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Textiles in Practice

BA (Hons)
Textiles in Practice
3 years (full-time)
UCAS W232

The programme is framed by an awareness of professional contexts, including fashion, interiors, exhibition or architectural installation. This course will allow you to experience textiles as a flexible and diverse subject area with pathways enabling specialist study and digital applications across print, knit, weave, and embroidery. We promote and encourage the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary practice where processes and techniques combine and complement one another. You will work collaboratively on joint projects as well as selecting your individual path according to personal interests and ambitions.

Special Features

  • Through project options, students can work towards their area of specialist interest.
  • Access to extensive traditional and digital workshops.
  • Teaching staff are practicing textile practitioners and researchers.
  • Collaborative, interdisciplinary opportunities to work with students and staff from across the faculty.

Course Content

You will be taught from within core pathways offering the opportunity to either specialise or combine the disciplines of print, weave, knit and embroidery. Emphasis is placed on the development of personal interests and ambitions that reflect the breadth, versatility and potential of textiles within contemporary art and design contexts.

Live project briefs and work placement opportunities allow you to develop these personal skills collaboratively and for external clients. Past graduates hold key creative positions in organisations such as John Lewis, Habitat, Paul Smith, Aardman Animations and ASOS or are self-employed as designers and practising artists.  

Year 1

In Year 1 you will develop a broad understanding of textile contexts and the visual research, technical tools and skills the programme requires. You will be introduced to creative attitudes to learning, working and thinking.

Origins

This unit is a practical introduction to the fundamental concepts, methods and skills that underpin the Textiles in Practice programme. Textile related visual thinking, research and introductory technical workshops are key to this unit. Through practical workshops/demonstrations, lectures, tutorials, projects, and task related activities, you are introduced to the fundamental methodologies of creative textile practice.

Sampling

You will explore and identify individual approaches to practice within the broad domain of textiles. Further development of specialist textile skills and techniques will increase confidence in sampling to articulate ideas. Through experimentation with process and methods you are encouraged to apply gained knowledge, analytical and reflective skills through a series of thematically directed projects and blogging.

Unit X

This unit provides an opportunity to explore collaborative and interdisciplinary art and design practice by undertaking work alongside students from Design/Art programmes within Manchester School of Art. The unit covers set project(s) which encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience. You will engage in lectures and talks from key research staff and students, tutorial group meetings and presentations. The set projects will vary from year to year and are designed to be responsive to creative opportunities.

Contextualising Practice 1

You are allocated to one of four pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. Lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits around cultural contexts and professional issues.

Contextualising Practice with Language 1

You are allocated to one of four pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. The unit includes lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits around cultural contexts and professional issues.

Year 2

In Year 2 you will be able to determine your specialist pathway through the programme and develop the skills to articulate your ideas. There will be opportunities to engage with external partners (including studios, manufacturers, galleries, external projects) and collaborate with students and staff from across the faculty.

Intentions

You will move towards defining their work's concept, process and context. Underpinned by rigorous research, they will use projects to take risks and experiment to develop fluency and a distinctive voice in the field of textiles in practice.

Locating

In order to extend the fluency of your work, this unit provides the opportunity for you to author a learning agreement.  You will explore national/international perspectives and make contact with your audience, testing and presenting your work within a professional textiles context.  In addition you will develop external networks and contacts in order to locate and test the work in a professional context.  Live projects, exchanges and work experience can all be undertaken and incorporated into your work on this unit. 

Unit X

This unit explores collaborative and interdisciplinary art and design practice.  You will have the opportunity to engage in a range of external facing learning opportunities which will encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience; this may take the form of spending time outside of the university and working within the creative community and the public domain.

Contextualising Practice 2

Delivery of critical, historical and professional issues to enhance your development within practice-based clusters. Delivery to clusters of cognate practice areas. Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas plus cluster-wide professional and employability issues, facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner.

Contextualising Practice with Language 2

Delivery of critical and historical issues to enhance the student's development within practice-based clusters.  Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner. Modes of delivery include lectures, seminars, tutorials, guest speakers, visits and placements.

Year 3

In Year 3 you will create a portfolio of work that showcases your practice, developing a deep understanding of the context of your work, and creating products and artifacts that reflect your specialism.

Practice

Through a range of textile related projects, you will develop an in depth understanding of individual context, market and practice. You will build a portfolio that articulates ideas to support your career aspirations.  You will produce a series of at least four negotiated projects that focus on professional portfolio building, fluency of textile practice, honing research skills and rigorous reflection.  Once your project is complete you will then present your work to an audience of peers and professionals.

Unit X

On the third year Unit X, there is a student authored final project leading to a showcase of finished work. The unit includes a brief generated by the student, which leads to the presentation of a significant body of final work. Collaborative and interdisciplinary work can be incorporated into the project in relation to the professional context and ambition of the student.

Contextualising Practice 3

Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a student's individual practice interests.

Contextualising Practice with a Language 3

Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a your individual practice interests. A negotiated project focused around an individually defined area appropriate to your aims and ambitions.

Assessment

Continuous formative and summative assessment with feedback and discussion on completion of all units. The programme ends with a School of Art exhibition.

Placements

You will be supported and encouraged to take advantage of work-based learning opportunities, with established links across a wide range of creative and commercial organisations.

You can find further details about the curriculum in the Programme Specification Document

Student Work

Our online gallery archive shows work by graduates of the BA (Hons) Textiles in Practice course and the previous BA (Hons) Embroidery, BA (Hons) Textiles and BA (Hons) Textile Design for Fashion courses which have now become Textiles in Practice.

BA (Hons) Textiles in Practice


Staff


Manchester School of Art at New Designers

Clothes inspired by winter landscapes

Graduates

Past textile graduates hold key creative positions in organisations such as Habitat, Paul Smith, Aardman Animations and ASOS or are self-employed as designers and practicing as artists. Some are in postgraduate education at the Royal College of Art, London College of Fashion and at MMU. Many are teachers in schools and academics in universities and art schools in the UK and overseas.

Course Blog

Making an Application

How to Apply

Apply through UCAS.

If you meet our criteria we will invite you to an Interview and ask you to show us a Portfolio of your work.

You will be notified of our decision through UCAS.

Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff Points/Grades Required

280 at A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National Extended Diploma DMM at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma). If applying using Foundation Diploma in Art and Design a minimum of a Merit is required depending on other level 3 qualifications. A Level General Studies is not accepted.

Learn more about MMU's Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Specific GCSE Requirements

GCSE Grade C or above (or acceptable alternative) in English Language

Non Tariffed Qualifications

A relevant Level 3 Access to HE Diploma with 30 Level 3 credits at merit or above will be considered for entry to this course.

International Baccalaureate26 Points

International Students

A minimum IELTS score of 6 with no element below 5.5 is required.

Check our MMU International site for further information if you are applying with non-UK qualifications.

Fees 2016 Entry

UK and EU full-time student fees: £9,000. Non-EU full-time international student fees: £12,650.

See Money Matters for further information and advice.