Textile Design Graduate Programs

Find out if a graduate program in textile design may be right for you. Keep reading to learn about degree options, course topics, online programs, and career opportunities for graduates. Schools offering Art degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Graduate Textile Design Degrees Are Available?

Master's degrees in textile design are offered through Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) programs. While these programs can be similar, you'll have more of a hands-on focus, at the expense of theory and history coursework, in an MFA program. Though rarely offered, you can pursue a Ph.D. in a field closely related to textile design at some colleges and universities.

Degree Options Master of Fine Arts, Master of Science, Master of Arts; doctoral degrees in related fields available
Common Courses Weaving, dyeing, fabric printing, fashion merchandising, computer-based textile design
Online Availability Online coursework available in master's degree programs; doctoral programs not typically offered online
Career Options Positions in apparel merchandising or textile manufacturing, professional artist, textile specialist
Median Salary (2019) $52,939 (for all textile designers)*
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 3% growth (for all fashion designers)**

Sources: *PayScale.com, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Courses Will I Take?

Your coursework in a graduate textile design program will vary by the type of degree pursued. For example, in an MFA program, you'll spend extensive time in a studio, developing practical skills in weaving, dyeing, felting and fabric printing through guided training and independent work. M.S. and M.A. programs also include significant studio time, though you'll also devote substantial time to lecture-based courses; these may include courses on the history of the field, fashion merchandising and computer-based textile design. In a Ph.D. program, you'll primarily take coursework related to your field of interest, followed by the research and writing of your dissertation.

What Online Degree Options Do I Have?

You can find blended textile design graduate programs at the master's level that combine online and on-site study. You'll need access to a computer with a high-speed Internet connection. These programs utilize a platform, such as Blackboard, that allows you to watch lectures, participate in discussion groups and connect with faculty online. Ph.D. programs in textile design are generally not offered online.

What Can I Do With a Graduate Degree?

A master's degree in textile design can prepare you for a career in apparel merchandising, fashion design or textile manufacturing. You also might find work as a professional artist, creating various types of textiles for display. If your interest is more in studying art than creating it, you can work in a museum as a specialist in textiles throughout history. Ph.D. programs can prepare you for an advanced research or teaching career.

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  • Rhode Island School of Design

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    • Rhode Island: Providence
  • Philadelphia University

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    • Pennsylvania: Philadelphia
  • Marywood University

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    • Pennsylvania: Scranton
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art

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    • Michigan: Bloomfield Hills
  • California College of the Arts

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    • California: San Francisco
  • Stanford University

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    • California: Stanford
  • Harvard University

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    • Massachusetts: Cambridge
  • University of Pennsylvania

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    • Pennsylvania: Philadelphia
  • Duke University

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    • North Carolina: Durham
  • University of Notre Dame

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    • Indiana: Notre Dame