About this course
This master's in textile design will encourage you to be experimental and will give you the skills for a successful career in textile design. Taught by industry-experienced tutors who are sustainability specialists, and supported by our dedicated technicians; you’ll learn techniques such as print, embroidery and Devore.
This MA textile design course is suitable if you’re a recent graduate or if you want to refocus your career. Whether your interests are in textiles for fashion, interior design or as a medium for art pieces, you’ll develop your skills and apply them to a range of textile media.
Employability is key throughout this UK Textile Design master’s degree. You’ll graduate with a portfolio that demonstrates your talents and accomplishments, as well as industry knowledge.
You’ll have extensive industry exposure including:
- guest lectures and live project briefs
- visits to trade events and selling your work at pop-up events
- designing pieces for external public events and opportunities to showcase your work
- internship opportunities with leading fashion and textile companies
- access to lectures and conferences run by renowned research and special interest groups, such as the Winchester Luxury Research Group, In The Loop and the Fashion and Sustainability Forum
A supportive and personalised approach to learning; staff will get to know your individual strengths and help you achieve your potential. You’ll also be co-located with MA Fashion Design students in a creative studio atmosphere where you can share ideas and draw inspiration from one another’s work.
The facilities and equipment you’ll use are outstanding. They include:
- a Mimaki digital printer, heat-transfer printing and large hand screen-printing tables with adjoining screen exposing rooms and dye labs
- computerised Shima Seiki knitting machines across three gauges, a variety of single and doublebed Dubied knitting machines, linkers and manual knitting machines
- a state-of-the-art jacquard loom, a variety of computerised AVL dobby looms, and manual table looms
- the WSA library, with comprehensive collections of textiles books, journals and magazines as well as a wide range of other arts-related materials
This MA textiles course leader is Reem Alasadi has presented her womenswear collections in London and Tokyo and specialises in highly innovative design, specialising in artisanship and hand-crafted excellence. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in retail, design, visual marketing and merchandising to the course. She also has considerable expertise in sustainable and ethical design and has led many workshops in non-waste design.
This course is based at Winchester.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
You’ll need a 2:2 degree or an equivalent qualification, in a relevant subject. You’ll also need a portfolio which will be the determining factor for entry.
Your portfolio should include:
- evidence of the processes behind final work e.g. drawing and sketches; try to include observational drawings and Computer Aided Design (CAD) work
- examples of processes and techniques e.g. dyeing, screen printing, digital printing, woven textiles or special finishing techniques
- images of your final work e.g. from exhibitions or photo-shoots
Your portfolio should not exceed ten megabytes in size and should include a variety of projects.
English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need an overall score of 6.0 and the following scores for reading, writing, listening and speaking:
IELTS score requirements
We accept other English language tests, find out which English language tests we accept.
Recognition of professional experience
If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the course.
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This is a one-year, full-time master’s degree running from September to the following September.
You’ll undertake studio-based work and taught modules in semesters 1 and 2, followed by a period of independent studio work for your final project in semester 3.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules:
You must also choose from the following modules:
Learning and assessment
We take an individualised approach to teaching. Tutors are in the studio every week, working with students one-to-one and in groups, running workshops and discussions, and leading peer-to-peer feedback sessions.
You’ll learn through a combination of:
- tutorials and workshops
- studio practice and independent study
- essential workplace skills and industry opportunities
Guest lectures and visits to exhibitions and trade fairs in London will enrich your learning and give you new perspectives on your own work.
We will assess you through:
- your portfolio and final project collection
- evidence of the research underpinning your studio practice
- reflective assignments that critically evaluate aspects of your own learning
- your approach to problem solving and team working
Throughout this course you will create a portfolio of work which will form the basis of your final project
You will need to create, and will be assessed, on an 800-word report that supports your portfolio. As part of the final project you'll also be required to create and present an 800-word exhibition of your work.
Winchester School of Art is a supportive, informal learning community in which students’ talents are nurtured. We are approachable and ready to answer questions about the course or offer hands-on help with practical work. Our technical team offer support with studio equipment and learning new techniques. In addition, every student has a personal academic tutor who can advise you on academic or personal matters.
Our graduates have gone on to pursue a broad variety of careers such as; designing for textile design agencies, becoming in-house designers for design houses or suppliers, or greeting card design. Past students have also set up their own design labels, have become design tutors or continued their studies at PhD level.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £18,812.
When you accept your offer to study on this course you’ll be asked to pay a deposit. This is non-refundable. The deposit amount is:
- UK/EU students: £250
- International students: £1,000
Full terms and conditions and details of how to pay this deposit will be sent to you in your offer letter.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
International Postgraduate Taught Merit Scholarship
You are eligible for this scholarship if you:
are an international student who hasn’t taken a master's with us before
are enrolling to start a master's in September 2020
gained a 1st class honours degree at undergraduate level
If you meet these criteria you’ll be awarded an automatic £3,000 scholarship. This will mean a £3,000 reduction in your tuition fees. We’ll confirm your scholarship in your offer letter.
Unfortunately this offer isn’t open to UK / EU students.
Other postgraduate funding options
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000