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Textiles Master of Fine Art, MA (eca)

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MFA Textiles - 21 Months (Full-time)
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MA (eca) Textiles - 1 Year (Full-time)
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Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4086
Email: hsspg@ed.ac.uk
Lindy Richardson (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 5812
Email: l.richardson@ed.ac.uk
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
Edinburgh
EH8 9JX

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 minimum score
  • IELTS total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
Other accepted tests and scores
  • TOEFL-iBT: Total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): Total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CPE Grade C; CAE Grade B

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How to apply

This programme requires the submission of a portfolio and study proposal.

Your portfolio should reflect the following criteria:

  • Evidence your design process from initiation through development to resolution
  • You should include original drawing/image making
  • Demonstrate your ability to utilise colour, pattern and texture effectively
  • Show an awareness of contemporary trends and preoccupations in art and design
  • Above all, your portfolio should demonstrate creativity and individuality

A study proposal of up to 500 words is also required as part of your application. This should reflect on what you have explored or discovered during your undergraduate degree, or other previous experience, and explain how you intend to develop this further, both practically and theoretically, at Masters level.

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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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