bachelor + master visual arts, graduating option textile design
3 + 1 year
Recent developments, both in the field of technology and matter, continuously broaden and renew the field of work of the textile designer. At the same time, the current social context confronts the designer with specific social and ecological challenges. Textile design is in constant evolution and nowadays covers much more than basic techniques such as weaving, knitting and print design. Traditional methods are placed in a current context and translated into contemporary practice. A conceptual approach results in merging and reinterpreting textile techniques. The possibilities and limitations of the technology are explored in practice and attention to sustainability increasingly steers the design choices.
During the programme you will get acquainted with ancient crafts as well as contemporary industrial and digital processes. Numerous and varied initiations are the starting point for your artistic path, in which you will soon make many choices of your own and learn to work autonomously. Experimentation, both playful and analytical, is central to the development of your own visual language and methodology as a designer. Knowledge of materials and techniques such as weaving, knitting, embroidery and printing techniques are important for a textile designer and are given a lot of weight during the programme. In-depth knowledge of materials and technologies enables you to combine functional properties with visual qualities. The tension between these aspects is a breeding ground for innovation. However, this knowledge is always integrated into the artistic process. An inquisitive and critical attitude is a prerequisite for success, not only within the programme but also afterwards as a professional designer. The development of a critical and personal view is continuously stimulated through various assignments and projects.
Where the research of the textile design students touches on other disciplines within KASK & Conservatorium, fascinating artistic symbioses often arise. For example, projects with students of fashion, interior design or autonomous design form an attractive field of research with a variety of possibilities and applications. Projects in collaboration with artists, designers and companies are part of the curriculum and make a relevant connection with the professional field. The recurrent collaboration with the HOGENT Textile Technology programme acts as a laboratory for innovative projects and is a challenging place to test the work in an industrial setting.
The characteristic versatility of the discipline gives the textile designer great freedom of movement and autonomy. This richness makes textile design a fascinating discipline in which you can already lay down your own accents as a student. The constant evolution and updating of the discipline is also reflected in various research projects within the Design Department. Moreover, the textile design teachers are all active professional designers who bring in specific expertise from different domains. International internships, fairs and company visits, guest lectures and competitions also bring the professional world close to the students and support the formation of imaginative and innovative designers.
Laure Van Brempt
Esther Van Schuylenbergh
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If you want to enrol for an academic Bachelor of Visual Arts, you first have to pass an artistic admission test. To enter the master’s programme, you take part in an orientation test. These are organised several times per academic year.
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