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Plymouth College of Art: Textile Design

Institution Plymouth College of Art View institution profile
Department Critical and Cultural Studies
Study type Taught


Our MA Textile Design programme will challenge and accelerate your individual approach to decorative design, through in-depth personal development in design, material knowledge, process, colour, pattern and texture, in the context of textiles for fashion and interiors.

Ethos This programme facilitates an experimental and interdisciplinary approach to textiles, which values innovation and craftsmanship, placing pattern and decoration at the centre of contemporary design practice. This programme encourages you to pursue new thinking to develop your design ideas, and to examine more personal references. Drawing, design and visual and material interpretation are at the core of the MA Textile Design, which specialises in decorative design applications. You will also interact with emerging technologies and sustainable solutions, capitalising on collaborative opportunities and the numerous options for textile design, making and production.

Outline You will be encouraged to situate your creativity in entrepreneurial contexts, through self-initiated and independent approaches to design. You will access superbly equipped workshops and design studios, gaining advice from expert design teams with an international profile. Connecting with students across disciplines is encouraged, so you can maximise the opportunity to forge design partnerships and explore visual language in a range of contexts. Taught delivery within the programme provides a mix of discipline-specific methods and cross-disciplinary approaches that can be applied across creative and commercial sectors. Our shared module structure allows you to develop a dialogue with creative practitioners across the Graduate School.

Supported practices This programme supports design-based textile practice, including surface pattern for textiles.


Plymouth College of Art
Plymouth College of Art is a specialist, independent, university-sector art school – run by artists, for artists. Founded in 1856, we offer a range of Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Pre-Degree study across Art, Design and Digital Media, combining over a century’s worth of history with contemporary thinking and cutting-edge facilities.

Our city centre campus is a close-knit and collaborative community of artists, designers and makers, also home to our ‘fabrication laboratory’, Fab Lab Plymouth, and to our public-facing gallery MIRROR, which exhibits national and international artists and shows.

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