MA Design for Textile Futures – March 2008 – page 2
The 21st century marks the beginning of a new textile revolution, and we believe it is
smart, invisible, sustainable, ethical and poetic.
The emergence of intelligent
technologies such as conductive textiles, sensory fabrics, wearable computing,
biomaterials, nanotechnology demand greater collaboration between science and
design to transform textile design processes and products.
New fibers and
finishings create textiles with invisible built-innovative functionality such as vitamin-
enhanced fabrics, anti-stress fibre, solar-reactive yarns and composite materials.
Increasing demands to consider sustainability necessitate more
responsible approaches to textile design. Issues of production, waste and post-
consumption drastically change potential design processes and outputs.
Demographics, globalisation, changing consumption patterns that impact on markets
can be challenged by design.
Human need for inspiring aesthetics and
comforting material persists. The aesthetic and emotional qualities of cloth and craft
become even more relevant in a high-tech, high speed consumer culture.
The world of textiles needs dynamic designers who can propose and realise
intelligent, responsible innovations with strategic thought, leadership and personal
vision. We provide a think-tank in which to cultivate ideas, reflect on individual
practice, and challenge boundaries of textile design. Students investigate issues
affecting the textile design discipline in the short, medium and long-term future.
Practice-led, the course initiates and encourages design innovation. Joint lecture
programmes and projects with other Masters courses such as Industrial Design,
Creative Practice for the Narrative Environment and Design: Ceramics, Furniture or
Jewellery (by Project) foster a creative and challenging multidisciplinary
environment, nourishing experimental and innovative hybrid design practices. We
support textile designers with the potential to shift existing design boundaries, re-
shape how we live and create the textiles of tomorrow.
The course is structured around three different units, which enable students to
gradually build on their design skills and critical judgement.
The course shares part of its programme with a pool of other postgraduate courses:
MA Industrial Design, MA Communication Design, MA Creative Practice for Narrative
Environments and MA Design by Project. Joint Lecture programmes as well as
interdisciplinary design projects are designed to foster a creative and challenging
multidisciplinary environment and the development of experimental and innovative
“hybrid” design practices.