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Textiles, M.A.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Textiles offer uniquely fluid, flexible and infinitely adaptable ways of questioning, examining and solving the some of the increasingly complex societal challenges of the twenty-first century. 


Textiles at the RCA is a multi-faceted discipline, and we work at the creative interface between materials, making and meaning. Our focus is on new knowledge that impacts across many sectors, exploring new territories for tomorrow’s Textiles specialist.

New materialities and fabrication methods offer fresh possibilities for the world and require us to constantly reconsider our practice, generating a culture of creative possibility throughout the activities of the Programme.

Textiles offers uniquely fluid, flexible and infinitely adaptable ways of questioning, examining and solving some of the increasingly complex societal challenges of the twenty-first century. 

The Programme offers:

  • An exploration of the creative, technological, cultural, commercial and sustainable contexts of textiles. 
  • The development of innovative ideas that challenge the understanding of the practice and discipline of textiles
  • The advancement of specialist textile skills through experimentation and research into both traditional and emerging materials and processes
  • Five specialist study areas: Knit, Weave, Print, Mixed Media and Smart Textiles.

Programme Structure

  • The Textiles Programme offers five specialisms:  Printed, Knitted, Woven, Mixed Media Textiles and Soft Systems. Students base their study within one of the specialisms. 
  • Across the specialisms, the Programme endeavours to extend the students’ knowledge and experience of the breadth of Textiles throughout the first year using both individual and team project activities. These can be delivered in conjunction with external industry partners to offer opportunities for professional engagement and practice. Collaborative work is strongly encouraged in the School and across the College.
  • The second year is devoted to independent study and the self-driven creation of work which challenges the boundaries of the discipline and builds on the individual’s creative identity. Collaborative work across the Programme, School and College is encouraged and supported.

For more information, please visit programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    240 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

Applicants should have:

  • a BA in Textiles or a related Art and Design subject, or equivalent experience
  • For Soft Systems only: a BA in Textiles, BSc or BEng, or equivalent experience
  • a personal proposal for the intended direction of their MA study.
  • Passion, commitment and a strong sense of personal responsibility for one's own learning and development are essential for MA study.
Digital Portofolio
    • All candidates are required to submit an online portfolio of work to be assessed by the programme's senior staff team and student representatives.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28400 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9500 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


UK and EU students receive a subsidy from the British Government and pay a reduced fee. To qualify for the home or EU rate of tuition fees you will need to meet certain strict conditions related to your nationality, visa status and residency. 

To find out more about how fee status is assessed, visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).

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