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What will I learn?

About the course

The MA in Textiles covers a broad area of contemporary textile and surface design practice. Spanning both the commercial and arts aspects of the field, the course enables exploration of a varied range of textile directions and contexts.

It offers recent graduates, and those returning to education later in their careers, opportunities to enhance their knowledge, skills, creativity and employment prospects, through imaginative enquiry into different textile and surface design concepts and processes.

The aim of this course is to enable you to:

  • Develop innovative and imaginative approaches to materials, processes and methodologies in textiles, and rigorously test these ideas against trends within current practice
  • Evidence advanced critical evaluation and development of traditional and innovative textile techniques in the creation of new product and concepts.
  • Experiment, expand and encourage progressive thinking in the sustainable practices for textiles to meet future industry opportunities and customer demands.
  • Systematically plan, negotiate, and implement a body of work underpinned by advanced practice and research in textiles and/or surface design.
  • Examine the principles and practices inherent in textiles and surface design and their intersection with commercial and creative industries.

Our course aims to combine advanced creative, aesthetic and technical design skills. You will normally have a degree in a related subject (Textiles or Surface Design, Textile Crafts or Fashion), and may be seeking to develop fresh approaches to your subject. This could be towards fashion, interiors or exterior architectural surfaces, future materials, 3D textiles or surfaces, advancing your weave, embroidery, knit, and print skills, or textile art approaches, building your portfolio for future industry or freelance practice.

Your career

There are many exciting opportunities within the creative industries for innovators in areas such as museums, galleries, fashion, interiors, the retail sector and freelance/consultancy. The education sector or further doctoral study are also options.

The expectation is that you will seek to enter the textile, surface design or textile craft industries into roles such as: textile or surface designer, independent designer maker, illustrator, trend and colour forecasters and consultants, design manager, material specifiers for interiors and exteriors, colour and material designers for the fashion, interiors and contract furnishings or automotive industries, curators, community craft engagement practitioners, educators, or you may wish to advance your research expertise in your current subject area or role by developing proposals for further postgraduate research.

MA students studying within the Department of Fashion and Textiles have gone on to be successful within the following roles: Trend Researcher at Trend Bible, Textile Design and Development Consultant at Thorpe Hodgson, Apprentice Developer at FOOTASYLUM, Creative Pattern Cutter at Hugo Boss, Visual Associate at Gap, and freelance design practice.

Career support

We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition.

So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions.

Which department am I in?

University of Huddersfield

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£16,000.00 (US$ 19,297) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

19 September 2022, 9 January 2023

Venue

University of Huddersfield

Queensgate,

Huddersfield,

Kirklees,

HD1 3DH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have Bachelor degree with a GPA between 2.7 and 3.2. All applicants are considered individually and alternative qualifications may be acceptable. Please refer the university website for details of the English Language requirements for entry to individual postgraduate degree programmes.

For international students

Entry requirements for this course are normally: An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject or an equivalent professional qualification. Alternative qualifications and/or significant experience may be accepted, subject to approval. International students with qualifications in 'creative' or 'practice' subjects should submit a digital portfolio (pdf) of work with their application. All suitably qualified applicants are normally invited in for an informal chat with a portfolio or considered for admittance under alternative arrangements. English Requirements: If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Huddersfield

The University of Huddersfield is an award-winning, modern university with state-of-the-art facilities in a multicultural and thriving town.

  • Over 97 percent graduate employability rate
  • Teaching staff rank in the top three in England
  • Multi-Award-winning with state-of-the-art facilities
  • 100+ Students’ Union societies plus over 60 global societies

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