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Surface Pattern and Textiles MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Textile Design

Course type


Course Summary

Students on this course cultivate an innovative view of surface design. They are challenged to ruthlessly explore pattern and decoration, reflecting on the social, cultural and aesthetic context for surface pattern design and textiles in the 21st century. New relationships like that of surfaces and light are being investigated, while new materials and technologies continually challenge designers to develop fresh ideas and methods. You can choose to focus purely on textile surfaces, the manipulation of fabric, exploration of tactile textile surfaces, embellishment, print and decoration. Students get to research and experiment with traditional techniques and new technology to create innovative textiles and surface pattern designs for a range of materials including ceramics, plastics, and paper. They use our cutting-edge digital equipment to develop designs for wallpaper, tableware, floor coverings, interior products, stationary, giftware, garments and jewellery. We help our students find their own creative process and to develop their own direction and style which enables them to choose a rewarding career.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Practical and theoretical elements will be assessed both during and at the end of each module. Assessment strategies for the Practice modules will usually involve portfolio assessment, presentations, summaries of reflective journals and the learning agreement. There are intermediate exit awards at appropriate stages.


Graduates go onto a range of jobs and careers. Some choose to set up their own businesses, such as Georgia Wilkinson who has her own brand of interior textiles and products. Other graduates go on to work in design studios for textile print, fashion print, wallpapers, floor coverings etc. or work as freelance designers or textiles artists with their own studios, running workshops and undertaking commissions. Some people go onto a career in teaching, lecturing or academia and it is possible to progress onto PhD or Professional Doctorate study after graduation from the MA course.

Different course options

Full time | Preston Campus | 13 months | 21-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


13 months

Start date



Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a recognised British honours degree to a good standard, or its equivalent. Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits and in the light of the nature and scope of the programme or work proposed. Students must demonstrate achievement of any one of the following: Receipt of a 2.2 degree, or higher from a British university; A high level of achievement in undergraduate studies at a university elsewhere, e.g. for North American students a minimum overall GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale; Professional experience in the field or a related field in their home country.

University information

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a leading modern university based in the centre of Preston. Offering innovation, world-leading research and real-world practicality to inspire their students, the University provides a high-quality experience. The University offers over 200 postgraduate courses – both taught and research – in a range of subjects. What's more, UCLan is ranked in the top 3.7% of universities in the world, while 16...more