Course Overview - Textile Design MA
**Why study this course?**
The research-led Textile Design MA addresses the needs of graduates from textile design and related discipline backgrounds, or those who wish to collaborate with professionals in the field. MA Textile Design is one of several postgraduate design courses that co-exist at the School of Art, Architecture and Design, offering rich opportunities for the collaborative multidisciplinary approach that is a feature of the current and future design sector and a requirement for success in the field.
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**Why study this course?**<br/><br/>The research-led Textile Design MA addresses the needs of graduates from textile design and related discipline backgrounds, or those who wish to collaborate with professionals in the field. MA Textile Design is one of several postgraduate design courses that co-exist at the School of Art, Architecture and Design, offering rich opportunities for the collaborative multidisciplinary approach that is a feature of the current and future design sector and a requirement for success in the field.<br/><br/>**More about this course**<br/><br/>The course is grounded in the understanding that design is a key driver for change in society and the environment. However, traditional roles in design are increasingly blurred and designers need to be able to negotiate complex and ambiguous problems. This means that the challenges and opportunities for design and designers are being constantly reimagined, as the unpredictability of the future tests our capacity to adapt, invent and apply creative design solutions to emerging needs.<br/><br/>Graduates of this course will challenge conventional ideas of what textiles are, and will design textiles and textile products that have not yet been conceptualised.<br/><br/>Knowing that the future is largely shaped by design decisions implies a responsibility for designers to act in a manner that combines experimentation and radical thinking with care, effective research and collaboration with those who will be affected by the outcomes of designers work. The work of a designer is not, however, limited to ensuring that any design outcomes, including textiles, are safe and function as intended.<br/><br/>Youll want to imbue your work with meaning, to use it to communicate, to engage emotions and inspire response. Textile design proposals also need to be designed to be attractive and desirable in the marketplace and relevant to consumers, meaning that youll need an exhaustive overview of current and forthcoming trends and developments in order to be competitive.<br/><br/>To ensure that designs have validity, design and research for design occupies a large proportion of the course; the research and development process of design is rehearsed through the vehicle of your project work. In parallel with theoretical research, you will generate, communicate and evaluate all kinds of innovative ideas and concepts for textiles. You will discover what design research methods will reveal the widest range of proposals for testing, how best to inform the user and producer of what you have in mind and how best to evaluate concepts that exist in virtual form only.<br/><br/>Our School of Art, Architecture and Design is a community that shares a commitment to contemporary design and its global and local contexts, a passion for design in all its forms, and desire to test the premises of the field, theoretically as well as practically. We aspire to effect real, meaningful and beneficial change through our design work and MA Textile Design is a part of that vision.<br/><br/>**What our students say**<br/><br/>I initially thought research within the art and design world would be almost non-existent. Nothing further from the truth! And I believe that the Design MAs, having so many original ideas that have appeared from combining knowledge from different backgrounds, is the most favourable environment to conduct research and obtain its primary output: innovation. Within my MA I had to truly “learn to think” and put my own ideas on paper, not just a collection of someone else’s. It has taken away my fear of researching, so much so, that I am now considering pursuing a PhD.<br/>Natalia Macia Bove