From the emergence of a concept to the production of a fabric, textile designers follow and apply an holistic and multilayered approach. Their approach is contextualised and analytical, and their response is intuitive and concrete. This approach allows them to draw together their creativity, artistic sensitivity and technical skills.
It is the initial work done on the intrinsic architecture of textiles that will ultimately enable students to deliver innovative technological and aesthetic responses. All the techniques involved in intersecting and assembling threads and fibres are explored, from traditional techniques like weaving, knitting and braiding, which are constantly being challenged and reinvented, to innovative techniques such as 3D printing, laser cutting and connected textiles, which open up an immense spectrum of opportunities for applications and new aesthetic worlds.
At ENSCI, we are interested in both the visible and invisible, because textiles are everywhere and multiform. They are clearly seen in fashion, in the home, in transport, in architecture and outdoors. Less obviously, they are also there in particularly challenging applications, such as health and safety, mobility and communication. Although such a diverse range of applications demands different approaches, they all require the same culture and expertise in textile materials.
Armed with their intuition and technical knowledge, ENSCI designers approach all these functionalities from a structural perspective that will determine the functional performance and sensual appeal of every textile they create.
The curriculum may be delivered over 3, 4 or 5 years depending on the profile of individual students at the point of entry. The years are segmented into semesters in accordance with the timetable shared by the design school as a whole in order to enable certain learning programmes and workshops to be shared between the Industrial Designer and Textile Designer courses.