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
- Unit 1: Exploring and understanding research-led practice
- Unit 2: Contextualising research-led practice
- Unit 3: Realisation of research-led practice
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
Textile Environment Design (TED) is a unique research unit based at Chelsea that investigates the role designers play in the field of sustainable design. It is a resource students, researchers and designers can 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.
- BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
- Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
- Portfolio of work
- Study plan
If English isn’t your first language
All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:
- IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements).
- IELTS Academic Test for UKVI is approved by the UK government for your UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application. No other test can be accepted. It is accepted as proof of your English language ability.
- Approximately 10 to 20 images of your work that provide a good overview of your creative practice
- Show a selection of your work that is relevant to your application. This can include finished work and examples of your research and development
- For video, sound or web based work please provide links
- Where appropriate include captions or short explanations that give context for your work. If you have worked on any group projects explain your role
- Provide indications of the size and media used. If you are invited for interview you will need to show original work
The study plan is a statement of approximately 800 words describing your current practice and an opportunity for you to explore potential areas that you want to develop in your studies. The plan is the starting point for discussions about your postgraduate studies and will evolve during the time you study with us.
When writing your plan you are not expected to have complete answers to all the questions. However, you should be able to:
- Examine your knowledge and experience in relation to your practice
- Identify questions and areas that you do not know about
- Demonstrate how you may intend to tackle these questions and areas
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Last updated February 2, 2017