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Graduate Diploma Textile Design

College
CHELSEA
Start date
September 2020
Course length
1 year (full time)

Graduate Diploma in Textile Design at Chelsea College of Arts is a one year pre-masters course which prepares you for further study in this area of practice.

Course overview

The course is designed for students who have a BA but perhaps not necessarily in this subject area and wish to progress to MA level. It is designed to help support the development of your textile design knowledge and skills underpinned by an ethos of sustainable and ethical design practices. You will learn how to apply and adapt your current creative methods of practice in this context.

What to expect 

  • To develop and locate your practice within the context of textile design
  • To look at social, sustainable and responsible design approaches and strategies
  • To take an integrated approach to theory and practice, ideas and making, concept and process through enquiry, dialogue and debate
  • To work within a dynamic learning environment that encourages peer learning which will enable you to develop as an independent thinker and proactive designer
  • To develop your critical and analytical skills within a culturally diverse environment that fosters curiosity, experimentation and dialogue
  • Lectures on contemporary and historical contexts and applications for textiles
  • To develop your personal and professional skills relevant to further study at MA level
  • To have access to course specific specialist facilities. There is a print and dye lab and digital print computer suite. We also have workshops for stitch, digital embroidery, knit and weave
  • To have access to Chelsea's shared workshops. These include ceramics, casting, laser cutting, photography, metalwork, woodwork and audio-visual editing suite. View the Chelsea facilities

Mode of study 

Graduate Diploma Textile Design is offered in full-time mode and consists of 30 teaching weeks over 1 academic year. You will be expected to commit an average of 40 hours per week to your course, including teaching hours and independent study.

Course units

A short description of each unit and what you can expect.

Unit 1 - Research and risk-taking: exploring your practice

This unit is an introduction to your course, the college and the university.

  • Inductions to learning resources and workshops at Chelsea
  • An overview of key textile areas including weave, knit, stitch and print
  • To be introduced to textile-specific design principles and research methodologies
  • Lectures introducing you to a variety of applications for textiles within different contexts
  • A discovery project that encourages you to locate your practice interests within textile design
  • To write a design statement and sustainable design evaluation of 500-800 words
  • To produce a portfolio of project work

Unit 2 - Critical and professional contexts: development and realisation

This unit will focus on your future ambitions within textile design.

  • To write a design proposal for your final design project that is underpinned by sustainable, social and responsible design research methodologies and practices
  • To produce a critical research paper contextualising your practice of 2000 words
  • To develop your design identity and how this connects to a wider external context
  • To produce a portfolio of project work including your design development, prototypes and solutions
  • To write a designers’ statement of 500 words
  • To present work in the college show

Learning and teaching methods

  • Briefings, cross-level lectures and seminars
  • Collaborative projects
  • Group studio practice presentations and peer learning
  • Group tutorials and termly 1:1 tutorial support
  • Independent museum and gallery visits with study tasks
  • Introduction to the resources that will support your studies
  • Research methodologies for textiles workshops

Assessment methods

  • Design submissions
  • Oral and visual presentations
  • Peer and self-assessment
  • Research portfolio
  • Written work

Staff

Claire Anderson - Course Leader

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
  • Evidence of ability in art or design
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio of work

Entry to this course will also be determined by the quality of your application, looking primarily at your portfolio of work, personal statement and reference.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • A combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

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:

Selection criteria

We look for:

  • Evidence of an interest in surfaces, textural qualities and mixed media
  • A clear commitment to the chosen field of textile design
  • Ability to benefit from the learning environment and experience
  • Awareness of contemporary context and ideas
  • Some understanding of the role that contemporary critical thought and historical study can play in the development of personal creative work
  • Ability to communicate and discuss issues and ideas both verbally and in written form in English
  • Awareness of how to communicate with an audience
  • Ability to manage your own time and initiate projects

Making your application

Portfolio advice

  • Visual research including drawing, photography and collage
  • Clear documentation of work that is too large to bring to interview
  • Self-initiated as well as project or course work
  • Evidence of research and development of ideas
  • Evidence of recent written work - where relevant to your practice

Personal statement

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

Apply

Application deadline

Home/EU applicant period may stay open until midday Monday 31 August 2020.

Although we advise you to apply sooner than this. Some courses are very popular and may close to applicants early.

If you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current graduate diploma course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at Chelsea College of Arts, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

Deferred entry application:

This course will consider deferred entry applications. If you are interested in requesting a deferral, you can only request this if you are successful at application.

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll be invited to or asked to book onto a suitable date to attend an interview selection event.

Interview selection event

You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by the academics conducting the event. Please be prepared to talk about your work, what inspires you and your influences. We may not discuss all of these topics at the event.

The event will also give you a chance to meet current students, take a tour of the college and see the facilities.

More details about your interview selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen or been allocated your date.

Selection for Home/EU applicants happens in a variety of different ways:

  • In person at Chelsea College of Arts
  • By phone or Skype

If you choose phone or Skype, you will be sent an email requesting that you upload a digital portfolio using UAL’s online portfolio review system.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through the UAL portal.

Please note that applications made to this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

There are 2 ways international students can apply to a graduate diploma course at Chelsea College of Arts:

Read our immigration and visa information to find out if you need a visa to study at UAL.

Application deadline

International applicant period may stay open until midday Monday 31 August 2020.

Although we advise you to apply sooner than this. Some courses are very popular and may close to applicants early.

If you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current graduate diploma course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at Chelsea College of Arts, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

Deferred entry application:

This course will consider deferred entry applications. If you are interested in requesting a deferral, you can only request this if you are successful at application.

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Immigration history check

Whether you’re applying online via UCAS, through a UAL representative or by direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History Check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL. If you don’t complete the check we won’t be able to proceed with your application.

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you will be asked to upload a digital portfolio. Once you have uploaded your portfolio, you’ll be invited to or asked to book onto a suitable date to attend an interview selection event.

Interview selection event

You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by the academics conducting the event. Please be prepared to talk about your work, what inspires you and your influences. We may not discuss all of these topics at the event.

More details about your interview selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen or been allocated your date.

Selection for international applicants happens in a variety of different ways:

  • By phone or Skype
  • In your country, if your application was made through one of our official representatives
  • In person at our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts

If you choose phone or Skype your portfolio that you uploaded via UAL’s online portfolio review system will be used during the interview.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through the UAL portal.

Please note that applications made to this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.


Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£11,220 (2020/21).

International fee

£22,920 (2020/21).

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Additional costs

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.

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