Taught course

Textile Design

Arts University Plymouth

Entry requirements

2:1 or above in a related undergraduate discipline, although we also accept applications based on equivalent professional knowledge and/or industry experience.

If our Postgraduate Centre catches your imagination, you can apply directly throughout the year by accessing an application form through our website. You will be asked to give the usual application details, to provide some digital images of your work, and to submit a short personal statement. This personal statement is a chance to tell us what you want to do on your chosen programme, the themes that you want to investigate and your longer-term professional goals.

Months of entry


Course content

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, interiors and installation.

This programme facilitates an experimental and interdisciplinary approach to design, through exploration, experimentation, innovation and craftsmanship, exploring how textiles connect to contemporary design practice, human experience and issues of sustainability.

Drawing, design and visual and material interpretation are at the core of this programme, which specialises in decorative design applications.

You will access superbly equipped workshops and design studios, gaining advice from expert design teams with an international profile. This programme encourages entrepreneurial creativity through self-initiated and independent approaches to design, whilst considering the subject at its extreme edges in relation to textile design; process, technique, application, customer use and audience are all given significant consideration.

Connecting with students across disciplines is encouraged, so you can maximise the opportunity to forge design partnerships and explore your decorative design approach in a range of contexts.

This programme encourages you to pursue new thinking to develop your design ideas, and to examine more personal references. You will also interact with emerging technologies and sustainable solutions, capitalising on collaborative opportunities and the numerous options for textile design, making and production.

The programme is designed to encourage the development of your personal practice through the enhancement of skills, critical engagement and collaboration with others, in the pursuit of new ideas and new ways of designing and making.

Information for international students

A one year programme for anyone who has already completed their Undergraduate course. Please apply for our range of MA degrees directly to the college, by visiting our postgraduate course pages, selecting the programme you are interested in, and clicking 'Apply now'.

Our International Fees* are very competitive and are less costly than many of our competitors – yet our facilities are world-leading.

Our fees may seem lower than other institutions, but we pride ourselves in being committed to offering students accessible and affordable quality programmes. Please note, fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

*Excluding costs for international students who need a pre-sessional English course and ongoing in-year English language support.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Students commencing postgraduate study will be able to apply for non-means tested student loans, currently around £10,000, to help cover course fees and living costs. These loans will only be available to students who are resident in England and don’t already have a masters qualification.

A graduate of the college is entitled to a discount of 15% on MA fees if they choose to progress onto postgraduate study, no matter what year they graduated. This discount applies to graduates from our pre-degree programmes, as well as our undergraduate degrees.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1752 203434