MA Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors

University for the Creative Arts

Program Description

MA Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors

University for the Creative Arts

MA Printed Textiles UCA

MA Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors

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.

Length of study: One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts: September 2017

Campus: UCA Rochester

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, lectures, 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 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 Saunders
  • The Victoria & Albert Museum in London
  • WGSN
  • Erdem
  • Preen
  • Keeler Gordon.

Careers

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 trend forecasting
  • Artist in residence

MA Textiles UCAMA Textiles

Our MA Textiles course is constructed around the development of individual research into textile culture, craft and design. It will enable you to combine the 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.

Length of study:

One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts:

September 2017

Campus:

UCA Farnham

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.

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.

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.

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.

Careers

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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated January 10, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
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1 - 2 years
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12,640 GBP
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United Kingdom - Rochester, England
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