Postgraduate study

Textiles

Awards: Master of Fine Art

Study modes: Full-time

Funding available

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.

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We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
Master of Fine ArtTextiles21 MonthsFull-timeProgramme structure 2018/19

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

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): 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

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

Find out more about our language requirements:

  • 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

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.

You must submit a reference with your application.

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