Postgraduate study

Textiles MFA

Awards: MFA

Funding opportunities

Programme website: Textiles

This programme offers a rich and stimulating exploration of materials and textile processes. It has applications spanning a broad range of contexts and challenging any boundaries which may define what textiles can be.

We’ll nurture the development of your interests through focused research. With subjects tailored to your own curiosity in and around textiles, this variety of approaches within each cohort creates a rich environment for innovation. This breadth is also reflected in the range of staff working on the programme, with a stimulating mix of backgrounds from print, embroidery, and woven textiles as well as graphics and jewellery.

While embedding the rudiments of the techniques and facilities of the discipline, we encourage you to embrace the possibilities available and consider the collaborative partnerships and excellent facilities that the wider School and University can offer to enrich your projects. Through our links with the textiles and fashion industries, you’ll be supported to find a work placement during your studies, gaining valuable industry experience.

This programme is project-led. You will produce a body of work on an agreed proposed topic, culminating in resolved practical solutions.

Classes are offered in drawing skills, technical workshops in the dye lab, print room, and in our Computer Aided Design (CAD) suite for digital printing and CAD embroidery.

Your study will combine practical studio work closely entwined with theoretical and written studies, including professional practice elements to prepare you for employment in the industry.

A lecture/ seminar series will help you examine the wider context for your project, and will help you to articulate your ideas through the written and spoken word.

This programme can offer a route into careers in many areas, including the fashion and textile industries, and beyond. Graduates in textiles have an excellent track record, going on to work directly in design studios in London, Paris and Milan, in companies such as Phoebe English, Alexander McQueen, Michael Kors, De Gournay, and Burberry.

Our graduates have additionally gone on to become stylists, fashion buyers, and fine artists, or have pursued careers in related design industries such as automotive interiors and interior design.

Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a related subject.

You must submit a portfolio as part of your application. Your portfolio should:

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

If you do not meet the academic entry requirements, we may still consider your application on the basis of your portfolio and/or relevant professional experience.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)

  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.*

(*Revised 08/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates. Revised 09/05/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

Find out more about our language requirements:

Read our general information on tuition fees and studying costs:

Featured funding

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
  • College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Postgraduate Office, The University of Edinburgh
  • David Hume Tower, George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9JX

You must submit a portfolio as part of your application. You won't be able to submit your portfolio immediately, but you'll receive an email prompt within a few days of submitting your application that will explain how to upload your portfolio.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
  • College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Postgraduate Office, The University of Edinburgh
  • David Hume Tower, George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9JX