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Textiles (MFA)

The New School
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
New York City
September 2020

New York City
September 2021

New York City
September 2022

Program description


Textiles (MFA)

Textiles are literally and figuratively woven into human history and culture. Today communities of makers, designers, and scholars are exploring textiles — from locally crafted materials to 3D knitted matter to hand-embellished fabrics — and pioneering textile-based industries and theory.

The Master of Fine Arts in Textiles enables you to explore these dynamics creatively and reflectively, dissolving the boundaries between technology and craft. In the process, you are prepared for the growing array of creative and professional opportunities related to textiles in fashion design, product design, interior design, textiles research, set design, fine arts, architecture, and hybrid fields.

In the two-year, full-time MFA Textiles program, you develop a critical understanding of textiles’ sociocultural, environmental, and emotional dimensions throughout human history and into our future. You explore the potential to unite craft with innovative high-tech and bio-tech production. In studio courses, you develop skills in essential fabric-making techniques, such as fiber development and innovation, yarn sourcing and making, weaving and jacquard technology, knitting, pattern design, and textile embellishments.

You refine your personal aesthetic sensibilities and understanding of sustainable practices on-site in NYC textile studios and design ateliers, deepening collaborative and conceptual abilities in weaving, dyeing, knitting, and printing. Instruction in business best practices is integrated into each aspect of the curriculum, bringing economic and conceptual real-world skills into the studio.

Admission requirements

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Tuition fees

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Scholarships & funding

Merit-based partial scholarships are available. Request information to learn more!


Upon completion of this program, graduates will be awarded a Master's Degree in Textiles (MFA).


About this institute

The New School

Study in one of the greatest cities in the world, NYC

Founded in 1919 and located in Greenwich Village, The New School is a comprehensive university in New York City. The university is a place for creative scholars, artists, and designers to interact with a massively diverse community, discuss ideas, and...

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The New School

66 West 12th Street
NY 10011 New York
United States of America

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