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MA Textile Design

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

MA Textile Design at Chelsea College of Arts is underpinned by sustainable and responsible approaches to design.

This course is undergoing re-approval. This is the process by which we ensure the course continues to provide a high quality academic experience. During re-approval there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about the course.

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Course overview

A key feature of MA Textile Design at Chelsea is the focus on the debate around environmental issues and the designer's role and responsibility in relation to these.

The course offers you an opportunity to explore possibilities within textile design and help to shape the future of the industry. You will be encouraged to develop your research interests and design ideas, build your knowledge and advance your career ambitions.

What to expect

  • A research-led and practice-based course in which the textile studio is the creative heart of the course’s design community, a forum for discussion, study and collaboration
  • A range of learning opportunities that are informed by current professional practice and leading research in textile design
  • Studio-based teaching activities which include seminars, workshops, group and individual tutorials as well as peer presentations and briefings
  • A course which places an emphasis of each student’s major project, which underpins your learning journey and spans the whole course. You will write your own project brief during the first term of the course, through a process of examination and exploration of your research and design interests
  • A focus on sustainable and responsible approaches and attitudes to design and exploring these in depth, through teaching activities including seminars, workshops and group work
  • The Centre for Circular Design (CCD) is a research unit based at Chelsea whose focus investigates materials, models and mindsets for a circular economy and the role designers play in sustainable futures. CCD principles are firmly embedded within the course ethos
  • Smaller projects and opportunities which entail collaborative peer-learning. These currently include: The TEN: Sustainable Design Strategies, TABA Sustainable Design Event, an interdisciplinary MA design collaborative project and ‘Unpicking the Past’ an investigative archive project
  • Opportunity and support to engage in different national and international industry competitions each year, which currently include: BEDifferent (Lenzing), Tiffany & Co. X Outset, and the Bradford Textile Society Design Competition
  • To become a confident and adaptable designer who can embrace and embed sustainable and responsible approaches to design into your practice
  • To advance your knowledge and understanding of textile design issues and debates which takes account of local and global contexts
  • Opportunities for the development of transferable and professional skills relevant to employment and further study
  • 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, audio-visual editing suite, metal and woodwork. View the Chelsea facilities

Mode of study

MA Textile Design is offered in full-time mode and runs for 45 weeks over 12 months. 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 - Exploring and understanding research led practice

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

  • Inductions to learning resources and workshops at Chelsea
  • To explore methods for developing an integrated approach to theory and practice
  • To discuss and develop your research led proposal
  • To write a short text on your research interests
  • Tutorials, seminars and academic workshops

Unit 2 - Contextualising research led practice

This unit is about situating your work relative to other practitioners.

  • To refine your research led proposal
  • To define a clear direction for your practice and writing
  • To produce studio based developmental work and a 2000 word written document
  • To take part in an interim exhibition
  • Group crits, seminars and tutorials

Unit 3 - Realisation of research led practice

The final unit of the course will focus on the production of your personal project.

  • To demonstrate how you have developed your practice as a model for exploring and reflecting on contextual and theoretical perspectives
  • To submit studio work, design development and a 3000 - 5000 word document
  • To present work in the college postgraduate show

Learning and teaching methods

  • Exhibition tutorials
  • General theory forum lectures
  • Independent research
  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Research methodology workshops
  • Technical support and courses

Assessment methods

  • Essays, reports and dissertation
  • Final show examination
  • Peer assessment
  • Student self-evaluation
  • Tutorials and mid-year interim reviews

Staff

  • Jane Murrow - Course Leader
  • Bridget Harvey
  • Sophie Gorton
  • Katherine May
  • Chetna Prajapati

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
  • 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:

  • 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

Making your application

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 Thursday 30 July 2020.

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

Postgraduate transfers:

If you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG 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 submit a mini portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Mini portfolio

The portfolio should show the following:

  • A maximum of 30 images or other files such as animation, film or video
  • 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

Following the review of the mini portfolio we select applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to 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 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 your mini 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.

There are 2 ways international students can apply to a postgraduate 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 Thursday 30 July 2020.

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

Postgraduate transfers:

If you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG 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 submit a mini portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Mini portfolio

The portfolio should show the following:

  • A maximum of 30 images or other files such as animation, film or video
  • 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

Following the review of the mini portfolio we select applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to an interview selection event.

Interview Selection Event

You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by the academic 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 applications are available 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 Chelsea College of Arts

If you choose phone or Skype your mini 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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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.

Alumni

  • Katie Jones Irving - Senior Print Designer, Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Print, Tuft and Fold - Zoe Beck, Claire Alderdice and Kim Bassett
  • Ichiro Suzuki - Menswear Designer

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