The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2018. 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 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 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
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).
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
Candidates will usually be asked in for interview, where they will be expected to discuss their practice/design background and articulate the area of study they want to explore, as set out in their initial proposal. For students overseas, a Skype interview can be arranged in conjunction with the submission of the proposal and electronic portfolio.
At interview the panel will consider:
- evidence of innovation and exceptional skill
- the ability to articulate intentions and critically engage in debate
- the ability to work at masters level
- intellectual engagement with the subject area
- the potential and skills needed to successfully undertake the proposal.