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MA Design (Textiles)
School/s
Bath School of Design
Campus or location
Locksbrook Campus
Course length
One year full-time.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We're generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent.

Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

Please contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Reach your creative and professional potential with our practical Master’s in Textile Design.

  • Achieve your creative potential through innovative and exciting textiles projects of a professional standard.
  • Learn from accomplished design professionals and receive excellent academic and technical support.
  • Work in your own studio and benefit from excellent workshop and fabrication facilities.

This is a practical Master’s in textile design, grounded in professional development and research. We encourage you to work independently and collaboratively, with and alongside students of illustration, photography, curation and other Design and Fine Art specialisms.

You’ll build a strong professional context for your practice, and receive excellent academic and technical support from specialist practitioners, technical demonstrators, designers, researchers, theorists, professors and lecturers.

On successful completion of the course, your increased confidence and abilities will be clearly evident in the portfolios you've developed. Through contact with sector leaders, You'll be ready to move into industry, perhaps as a freelancer or an entrepreneur.

"My overall experience at Bath Spa University was amazing. I found the MA extremely rewarding; for me it was the perfect mix of design, practical and business learning. I was supported throughout by a brilliant team of lecturers and technical staff. This guidance and encouragement helped me realise design and practical ideas, giving me the confidence to pursue my own business venture on the completion of the course."

Beki Bright, 2020

What you'll learn

Overview

Working alongside other postgraduate students from Photography, Illustration, Graphics, Fine Art and other Art and Design subjects, you’ll develop your own projects while undertaking practice-led research, theory and professional practice modules.

Specialist tutors and technicians will guide your progress, supporting you to create your own approach and make your design outcomes more successful. You'll have the opportunity to develop and propose a personal route of study and explore and research textiles through print, embroidery, knit, mixed-media or surface engineering for interiors, fashion or as applied arts.

You'll use subject-specific studios and workshops and have access to specialist software and computers. Our excellent art and design library provides access to books, ebooks, magazines and periodicals and is supported by a dedicated team.

The year-long Design Master’s culminates in a public exhibition. Our aim is for you to graduate with a broad, informed outlook, a genuine confidence in your abilities and the professional skills necessary to succeed in your chosen specialism.

Course structure

Our Master's in Textiles Design runs over one year and is divided into three trimesters.

Trimester one
We encourage playfulness and risk-taking, and ask you to respond to a range of instructions in ways that will allow you to interrogate how you work – without threatening your approach. Right from the start, you'll begin to gather primary and secondary research that will feed into your assessments. We introduce a range of key issues in design and communication practice and allow you to explore how your specialist approach relates to the wider field. You’ll also begin to develop your professional practice skills such as marketing, social media, IT, collaborative working and exhibition installation.

Trimester two
Maintaining an experimental approach, you'll begin to narrow your focus. Academic staff will help you evaluate your development and refine your work to support the project outcome. You’ll be encouraged to pay greater attention to the way in which your project functions and engages its audience. Technical staff will support you to bring your project to a level appropriate for the assessment submission.

Trimester three
A self-directed, double practice module leads to your final Degree Show. You’ll establish a line of enquiry, working to a proposal of your devising, which positions your work within your specialist discipline. You’ll work in the studio with increasing independence to produce a body of work that demonstrates your now advanced knowledge and understanding of your professional practice.

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document for more information on which modules are core, required or optional.

  • Research Methods
  • Theory and Professional Context
  • Practice 1 (Design)
  • Research Practice
  • Theory and Professional Practices
  • Practice 2 (Design)
  • Master's Project (Textiles)
How will I be assessed?

Your progress is evaluated by formative assessment (throughout the duration of the course) and summative assessment (at the end of each trimester), through a mixture of exhibitions, verbal/visual presentations, research folders/blogs and written assignments.

How will I be taught?

You’ll learn through lectures, talks, taught sessions, individual and group tutorials, and studio critiques and seminars.

Visiting lecturers, and seminars with external professionals and internationally renowned designers and artists, will help you determine where your current practice sits within the industry.

Our collaborative structure also means that you’ll learn from each other – for instance, Illustration or Photography students might engage in debates with Textiles students.

Technical Demonstrators, who manage our workshop facilities, provide teaching and support across a wide range of subject specialisms. Your learning is also supported by specialist librarians.

To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.


Online gallery of student work

Check out some of our student work from both the MA Fine Art and MA Design programmes at Bath Spa.

Visit the online gallery


Opportunities

Fieldwork

When permitted, Bath School of Design offers fieldwork opportunities throughout the academic year.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You’ll benefit from access to comprehensive digital workshops and specialist art and design facilities, including:

  • Our student service point at Locksbrook where you can purchase subsidised art and design materials, hire out equipment for free and collect Library resources
  • Access to our well-stocked Library at Newton Park
  • Specialist technical workshops across all of art and design
  • Access to studio space where you can work on projects and refine your practice

Locksbrook campus

Locksbrook Campus is a Grade II listed building designed by Nicholas Grimshaw in 1976. It has now been transformed into an innovative, open plan space, redesigned to meet 21st century environmental standards, with technical workshops surrounded by flexible studio spaces and large social areas.

Locksbrook has received both a RIBA South West Award 2021 and RIBA National Award 2021, recognising and celebrating what an amazingly inspirational space it is to come together to design, make, do, create and learn in.

Fees

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time
Course fees
2022/23 entry £8,700
2023/24 entry Published Jan 2023
2024/25 entry Published Jan 2024
International students full time
Course fees
2022/23 entry £16,235
2023/24 entry Published Jan 2023
2024/25 entry Published Jan 2024

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for energetic and self-motivated individuals who can work on their own but also see the value in working in collaboration with others. They should enjoy asking questions and solving creative problems.

Typical offers and subject-specific requirement

You’ll need a good undergraduate degree in a design, visual communication or art specialism, or its equivalent in terms of learning or experience, and a good working knowledge of design, visual communication or art contexts.

Fundamentally, you’ll be selected on your ability to thrive on this course, as demonstrated by your portfolio and interview.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

Interviews can be conducted onsite or online with a digital portfolio.

Want to apply for this year? 

Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.

Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.

Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.

Pathway Leader: Anna Gravelle
Email: a.gravelle@bathspa.ac.uk

Pathway Leader: Andrew Southall
Email: a.southall@bathspa.ac.uk

 

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