Reasons to choose the programme

You will develop a broad range of practical skills and a rich understanding of context and application.
You will engage with staff from a range of backgrounds who will get to know you as an individual and help you flourish in a close-knit environment where all of our students work in the same studio.
We have excellent links with industry, offering students the opportunity to work directly with designers from industry on live briefs and competitions.
You will have the opportunity to show your work in the ECA fashion show, group exhibitions and at New Designers in London.
You'll graduate with the skills to enter a wide range of related careers.

Lindy Richardson talks about the programme
Edinburgh College of Art

Research will help you understand the contexts in which textiles can be applied. The act of making - exploring materials, techniques, colour, image and tactile sensitivity - will encourage innovation beyond expectation.

Outline

Colour, texture, pattern, form… our department continues to challenge what defines textiles as a 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.

What will you learn?

Initially, you will be introduced to techniques in the print room, dye lab and workshops. You will be taught silkscreen and digital printing, dye techniques, embroidery and drawing.

Research will help you understand the contexts in which textiles can be applied. The act of making - exploring materials, techniques, colour, image and tactile sensitivity - will encourage innovation beyond expectation.

Who will teach you?

Our enthusiastic staff have a broad range of expertise which includes print, embroidery, knit and weave as well as upholstery, jewellery and graphic design. This diverse mix of backgrounds adds to the richness of the teaching. Additionally, you will hear from guest lecturers from commercial industry, small businesses and specialists in, for example, web design. This will help put your learning in context.

What additional opportunities will you have?

We actively promote collaboration. You will have the opportunity to design and make with others through projects with industry and with creative practitioners across ECA and the University of Edinburgh. You may, for example, work with fashion designers, interior designers, fine artists and performance costume designers.

You will have the opportunity to show your work in the ECA fashion show, group exhibitions and at New Designers in London.

As well as the option to study abroad in the 3rd year, we support studio placements for all our students, often in London design studios.

 

Careers

Our graduates are employed as textile designers throughout the world and by leading brands, including Burberry, River Island, Cole and Sons and Pentland Design Group. Some also move into related fields, such as fashion, interior design, fine art and education.


How to apply and entrance requirements

If you'd like to study on an undergraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to

  • see detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder
  • get information on what to expect after you apply
  • find out about fees
  • find out where to go for further advice and guidance

Take me to the University of Edinburgh website on how to apply for undergraduate

If you’re applying to study on one of our Art or Design degree programmes, you’ll also be required to submit a mini portfolio. Our application guide explains what you need to submit and by when.

Art & Design: How to Apply application guide (PDF)

If you have any questions about the application process, our Undergraduate Admissions Office will be happy to help you.

Email the Undergraduate Admissions Office: CAHSS.UGAdmissions@ed.ac.uk


Staff

Lindy Richardson

Programme Director, Textiles

Email: l.richardson@ed.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 5812


Facilities and resources

Screen-printing facilities, a camera room, a digital fabric printer, and drawing studios with individual workstations.


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Contact

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Office

Email: CAHSS.UGAdmissions@ed.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 3565