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Study textiles abroad

An in-depth guide to studying textiles as an international student.

Textiles degrees abroad

Textiles degrees stitch together practical design modules and theoretical courses, equipping students with the tools they’ll need to stand out in this dynamic global industry.

You’ll explore various textile techniques, from printing and knitting to weaving and embroidery. Alongside developing your skills in drawing and digital design, you’ll learn how to predict market trends and meet client briefs.

By earning your degree abroad, you’ll encounter new textile processes, discover new fashions, and learn from international experts. These experiences will spark your creativity and help you to produce original work that meets today’s consumer demand.

Textiles program structure

It’s possible to study textiles at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate levels. Associate degrees introduce students to the theoretical and practical aspects of the field. They normally require two years of study and are a useful route into entry-level employment or continued study on a bachelor’s program.

Studying a BA in textiles is the most popular option amongst students. Although most bachelor’s programs are studied over a minimum period of three years, some will include an additional industry placement year where students can gather crucial experience and build professional connections.

International students studying in the US will follow the liberal arts model and declare textiles as their major. In this system, you take general education classes for the first two years of your degree, before concentrating on major-specific modules for the remaining half.

Students with a BA can enroll in a research-based postgraduate program. A master’s degree usually takes one year of full-time study, whereas a PhD can take between four and seven years to finish.

You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, and tutorials, and practical workshops. Depending on the modules you select, assessment methods will include exams, essays, presentations, and portfolio submissions.

Textiles is a flexible discipline with plenty of elective modules to choose from, so tailoring your degree to suit your interests is easy. Nevertheless, most courses will deliver classes on these core subjects:

  • Design theory
  • Drawing
  • Textile processes and exploration
  • Contemporary art and design
  • Design history
  • Material culture and mass consumption
  • Research methods
  • Marketing and innovation

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Textiles undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in textiles

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    Textiles, Merchandising, Fashion Design (Merchandising) - BSc University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,000 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles - BSc University of Kentucky, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,050 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Textiles, Apparel and Merchandising - Merchandising - BSc Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,700 USD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Textiles (Design) - BDes RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    34,560 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Design, Merchandising and Textiles Option - BA University of Wyoming, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,570 USD
    Start date
    May, September
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Textiles graduate programs

Master's in textiles

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    Technology (Fashion & Textiles) - by research - MSc RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,720 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Fashion and Textiles - MA University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    7,750 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Design (Fashion and Textiles) - MA Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,300 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in textiles

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    Fashion & Textiles - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,720 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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Future textiles careers

As a textiles graduate, your creative flair and presentation skills will be highly attractive to employers across a number of sectors.

Graduates go on to land a range of exciting roles, including:

  • Textile designer
  • Fashion designer
  • Textile technologist
  • Color technologist
  • Interior designer
  • Printmaker
  • Stylist
  • Secondary school teacher

Companies are always keen to recruit individuals who can demonstrate their enthusiasm, commitment, and passion. Therefore, it’s worth trying to find some extra work experience or an internship. Your university’s career service will be able to support you with this.