MA Textiles

Royal College of Art

Program Description

MA Textiles

Royal College of Art

About the Programme

Textiles offer uniquely fluid, flexible and infinitely adaptable ways of questioning, examining and solving the some of the societal challenges that face us. This powerful agency is more valuable and vital than ever before as these challenges become increasingly complex.

Textiles at the RCA is a multi-faceted discipline and our staff and students work at the creative interface between materials, making and meaning. Our focus is innovation that impacts and spans across many sectors exploring new territories for the twenty-first-century Textiles specialist.

New materials, new ways of making and new ways of experiencing our man-made world require us to constantly reconsider and question our activities, generating a culture of creative restlessness throughout the activities of the programme, which include 4* research, a growing PGR community and a dynamic masters course.

We engage with industry at all levels and our graduates’ career profiles match this multi-faceted identity.

This demands a challenging and dynamic approach that frequently employs multidisciplinary and collaborative methods. Our discipline thrives on a spirit of creative flux that encourages stepping away from the status-quo.

The research culture in the Textiles programme has a strong history of creative collaboration between studio, workshop and industry, with material innovations such as Pinatex securing Intellectual Property for researchers and finding applications in manufacture. Textile researchers, both staff and students, work in an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary way with scientists, engineers, ethnographers, anthropologists, designers and artists providing new solutions to social, cultural and material challenges.

Out team of postgraduate MPhil and PhD candidates include candidates funded through the London Doctoral Design Centre and the ArcInTex European Training Network initiative with supervisory support from within the programme and the College.

Our two-year MA programme fosters the development of a personal and unique design philosophy through a combination of individual, personally driven initiatives, collaborative work, industry-orientated and interdisciplinary projects. This enables our students to develop their own multi-faceted response to the challenges of the discipline and is equally adept at working individually and in teams.

We embrace an open-minded, experimental studio culture and our students pursue their ideas through a wide variety of practical work incorporating new and traditional technologies.

MA Entrance Requirements

Candidates for all MA programmes are assessed on their existing qualities as demonstrated in their work and in their interview, as well as on their potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve MA standards overall. The assessment will consider creativity, imagination and innovation evident in the work; ability to articulate the intentions of the work; intellectual engagement in relevant areas; appropriate technical skills; overall interview performance, including the oral use of English.

Applicants should have:

  • a BA in Textiles or a related art and design subject, or equivalent experience
  • a personal proposal for the intended direction of their MA study
  • passion, commitment and a strong sense of personal responsibility for one's own learning and development are essential for MA study

Digital Portfolio

All candidates are required to submit an online portfolio of work to be assessed by the programme's senior staff team and student representatives.

The portfolio should illustrate the whole range of your creative work and give an insight into both the way you think, develop and research ideas, and to what excites you visually.

Please submit up to ten digital images of finished work or work in progress.

Each main image can be accompanied by up to six supporting images of relevant visual research or preparatory work, such as drawings, sketchbook scans or contextual references that are relative to your creative thinking.

Images must be in JPG or PNG format (2MB max, and we prefer 1024 x 768 pixels or greater) or videos in MOV, MP4 or M4V format (80MB max).

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 13, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2019
2 years
Full time
19,000 GBP
Tuition fees in 2018/19 - Overseas: £28,400 per annum (£56,800 total fee); UK/EU: £9,500 per annum (£19,000 total fee); Channel Islands and Isle of Man £14,200 (£28,400 total fee).
United Kingdom - London, England
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