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Textiles - MA

Course Description

Our MA Textiles course is constructed around the development of individual research into textile culture, craft and design. It will enable you to combine previous experience of textiles practice with a personal project.

As a student on our course, you'll be encouraged and supported through the process of exploration, interrogation, transformation and resolution. You'll question your own conventions of making, challenge your own assumptions about your work, innovate with materials, processes, techniques and ideas, and emerge from the postgraduate experience with a renewed sense of personal vision.

Our course team are practising researchers, involved in a range of textile practices, exhibiting and publishing internationally, including Professor Simon Olding and Professor Lesley Millar MBE. You'll benefit from our links with established artists and designers drawn from an international cohort, studio-workshops and galleries, as well as with the Craft Study Centre. This is a purpose-built museum, research centre and gallery dedicated to crafts based at our Farnham campus.

On this course you'll be taught through tutorials, lecturers, seminars and critiques support the development of your research and practice. As part of the course you're expected to undertake some form of professional practice, such as a live brief, competition, application for a residency, funding or a work placement.

Industry Partners

As part of this course, you'll have access to well-established industry connections. These include:
-The Crafts Council
-Royal School of Needlework
-Farnham Maltings
-Selvedge Magazine
-Nuno Corporation
-The New Ashgate Gallery
-Melin Tregwynt Woollen Mill

Recent guest lecturers include:
-Rachel Kelly, wallpaper designer
-Yosi Anaya, textiles designer
-Dr Jane Harris, textiles designer


Our course will equip you with a host of valuable and transferable skills. Upon successful completion, you may decide to become self-employed, or forge a career within the craft and design industries. These offer a variety of career opportunities, including:
-Freelance design professionals
-Self-employed designer-makers
-Textile designers
-Public art practitioners
-Textile conservationists and curators
-Arts educators and teachers
-Textile stylists
-Fashion buyers and retailers
-Gallery directors

Visit the Textiles - MA page on the University for the Creative Arts website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Beverly Ayling-Smith

"The great thing about doing an MA is the artistic freedom you experience, which encourages you to take risks with your work and deeply question your decisions, from both a creative and theoretical perspective."


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline and/or relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

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