Research course

Material Futures

University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins · University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins
MA by research

Entry requirements

MA Material Futures entry requirements are: relevant Honours degree; evidence of experiential learning equivalent to a degree; or 3 years relevant professional experience. English language requirement All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you send us an English language test score together with your application to prove your level of proficiency. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please clearly indicate this on your application form. When you have received your test score, please send it to us immediately. The standard English language requirement for entry is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent. For further information visit the English Language Support page. Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the Immigration and Visas page which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements. What we look for We're seeking imaginative, resourceful designers who have the potential to shift existing design boundaries, re-shape how we live, and create the textiles of tomorrow. MA Material Futures suits both recent graduates seeking to develop their skills and expand their market awareness, and experienced designers wishing to challenge their careers. Primarily aimed at textile designers, it also attracts applicants from related design disciplines. Students with a background in design, fine art, architecture, interactive design or product design are welcome to apply, provided they can demonstrate that their aspirations are compatible with the course rationale and the textile discipline. MA Material Futures is demanding and challenging and will benefit most those who are prepared to question their contribution to the design discipline and who aim at becoming leading designers/consultants. Once on the MA course you'll be expected to demonstrate creative design skills, develop strategic design thinking, be independent, flexible, and prepared to respond to challenge with a mature and professional attitude. Student selection criteria We are looking for people who are driven and passionate about design and who keep informed about issues that affect the textile and creative industries and how they locate themselves within the global context of design. When preparing for your interview and/or writing your statement, make sure you state clearly the reasons for applying to MA Material Futures as opposed to another MA programme. You should also provide your own vision of Material Futures; ie think about what will influence the way we design textiles in the future. The interview and personal statement should evidence: The ability to discuss your portfolio, through verbal or written means, demonstrating a critical perspective of your work A clear understanding of your design context and an engagement with issues that affect your industry. The ability to have an informed conversation about your role as a designer Motivation, commitment and understanding of the ethos of the MA Material Futures course.

Months of entry


Course content

The 21st century marks the beginning of a new textile revolution - one we believe is smart, invisible, sustainable, ethical and poetic.

MA Material Futures is part of the Jewellery and Textiles programme. The MA Material Futures ethos is to approach textile design as a form of industrial design but with a focus on the language and codes inherent to textiles. By exploring key contextual questions to interrogate, critique and propose new design concepts, we invite our designers to engage fully with the challenges of designing for the 21st century. How do we reconcile ecology and smart technology? With current progress in nanotechnologies, how do we engineer invisible functions with new aesthetics? How can biomimicry principles inform the design of resilient textiles? Will scientists become designers? With digital fabrications becoming mainstream, what future for craft? How can textiles lead to the development of smart interactive interface? Can textiles inform a new way to imagine architecture? These are examples of questions MA Material Futures will consider over the two year postgraduate programme.

Smart textiles, invisible performance, sustainable and ethical issues as much as poetics and aesthetics call for new design perspectives. Crossover with other design disciplines as well as with science and socio-economics are more pertinent than ever. Rapid changes in culture, economics and technology need dynamic designers who can propose and realise intelligent, responsible innovations with strategic thought, leadership and personal vision. The MA Material Futures course aims at equipping designers with critical skills to design for our future selves and provides a 'think-tank' in which to cultivate ideas, reflect on individual practice, and challenge the boundaries of textile design.

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
24 months

Course contact details

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