This course has places available for UK and EU applicants only. Applications have now closed for international students.
You can apply for this course via the ‘How to apply’ section on this page.
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.
Course Leader Lorna Bircham talks about MA Textile Design at Chelsea.
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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
Instruction in professional contemporary practice
Focus and debate on environmental issues. This will include looking at the designer’s role in acting responsibly to these
To develop through individual and group tutorials, workshops and online resources
Talks designed to introduce you to a range of visiting artists, designers and other practitioners
To have access to Chelsea's shared workshops. These include ceramics, casting, laser cutting, photography, an audio-visual editing suite, metal and woodwork. View the Chelsea facilities
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.
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.
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Scholarships and awards
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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.
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