The Swedish School of Textiles was founded in 1866 and currently has about 900 students from all over the world in seven undergraduate programmes and seven master's programmes. The facilities include the Textile Fashion Center, a newly renovated former viscose mill, housing the Textile Museum of Sweden, lecture halls, textile workshops and laboratories, fashion businesses and an incubator for entrepreneurs.
The two-year Textile Science and Engineering Programme is intended for domestic and international students with a bachelor’s degree in the subject. Applicants need to be skilled in mathematics, textile manufacturing techniques, textile materials technology and textile chemistry. Over four semesters, which are divided into discrete courses, students further develop their knowledge, skills and judgement in textile technology.
The advanced courses follow an order and pedagogy that enables gradual and incremental progression in textile materials technology, textile chemistry and textile product design. Students develop their hands-on skills through assignments that involve experiments and characterization techniques. Academic communication abilities are also assessed and the requirements increase with every assignment.
Textile technology is about maintaining the essential nature of a textile, while adding functionality and 'smartness' through various processes. These processes have to work within the limitations posed by the textiles and their surroundings. The course emphasises process context and sustainability issues. Environmental concern is a major driver for the department’s research activities and, in the second year of this programme, students on this programme become very involved with these research activities.