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MSc/MS Global Textile Design

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Joint degree programme

This world-leading MSc/MS joint degree programme is presented by two of the world’s oldest and most esteemed textile institutions: Heriot-Watt University and Thomas Jefferson University (USA).

In the textile, fashion, interiors and related fields, there is established interest and importance placed on design sustainability, artisanal heritage and entrepreneurship. The think global/live local movement emphasizes a return to artisanal roots through ethical sourcing and reconnecting with handwork interfaced with technology. Maker spaces proliferate where artisanal skills are celebrated, and resources are shared.

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Designing in a global market

This innovative programme provides context for designing in a global market where people want to understand the heritage of their products and purchases.

With semesters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA and Galashiels, Scotland, UK, students will be immersed in the global textile design market, enabling them to develop both their technical and artisanal skills for foremost industry or entrepreneurial ventures. Students will have unprecedented access to extend and expand their professional networks through involvement with global trade fairs, access to famed archives and placement into premiere textile design industry internships.

What is the MSc/MS Global Textile Design

Degree content

The study of this degree is in collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University. Students will gain expert knowledge from two of the worlds oldest textiles institutions. 

Pending approval by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Degree content
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"This programme took inspiration from my experience as a textile design student from Philadelphia who was fortunate enough to spend a year studying at the Scottish Borders Campus. I realised that the exposure to a combination of design practices, approaches, networks and brands strengthened my understanding of the global textiles industry. This experience gave me confidence that what I was creating was relevant and provided me with a competitive advantage over graduates lacking an international perspective. "

Marnie Collins ,
Director of International and Programme Director of Studies - Design for Textiles