University of Manitoba

Human Ecology

Textile Sciences Programs




TS LabThe Department of Textile Sciences offers exciting programs in product and textile development. Students in Product Development will be able to follow the major decisions involved in transforming concepts to textile products for apparel and non-apparel end uses. The Textile Development Stream taps into the emerging importance of technical textiles in the healthcare sector.

Textile Sciences Brochure (in .pdf format)

Medical Textiles Brochure (in .pdf format)



Undergraduate Program in Textile Sciences    t6s_programs    

Product Development Stream

To create textile products, the first step is to identify the users and the end uses. Then, a product development team will suggest concepts which will be turned into design details. Subsequently, the design details will be matched with appropriate materials and methods of production. Of course, the aesthetics of the end product is also important.

The product development stream of the Textile Sciences program is designed to impart essential knowledge and skills which will enable graduates to turn ideas into meaningful textile products for a variety of end uses . A Bachelor of Science (Textile Sciences) degree enables graduates to function effectively in positions such as technical textile product development, product quality assurance, fashion merchandising, or global sourcing coordination.

Product Development Stream program requirement page

The Textile Development Stream

The Department of Textile Sciences is unique in Canada because it offers an undergraduate program which acknowledges the contribution of textiles to human health. The textile development stream offers courses which cover antimicrobial fabrics, biotextiles, tissue engineering, senses and comfort, and textiles wound dressing and other health applications. Furthermore, students can take any of the following options:

Engineering Sciences Option

Exercise and Sport Sciences Option

Microbiological Sciences Option

A Bachelor of Science (Textile Sciences) degree paves the way for a variety of positions such as the creation of textile products for military, medical, or exercise and sports applications. This stream is also intended to be a stepping stone for men and women who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees in medical textiles.


Additional Benefit – Integration of Information Literacy

The Textile Sciences program involves the application and integration of knowledge from many disciplines. This innovative approach to the study of textiles requires special attention when preparing students to learn. To add value to the students’ experience, the Textile Sciences program is part of an information literacy pilot project. The goal of information literacy is to help students develop the ability to access, evaluate and manage the overwhelming amount of information available at their fingertips. For example, as students progress from first year to fourth year, they will go through increasingly higher levels of skills in retrieving, evaluating, analyzing, and presenting information in a credible and responsible manner. These skills will be useful in everyday life, but more importantly, will be an asset in the workplace.




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