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 & Costumes
CHEM-101 General Chemistry
DRAW-101 Drawing I
TXF-501 Foundation Fiber and Yarn Studies
or VSDES101
Design Foundations II 
or 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 & IC (six credits total)*
TXD-625 Seminar (credit/no credit)
or GFE611
or GFE621
or GFE734

Design Management
or Product Development/ Entrepreneurship
or Fashion Global Marketing and Sourcing
or Fashion Supply Chain Management

Semester 2
TXD-742/ TXD-743/ TXD-744 Design Studio II (nine credits total)*
TXD-749 Weaving Technology or
TXD-750 Knitting Technology or
TXD-776 Textile Printing Technology
Semester 3
TXD-772/ TXD-773/ TXD-774 Design Studio III (eight credits total)*
TXD-777 Advanced Computer-Aided Design
TXD-975 Thesis (one credit)

* Design Studio 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 & 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.