MA Textile Design

University of the Arts London

Program Description

MA Textile Design

University of the Arts London

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

Content: what students can expect

  • 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


  • 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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


MA Textile Design graduates have gone on to careers as textiles practitioners and designer-makers either working with, or establishing their own, major and independent fashion labels. Recent graduates have gone on to designing prints for Ralph Lauren in New York, working on sustainable craft design projects in India as well as in-house designer for Heritage Cashmere. Other course alumni have gone on to freelance design work, interior product design or other industry related careers, while some go on to undertake further research.

Cost & Fees

Home/EU Fee


Course fees may be paid in instalments

International Fee


Course fees may be paid in instalments


College: Chelsea College of Arts

Last updated March 3, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2016
1 year
Full time
17,230 GBP
Start date Oct. 2016
United Kingdom London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 17,230 GBP
International Fee: £17,230 per year (2016/17 fees) ; Home/EU Fee: £8,250 per year ( 2016/17 fees)