University of Brighton Textiles
The increased understanding and use of textiles as both a decorative and technical material has led to a rapid expansion of the industry into areas such as architecture and engineering.
This merging of textiles technology and aesthetics is complex and requires designers who are able to converse with engineers and scientists, handling technical information as well as expressing conceptual design ideas.
Through established links with the DR-i (Design Research Initiative) and Brighton’s School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, this MA is designed to stimulate such diversity in textile design thinking. We are seeking talented students who are keen to push the boundaries and perception of what we understand textiles to be.
This course is suitable both for recent graduates interested in furthering their skills or exploring new areas and markets, and for experienced designers who want to challenge their practice in a creative environment.
Due to the open and explorative nature of the course, students from non-textiles backgrounds such as 3D craft design, fine art, materials development, engineering and science are welcome to bring a fresh viewpoint and build on their existing specialist knowledge.
The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2017. They should be used as a general guide.
We operate a flexible admissions policy – this means that you could receive a lower conditional offer than the typical offer, informed by our assessment of your complementary non-academic achievements and experiences. For courses that require interview or portfolio review, this may also be considered in the level of any conditional offer that follows if your application is successful.
There is no formal deadline for receipt of applications, and applications may be made at any time. At the point of admission, students are expected to have clear reasoning behind their choice to undertake this program and an understanding of the textiles context they want to explore, along with a desire and determination to develop their knowledge. Direct access to semester 3 of the program will only be considered when applicants have accrued an appropriate number of credits in a relevant subject at postgraduate level.
Degree and/or experience
Applicants for the Textiles MA should be able to demonstrate a level of enquiry and investigation relevant to their proposed area of study and an ability to succeed at postgraduate level, for example through a relevant honours degree or equivalent professional experience. Through their personal statement and design proposal submitted with their application, applicants must demonstrate:
- an ability to articulate individual perceptions and understandings of textiles design
- an ability to positively engage in critical discussion regarding their work and its broader implications and context
- an ambition to critically appraise and develop their practice within the context of textiles
- experience and competency in the relevant area of textiles design through a body of work.
English language requirements
Overseas applicants must meet the above entry requirements, and additionally have proven competence in written and spoken English at an appropriate level of fluency (equivalent to an IELTS grade of 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in writing).
Please make sure that you meet the entry requirements before applying. If you have any questions the course team will be happy to help.
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