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Teaching Staff

A professional and committed community of MA Textile Design course staff will encourage you to develop and realise self-directed projects that address contemporary issues in textile design.

Creative thinking and innovation are at the core of the MA philosophy and you will engage with students from across the postgraduate community to share opportunities and debate contemporary issues.

Your curriculum will include professional guest speakers, industry focused projects, collaborations and study visits. These complement the core studio, workshop and taught sessions on research methods, theoretical approaches and business and professional skills.

Your tutors, as practitioners themselves, will support you in promoting your work within the creative sector. From our campus in the heart of Norwich’s cultural quarter you will have access to industry standard resources and exceptional facilities.

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Dean of Design and Architecture

Professor Hilary Carlisle

Professor Hilary Carlisle completed a practice-led PhD in 2004 in which she designed and developed computer software to generate subtly changing non-repeating patterns suitable for digital textile production. Since then she has continued to develop algorithms using different software languages including most recently, Processing. Her two current interests lie in investigating small variations in repeating patterns that disrupt and intrigue, and in creating patterns with organic resonance that transcend their digital origins.

Hilary’s work has been exhibited across the UK and cited in articles and books on contemporary textile design. Professor Carlisle leads NUA’s research theme Pattern and Chaos. Read Hilary’s staff profile.


MA Textile Design Tutor

Les Bicknell

Les Bicknell is a Unit Tutor for MA Textile Design and a Senior Lecturer for BA Textile Design. He has extensive experience as a practicing artist and designer having worked with a wide range of organisations placing art within the public arena and working to support community engagement within the arts.

Currently Les is undertaking research focusing on a project funded by the Arts Council entitled unpicking and rebinding, culminating in a body of work exploring the fold. Read Les’s staff profile.

Staff Profiles


To find out more about all the academic staff at NUA visit our academic profile pages.