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Textiles (MA)

Course Description

UCA Farnham

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.

Have a question? Just ask us - http://www.uca.ac.uk/ask-uca/

Student work


Course overview

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.

Course content

Stage 1 -

You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first stage includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice;

Studio Practice, Theory and Analysis: This focuses on challenging and confirming your practice. You'll achieve this through the development of critical reading, observation, handling and thinking deeply about products, craft artefacts, contextual research associated with your work and the field of enquiry surrounding it.

Exploratory Practice: This unit focuses on beginning to develop your practice into a form of enquiry, a questioning, analytical and interrogative approach to your work that will enable you to become a self-sustaining reflective practitioner.

Stage 2 -

During stage two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study;

Reflective Practice: Reflective practice is one of the most important concepts for a creative practitioner. It enables you to become your own best critic, allowing you to develop and progress your practice independently. The work undertaken in this unit should begin to address the research questions you refined and explored in the Exploratory practice unit. Although you won't have yet concluded your research project, the work completed for this unit should be considerably more resolved and establish a clear line of enquiry - through materials, concept and context. You also have the opportunity to complete a period of professional practice during this unit.

Stage 3 -

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

Final Project: This is the culmination of your studies and will form an exposition of the central ideas and concepts developed throughout your course. As such, it should achieve a resolution to previous project units and demonstrate evidence of advanced conceptual, theoretical and technical capability over an extended period of self-directed study.


Weave workshops - Extensive weave workshops and also computerised dobby looms

Print workshops - Screen-printing and finishing areas as well as digital fabric printing facilities

Dye labs - Cloth and yarn dyeing workshops

Library - Modern library with a wealth of books, journals, and special collections and online resources

Course staff

Rebecca Skeels - http://www.uca.ac.uk/staff/rebecca-skeels/

International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

Studying in the UK - http://www.uca.ac.uk/international-study/

Studying abroad - http://www.uca.ac.uk/study/study-abroad/

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

::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.

::Further study::

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

Your portfolio

For this course, we'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

Student regulations

Find out more about the operation of our courses, student conduct, assessments and examinations - http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/student-regulations

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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