Textile design

Bachelor and master Visual Arts > Textile design

Recent developments in materials and new analogue and digital techniques have radically expanded the sphere of action for today’s textile designer. Continuously evolving, the textile design programme now comprises so much more than the traditional basic techniques such as weaving, knitting and print design. Traditional techniques are transposed to a new context and translated into a contemporary practice. Our conceptual approach results in the superimposition and reinterpretation of textile techniques. Sustainability becomes ever more important to the design. Naturally, we will also deal with recent technologies.

The contemporary textile designer’s field of action is not limited to a closely delineated area of techniques, but extends well into different media and methods. This freedom of movement illustrates the discipline’s wide and varied scope and makes textile design a fascinating field open to each student’s specific emphases.

The curriculum strives to be both comprehensive and focused. You are introduced to the oldest crafts as well as cutting-edge processes. Familiarity with different materials and techniques of weaving, knitting, embroidery and printing is crucial for any textile designer, and these topics receive their due attention in the programme. Yet the technical aspects of the training are consistently integrated in artistic processes. Numerous and varied initiations are the start of an artistic track that is determined by your own choices from quite early on. This freedom gradually increases, and you are actively trained to work autonomously. The reflective and investigative attitude that is essential during your training and in your future as a professional designer is continuously stimulated in the studio.

Experiment, both playful and analytical, is the main drive to develop a personal visual style and research method. A thorough knowledge of materials and technologies enables a textile designer to match functional aspects to visual qualities. The tension between these poles is what spurs innovation.

The school's attitude of openness stimulates interdisciplinary collaborations and proves very benefecial to spontaneous forms of artistic symbiosis. Fashion studenst, multimedia or architectonic design students prove especially attractive collaborators.

Collaborative endeavours with the University College’s faculty of Science & Technology also function as laboratories for innovative projects, perfect for students to test out some of the more industrial methods.

The ever-evolving nature of textile design, and the topicality of the discipline in particular, is the subject of an ongoing research project within the Design department in which students as well as lecturers are involved. Initially, students gain the relevant professional experience mainly through the interaction with their lecturers, who bring in their own specific expertise as designers professionally active in different fields.

Our lecturers are professional designers and experts in a variety of fields. Internships, company visits, fairs, guest lectures and competitions help to bring the professional world even closer to the students, and contribute to the training of innovative and dynamic designers.