to our extensive workshops and specialist facilities.

The course is designed to provide maximum flexibility, whether it is being studied on a full or part-time basis: All modules have an extensive distance learning component, combined with intensive, full-day workshops.

Course content

Modules you will study include:
-Creativity and Enterprise
-Developing Knowledge, Creative, Technical, Digital and Business Skills
-Creative Futures: Work Experience
-Creative Futures: Masters Project

There will also be an opportunity to choose from the following option modules:
-The Marketing Context
-Personal Branding
-Design Management
-Community Arts in a Global Perspective
-Creativity and Innovation
-New Media and Society
-Culture and Identity

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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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The increased understanding and use of textiles as both a decorative and technical material has led to a rapid expansion of the industry into areas such as architecture and engineering. Read more

The increased understanding and use of textiles as both a decorative and technical material has led to a rapid expansion of the industry into areas such as architecture and engineering.

This merging of textiles technology and aesthetics is complex and requires designers who are able to converse with engineers and scientists, handling technical information as well as expressing conceptual design ideas.

Through established links with the DR-i (Design Research Initiative) and Brighton's School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, this MA is designed to stimulate such diversity in textile design thinking. We are seeking talented students who are keen to push the boundaries and perception of what we understand textiles to be.

This course is suitable both for recent graduates interested in furthering their skills or exploring new areas and markets, and for experienced designers who want to challenge their practice in a creative environment.

Due to the open and explorative nature of the course, students from non-textiles backgrounds such as 3D craft design, fine art, materials development, engineering and science are welcome to bring a fresh viewpoint and build on their existing specialist knowledge.

Semester 1

The first semester is made up of three modules and serves as a foundation to your learning experience, imparting key research skills, exploration beyond your discipline and initial explorative practice-based enquiry.

Practice-based Enquiry (Part One)

Spanning semesters one and two, this module provides a reflective environment for rigorous explorative practice-based enquiry and the development of design concepts identified in the self-initiated project proposal submitted at interview. Increasingly informed by research and critical awareness skills developed in the supporting modules, you will explore and reflect on novel design concepts and the application of practice-based research methods. You will also be encouraged to engage with live research, industry contacts and collaborative projects.

Research Skills and Training

Through a series of lectures and seminar groups with active researchers, you will explore the value of research within a practice-based design context. You will develop research skills and an understanding of different methodologies and how research can be used as a design tool.

Option module

Placed in the first semester to maximise the potential areas of study, the options module takes advantage of the range of subjects and learning experiences available from across the college. This module allows you to tailor your study and learning experience to complement and inform your specific area of interest from an early stage. Learning alongside students from varied disciplines, you will be able to explore areas of personal interest from subjects including design history, sustainable design, professional practice, and historical and critical studies.

Making sure that what you learn with us is relevant, up to date and what employers are looking for is our priority, so courses are reviewed and enhanced on an ongoing basis. When you have applied to us, you’ll be told about any new developments through our applicant portal.

Semester 2

The second semester encourages you to explore diverse cross-disciplinary sources to inform and contextualise your research project before focusing on your final proposal.

Practice-based Enquiry (Part Two)

Continuing from initial explorations in Practice-based Enquiry (Part One), you will develop an increasingly focused, reflective body of work that demonstrates applied research methodologies and an understanding of their position within a broader textiles and industry context. You will conclude the module with a final 500-word proposal to define the area of study that you will undertake in your thesis.

Creative and Contextual Enquiry

Informed by the learning undertaken in semester one, you will critically engage with and reflect on your subject area, exploring diverse cross-disciplinary influences that inform your practice. Through the use of relevant research methods, this creative contextual enquiry will stimulate awareness and rigorous critical evaluation of cultural, technological and research debates, both within and outside of your discipline.

Semester 3

In the third semester, you will fully integrate your previous learning into the realisation of your thesis.

Practice-based Textile Design Thesis

During this self-directed module, you will put into practice the skills acquired throughout the programme of study, working towards the realisation of the final proposal submitted at the end of semester two. You are expected to rigorously explore and fully resolve a body of practice-based textile design inquiry, which should be positioned at the forefront of your academic or professional discipline and advance design thinking within your stated field.

The module contains planned lectures, group seminars and individual tutorials delivered by lecturers who are active researchers or innovative design practitioners. You will have access to a diverse range of lecture series and conferences held at the university as well as exhibitions and trade fairs relevant to your study.

You will have the opportunity to extend your skills through advanced textiles technology, working closely with expert technical demonstrators. Relevant placements or access to external study are negotiable on an individual basis, determined by the requirements of your proposal.

Careers and employability

Having attained a high level of specialist textile and transferable design skills as well as research skills, graduating students will be ideally placed to take advantage of a diverse range of employment opportunities. This skill set will facilitate employment for graduates as innovators and decision makers, leading developments and advancing design thinking within the textiles and allied design industries, research within the commercial / industrial sector, further academic research at doctoral level or serving as a strong foundation to the development of their own business.

Alumni from the established Textiles BA and MDes courses at the University of Brighton hold high level design and trend forecasting positions at a diverse range of international companies including Abercrombie and Fitch, Donna Karan, DKNY, Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Cath Kidston, H&M, WGSN and Forpeople. Alumni have also forged independent careers in the industry, from establishing design labels such as Marchesa (Keren Craig), Eley Kishimoto (Mark Eley) and Julien Macdonald OBE, to textile design studios and consultancies (Larch Rose and Woven Studios).



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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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This innovative and progressive course will give you the opportunity to develop your creative, technical, and critical skills in fashion and textile design, while extending your practice in a conceptual and professional context. Read more
This innovative and progressive course will give you the opportunity to develop your creative, technical, and critical skills in fashion and textile design, while extending your practice in a conceptual and professional context.

The course combines intensive, studio-based projects with design research, as well as furthering your understanding and working knowledge of the techniques and processes specific to your chosen field of fashion and textile design. You’ll also learn to consider your design practice in terms of the technological, social, critical and ecological issues that influence fashion and textile design, while extending your understanding of business and entrepreneurship through industry briefs and external projects.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop advanced research skills and explore issues related to design practice, including new technology, globalisation and sustainability. This will be informed by your work with academics, practitioners and experts in the field of fashion design and textile design.

We use a broad range of teaching and learning strategies, including lectures, seminars and studio practice. You’ll take part in presentations, group activities, study groups and individual tutorials to discuss, debate and critique your work alongside your peers. You’ll work in our specialist workshops that include digital print and CAD facilities, knit, weave and print equipment, fashion sewing and pattern-making resources and an extensive specialist art and design library.

Our teaching staff are active in professional practice, research and scholarship and are members of research groups covering digital and material arts and sustainable art and design.

When you have completed your course you’ll be able to position yourself for a career in design for fashion, textiles, or related product areas, such as knitwear, performance sportswear or smart textiles for apparel and other uses such as interior design. Alternatively, you could further your studies through one of our MPhil or PhD programmes.

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MA Material Futures explores the intersection of craft, science and technology encouraging students to look beyond existing boundaries to anticipate future needs, desires, and challenges. Read more

Introduction

MA Material Futures explores the intersection of craft, science and technology encouraging students to look beyond existing boundaries to anticipate future needs, desires, and challenges. Taking materiality as the starting point of the design process we integrate high and low technological materials and processes, pursuing relevant applications across fashion, architecture, product design, and communication & critical design.

Observing and analysing how we live today allows us to consider how we can live better tomorrow. Considering the current and future context of design decisions is core to our ethos, combining social, political and economic inquiry to inform future, sustainable design applications.

Content

The 21st century marks the beginning of a new textile revolution - one we believe is smart, invisible, sustainable, ethical and poetic.

MA Material Futures is part of the Jewellery and Textiles programme. The MA Material Futures ethos is to approach textile design as a form of industrial design but with a focus on the language and codes inherent to textiles. By exploring key contextual questions to interrogate, critique and propose new design concepts, we invite our designers to engage fully with the challenges of designing for the 21st century. How do we reconcile ecology and smart technology? With current progress in nanotechnologies, how do we engineer invisible functions with new aesthetics? How can biomimicry principles inform the design of resilient textiles? Will scientists become designers? With digital fabrications becoming mainstream, what future for craft? How can textiles lead to the development of smart interactive interface? Can textiles inform a new way to imagine architecture? These are examples of questions MA Material Futures will consider over the two year postgraduate programme.

Smart textiles, invisible performance, sustainable and ethical issues as much as poetics and aesthetics call for new design perspectives. Crossover with other design disciplines as well as with science and socio-economics are more pertinent than ever. Rapid changes in culture, economics and technology need dynamic designers who can propose and realise intelligent, responsible innovations with strategic thought, leadership and personal vision. The MA Material Futures course aims at equipping designers with critical skills to design for our future selves and provides a 'think-tank' in which to cultivate ideas, reflect on individual practice, and challenge the boundaries of textile design.

Structure

MA Material Futures lasts 60 weeks structured as two consecutive periods of 30 weeks each (i.e. two academic years) in its 'extended full-time mode'.

MA Material Futures is credit rated at 180 credits, and comprises 2 units:

Unit 1 (60 credits) lasts 20 weeks
Unit 2 (120 credits) runs for 10 weeks in the first year and 30 weeks in the second year.

Both units must be passed in order to achieve the MA, but the classification of the award of MA derives from your mark for Unit 2 only.

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APPLY BY 3 MAY 2018!. The two-year . Design & Crafts MA programme. at the. Estonian Academy of Arts. prepares students for professional practice and helps them identify their own positions as artists — within their communities, society, design field, global economy, natural environment and other contexts. Read more


APPLY BY 3 MAY 2018!

The two-year Design & Crafts MA programme at the Estonian Academy of Arts prepares students for professional practice and helps them identify their own positions as artists — within their communities, society, design field, global economy, natural environment and other contexts. The programme provides students with as many real-world, hands-on situations as possible by giving them access to practising professionals and diverse opportunities. The programme also develops and changes with the students. With each new group, we start with roundtable discussions to find out what our students actually want. What experiences do they value? What is the focus of their interests? What are their professional dreams?

The students enter a common programme but also select a specialisation. Students who study in the Design & Crafts programme remain closely connected with their chosen discipline. Regardless of the specialisation, the MA programme focuses on collaboration. This includes group tasks that cross disciplines, so that students with different backgrounds and study experience work together.

Design & Crafts Specialisations:

  • ceramics
  • glass art and design
  • jewellery and blacksmithing
  • textile design
  • leather art and design
  • fashion design

A significant part of the coursework takes place in the form of workshops (supervised by international lecturers), which aim to break routine and provide inspiration.

Material-based design and craft disciplines have a unique outlook and philosophy, and the Estonian Academy of Arts is one the few places in the world where it is possible to study in some of these fields at the MA level. Each MA graduate should be the best in the world in something — whether in producing an ingenious product, having a unique artistic position or demonstrating in-depth, materials-based research. The Design & Crafts MA programme is also an ideal entry point for international students wishing to continue their studies in the EAA doctoral programme.

Programme structure:

120 total credits:

  • 24 ECTS specialist subjects
  • 18 ECTS electives from the Faculty of Design
  • 6 ECTS theory subjects from the Faculty of Design
  • 15 ECTS general theory subjects
  • 6 ECTS practice
  • 6 ECTS optional subjects
  • 15 ECTS MA projects and seminar
  • 30 ECTS MA thesis

“In the Design & Crafts Master’s programme, you learn to analyse and structure your thoughts, plus visualise them in a proper manner. You can experiment and polish your skills in your specific field, while also getting to know more about the practical sides of design, like branding and product development.”

Maria Sidorenko, MA Design & Crafts ’16, Designer and Co-owner of Upstairs Shop

More information: https://www.artun.ee/masters/design-and-crafts/



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This taught research course gives you the opportunity to carry out in-depth original research into design practice while developing the skills to become an independent, critical thinker and effective design researcher. Read more
This taught research course gives you the opportunity to carry out in-depth original research into design practice while developing the skills to become an independent, critical thinker and effective design researcher.

The taught modules provide a framework of transferable skills that apply to all researchers as well as those relevant to your chosen pathway subject of Arts, Design, English Literature, History, Social Science, or Media.

You will gain an understanding of research methods while developing expert professional skills in communication, self-management, and project planning. You will devise and deliver a significant research-based project in the form of a dissertation or practical arts based project, to demonstrate your interests and ability to think independently.

Whether you go on to further PhD study, or work as a researcher for a range of public services and professions, this course gives you the research and professional skills for a successful career.

Learn From The Best

Mark Bailey is Director of Innovation Design and leads the University’s partnership with Unilever. He spent 10 years in the Aerospace industry working on advanced passenger and business jet concepts.

After graduating from Northumbria’s School of Design, Bruce Montgomery became a designer for fashion brands including Katherine Hamnett, Moschino and Jeff Banks.

Matthew Lievesley has helped develop improved care-pathways for people with Type II Diabetes in collaboration with Newcastle University Medical School.

Dr Irini Pitsaki specialises in Design Management and Strategic Brand Management with more than 15 years of experience as a researcher and lecturer in higher education.

Dr Mersha Aftab’s current work looks at Role of Design at strategic level in multinational industries. Her passion for teaching led to a full time lectureship teaching Innovation.

Dr Stuart English is a specialist in design led innovation, and the creator of Ideas-lab. He leads a portfolio of postgraduate programmes.

Elizabeth MacLarty has a degree in Fine Art from Leeds University and her research interests include the relationship of theory to practice, particularly in Design Education teaching practice.

Teaching And Assessment

You’ll learn through a combination of discipline-specific and core framework modules that develop your research skills.

You’ll undertake a dissertation or project of 20,000 words (or 10,000 word dissertation in support of a practical project for Arts practice researchers). This can be either a specialist, in-depth study based upon a substantial body of subject-relevant sources or a you can take a broader ranging approach crossing over a number of disciplines.

You will also take two discipline-specific modules that examine the key themes, traditions, and debates in your chosen discipline.

You’ll be assessed by a mixture of traditional and innovative practices, including dissertation (or equivalent project), oral and written presentations, critical reviews, and portfolios of work.

The academic team will help you develop the skills required to plan, manage and review your learning.

Learning Environment

Northumbria's School of Design was named one of Europe’s top design schools by US Business Week magazine and has an international reputation for innovation and creativity.

It has been fitted out with state-of-the-art facilities and the latest in design technology including:

- Dedicated exhibition gallery and outdoor show spaces
- Modern presentation rooms with the latest screening facilities
- Digital photography studio
- CAD suites
- Traditional letterpress and screen printing
- The latest in computer numerically controlled machinery
- Extensive 3D prototyping workshops
- Industry standard textile, printing, knit and garment
- Construction facilities
- Sound studios and recording booths
- Interaction and animation studios
- Mobile laptop facilities
- Postgraduate, research and consultancy suites

Alongside teaching staff with experience as designers, technicians, craftsmen and journalists, you’ll also learn from visiting designers and design professionals.

Research-Rich Learning

Northumbria is in the UK top 10 for research power in Arts and Design. The School of Design hosts three research groups:

Design Issues
This research group addresses complex social and cultural issues from a design perspective. They work on themes such as social care issues with the Carers Centre Newcastle and Alzheimer’s Scotland and socio-economic challenges with Newcastle YMCA and Traidcraft.

Design Innovation and Research Methods
This group focuses on innovating and creating value across society by applying design-led innovation and better research methods to support the work of designers in context. Work involves the industrial and commercial sector, such as design's role in corporate innovation and creativity in product manufacturing and service organisations.

Design Making
This research group focuses on materials and the cultural and technology benefits of making in society. Researchers work in product, industrial, interaction, service, textile, craft, fashion and interior design disciplines.

Give Your Career An Edge

This course will give you skills for life-long learning, including critical skills and attitudes, presentation skills, and the ability to reflect and evaluate abilities. These are all attractive traits and in demand from employers.

You’ll be able to demonstrate critical awareness of research and scholarship in your chosen design discipline and show that you are self-motivated, disciplined and possess a thirst for independent learning.

Throughout the course, you’ll build on your undergraduate skills, adding intensity, complexity and depth of study as you also develop communication, time management and highly developed research and inquiry skills.

Your studies have a real world focus and you’ll have the opportunity to work with external partners and industries to develop your experience and network of contacts. We seek to nurture home-grown talent to support and grow the economic, social, cultural and intellectual capital of the region and beyond.

Your Future

Northumbria boasts an illustrious design alumni list including Sir Jonathan Ive, principal designer of the iPad, iPhone and iMac. Rob Law MBE, Founder of Trunki, Nicola Morgan, Designer, Lanvin, Paris, and Tim Brown, Chief Executive, IDEO.

As a graduate you’ll be able to demonstrate critical thinking and judgement and will leave equipped with excellent practical, communication, and transferable skills.

You will become an expert on your chosen research topic and well placed to use this as a platform to excel in your career and contribute to the community and the wider world in which you live.

On graduating, you will have a qualification which may enhance your promotion prospects in the fields of teaching, professional research, museums and archives, public policy, and project management.

There are also opportunities for you to advance your studies further, with advice in writing PhD and funding applications available to support students.

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Overview. Our Knitwear degree is aimed at students from a fashion, textiles or fashion technology background. It offers to extend and focus individual design skills. Read more

Overview

Our Knitwear degree is aimed at students from a fashion, textiles or fashion technology background. It offers to extend and focus individual design skills. Approaching knitwear design from a creative, theoretical and technical viewpoint – whilst focusing on commercial relevance and product innovation.

It’s part of our School of Textiles & Design, which has long supplied leaders in knitwear and knitted textile design. It’s also near to Hawick, one of the most important manufacturing centres for luxury knitwear in the world – supplying to major brands such as Chanel, Prada and Louis Vuitton.

The MA Knitwear degree is taught at our Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels. To find out more about this subject, visit the School pages.

Course length

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

Course Content:

We aim to achieve a balance between taught material, acquisition of key skills and knowledge with applied practical exploration and enquiry into current and continually changing industry expectations. Working closely with industry gives our students relevant insight and realistic expectations for employment in Knitwear Design, and related specialist areas, whilst equipping students with the ideal graduate attributes needed for a professional environment.

Objectives

  • Critically evaluate traditional and contemporary knitwear design and production practices to inform design output
  • Develop the appropriate level of technical and creative skill for prototyping, visualising and communicating design ideas
  • Identify and analyse appropriate methods of design, production and yarn selection for different market levels
  • Respond innovatively to industrially and commercially relevant demands, restrictions and conventions, through industrial collaboration
  • Research, understand and apply current developments in technology to design thinking
  • Develop concepts and ideas that benefit the knitwear industry and enhance the sustainability of the discipline

Programme Structure

Semester 1

  • Design Context
  • Design Project
  • Design Technology & Innovation
  • Advanced Knitting Techniques & Practices

Semester 2:

  • Research Methodologies
  • Materials: Testing & Exploration
  • Knitwear Design & Production Communication

One of the following:

  • Business Enterprise
  • Brand Management

Semester 3:

  • Masters Knitwear Collection (with dissertation)

Combining specialist courses with core and elective courses, enables the students to develop specialist skills and understanding while also mixing with other post-graduate students from different disciplines to apply their design thinking to a broader range of outputs. This cultivates a flexible and creative approach to problem solving, and use of transferrable skills.

Assessment

The assessment policies for this course incorporate a range of assessment types, with a specific emphasis on formative assessment, self-evaluation, debate and peer critique in all courses.

Summative assessment types include coursework, examinations, collaborative and individual problem based projects and a self-directed Masters project with dissertation.

Learning and teaching

The overall approach in the course is centred around the learner, with core information delivered via lectures and embedded during seminars.

Key practical techniques will be demonstrated and skills will be developed in workshop classes and by independent practice.

Courses are designed to enable students to undertake activities, which require complex skills such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation within both practical and theoretical contexts and to foster peer interaction and collaboration in a studio environment.

How to Apply:

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



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