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Textiles

MA/MSc/MFA
Textiles
MA 1 year (full-time), 2 or 3 years (part-time)
MSc 1 year (full-time), 2 or 3 years (part-time)
MFA 2 years (full-time), 4 or 5 years (part-time)

This course rethinks the use, practice and industry of Textiles within the 21st century. It is responsive to an emerging global landscape that requires, sustainable, design-led, innovative positions to be adopted from which to anticipate and forecast our Textile futures.

Manchester and the School of Art have been at the forefront of textiles innovation since the late 19th Century and this course is built on that rich heritage, offering students the opportunity to challenge and innovate in equal measure.

As a student, you will develop innovative study hubs of interdisciplinary expertise, which will both rethink and regenerate textiles within its expanded field (including Textile Craft, Innovation and Digital specialisms). You will address the future paradigms of environmental and social change, new materiality, and the development of 4.0 Textile Industry. Hybrid creative learning environments such as the Manchester Met Digital Lab and specialist Textile facilities support advanced digital learning and making, electronics, 3D printing and multi-media material making practices to be explored.

You will develop individual specialised projects which will become beacons within the expanded field of design. Learning is creative, innovative and interdisciplinary and teaching features design workshops, guest lectures, design events, reading groups, live industry projects and study trips.

Features

  • While studying towards a particular qualification at MA/MSc/MFA level, students experience their subject in the broader context of contemporary design practice.
  • Dedicated spaces for the postgraduate community have been developed to enable the postgraduate community to flourish. These spaces, for thinking and practice, are at the heart of Manchester School of Art, allowing easy access to an extensive range of workshops where the combination of traditional and state of the art equipment opens up a world of exciting possibilities.
  • You will be taught by research active staff who are part of the Manchester School of Art Research Centre and experts in their field 
  • The University library has outstanding Art and Design holdings, including a special collection of artist's books and ephemera.

Course Content

Year 1 (MA Full-Time)

The MA/MSc in Textiles is composed of four core units plus one option unit, totalling 180 credits.

Design Thinking

This unit introduces an applied understanding of how design can be used as an iterative process for creative problem solving. It will enable you to understand how to apply design thinking processes to your specialist area through understanding users, challenging assumptions, redefining problems and creating innovative solutions to prototype and test. The unit will also provide a broad introduction to research methodologies, strategic research planning and research design. A range of design thinking tools will be introduced and explored before you undertake an in-depth project that provides opportunities for experimentation leading to innovative solutions.

Researching, Mapping and Locating

This unit will enable you to gain an understanding of design practices, perspectives and contexts. You will establish a substantive individual position for personal practice within the expanded field of design. During the unit you will work towards the production of a project proposal which will determine the ongoing research, mapping and locating of your position within contemporary design practice.

Colour, Material & Finish

This unit will enable you to explore the language of material making, process and enquiry. Briefs will stimulate you to generate a range of practice-based responses to questions of context, concept, making, manufacturing, materiality, visual language and sustainability.

Synthesis Project: Textiles (MA)

The Synthesis final MA unit will support you to develop, resolve and present a significant body of work, located within a defined area of Textile practice. The unit accommodates opportunities for collaborative, industry based or international learning experiences, and enables you to undertake and submit work developed within professional placements and/or live projects.

The unit synthesises specialist Textile design, making and innovation which you will have developed throughout the programme. The unit accommodates the opportunity to present your work in progress and to engage in interdisciplinary critiques to test ideas, gain feedback and support the development of your final body of work.

The content of your practice is negotiated with specialist Textiles staff and you will manage your learning via the development of a Synthesis project proposal. The unit features a flexible assessment submission process which combines written and practical elements, the weighting of which being responsive and appropriate to your individual future ambitions, be they professionally or academically focussed.

Synthesis Project Textiles (MSc)

This final MSc unit will support you to develop and resolve a significant body of specialist Textile practice which is aligned to technical, market-led or digital contexts. Your learning journey will be synthesised by the presentation of an innovatively ambitious project, located within a defined area of technical, market orientated or advanced digital design practice.

The unit accommodates opportunities for collaborative, industry based or international learning experiences and enables you to undertake and submit work developed within professional placements and/or live projects. The unit features a presentation of your work in progress to test ideas, gain feedback and to engage in interdisciplinary critique to support the development of your final body of work.

The content of your practice is negotiated with specialist staff and you will manage your learning via the development of a Synthesis project proposal. The unit features a flexible assessment submission process which combines written and practical elements, the weighting of which being responsive and appropriate to your individual future ambitions, be they professionally or academically focussed.

Culture & Context

This unit offers focussed opportunity for you to extend and enhance your practice by including working in a wider art and design research community. The study of the cultural and critical contexts of art and design practice is vital to any student of the creative disciplines, this unit will develop your abilities to contextualise your practice through one of a series of themes addressing contemporary issue in art and design.

In previous years, themes have included:

  • Contested Territories
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Negotiated Study
  • Space & Context
  • Digital Futures
  • Writing Research & Funding Proposals
  • Images And Archives
  • Art & Science Stories

Theme options may vary each year.

Year 2 (MFA Full-Time)

The MFA Textiles continues with the following two units totalling 120 credits.

Professional Practice

This unit is centred on the development of your specialist practice to enhance professional capabilities and career development. You will research suitable partners and agencies to inform a final significant body of work aligned to your chosen professional practice context. Throughout the unit you will be asked to approach, propose, negotiate and progress a plan for the establishment of a professional practice. You will be supported in the continuation of your practice via specialist practice based tutorial and professional practice support.

Realisation and Publication

This is the final unit towards an MFA award in which you are required to realize a significant body of work for a public audience. This unit builds upon practice initiated and developed in earlier units and as such will be used to realize and disseminate an ambitious and autonomous final outcome.

The aims of this unit are for you as an individual or as part of a collaborative team to realize an ambitious and significant body of work and to generate a professional launch pad suitable for its public presentation. Your final presentation of work will include the production of any necessary dissemination, intellectual property and publicity materials.

Resources

We have developed a dedicated postgraduate area occupying an entire floor of the main School of Art building, offering an exciting space to be, both intellectually and practically. The centre is located in the newly refurbished Chatham Tower with studios, design laboratories, seminar rooms and extensive workshops that form the nucleus of this vibrant, cross-disciplinary learning environment.

Find out more about Manchester School of Art's facilities.

Student Work

Visit our online MA Show galleries to see examples of recent work by our postgraduate students.

MA Show 2019 - View Work Online       MA Show 2018 - View Work Online

MA Show 2017 - View Work Online       MA Show 2016 - View Work Online


Graduates

We cultivate highly motivated, independent and creative thinkers who can transfer their skills into the creative marketplace, as entrepreneurial innovators, freelance practitioners and innovative team players. Past graduates predominantly achieve graduate-level positions or practise as sole traders, design studio artists, exhibiting artists, museum curators, archivists, researchers, academics, community practitioners, specialist technicians and filmmakers at national and international levels.

Making an Application

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 2:2 Honours degree is required. Equivalent EU/international qualifications are also accepted. Applicants who don’t meet these criteria will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Other professional qualifications or degree disciplines will be considered on merit and/or with relevant professional experience.

We require the submission of a digital portfolio to evidence Textile practice and research, and may request an interview as part of the application process.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

How to Apply

Please apply online using the link below.

Apply Online

Fees 2020 Entry

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £4,625 to £9,250 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £17,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £8,500 to £17,000 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Eligible alumni receive a 10% discount on their postgraduate tuition fees. Find out more about our Alumni Loyalty Discount.

Also see Postgraduate funding and financial support.

Course Leader

  • Rachel Kelly
    Pathway Leader MA/MFA Fashion and Textile Routes