Taught course

Textile Design

Norwich University of the Arts · Norwich University of the Arts

Entry requirements

The offer of entry onto a Masters Degree (MA) is based on an expectation that you have the potential to fulfil the aims of the course of study and achieve the standard required to successfully complete the award. Entrants should normally have achieved a BA (Hons)/BSc Degree of 2:1 or above, or other qualifications (including non-UK) that the University considers equivalent, in a subject related to your proposed course of study. Applicants who hold a Degree from another discipline may also be considered for entry, subject to the submission of a satisfactory portfolio of art, design or media-related work in support of their application.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Textile Design at NUA concentrates on the fusion of creativity, craft skills and technological innovation. Students are encouraged to stretch the boundaries of the discipline through creative engagement with materials, processes and concepts.

At Masters level students are expected to work at the forefront of the discipline, embracing digital and technological advancements while developing a clear understanding of the market and potential for your work.

Tutors and workshop technicians are practitioners themselves with extensive and diverse experience in areas including: digital textile production, CAD for repeat design, laser cutting, ceramics, costume design, book binding, illustration, dye and weave. Students will benefit from this breadth and depth of experience as they are encouraged to experiment and externalise their practice through exhibitions and national competitions.

You will have access to our industry-standard resources in textiles print and dying, constructed textiles, digital design, media resources and laser cutting as well as to NUA’s Library, the largest specialist art, design and media collection in the East of England including 32,000 books, 1,300 journal subscriptions and 3,000 DVDs.

Tutorials and research units encourage debate and reflection on the environmental, ethical and social impact of textile design which are ongoing themes of the course. Visiting industry guests will support your professional development and understanding of the range of pathways for practising designers in a rapidly evolving sector.

Nick Rodgers
is a Unit Tutor for MA Textile Design and has been the Course Leader for BA Textile Design since September 2007. Nick’s research interests include the translation of image to fabric and exploring repeat structures. In his practice he explores many themes through drawing and material manipulation.

Les Bicknell is a Unit Tutor for MA Textile Design and a Senior Lecturer for BA Textile Design. He has extensive experience as a practicing artist and designer having worked with a wide range of organisations placing art within the public arena and working to support community engagement within the arts.

Scholarship and funding information is available. See NUA website for details: www.nua.ac.uk

Information for international students

NUA has earned an international reputation for excellence over the course of its 170 years training leaders in the creative industries. The University’s international community are genuinely valued for their contribution to student and academic life. International student scholarships are available. Applicants typically submit digital portfolios and interview via Skype.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Students are eligible to apply for the student awards from the AHRC, subject to the support of the University.

More information on fees and funding can be found on the NUA website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Team
+44 (0)1603 610561