Suspended for September 2021 entry

This programme has been temporarily suspended for September 2021 entry. You will not be able to apply for this programme at this time.

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.


We are committed to offering a high-quality experience to all our students. We are working to minimise the impact of Covid-19, but we have reluctantly decided that we will be unable to offer this programme for entry in 2021.


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 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.


This programme can offer a route into careers in many areas, including the fashion, textile industries, and beyond. Our graduates have an excellent track record, going on to work directly in design studios in London, Paris and New York, in companies such as Red or Dead, Osborne and Little, Cole & Son, and Diane von Furstenberg. ECA graduates have become stylists, fashion buyers, illustrators or fine artists, while others have pursued careers in related design industries such as automotive interiors and interior design.


Lindy Richardson

Programme Director, Textiles, School of Design


Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 5812

Facilities and resources

The printmaking suite provides a host of facilities for traditional and contemporary printmaking processes.

The Textiles workshops are equipped for traditional flat-bed screenprinting, digital printing and fabric dyeing.

Scholarships and bursaries

Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarships

  • Deadline: 1 March 2021
  • Value: £10,000
  • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate Masters study at Edinburgh College of Art.


Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086