The aim of Applied Textile master’s study programme is to prepare highly qualified textile artists, who are able to (self-)critically analyse, evaluate, and explain the phenomenon of textile culture, interpret art processes in a wide cultural context, as well as independently implement creative ideas. This study programme promotes interactions of textile art and science, interdisciplinary and technological research as well as application of creativity in the fields of contemporary art and textile industry.

After completion of master’s studies graduates can pursue a national and/or international artist’s career, they can engage in individual creative activity, participate in competitions and projects, international and national exhibitions, work as artists in the field of applied textile or textile industry, and establish creative companies. Also they can work in various state and private organisations that require employees with a wide humanitarian profile, work in higher education institutions and continue with Third Cycle studies (art doctorate studies).

Currently, in global artistic and industrial textile fields radical changes are taking place, which open up new perspectives and fields of activity. In this context, the role of a textile artist-researcher is very significant and highly needed. In our society there is a clear need for textile art specialists with a university education, who have mastered a wide spectrum of creative methods applied in textile industry, are able to use traditional and contemporary textile techniques in a universal, flexible and conceptual way, understand the context of this multidisciplinary field of art not only from a practical but also from a theoretical point of view. In the field of art and culture TD graduates join not only the ranks of professional art exhibition participants and educators, but those of creators as well. Practical and analytical skills acquired during master’s studies are a big advantage in contemporary art practice based on conceptuality and multidisciplinarity as well as use of various textile technologies and media.

Versatility and flexibility and not the acquired subject-specific skills, perceived through mastering of craft and its peculiarities, are the qualities that determine the demand and are especially relevant for young professionals in the constantly changing multicultural art field and job market. Therefore, this study programme was created in order to develop these qualities. Applied Textile master’s study programme is oriented at preparing artists, who base their creation on analytical-critical thinking, respond to contemporary reality by combining subject-specific knowledge with social-humanities subjects. These artists are able to apply technological and theoretical subject-specific knowledge and skills in interdisciplinary, conceptual art and science, publically and socially engaged art projects as well as textile industry applied projects.

The purpose of Applied Textile master’s study programme is to provide students with the latest artistic and academic knowledge based on applied research that can help them find best solutions to various problems that arise in new and unfamiliar environments, can be used when working with innovations and carrying out professional artistic-academic research and artistic-creative activities. Students develop their professional knowledge in the field of latest textile technologies, scientific innovations, new media art (video, photography), and interdisciplinary arts; and theoretical knowledge in the fields of Lithuanian and world art history, art philosophy, sociology, anthropology, art management and curation. The results of artistic-academic research are integrated in creative practice.

It is important to prepare creative individual-textile artist and textile artist-practitioner, who are able to work together with creative from other disciplines and lead on creative projects. Therefore, in order to implement these aims, regular discussions and consultations with different specialists, professionals and experts of various fields take place on a regular basis throughout the study programme. This helps students to demonstrate their rhetorical skills providing them with an opportunity to present their ideas, projects and other works.

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