MA Fashion Textiles Technologies

University of the Arts London
12 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2023
Application deadline: UK Students: 26 January 2023 | Intl. Students: 14 December 2022 and 3 April 2023
University of the Arts London

About this program

MA Fashion Textiles Technologies

This experimental and interdisciplinary course focuses on the creation of innovative textiles surfaces and constructions for fashion. Through exploration of traditional craft and digital processes alongside investigation into new material and fabric constructions you will lead the textile industry from within.

This experimental and interdisciplinary textiles course will focus on the creation of innovative textiles surfaces, constructions and structures for fashion. Through deep understanding, thorough testing and exploration of traditional craft processes alongside investigation into new material and technological fabric construction innovations, you’ll produce outcomes that demonstrate the future of fashion textiles. The aim is that you will utilise design process to make use of technologies to develop textiles in a variety of creative ways.

Admission requirements

Entry to this course is envisaged to be competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • An Honours degree at 2.1 or above in a related discipline. Applicants with a degree in another subject may be considered, depending on the strength of the application;
  • OR equivalent qualifications;

APEL (Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning)

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • OR a combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language Requirements

IELTS level 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

All classes are taught in English. If English isn’t your first language, you will need to show evidence of your English language ability when you enrol. For further guidance, please check ourEnglish language requirements. 

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Program content

Course units

  • Research Methods (shared unit)
  • Material and Process
  • Collaboration and Development
  • Electives (shared unit)
  • Master’s Project (shared unit)

Scholarships & funding

For information on scholarships, please contact the institute.

Program delivery

What to expect

  • Digital and craft technology: Technical textiles education is well-established at LCF, with courses being run since the college’s inception over 100 years ago. This new course will build upon this legacy and upon the success of our well-established BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles course with its three specialist areas of knitting, print, and embroidery, all of which benefit from the most extensive range of digital and craft industrial technology in the UK.
  • A holistic, analytical approach: In this course, you’ll be encouraged to imagine the future of your craft and your role as a designer by exploring its past and present. In addition to rigorous research and analysis into technical areas, you’ll consider the cultural, social, and environmental impact of fashion textiles at a global level.
  • A sustainable focus: New research-led, practice-based design methods devised to enhance sustainable and circular practice in the fashion and textile industry will be supported by LCF’s Digital Anthropology Lab, Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF), and the Active Materials and Systems research group (AMSR) and the establishment of the new lab.
  • Collaborative working: Collaboration with industry partners, LCF researchers and/or fellow students is embedded into the course, and will be central to your learning experience.

Industry experience and opportunities:

The course benefits from a strong collaborative focus with opportunities with related industries and cross-discipline design courses within the School of Design and Technology. Live briefs will form an integral part of this master’s course enhancing students’ professional skills and employability potential. Students are also encouraged to engage in extra-curricular national and international competitions and opportunities.

Guest speakers from LCF’s research team and associated communities of practice and from industry will support the course including alumni from the BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles course at LCF, many of whom have established their own successful businesses or are in placed within key textile companies.

Exploring the entrepreneurial resources available in the university such as SET can also support students to frame ideas towards a business proposition. Enterprise is further supported via integration with the LCF’s Graduate Futures team.


Home fee: £12,700

International fee: £25,970

Career paths

Masters graduates have an acknowledged advantage in the employment market, obtaining work in a wide range of vocational and academic fields related to fashion, including working as a Marketing Executive, Brand Manager, Marketing Communications Manager.

The MA also provides an excellent preparation for higher level research degrees (MPhil or PhD), with an increasing number of graduates undertaking research in fashion related subjects, in practice or theory or entering into education as lecturers.

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University of the Arts London

University of the Arts London (UAL) is ranked 2nd in the world for Art and Design according to the 2023 QS World University Rankings®, for the fifth year in a row. It has an international reputation in art, design, communication,...

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Why study at University of the Arts London

With multiple sites across London, UAL offers endless opportunities to draw inspiration from this global creative hub.

  • UAL has a track record for launching and furthering careers across the creative industries and beyond.
  • Graduates are frequently shortlisted for national and global awards ranging from the Turner Prize to the Oscars.
  • UAL is home to more than 2,400 postgraduate students.
  • The university offers a wide range of theoretical and practice-based research programmes leading to a PhD or MPhil.
  • UAL is ranked among the UK’s top research universities, with 83% of research conducted by UAL students and staff graded as world-leading.
  • UAL has a diverse student community, with students drawn from over 130 countries across the globe.
  • Students are encouraged to draw inspiration from London’s world-famous art galleries, museums and theatres.
  • UAL’s dedicated support service offers useful advice for international students including guidance on funding, visa applications and accommodation.

Contact info

University of the Arts London

272 High Holborn
WC1V 7EY London
United Kingdom

Phone no: +4420 7514 8480

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