MA Textile Design
Textile Design is a future-focused and diverse discipline grounded in traditional crafts. This course concentrates on the fusion of creativity, craft skills and technological innovation, with students being encouraged to stretch the boundaries of the discipline through their creative engagement with materials, processes and concepts.
The course encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, enabling students to consider their practice and the discipline of textiles in a wide context of production and consumption from bespoke artefact to commercial enterprise. Students are expected to work at the forefront of the discipline, embracing digital and technological advancements while developing a strong understanding of materials and processes and an awareness of the market potential for their work. Debate and reflection on the environmental, ethical and social impact of textile design and production forms an ongoing theme of the course.
Ideas experimentation, problem solving and reflection are key skills that will be nurtured throughout the programme and will complement development of your specialist skills in digital, printed or constructed textiles.
Working within a professional and committed community of designers you will be encouraged to develop and realise self-directed projects that address contemporary issues in textile design. You will be expected to investigate collaborations and form professional relationships with appropriate industry and creative partners in order to advance your practice and promote your individual creative pathway.
Applicants may have a background in textile design and wish to advance their knowledge and understanding to an advanced level or come from a related discipline and wish to use their existing creative expertise to develop a specialist textile practice. The course provides an intensive opportunity to prepare you for entrepreneurship, business ventures and careers in the creative industries.
The offer of entry onto a Masters Degree (MA) is based on an expectation that you have the potential to fulfil the aims of the course of study and achieve the standard required to successfully complete the award. Entrants should normally have achieved a BA (Hons)/BSc Degree of 2:1 or above (or its equivalent), in a subject related to your proposed course of study.
Applicants who hold a Degree from another discipline may also be considered for entry, subject to the submission of a satisfactory portfolio of art, design or media-related work in support of their application.
The majority of applicants to courses at NUCA will be invited to attend an interview. This provides an invaluable chance to meet face-to-face and is the major factor in determining the success of your submission. The interview is an opportunity to assess your work and the suitability of your application and also provides you with a chance to assess NUCA's staff, campus and facilities and ask questions. The key focus of your application process is on your portfolio. Some courses may require additional entry requirements or passes in specific subjects.
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