The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2021. They should be used as a general guide.
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 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.
Interviews normally take place in person but temporarily from March 2020, all interviews will be replaced by an online portfolio submission.
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 ability to work independently and 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
IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. Find out more about the other English qualifications that we accept.
International students whose language skills do not match the IELTS scores set out here should consider applying for this course through the Extended Masters programme at the university's Language Institute.
Designed to recognise the complexity and individuality of the textile discipline, the course is structured around the development of a self-initiated, practice-based design proposal initially submitted on application. This design proposal (500 words) forms the foundation of your personal investigation, setting out a clear plan that considers key aspects such as the aims of the project. The proposal should:
- introduce the area being considered for investigation
- reference practitioners whose work is similar to or informs your own
- indicate a considered and appropriate framework to explore the proposed area of study
- discuss the potential market you envisage the proposed work influencing.
Work by Sophie Frost, Textiles and Business Studies MDes graduate
Portfolio and interview
Due to COVID-19, we expect interviews to be online and the processes may change slightly – check back here for updates. If you've already applied, we will tell you about any changes.
Your portfolio, together with the project proposal, enables us to assess your abilities to carry out your chosen project. It should include selected examples of work from projects you have carried out, accompanied by examples of visual research and development work. It can include brief explanatory notes and relevant diagrams, notes, rough sketches, models and mock-ups you used.
Please note that your portfolio does not need to include work that relates directly to the project proposal you are submitting for your application. It is designed to give us information on how you approach your work to help us assess your potential.
Find out more about how to create and submit your portfolio.