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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Textile Design

Course type


Course Summary

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.


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.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have: BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications; Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration.

University information

University of the Arts London (UAL) is a leading creative university. It has impressive alumni including famous fashion designers, artists and musicians. There are six colleges across 14 sites around London. These offer an extensive range of courses in art, design, screen, fashion, communication, media and performing arts. The colleges are: Camberwell College of Arts Central Saint Martins Chelsea College of Arts London College of...more

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