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Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors (MA)

Course Description

UCA Rochester

MA Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors offers a practice based, design led experience, which develops your creative vision and redefines your professional practice. You’ll be encouraged to push boundaries and challenge yourself; we provide you with a stimulating and supportive environment in which to do this. You’ll have the freedom to explore and combine traditional, handcrafted design and production techniques with the latest innovations in digital technology, while researching constantly evolving materials and new technologies. You can create diverse design solutions that span a variety of outcomes.

Print for fashion covers: printed textiles collections for fashion, printed samples, experimental print pieces, printed garment prototypes, print design concepts or range plans, and printed fashion related products or accessories.

Print for interiors covers: printed furnishings, fashion led interior print concepts, one off printed textiles, installation or site specific works, printed product prototypes, floor and wall coverings as well as exterior print applications.

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

Student work


Course overview:

Situated within the internationally recognised School of Fashion at UCA Rochester, the MA Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors course offers you the opportunity for in-depth exploration and creative idea development in the specialist subject area of printed textiles for contemporary creative and fashion related industries.

This unique course offers you an exciting opportunity to make your creative vision a reality, master your skills, and develop new research methods, exploring innovative, relevant and sustainable solutions for fashion and textiles. Practice based research and theoretical research are integrated throughout the course. This course will help you to develop an individual design philosophy and the research methodology, visual, creative and practical skills you need to work in contemporary practice.

You’ll be challenged to exceed your personal best, gaining in confidence and professionalism throughout the programme through critical debate, seminars, lectures, tutorials, visiting speakers, group critiques, market research and personal research.

A vibrant creative studio culture with your own individual workspace combined with a programme of tutorials, lecturers, seminars and critiques is designed to support the development of your research and practice. As part of this course you will be involved in professional practice, such as a live industry project brief, competition work, industry sponsorship or industry engagement activities.

Course content

Stage 1 -

Professional and Creative Practice: Focuses on the development of your creative skills and redefining your professional practice. You’ll achieve this through in-depth exploration of materials, techniques and processes. Experimentation with handcrafted design techniques, industry production methods, innovation in digital CAD and CAM applications are combined with advanced textiles printing and dyeing workshops. Live industry projects offer the opportunity to contextualise your practice.

Research and Critical Enquiry: This unit focuses on practice based research and materials and process exploration. You will be challenged to adopt an analytical, enquiring approach to your research and to discover how this can inform and enrich your practice. This unit aims to give you the confidence to become an independent reflective practitioner.

Stage 2 -

Innovation, Development and Interpretation: Printed textiles experimentation with a broad range of materials from fabrics and leather to wood, metal and plastics is explored as you address and redefine your research question. In response to your own reflections, you’ll develop a well-informed line of enquiry into a specialist topic emerging from your project proposal. Product prototyping or sampling, range planning and market research will be aligned to a market level appropriate for your work. Competition work and industry engagement opportunities continue the industry focus to stage two of the course.

Stage 3 -

Resolution and Presentation: You’ll be challenged to create a dynamic personal design philosophy through advanced conceptual thinking, exploring constantly evolving materials, technologies and processes. You’ll consider ways to exhibit your practice and final professional portfolio through exhibition, website or competition work, showcasing diverse design solutions for a diverse range of markets, disciplines and applications. Tutorials, workshops and seminars with your peers will continue to provide you with opportunities to present, reflect and refine your work.

Summary - http://webdocs.ucreative.ac.uk/Printed_Textiles_for_Fashion_and_Interiors_MA_R_PSpecA_201617-1450803360148.pdf


Working in our extensive, well-equipped fashion and textiles workshops, print rooms and studios, you’ll be supported by a team of expert academic and technical staff, who have a wide range industry experience. The facilities at UCA Rochester are second to none. As well as specialist studios, equipment and software it boasts a wide range of industry-standard facilities including state-of-the-art fashion technology.

Textiles print room - Textiles print room facility with screen printing tables, 130cm wide dye sublimation press, screen colour separation, making and preparation equipment, dye lab with fabric dying facilities, fabric pressure steamer and fabric finishing area

Digital textile printers - Industry quality digital textiles resource area with three specialist printers. Dedicated computer software provides a full range of dye chemistries for a wide variety of fabrics including cottons, silks, wools, synthetics and leathers as well as specialist dye sublimation printer for synthetic fabrics, wood, metal and plastics

Pattern and production studios - Extensive design, pattern and production studios with Gerber suite, a computer-aided manufacture facility

Personal workspaces - Dedicated design studios with individual work spaces, 3D workshops, CAD, Rapid prototype printing and laser cutting

Course staff

Neil Bottle - http://www.uca.ac.uk/staff/neil-bottle/

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 will have access to well-established industry connections. These include:

- Alexander McQueen
- Peter Pilotto
- Jonathan Saundrers
- The Victoria & Albert Museum in London
- Erdem
- Preen
- Keeler Gordon.


From day one on the course you start to build a professional portfolio, exploring ways to externalise your practice and create an online presence and ways to present your work to industry. This can evolve through first-hand experience, industry engagement activities and internships, or through working with fashion studios and agents, buyers, shops, galleries and interior designers as well as exhibition, national competitions and online selling platforms. Fashion Textiles graduates from UCA Rochester have secured positions in many fashion and textiles companies including:

- Jimmy Choo
- Debenhams
- Skinny Dip
- Eyefix International
- House of Fraser.

The wide range of career opportunities open to our graduates include:

- Print design for clothes, fashion accessories and interiors
- CAD design for printed textiles, fabrics and print products
- Textile designers
- Self-employed designer/makers
- Public art practitioners
- Arts educators and teachers
- Fashion buyers and retailers
- Freelance design/research and tend forecasting
- Artist in residence


The International Textiles Research Centre (ITRC), based at UCA, offers an exciting staff and student research culture developing collaborative relationships with major cultural institutions, networks, galleries and museums around the world.

The International Textile Research Centre - http://transitionandinfluence.squarespace.com/research-centre-profile/

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 Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors (MA) page on the University for the Creative Arts website for more details!

Student Profiles

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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