- Start dateOctober 2018
- Course length1 year (full time)
MA Textile Design
MA Textile Design at Chelsea College of Arts explores creative approaches to sustainable textiles and surface design.
A key feature of the course at Chelsea is the focus on the debate around environmental issues and the designer's role and responsibility in relation to these. We will encourage you to look at the selecting of raw materials, the impact of production and the product life cycle.
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Content: what students can expect
- A studio-based, practice-led course. View our textiles workshops image gallery
- Opportunities for developing and collaborating on pioneering work within the textile industry
- Study to be underpinned by a supportive theoretical framework, as well as instruction in professional contemporary practice
- To have access to Chelsea's shared workshops including ceramics, casting, laser cutting, photography, metalwork, woodwork and audio visual editing suite. View the Chelsea facilities section
- Focus and debate about environmental issues as well as the designer’s role in acting responsibly to these
- To participate in and develop skills through individual and group tutorials, workshops, online resources and postgraduate talks designed to introduce students to a range of visiting artists, designers and other practitioners
- Unit 1: Exploring and understanding research-led practice
- Unit 2: Contextualising research-led practice
- Unit 3: Realisation of research-led practice
Studio practice involves evolving and developing a personal programme of studio work and related research. Theoretical Studies provides a framework for students to develop a critical research paper, enabling them to locate their ideas and practice in relation to contemporary debate on cultural and theoretical issues.
Throughout the course students participate in individual and group tutorials, developing their skills through Personal Professional Development workshops and on-line resources while the postgraduate talks are organised that introduce them to a range of visiting artists and practitioners.
Learning and teaching methods
- Exhibition tutorials
- General theory forum lectures
- Independent research
- Individual and group tutorials
- Research methodology workshops
- Technical support and courses
- Essays, reports and dissertation
- Final show examination
- Peer assessment
- Student self-evaluation
- Tutorials and mid-year interim reviews
- Lorna Bircham - Course Leader
- Bridget Harvey
- Sophie Gorton
- Katherine May
- Jane Murrow
- Chetna Prajapati
How to apply
All applicants can apply for this course using our online application form.
The home / EU deadline is midday, Tuesday 31 July 2018.
There is no deadline for international applications. Students should apply as early as possible.
Further information about the application process
You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:
- Personal details
- Current and/or previous education and qualification details
- Employment history
- Personal statement
- CV (curriculum vitae)
Once you have submitted the form you will be emailed a link to upload your portfolio (30 images).
The course leader will review your work, may invite you to interview, and will then make a decision on your application.
- BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
- Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
- Personal statement
- Portfolio of work
English language requirements
All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:
- IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)
This should be about 500 words long and include:
- Your reasons for choosing the course
- Your current creative practice and how this will help with your future plans
- If you do not have any formal academic qualifications please describe your relevant education and experience
Portfolios should show the following:
- A range of work and technical skills, which represent the complete design development process, from concept to final outcome
- Examples of professional and or industry experience if appropriate
- A concise portfolio which demonstrates a selective approach
- An understanding of material qualities, which may be the basis of the research question
At interview and portfolio review
We look for:
- The necessary textile specific skills to enable you to work independently on a research project
- The ability to creatively formulate design development concepts and to clearly organise and present ideas
- Evidence of engagement with the critical debate surrounding contemporary textile design practice and issues relating to sustainability
Fees and funding
Home / EU fee
£9,500 (2018/19 fees).
£19,350 (2018/19 fees).
In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.
Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) fee - Home / EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 ELQ fee. Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held.
Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.
Scholarships and awards
There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.
Careers and alumni
MA Textile Design graduates have gone on to careers as textiles practitioners and designer-makers either working with, or establishing their own, major and independent fashion labels.
Recent graduates have gone on to designing prints for Ralph Lauren in New York, working on sustainable craft design projects in India as well as in-house designer for Heritage Cashmere.
Other course alumni have gone on to freelance design work, interior product design or other industry related careers, while some go on to undertake further research.
- Katie Jones Irving - Senior Print Designer, Abercrombie & Fitch
- Print, Tuft and Fold - Zoe Beck (Print), Claire Alderdice (Tuft) and Kim Bassett (Fold)
- Ichiro Suzuki - Menswear Designer