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Textiles Master of Fine Art, MA (eca)

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29 July 2015

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MFA Textiles - 21 Months (Full-time)
MA (eca) Textiles - 1 Year (Full-time)

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Contact information
Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4086
Lindy Richardson (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 5812
Address: Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
College of Humanities and Social Science Postgraduate Office, The University of Edinburgh
David Hume Tower, George Square
Central Campus

This programme offers a rich and stimulating exploration of aspects within the textiles, fashion, interior design and furnishing industries.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a related field of study. Any appropriate professional experience will also be considered.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

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How to apply

You must submit a reference with your application.

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

In addition to the supporting documents requested on the online application form, you should also submit a portfolio that:

  • demonstrates your creativity and individuality
  • demonstrates your ability to utilise colour, pattern and texture effectively
  • shows an awareness of contemporary trends and preoccupations in art and design
  • includes evidence of your design process, from initiation through development to resolution
  • includes original drawing/image making

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Programme description

We’ll nurture the development of your interests through drawing, research, colour work and practical skills, encouraging innovative and experimental approaches within our well-equipped studios.

Our graduates are award winners, known for their exquisite drawing skills, innovative mixing and layering of techniques, elegant classic collections with rich eclectic mixes of imagery, quirky illustrations, beautiful hand embroidery and unexpected combinations of colour and texture.

Through our links within the Scottish textiles and fashion industries, you’ll be supported to find a work placement during your studies, gaining valuable industry experience.

Programme structure

On the one-year MA programme, you will produce a body of work on an agreed proposed topic, culminating in resolved practical solutions.

The two-year MFA allows you to complete an extended body of work on an agreed proposed topic, demonstrating a strong element of research and originality.

Both years are project-led. Your study will combine practical studio work with theoretical and written studies, including professional practice elements to prepare you for employment in the industry, and a lecture/seminar series that will examine the wider context of your studies.

Career opportunities

This programme can offer a route into careers in many areas, including both the fashion and the textile industries. Our graduates have an excellent track record, going on to work directly in textile design studios in London, Paris and New York, in companies such as Red or Dead, Osborne and Little, Cole & Son, and Diane von Furstenberg.

Others have become stylists, fashion buyers, illustrators or fine artists, while others have pursued careers in related design industries such as automotive interiors and interior design.

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