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.