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Textile Design (M.S.)

Program Director: Claire Beevers


The Master of Science in Textile Design provides both integration and balance between creative design and technology to prepare students for successful careers within the textile design industry. The program opens up the opportunity for successful and creative professional development for students who hold previous studio arts degrees as well as those coming from alternative backgrounds.

The program structure has a unique balance of a strong technology base across all aspects of textiles upon which students build their design skills in a single concentration of knit, weave or print. Collaborative experiences with other majors plus a range of additional projects assigned by industry professionals and companies serve to expand the students’ experiences.

Program Learning Outcomes

Through the course of the program, students will:

  • Develop an appreciation of the multifaceted nature of textile design and the technical knowledge, skills, design and development processes and business structures required for a professional career in textiles.
  • Practice sustained visual research through original visual observation and trend information.
  • Apply visual research and technical skills into a collection of knitted, woven or printed textiles.
  • Produce a final body of textile design work—a fabric collection for exhibition and portfolio—exhibiting individual concept and development.
  • Produce an account of their final semester collection in thesis format for inclusion in the Gutman Library collection. 


Foundation Courses Specific to the M.S. in Textile Design

The following foundation or equivalent undergraduate courses may need to be completed. The specific foundation course requirements for each student will be based upon consultation with the area concentration advisor. Contact the School of Design and Engineering for further information.

  • ARTH-102             History of Western Art II or TXF 503 History of Textiles and Costumes
  • CHEM-101             General Chemistry
  • DRAW-101            Drawing I
  • TXF-501                Foundation Fiber and Yarn Studies
  • TXF-506                Design Foundations II or VSDES101 Design Essentials
  • TXF-510                Introduction to Digital Imaging
  • TXF-511                Knitting I
  • TXF-542                Color, Dyeing and Finishing
  • TXF-517                Weaving I

Depending upon concentration:

  • TXF-512                Knit Design Studio I and TXF513 Knit Design Studio II or
  • TXF-514                Print Design Studio I and TXF515 Print Design Studio II or
  • TXF-518                Weave Design Studio I and TXF519 Weave Design Studio II

* The foundation requirement in Textile Design Studio may be waived via portfolio review only.

Core Courses (36 Credits)

The following is a sample curriculum sequence:

Semester 1

  • TXD-615                                               Design Studio IA (three credits)*
  • TXD-616/TXD-617                             Design Studio IB and IC (six credits total)*
  • TXD-625                                               Seminar (credit/no credit)
  • TXD-665                                               Design Management
    or GFE611                                            Product Development/Entrepreneurship
    or GFE621                                            Fashion Global Marketing and Sourcing
    or GFE734                                            Fashion Supply Chain Management

Semester 2

  • TXD-742/TXD-743/TXD-744          Design Studio II (9 credits total)*
  • TXD-749                                               Weaving Technology
    or TXD-750                                          Knitting Technology
    or MSSI-607                        Printing Technology for Surface Imaging

Semester 3

  • TXD-772/TXD-773/TXD-774          Design Studio III (8 credits total)*
  • TXD-777                                               Advanced Computer-Aided Design
  • TXD-975                                               Thesis (one credit)

Design Studio Total Credits: 26 credits

The Design Studio courses make up the majority of the coursework in the M.S. in Textile Design program. Students are required to specialize in one design area (knit, weave or print) but are encouraged to incorporate the other areas of textile design through their foundation courses, elective or design studio work. The 26 credits of Design Studio are split into three stages that may be spread over three semesters. However, the student may elect or be advised to take only three or six credits of Design Studio in any semester depending on individual progress, development and available time commitment. All students involved in Textile Design Studio courses will participate in common presentation/critique sessions toward the end of the semester.

Students may elect to replace up to six credits of Design Studio with graduate-level electives. The selection of these electives should be approved by the primary design faculty member and the program director.

Electives (3 credits)

Choose one course from the following or other courses approved by the program director.

  • TXD-756               Advanced Jacquard
  • TXD-780               Advanced Drawing: Materials and Techniques
  • TXD-791               Internship
  • TXD-798               Independent Study
  • TXD-993               European Textile Print Study Tour (Alternate Years)
  • TXD-994               European Knitting Study Tour
  • TXD-904               African Textiles Short Course
  • TXE-751                Advanced Woven Structures - Product Development
  • TXE-752                Advanced Knitted Structures - Product Development


Additional Requirements for Textile Design Applicants

Applicants are required to provide the Admissions Committee a typed personal statement (250 to 500 words) discussing (1) the applicant’s reasons to pursue a graduate degree in textile design and (2) why the applicant believes he/she will be successful with this course of study.