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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Textile Design

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This research-led Textile Design MA addresses the needs of graduates from textile design and related discipline backgrounds, or those who wish to collaborate with professionals in the field. Our Textile Design MA is one of several postgraduate design courses that co-exist at The Cass, offering rich opportunities for the collaborative multidisciplinary approach that is a feature of the current and future design sector and a requirement for success in the field. The course is grounded in the understanding that design is a key driver for change in society and the environment. However, traditional roles in design are increasingly blurred and designers need to be able to negotiate complex and ambiguous problems. This means that the challenges and opportunities for design and designers are being constantly reimagined, as the unpredictability of the future tests our capacity to adapt, invent and apply creative design solutions to emerging needs. Graduates of this course will challenge conventional ideas of what textiles are, and design textiles and textile products that have not yet been conceptualised. Knowing that the future is largely shaped by design decisions implies a responsibility for designers to act in a manner that combines experimentation and radical thinking with care, effective research and collaboration with those who will be affected by the outcomes of designers' work. The work of a designer is not, however, limited to ensuring that any design outcomes, including textiles, are safe and function as intended. You'll want to imbue your work with meaning, to use it to communicate, to engage emotions and inspire response. Textile design proposals also need to be designed to be attractive and desirable in the marketplace and relevant to consumers, meaning that you'll need an exhaustive overview of current and forthcoming trends and developments in order to be competitive. You'll be assessed through portfolios of written, research, visual and physical project work, all directly related to the requirements of practice in the field. The MA is concluded with a major project in which you'll select an area of study, formulate your own argument or theoretical position and produce an independent body of work. The project challenges you to study in a topic that interests you, which will test your creative ambition. Graduates of the course will often work as textile artists, freelance designers and consultants in the textiles sector, but may also work in the creative industries in London, across the UK and overseas. You could also find employment as an in-house designer for furniture and homeware companies or fashion houses, interior practices and manufacturing companies, both large and small. Career paths in art, trend analysis, retail buying & management, textile and design journalism, education and marketing are also open to you on completion of this course.

Different course options

Full time | Aldgate | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Modules

This module, carried out within the context of a design studio, advances discipline-specific design research, development and management skills in the context of a self-directed project development exercise. Students will test in applied practice, research methods considered in the Design Research for Practice module. Its purpose is to facilitate effective planning and development of an appropriate masters design major project under relevant subject-specialist supervision. Through investigatory practice, students will test, select, assemble and apply design and design research methods through which an individual approach to design process can be constructed, and from which innovation can arise. Opportunities arising from emerging social, economic and technological contexts will be sought, and worthwhile and defensible projects will be identified and framed. Students will be encouraged to engage in both speculative and discursive enquiry and rigorous and valid research programmes. Students will be expected to build a comprehensive knowledge of the current state of the context of their interests and practice and be able to position their concepts and proposals as significant interventions.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£8,600

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£12,890

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students will be required to have: a first class or strong upper second class degree, or equivalent, in a related subject. Applicants will also be expected to present a portfolio and provide a statement demonstrating their ambition for the subject area and for studying at postgraduate level. A related undergraduate degrees plus related employment, or consultancy within the field can be considered alongside the portfolio and statement.

University information

Whether you’re looking to change career direction, improve your job prospects or simply pursue a passion, London Met is an excellent choice for postgraduate study. The University’s graduates are working for organisations including the Bank of England, Google, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the United Nations. London Met is particularly focused on work-related learning and ensuring its students have the knowledge and skills needed for a...more