MS in Textile Design


Kanbar College of Design, Engineering & Commerce


Master of Science


East Falls


On Campus

Enrollment Options

Full Time, Part Time


The Master of Science in Textile Design blends creative, artistic design with emerging technologies. Students benefit from a strong technical knowledge of textiles upon which they develop their design work. In Graduate Design Studio, project briefs advance from structured explorations into realization of individualized directions, the development of which will comprise the student’s thesis collection.

Students specialize in knit design, print design or woven design, but are encouraged to incorporate the other areas of textile design through their work. Those with fiber art backgrounds will be able to further their design skills through a greater understanding of textile materials and use of the latest technologies. Those with technical design experience will be encouraged to develop their creative ideas within the environment of the collaborative design studio, using analog and digital methodologies.

Each graduate student participates in a Graduate Exhibition of his or her work as a requirement for graduation. These expositions showcase each student's area of individual exploration and concentration.  In addition, each student will produce a thesis, a written document encompassing their final collection, from conceptual research through curated body of work. These theses are catalogued and held within the permanent collection of the Gutman Library.


Students within the textile design program are given the opportunity to embark upon a customized study visit to Italy. Students stay around the area of Como, where they can spend time immersed in the culture, while visiting textile studios and manufacturing facilities.

Previous visits have included Ratti, Mantero Seta, Miroglio, Fortex, Robustelli, Maver Sri, Reggiana, Stamperia Luce, NABA (Nouva Academia Di Belle Arti) and the Zucchi Collection Museum.

This study abroad trip may be taken as elective credit or for zero credit.

For information on other study abroad opportunities at Thomas Jefferson University, click here.

Recruiters and employers of TJU Textile Design graduates visit the University on several occasions including Design Expo, recruitment fairs, to give presentations and to assign specific projects from which students may be awarded internships and full time positions.

The Design Expo is an event where employers will meet with students and look at portfolios. Attendees from the last year's design expo included:

  • Carole Hochman Design Group
  • Culp Inc.
  • Echo Design Group
  • Eileen Fischer
  • Glen Raven
  • Hartstrings
  • Knoll Inc.
  • Lilly Pulitzer
  • Limited Brands – Victorias Secret
  • Maidenform
  • Mannington Mills
  • Printfresh
  • Ralph Lauren – Echo Design Team
  • Walquest
  • URBN

Recent visits include:

URBN: This Philadelphia-based brand (Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie/Anthro Home, Free People) continues to have a strong and ongoing relationship with our textile design faculty, and regularly recruits our students as interns and full-time employees.

Nike Portfolio & Recruitment Presentation: Nike representatives come to campus to present corporate opportunities and recruit interns and full-time employees.

Glen Raven/Sunbrella: Glen Raven representatives visit campus to present corporate opportunities and design challenges, as a recruitment initiative for interns and full-time employees.

Textile Design Exhibitions are held in May and December to celebrate the work of our graduating students.