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Textiles - MFA
Colour, texture, pattern, form. Our department continues to challenge what defines our discipline.
With many different types of materials, applied to different surfaces, placed in different contexts, textiles has its place in fashion, buildings, science and even health and wellbeing.
Our graduates are employed as textile designers throughout the world, e.g by Burberry, River Island, Cole and Son, and Pentland, and in the related fields of fashion, interior design, fine art and education.
Our Masters students come from a range of backgrounds, keeping our student body rich and diverse, and our enthusiastic staff have a broad range of experience, inclusive of print, embroidery, knit, weave, upholstery, jewellery and graphic design, with guest lecturers from specialists in industry and successful small businesses.
What will you learn?
Essentially driven by you, your Masters project will be underpinned by a course structure which allows the broadest flexibility in the interpretation of texiles. Research will help inform your project: you will explore materials, techniques, colour, image and tactile sensitivity, and place your concepts into appropriate contexts, ensuring their relevance for the world around us.
Top five reasons to choose the programme
- Collaboration is actively enouraged and facilitated.
- You will have the opportunity to show your work in the annual ECA Fashion Show, in group exhibitions, and at New Designers in London.
- You will belong to a tight knit community within an inclusive School of Design fully integrated with other Schools and the wider University.
- You will benefit from the expertise of an experienced staff team and a range of guest lecturers.
- Your qualification will be of relevance to a wide variety of employers in an ever-growing number of sectors and industries.
Lindy Richardson is the Programme Director and a course organiser for Textiles BA (Hons), MA and MFA. She teaches across all year groups, and is the curator of the University embroidery collection. View staff profile >
Collette Paterson is a Lecturer working with 3rd and 4th years BA (Hons) and MA/MFA Textiles. She is currently studying for a PhD on Design and Design Education in China. Her studio practice cuts across Textiles, Fashion, Accessories and Fragrance Design.
Belinda Tippen is a practising designer and lecturer with considerable commercial experience in the fields of Graphic Design and Illustration. She is currently a Teaching Fellow in design, focusing on visual communication and self promotion skills. Her interests include artist books, publication design and branding. View staff profile >
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