Art Textile (Level 8 Special Purpose Award)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:


  • Type of Qualification:

    LEVEL 8 Special Purpose Award

  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    No longer accepting applications for September 2022 intake. Course Full.

Course Summary

Designed for those who wish to create textiles for exhibition and commission.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants should have a Level 6 National Framework of Qualification in Textiles, or equivalent experience in textiles techniques. Equivalency will be determined by portfolio at the interview stage.

Early Assessment: Interviews take place in the summer at the MTU Crawford College of Art & Design. The portfolio should have previous textiles experience and any other art-related work (drawing, photography, sculpture, etc.). Large scale and/or heavy items can be documented as photographs. 


MTU Crawford College of Art & Design

Timing Details

Please note that this course is held during the day.

MTU CCAD Website:




Please note that the below course is a Level 8 Certificate (Special Purpose Award, 30 ECTS Credits). The MTU Crawford College of Art & Design also offers a Level 7 Course in Textiles which is two semesters in duration, culminating in a Level 7 Certificate equal to 5 ECTS credits.


This course is offed by the MTU CCAD Department of Fine Art & Applied Art, and is located at the Sharman Crawford Street Campus, Cork.


A gallery of student work, and further information can be found at:


Course Duration 

This course is run during the day and is of 2 years (4 Semesters) in duration, culminating in a Level 8 Special Purpose Award equal to 30 ECTS credits.


Course Fee

  • Acceptance Fee: €300 
  • Year 1: €1,500
  • Year 2: €800.


Overview - Daytime course delivery

This daytime course offers an opportunity to study textiles in art encompassing technical skill development with critical academic contexts at undergraduate level.


This dynamic course offers an opportunity to study textiles part-time at undergraduate level, under-taking modules from our BA (Hons) in Contemporary Applied Art degree course as a part-time special purpose award.


This part-time course is comprised of 6 taught modules:  4 technical textiles workshop based modules, and 2 academic modules comprised of lectures and seminars, which allows students to engage with the technical skills, the history, and the contemporary discourse regarding textiles in art practice.


This innovative course engages with the technical skills, history, and contemporary concerns relevant to textiles as a fine art medium.


The course provides the opportunity to explore an extensive range of textile processes:  stitch, print, dye, felt-making, paper-making, weaving and basketry in a fresh experimental approach.  Students are introduced to research methodologies and approaches to concept development which inform the development of an individual approach to textiles in an art context.


The contextual academic modules provide an insight on the historical and contemporary influences that inform contemporary applied art. The lectures are undertaken with degree students followed by lecturer-led seminar discussion focusing on textile art for students on this course only.


Year 1 integrates lectures and seminars (Mondays), with textiles studio (each Tuesday). Year 1 is a balance between essays, discussions, and presentations with the technical challenges of the broad range of textile techniques presented (stitch/print/ weave/felt/paper/3d/basketry). In the second Semester, studio projects challenge creative investigation and research toward finished works around project themes.


In Year 2 only the Tuesday studio course is held, and is grounded in weekly group research discussions and seminars presenting samples and works in progress for feedback and development. Individuality and innovation are encouraged as final works evolve toward exhibition presentation. As a bonus, additional textiles research challenges entered alongside full time Applied Art students provide opportunities to exhibit both in the city and internationally.


Each module is worth 5 ECTs credits

Year 1 Year 2

Stage 1/Semester 1
ARTS7026      Textiles: Process/Research
ARTS7033      Art Textile: Complementary


Stage 1/Semester 2
ARTS7027      Textiles: Research/Concepts
ARTS8039      Art Textile: Critique





Stage 2/Semester 1
ARTS8012      Textiles: Concepts/Practice


Stage 2/Semester 2
ARTS8013      Textiles:  Practice/Presentation







Our graduates have a distinguished record in national and international exhibitions, and many offer workshops. The MTU CCAD Certificate in Art Textile also makes possible Advanced Entry into our full-time BA in Contemporary Applied Art. Combined with a primary Degree, it also provides a textile-specific research focus in preparation for Masters research.


  • Applications is now open.  Please click on the 'Apply Now' button below to apply.
  • We would like you to add as additional information in a Word document or PDF telling us your motivation to do this course, your particular passions in textiles, your textiles story.  Please limit this to one A4 page. 
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €300 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
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