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In the UK for Fashion and textiles in The Guardian University Guide 2022

Textile Design Innovation MA

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • UCAS Code(s): TID1
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: 1 year (45 weeks)
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

This course gives you the opportunity to explore and develop your skills in the specialist areas of printed, embroidered, knitted, woven, laser cut or multimedia textiles. You'll devise an individual project and we will support your creative thinking and experimentation, helping you to develop new or smart design concepts, fabrications and prototypes.

Key features

  • Work alongside other MA Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design students in our dedicated postgraduate studio
  • Have access to a wide range of traditional and digital textile design equipment, including laser cutting, multi-head embroidery, screen, digital and 3D printing, Jacquard weaving, and Shima Seiki and Stoll power knitting
  • Benefit from the professional expertise of our academic staff, researchers and visiting designers such as Orsola de Castro, Dr. Katherine Townsend, Karen Nicol, Kit Miles, Lisa Salama, Hannah Croft, Angharad Mclaren, Jo Cope, and Moxham
  • Work with fellow students, practitioners and academic staff from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Have the opportunity to visit London and join European study trips to Florence, Antwerp and Paris
  • Take advantage of our excellent industry links
  • Be selected to exhibit at New Designers in London and have an opportunity to be selected for TexSelect (formerly Texprint)
  • Opt for a 20 credit point advanced research module if you’re thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study
  • We are proud to be in the top ten in England and Wales for Art and Design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020)

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What you’ll study

We will support your creative thinking and experimentation, helping you to develop your research and practice, leading to the development of new or smart design concepts, fabrications and prototypes. Our extensive textile design facilities will give you the opportunity to use a range of traditional and computerised technologies.

You can opt to complete this module as either 180 credit points, or as 160 credit points with an additional module in Advanced Art and Design Research worth 20 credit points.

Textile Design Innovation

(180 credit points or 160 credit points)
Working with your allocated supervisor, and through discussion with your peers, you’ll develop ideas for your project, creating a project proposal outlining your personal and project aims.

Subject specialist and mixed-discipline tutorials will be used to invite debate and provide a platform to critique the theories and practices you’re interested in. You’ll also be encouraged to evaluate the development of your research and use of methods, your personal engagement and your reflective practice, all of which will inform your project and contribute to discussions about your fellow students’ projects.
As part of your learning you’ll keep evidence of your reflective practice, through recording, analysing and evaluating your ideas, and by considering ways in which your project might progress.

You’ll submit your project proposal at the first interim evaluation presentation in November and receive feedback from your supervisor. You’ll continue to update this proposal before submitting a final version in April.  You’ll also be encouraged to apply critical evaluation skills evidenced through reflective writing, which should form part of your final submission in a journal, sketchbook, or blog.

Throughout the module, you’ll experience a series of multidisciplinary fashion, textiles and knitwear design lectures and seminars on themes to support the development of scholarly, critical, and practical knowledge and skills at postgraduate level. This will include lectures delivered by academic staff, postgraduate researchers, MA alumni, designers, industry specialists and other professionals. You’ll have health and safety inductions in our textile
design resources, including introduction to the print, embroidery, weave, laser cutting, knitwear and dying facilities. This will be followed by textile and computeraided design (CAD) workshops for specialist digital embroidery and jacquard weave software.

You’ll also have the option to join other related fashion and textiles inductions, where appropriate, relating to the emerging focus of your project. Inductions into our resources are complemented by workshops in visual research and in 2D and 3D design development, encouraging experimentation in your area of interest in textile design.

In February and April, you’ll present your work to date in formal verbal and visual presentations to the course leader, supervisors, and your peers. You’ll effectively articulate, critically analyse and reflect upon your progress through examples of theoretical research, practical design work, and reflection on your developing textile design practice. You’ll also be asked to submit your work to date, including evidence of reflective practice, an understanding of research methods, and project development work.

During the module, you’ll also consider options for sharing your textile designs and prototypes in public forums through exhibition briefings and professional practice lectures and seminars. This will provide you with opportunities to present and critique your work, and that of others, in order to support you in the successful and professional resolution of your project. Portfolio tutorials will support you in resolving the visual communication of your project in a format that reflects your individual philosophy and identity as a textile designer.

Independently organised activities within your peer group, both inside and outside the University, can also be planned in this module to encourage the dissemination of your work in a manner that benefits you and your project. Towards the end of the module, you’ll be invited to join promotional events such as New Designers (London) and a Masters exhibition (NTU) to present your innovative designs to industry and the general public. You’ll also have the opportunity to  to present your innovative designs to industry and the general public. You’ll also have the opportunity to prepare and deliver a final presentation summarising the outcomes of your MA project.

Optional research module

(20 credit points)

Advanced Art and Design Research

This module exposes you to a range of different research methods across diverse practice-led research projects and research-led practices within Art & Design. If you are interested in pursuing your practice in the form of a PhD this course will give you the tools to prepare for this.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Jasmin Watts

Textile Design Innovation

What I enjoy most about the MA is the collaboration between practices, and the flexibility I have to use both the photography and the textile design resources.

Momoka Gomi

Textile Design Innovation

In terms of facilities, NTU has everything. For my course there is a lot of machinery I have never seen in my previous university.

Nicholas Thomas

Textile Design Innovation

If you’ve already been in industry and are perhaps at a creative ‘cross roads’, the space to think, make and explore with the support of the staff allows you to reflect on your practice and re-realise your potential.

Liss Cooke

Textile Design Innovation

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How you’re taught

Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • inductions
  • workshops
  • live projects
  • study visits
  • self-directed research
  • independent studio practice

Specific workshops for MA Textile Design Innovation could include:

  • drawing and visualisations
  • screen printing
  • industry specific Adobe CAD software
  • embroidery digitization CAD software
  • Weave CAD software (weave specialists only)
  • Knit CAD programing software (knitted textile specialists only)
  • Dubied Hand flatbed knitting (knitted textile specialists only)
  • Laser cutting
  • Smart textiles / e-textiles

Find out when our postgraduate term dates for the Nottingham School of Art & Design are. Please note that these are slightly different to other Schools within the University.

Assessment

Assessment is 100% by coursework and involves:

  • Project Proposal
  • supporting fashion research and development work
  • evidence of reflective practice
  • experimental designs
  • formal presentation of key developments
  • resolved textile designs / fabrications or prototypes
  • portfolio and CV

Staff Profiles

Sean Prince

Principal Lecturer

Nottingham School of Art & Design

Sean Prince is responsible for the development and management of the postgraduate courses in Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear.

Debbie Gonet

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham School of Art & Design

Debbie is the Course leader for MA Textile Design Innovation and MA Fashion & Textile Design PT and a senior lecturer in the BA (Hons) textile Design course .

Maria Stafford

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham School of Art & Design

Maria Stafford is a Lecturer / Senior Lecturer and is responsible for the delivery and management of the PGC Creative Pattern Cutting course including pattern cutting workshop.

Katherine Townsend

Professor

Nottingham School of Art & Design

Katherine is an Associate Professor in Fashion and Textile Crafts in the Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear department in the School of Art and Design.  Her role includes leading and participating in

Careers and employability

Career Prospects

This course leads to a wide range of career opportunities including:

  • textile designer
  • technologist
  • buyer
  • merchandiser
  • production manager
  • trend forecasting
  • styling for fashion and interior textile companies

You could also work for brands developing innovative design and wearable technologies. Some graduates use this course to support careers in teaching, lecturing, journalism and progression to MPhil or PhD study.

Recent graduates have set up their own successful businesses, or work within related careers in the fashion and textile design sector. Others have returned to their previous job with a renewed focus and enhanced career prospects.

If you are interested in starting your own creative business, the University provides start-up training and support through NTU Enterprise, our centre for entrepreneurship and enterprise.

Connections with Industry

You will have the opportunity to take up short periods of work experience, learn entrepreneurship skills through business development courses and attend events held by our Employability team and other organisations. You will also be encouraged to undertake research into fashion, textile or knitwear design companies, or appropriate contexts, for retailing or showcasing your completed project.

In addition to the main focus of your project as set out in the project proposal, you are encouraged to enter national and international competitions such as the Textile Society Postgraduate Award, Hand and Lock Prize for Embroidery, FESPA Printeriors Design Competition and The Bradford Textile Society Design Competition. Prestigious competitions provide you with opportunities to demonstrate and promote your creative and technical skills and ability to answer an industry brief to a global audience, that can lead to employment and press opportunities.

You will be invited to collaborate on projects and attend research events and symposia. Recent exhibitions our students have been involved in include:

  • Crafting Anatomies
  • Knitting Nottingham
  • Journeys in Lace: Parts 1&2 (Lace:Here:Now)
  • Lace Unravelled with Nottingham Castle
  • Our students also benefit from visits to Nottingham Castle to explore their extensive fashion and textiles archives

Study trips

Study visits will inspire and inform your projects. Recent visits to exhibitions in London have included:

  • Basquiat: Boom for Real at the Barbican
  • Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion at the V&A
  • North: Fashioning Identity at Somerset House
  • Wallace Sewell: 25 Years of British Textile Design at the Fashion and Textile Museum

An optional annual trip to Antwerp and Paris has included visits to:

  • Olivier Theyskens: She Walks in Beauty at Mode Museum, Antwerp
  • Sheila Hicks: Lines of Life at Centre Pompidou, Paris
  • Paris Première Vision
  • Li Edelkoort’s Trend Union studio, Paris

You will also be invited to submit your work to be considered for exhibition at London’s New Designers and SPINEXPO in Shanghai, China.

Showcase

Explore our showcase ‘We Are Creatives’ - celebrating the work of the Nottingham School of Art & Design students. You will find a sneak peak of some of our students’ work and gain a real insight into what it’s like to be part of the NTU creative community at wearecreativesntu.art

YouFirst – working with our Employability Team

Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course.

Re:search Re:imagined

To us, research is about more than writing papers and proposing new ideas. By daring to think differently, we’re disrupting the research landscape and finding the answers to the questions that really matter. From electronic textiles to the history of lace, we’re inspiring the brightest minds to rise up and find solutions to some of the most significant global challenges facing society.

Find out more: ntu.ac.uk/research

Campus and facilities

Our dedicated postgraduate studios are lively, highly creative environments based in the Bonington building, a dedicated art and design hub. You can view all of our Fashion facilities on the Nottingham School of Art & Design Facilities page.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 2.2 honours degree in a related subject.
  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and / or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Other requirements:

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

You will need one of the following:

  • Bachelors degree grade 2.2 or equivalent qualification.

International qualifications 

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements 

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans? 

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for September 2023 will be confirmed in late 2022.

Fee amounts are per year and will increase each year in line with inflation, capped at no more than 5%.

Alumni Loyalty Scheme - 20% fee discount

We're happy to be able to offer a 20% fee discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU graduates.
See if you're eligible.

Postgraduate loans

The government introduced a new postgraduate loans scheme in the 2016/17 academic year for Masters degrees. The loan will be a contribution towards the costs of study and it will be at the student's discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs.

Scholarships

We are offering a number of scholarships for Masters study.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on
+44 (0)115 848 2494.

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

Tuition fees for September 2023 will be confirmed in late 2022.

Fee amounts are per year and will increase each year in line with inflation, capped at no more than 5%.

Alumni Loyalty Scheme - 20% fee discount

We're happy to be able to offer a 20% fee discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU graduates.
See if you're eligible.

International scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to international students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our International students page for information about fees, scholarships for international students, visas and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying.

Application deadline

You can apply for this course throughout the year, but we'd recommend that applications should be received by the end of July for entry in September.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieve, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Your portfolio 

If your initial application is successful, you may be asked to upload a portfolio of your work and you may also be asked to attend an interview.

Portfolio advice

Would you like some advice on your study plans? 

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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